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You can view Photosynths on a Mac with our Silverlight viewer. (http://photosynth.net/silverlight/photosynth.aspx)
We are continually working on improving this viewing experience and it is getting close to being as good or better than our native viewer. Creating synths is a bit of a bigger challenge, but you can create a synth using Bootcamp or VMWare Fusion 2.
I am running this on a mac. However, I have to use an PC emulator to run photosynth to upload synths
i would like to create photosynth on macBook
mdalam, you'll need to install Windows on your MacBook.
You can use either Boot Camp or something like Parallels or VMWare Fusion, but my recommendation is Boot Camp, so that you can dedicate as much RAM + processing power as possible to Photosynth.
What a joke, installing windows for Photosynth usage. I'm not even going to install silverlight on any of my systems. I still use photosynth for capturing, but share a cut down picture e.g. on facebook without anything special. It's 2013 and the time os over for proprietary broweser extension.
Dear Microsoft, the only way to make this work is changing to a standard technology for the viewer .... HTML5?!?
@netwho, you obviously don't understand what this conversation is about.
We are talking about the real original Photosynth on Windows which does the computation necessary to generate the poses of different camera positions relative to what they photographed as well as a 3D point cloud model of what was photographed.
Although Photosynth.net supports uploading both photosynths and panoramas and their mobile app is only strong enough to create and view panoramas, this conversation is about photosynths - not panoramas.
The original (and still the best) photosynth viewer was a Direct3D program that ran as a browser plugin. Since Direct3D is a Windows graphics technology, it only worked on Windows.
So that Mac users could view photosynths, the Photosynth team rewrote their viewer in Silverlight in 2009, but since Silverlight doesn't use the GPU the Silverlight viewer was actually a step backward for Windows users of Photosynth.
In 2010 the ability to upload panoramas instead of only photosynths was added to Photosynth.net and the Silverlight viewer was updated to handle opening either photosynths or panoramas. It still was not as good as Microsoft's original panorama viewer, HDView, ( http://bit.ly/msrhdview ) but it was an easy way for the average user to share panoramas.
In 2011 the mobile panorama app was released in April and the first version of their HTML5 panorama viewer was released to work with Mobile Safari in June. http://bit.ly/psfhtmlpv
2011 also saw a project start up at Bing Maps, called Read/Write World which aimed to build a single viewer which opened photos, panoramas, photosynths, videos, etc. and would be implemented in native code for apps, CSS3 3D Transforms, WebGL, and Silverlight for the web. http://youtube.com/readwriteworld
Sadly Read/Write World went dark in 2012.
In 2012 the HTML5 panorama viewer was updated to work in Internet Explorer 10 on Windows Phone 8 and later to work with Internet Explorer 10 on desktops and laptops.
Also in 2012, Bing began occasionally showing interactive spherical panoramas as their image of the day, using a version of the HTML5 viewer developed during the Read/Write World days.
The HTML5 viewer introduced in 2011 still does not open photosynths because HTML5 does not offer adequate processing power to render the point clouds or even as many quads as are generally available in a photosynth.
WebGL would probably be a good technology choice for a new photosynth viewer even though it's not a W3C web standard technology, but Internet Explorer does not yet support it. Sadly, WebGL demos do not even work reliably between browsers which do support it.
As far as you choosing to not install Silverlight on your computers, of course no one can force you to, although the HTML5 panorama viewer is inferior to the Silverlight viewer in features. https://twitter.com/photosynth/status/291298738331320320
Photosynth is not using Silverlight for their viewer to try to force a "proprietary browser extension" on you.
(In case you haven't noticed, Microsoft discontinued Silverlight development and made the choice to support standards tech on the web and for building native apps back in 2011.)
Photosynth is using Silverlight for their viewer, simply because years ago when they had the resources to have a team of developers working full time, they were using Silverlight as their cross platform technology, HTML5 wasn't released yet, and not enough mobile users had smartphones yet to change that choice. These days, Photosynth's team is small and progress is slow and sporadic.
I'm all for Photosynth.net using web standards tech where it will give a good experience, but they don't have a huge unlimited budget and development team. They are essentially a charity project of Bing Maps - one that seems to me to be running on fumes, I am sorry to say. The truth is that with Silverlight, they could write their viewer once and it would work the same in multiple browsers on both Windows and OSX. With HTML5, they have to customize their pano viewer for each browser on each OS that they support - a bigger workload for a smaller team.
Until such a time as the Photosynth team is given funding and time to work on their site and apps full time again, the Silverlight viewer is what users like you and I have available for us to use. The Silverlight viewer was created specifically because of Mac users. You aren't hurting anyone at Microsoft's feelings by not installing Silverlight or changing their minds. Their minds are already changed. You're basically just dooming yourself to non-interactive viewing of your panoramas on the web.
As for a Photosynth application to upload panoramas and photosynths from MacOSX, again, it's not going to happen unless the Photosynth team can get some serious funding to hire developers. Believe me, I'd like a Photosynth app in the Windows Store so that Surface RT users could upload content as well, but we're in the same fix that Mac users are.
If you want to use the HTML5 pano viewer, such as it is, on MacOSX, change Safari's user agent to iPad from the Developer menu.