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Why doesn't Microsoft make a Mac Os X Photosynth Application or maybe an Online Synth Genorator?
I can't give you an official answer, since I'm just another user like yourself, however I have been in the Photosynth community since the beginning and in case no one from the Photosynth team has time to reply here, I'll tell you what I know.
You certainly aren't alone in asking for an OSX version of the Photosynth Windows app (for uploading photosynths) or the ICE Windows app (for uploading panoramas). Here's one of the first (and most commented on) such requests:
It sounds (from my perspective) like they wanted to make a Mac version but just didn't have the budget or number of people to pull it off.
Your idea about computing the photosynths on Photosynth's computers is not necessarily a bad one. To hear some of the original Photosynth team explain why they didn't set things up that way over three years ago, watch this video:
You will hear, in that video, that doing the 3D reconstruction part of Photosynth is quite computationally taxing and for that reason they chose to do it on users' own machines.
In the video, Blaise points out that one of the places that cloud-computed synths might make sense in the future is for mobile synthing. You can see that even in 2011, the Photosynth mobile app for iPhone still does not create photosynths, for lack of power on phones. Instead, it only creates panoramas.
In previews of a future feature called 'spin movies', cloud computing is always implied: http://bit.ly/spinmovies
Also, earlier this year, I asked Blaise about more people being able to utilize Photosynth. Here's what he said:
"...On the synthing side, we do need to make some of these things work as pure services, which opens up many devices/applications, though at the cost of realtime feedback and distribution of compute. ..."
Microsoft is in the process of rebuilding every one of their business divisions to revolve around internet storage and computation, so I think you're on the right path. It's just a question of how soon server-side synthing will happen.
Two signs that should give you some hope that we'll see this sooner rather than too much later:
1: Photosynth is in the process of moving all of their data to Microsoft's own Windows Azure cloud computing platform.
Weblog entry: http://blogs.msdn.com/photosynth/archive/2011/10/18/photosynth-moving-to-windows-azure.aspx
2: Bing's Read/Write World project is headed up by Photosynth crew and is the continuation, rebirth, and extension of Photosynth's original promise of connecting many different people's photos and videos together.
I've collected the most important links and videos relating to it here: http://bit.ly/readwriteworld
Their weblog: http://readwriteworld.net/
Thanks a lot for the plethora of info! You seem to have totally covered that question. At present, its still a shame tho. As a mac user I love the Photosynth App for the iPhone (even if it is limited to simple panoramas, it work pretty darn well!) but I look forward to hopefully being able to utilize the full power of Photosynth through my DSLR someday.
Any ideas on how to view synths (rather than panoramas) on iOS devices? The old iSynth app used to do that but it stopped working some iOS generations ago.