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I think ARC GIS has a time slider, could you add something like that so photos would appear chronologically?
I like the idea and what I'm mentioning isn't quite as good, but it's something to tide you over.
When you're viewing a synth, you can use the fullstop [.] and comma [,] keys to move forward and backwards through the photos according to their original filenames.
This means that if the names of the files were in chronological order before you uploaded them, you can traverse the photos in chronological order by repeatedly pressing the fullstop key.
Being able to sort by EXIF Date data, however, would be much more ideal, as well as being able to edit the date metadata after the photos are uploaded, in cases of a camera's clock being set incorrectly at the time of capture, scanned photos which have no EXIF date, photos from cameras carried across time zones, etc.
It's also worth noting that if the original photos' filenames were in chronological order before you uploaded them, then you can use the site's synth editor to set the default Photosynth slideshow order to move in filename order instead of Photosynth's automatically determined spatial order. This will result in the photos being presented in chronological order.
The thing to be careful of, if you use this, is that your synth is close to 100% synthy because when sorting by filename, you may jump back and forth between different groups that Photosynth has been able to put together and if you jump back and forth too much you lose the entire effect of looking from one photo to its neighbour in the correct position in space.