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Topic: Photsynth Mobile

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TriState360 (Over 1 year ago)
Hey Guys What's the current state of Photosynth for Ipad/HTML5 viewing?
I have not been on in a while to see developments. Excited to learn what I have missed. Thanks - Andre
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Hi, Andre, 

I'm sure you'd like an answer from the Photosynth team, but here's what I can tell you. 

To the best of my knowledge, the HTML5 viewer which works in Mobile Safari only opens panoramas on Photosynth.net at the moment. As far as I know, it debuted publicly in June of 2011 and was first mentioned on the forum here: http://photosynth.net/discussion.aspx?cat=c76bfe71-d042-4aec-b49b-b48b67d7be96&dis=23657389-3f14-4585-aac7-1eb8d392b017

If you look up Read/Write World http://bit.ly/readwriteworld and Spin Movies http://bit.ly/spinmovies I believe that the words spoken in 2011 point to continuing progress in 2012 toward getting photosynths and spin movies to also render in Read/Write World's RML viewer which uses a combination of the new web standards graphics technologies: CSS3's 3D Transforms, HTML5 Canvas, and WebGL.
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Since several people working on Read/Write World have worked on Photosynth, I believe that when Read/Write World's RML viewer is working well in multiple browsers (sadly Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Internet Explorer all render the web standards features which they all support, differently) that it will be adopted here on Photosynth.net as well as Bing Maps. 

I have high hopes that by using WebGL, we'll finally get back to the performance of the original Direct3D Photosynth viewer, although sadly WebGL requires newer video cards to accomplish the same things that the Direct3D viewer was doing in 2006 and 2008. I am hoping that when the Read/Write World guys open source their RML viewer, that they will also open source the Direct3D Photosynth viewer and perhaps even the HDView http://bit.ly/msrhdview viewer, so that programmers can modify the original D3D viewers to jump start building a DirectX 8 version of the RML viewer.
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
By the way, I did not mention it here because it is such old news and the app has not been updated to run on iPads at native resolution or take advantage of the increased horsepower of newer iPhones and iPads and still does not support multiresolution viewing of the photos in a photosynth, but Greg Pascale's iSynth app http://bit.ly/isynth is still a stopgap measure to viewing actual photosynths on an iOS device.

I also believe that when Read/Write World's viewer is finished, it will appear as the viewer within Photosynth's mobile apps.
TriState360 (Over 1 year ago)
Nate thanks so much for the info as always.I'll check into your links - thanks
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
By the way, something to keep an eye on: OnLive recently launched their OnLive Desktop product, which is basically a free installation of Windows 7 with a free copy of Office 2011 running on their servers with the video signal being streamed to your iPad. Details: http://desktop.onlive.com/

I am sure that they probably don't allow the installation of other apps for security reasons, but since an OnLive account is free, you might want to go ahead and grab the OnLive app and see whether you can install Photosynth's Windows app on your online desktop to use the Direct3D viewer on your iPad. 

If the installer is blocked, as I suspect it will be, hopefully we can let OnLive know that we would prefer that they allow us to install Photosynth, Microsoft ICE, HD View, + Silverlight on our OnLive Desktops.
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