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Topic: Expanding to Full Screen

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VsKbPhotos (Over 1 year ago)
I've notice in the last month when I click to expand the pic it will sometime expand to fill the entire screen other times it will leave the menu/navigation bar at top, I prefer to see it in full screen so is there something I can do not to see the menu/navigation bar at top?

Also, it seem not to matter if I am logged in or not.
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
The last couple of years, the Silverlight viewer has expanded to full browser window on normal view.aspx pages, but expanded to full screen on any embed.aspx page (this is what the hero synth/pano on the homepage uses, as well as what is used for any embedded synth/pano on other sites.

Maybe something has changed recently, but I would check to see whether the difference that I describe above accounts for your different experiences. 

The main reason that the view.aspx pages do not use true full screen, I believe, is that Silverlight apps deactivate most of the keyboard keys when they are in true full screen mode. Since more people who are using the site are familiar with the keyboard navigation keys, it would be more irritating for photosynth.net regulars to have half the keyboard commands taken away every time we enter full screen. By contrast, most people who come across a synth or pano embedded on someone's blog probably don't know the keys, so won't miss them.
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Here is an example: 

View page: (Full browser window)
http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=12c0c1dc-3b00-4d5b-9292-9383f6c92f96

Embed page: (Full screen)
http://photosynth.net/embed.aspx?cid=12c0c1dc-3b00-4d5b-9292-9383f6c92f96&delayLoad=false

Again, the 'embed.aspx' page is what is used to embed the panorama or synth on the Photosynth.net homepage, and on every other site that Photosynth synths or panos are embedded on like NASA ( http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/photosynth/ ), Stargate ( http://stargate.mgm.com/photosynth/ ), or people's personal weblogs ( http://natelawrence.tumblr.com/post/3007930593/ , http://cyberspaced.blogspot.com/2011/03/photosynth-photo-stitcher.html , http://www.mikemcsharry.com/link-quick-list/geography-links/ , http://www.pgrammetry.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=106 ).
VsKbPhotos (Over 1 year ago)
Thanks, but maybe Ice should give the user an option of the full screens instead of one adding 'embed.aspx' to the address
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
It's a function of the Photosynth website, not ICE. 

The embed page that I linked to above is the exact same one that you get the link to when you click the 'Embed' link below any synth or pano to put it on the page of any website which allows you to post HTML code.

If you want to send someone a link to a viewer that allows for fullscreen, though, all you need to do is switch the word 'view' in your URL to the word 'embed'. I usually add the &delayLoad=false tag so that they don't have to click it once to start the pano or synth loading, but that is optional. You can also add the &slideShowPlaying=true flag to have the slideshow begin automatically without your viewer needing to manually click the 'Play' button.
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
I know that you and I would both just like fullscreen from the normal view pages, but for someone like me who uses the keyboard shortcuts like [W][A][S][D][E][C] and [{][L][:]["] every day that I view synths, it would be extremely frustrating to have those keys deactivated whenever I am in fullscreen, which is currently mandatory for all Silverlight apps. 

*(Note that all keyboard shortcuts that were available before the Direct3D synth viewer was discontinued are still available in fullscreen mode because Direct3D does not have the same keyboard restrictions that Silverlight does when in fullscreen mode.)

The only real solutions to this problem are: 
>> Silverlight changes their policy and allows full keyboard access in fullscreen (security problems - see: http://forums.silverlight.net/forums/t/4135.aspx for one explanation)
>> A move to non-Silvelight technology for the next version of the viewer (possible - for more info, see http://bit.ly/readwriteworld )
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
By the way, I'm not sure if you're already aware of this, but any decent web browser also has a fullscreen mode, which will hide the browser navigation bars and the status bar can also be toggled. Usually, displaying the page fullscreen is done with the F11 key, although you may also consult the browser's 'View' menu and access fullscreen that way.

By using this, you can display synths from the normal view pages in true fullscreen if you wish.
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