New features, updated old ones and general news from the Photosynth team.
As of last week, to see the Photosynth App in the marketplace, you need to be signed in with a Microsoft account that is tied to your WP7.5 phone.
Why would that be? Because the marketplace is now defaulting to apps for WP8, and since Photosynth for Windows Phone 7.5 was a very special beast, and one of the few apps that cannot automatically run on Windows Phone 8, until we release our Photosynth for WP8, the default view will show us as missing in action.
Fear not! We are getting very close to releasing our WP8 version, and until then if you want to get the WP7.5 version just sign in with a Microsoft Account tied to your phone and you'll be able to download the existing app.
Photosynth Lead Program Manager
Thanks for the explanation, David!
THANKS A LOT ! .. :3
Thanks so much for being proactive and letting us know about this, I wish others in this space would take a leaf from your "full disclosure" book. Any way we can get notified when you release the WP8 version?
Your best bet is probably subscribe to Photosynth's weblog via an RSS reader or email notifications of new entries.
You can find the link to their weblog on the Photosynth homepage and the bottom of any page here on their site. Here it is: http://blogs.msdn.com/photosynth/
What does "very close" mean? I'm missing Photosynth on my new Lumia 920...
I think "very close" means: "after we released 5-10 updates for the iOS version" ...
@hidiho, "very close" means that the Photosynth team has had the Windows Phone 8 software developer kit for some time, including the Windows Phone 8 emulator (perhaps even some early prototype Windows Phone 8 hardware) but that until AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile put their Windows Phone 8 handsets out starting with AT&T on November 9th, Photosynth couldn't test their app on the actual phones that people would be using to make sure there weren't any bugs and that the app was running as fast as it was in the emulator.
Previous signs of development on the WP8 version of Photosynth's mobile app:
2012 Sep. 05: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvp5W1kcP3Q&hd=1&t=38m40s
2012 Oct. 29: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQZEkXCE_fY&hd=1&t=6m50s
2012 Nov. 01: https://twitter.com/photosynth/status/264137964353880065
Photosynth's offices used to be at Bravern 2: http://bit.ly/bravern2synthing so they may be uploading new test synths from this area of the map if you want to watch the map.
i took the HD7 of my brother nd synced it with my microsoft account. but i still cant download photosynth :I
Just got my new HTC 8x and its awesome camera is mighty lonely without any panoramas to put on it :(
When oh wise and powerful photosynth team?
Funny, I'm as desperate as the others here. I really didn't think Photosynth wouldn't be available once I upgraded to Windows Phone 8, but I'm also a developer...so I understand. That said, I hope they're making the WP8 version the priority and not those other ugly operating systems.
Any news on this?
It's in "final testing" for more than 5 weeks now... :(
Over month now since the "final" testing announcement.... When will Photosynth be ready for WP8??
Why can't we even get an update? This is ridiculous.
I too am patiently waiting. they really have only the last month to do testing so im willing to give it a little more time. Just hope they have this out before my next trip as Id really like to put my 8X camera to the test.
Very strange that a Microsoft product is fixed for IOS 6 before it is released for Windows Phone 8, let's talk about priorities :-(
I want Photosynth. BAD!!! It's been 6 weeks since it started "final" testing. you do realize there is a beta testing channel? Many of us with phones would be more than wiling to help test.
Guess were not going to see this anytime soon! :-(
I would just like to hear about ANY progress!!!
Very much missing Photosynth since getting my Ativ S WP8. Had it for two weeks now and so many missed oportunities. Any news? It's an awesome app.
HTC 8 x waiting waiting waiting waiting waiting, This is strange to say at least..
Dear Microsoft, if you want us to support Windows Phone 8, then YOU have to support Windows Phone 8. It's a good job you've got Nokia making good apps.
I, like many, really miss Photosynth since getting my Lumia 920....had it on the Lumia 900 and obviously loved it.
Come on @Microsoft....this is kind of ridiculous, you know?
It is really quite infuriating that the Lumia 920 has the hardware and OS to rival the iPhone5, yet Microsoft can't provide an app like Photosynth (which would far surpass any of the currently available panorama/photostich apps for the WP8)TO ITS OWN PRODUCT! These are the hitches that make people wary of Microsoft. They ought to wake up before they lose the little traction they have right now in the smartphone industry with the Lumia 920/HTC 8x. I for one, am quite happy with my L920. The camera is a major reason I chose the phone, but the lack of a decent photostich program (and instagram...) is driving me up the wall.
The Photosynth fiasco shows an amazing disconnect within Microsoft. That this app wasn't available when WP8 launched is disappointing. That is STILL isn't available is downright inexcusable.
Want to seriously compete with iOS and Android, Microsoft? You had better tighten up your game.
Come on team where's the Photosynth for WP8?!?!
Where is the App? It's been 2 months since the original poster said it was 'very close' to being released. Why on Earth isn't it here yet? The Windows Phone community has seen a large increase in new users, and this app is one of the gems. Please release ASAP!!
I hope this WP8 version captures the past, present and the future because no amount of other new features would take that long to test.
@Microsoft, all the above comments will tell you why Android > Windows.
David posted a brief update on Twitter on January 14th:
"Photosynth for WP8 slipped due to problems with drivers on a few important phones. Mostly behind us now. Release should be weeks away."
I was sooo happy to have my new Lumia 920 and when I was looking for the Photosynth App (which wanted to get a lot of my iPhone pals and already regretted they did not buy a wp) it is not there and as already mentioned in the other comments, 2 months ago we were at "close". sometimes it is so frustrating being an evangelist for wp...
I'm looking every day if it's available... :/
In addition to this Announcements forum, http://twitter.com/photosynth and http://blogs.msdn.com/photosynth are your best chances for updates.
Here's a Bing News query for stories about Photosynth: http://www.bing.com/news/search?q=Photosynth
Subscribe by RSS: http://www.bing.com/news/search?q=Photosynth&format=RSS or by eMail (Scroll to the bottom of the News results page for the link.)
Here's a Google News query for stories about Photosynth: https://www.google.com/search?q=Photosynth&tbo=d&tbm=nws
Subscribe by RSS: http://news.google.com/news?q=Photosynth&output=rss or by eMail: http://www.google.com/alerts?t=1&q=Photosynth
@Nathanael, if I had anything good to give you, I'd offer it to you to announce that you're releasing an Android or Blackberry version instead just to make these people even crazier. Fiasco? Really? #firstworldproblems
Seriously, I would love an Android version but you guys really should have something going for your latest phones. There had better be an awesome version for the Surface Pro out there or I'll be back in here screaming and crying with everyone else. ;)
@threedevious, perhaps you're confused?
I'm just another Microsoft user like everyone else here, except for David Gedye at the top of the thread.
I have no control over what Microsoft employees do.
I want a WP8 version of Photosynth, the same as anyone else. I was just trying to share places to check for news with my peers.
I too would like to see a Photosynth app in the Windows Store for use with Windows RT and Windows 8.
As for Surface Pro owners, a Windows Store app would be good, but we still have access to the real original Photosynth application, Direct3D photosynth viewer, Microsoft ICE, and HDView, so we're covered while we wait for a Windows Store app that could consolidate the features of those four Windows applications.
In the mean time, all we can do is sit tight and wait for news.
The wait is over. =)
Here's the blog post:
Here's the link to download the app: