Topic: Don't take the Direct3D viewer away unless you're offering something better

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NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
I noticed last week after the June update that you have removed the link to the Direct3D viewer on original photosynths.

I am pretty disappointed with this as it remains my preferred way of viewing original photosynths.
The Silverlight viewer's performance is simply not good enough.

I know that for the time being I can still manually edit the view link to use the Direct3D viewer, but I don't like you not acknowledging its existence.

The features that were added to the Silverlight viewer like overhead view, highlights, and loading at the author's set first photo are certainly nice to have but can never replace the performance of the Direct3D viewer.

The speed and performance is a big part of what got people so interested in the original Seadragon and Photosynth demos and the Silverlight viewer takes that away.

I'd still like to see a WebGL original synth viewer that combines the performance of the D3D viewer with the features of the Silverlight viewer.
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
I know that an ActiveX plugin that you stopped developing back in late 2008 or early 2009 is probably not high on your list of things to keep supporting.

Having said that, you said when I asked before ( ) that you would probably keep the Silverlight viewer around for viewing original synths and I would point out that Silverlight itself is an ActiveX plugin in Internet Explorer.

The upshot of that is that any version of Internet Explorer which is able to load the Silverlight synth viewer is also capable of loading the Direct3D synth viewer and since the Silverlight viewer is so inferior to Direct3D, please at least give us (your users) a choice to choose our preference of original synth viewer.