Topic: Launch issue

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john.loney (Over 1 year ago)
oops. photosynth doesn't work on your operating system yet.
john.loney (Over 1 year ago)
Have an issue after installating the Photosynth. Does not allow to creat a one and shows the message as "oops. photosynth doesn't work on your operating system yet."
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Hi there, John, 

::1) What operating system are you using? 

::2) Where are you seeing the "... Photosynth doesn't work on your operating system yet." message? I am assuming it is here on the website.


If you are running the Windows Developer Preview ("Windows 8"), then: 

::A) Here is the link to download the Photosynth app for Windows:
After you save it on your computer, open the installer and click 'Next' until it finishes.

After it finishes installing, you can open the Photosynth app from your Windows Start Menu/Start Screen. You can also create a desktop icon for the app or launch it (after it is installed) from the 'Upload' button here on the website.

When the Photosynth app opens, and you sign into your account, you can drag multiple photos from Windows Explorer, directly into the Photosynth app. Give your photosynth a title (upper left corner of 'Create a Synth' window) + 'Synth'.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Again, if you are running the Windows Developer Preview ("Windows 8"), then: 

::B) You can get around the "... Photosynth doesn't work on your operating system yet." message by: 
installing Firefox 3 (yes, 3 - not 8 or 9) from, 
right clicking on the Firefox icon, 
selecting 'Properties', 
selecting the 'Compatibility' tab, 
selecting 'Windows 7', 
clicking 'Apply' or 'OK'. 

This will also enable you to use the original (and superior) Direct3D Photosynth viewer.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
If you are using a Mac or Linux computer, you'll need to install Windows before you install the Photosynth app.

On a Mac, you can use Boot Camp to create a second partition on your hard drive/flash memory which you can then install Windows on. After you install Windows, whenever you turn on your computer, you can then choose to start Windows or OSX.

On a Linux computer, the process is very similar, except that I am unfamiliar with Linux partition managers and therefore cannot recommend one.

If you do not wish to have to reboot your computer every time you want to use a Windows app, you can use a virtual machine in OSX or Linux. Install Windows inside of that, and then install the Photosynth app inside the virtual machine. 

Examples of VMs for Mac include VMware's Fusion ( or Parallels ( ).
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
If you are hoping to upload panoramas (many photos taken from one single perspective, merged into one), rather than photosynths (many photos taken from many perspectives, linked together in 3D space), then you'll want to download Microsoft ICE for Windows here:
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
With the launch of Photosynth's 2014 Technical Preview at users (Windows, Mac, or Linux) are now able to upload photos to create new photosynths directly through their modern web browser and view them with the new WebGL viewer.

Newest uploads:

You can apply to the preview to begin uploading at

Tips for getting started: 
Video Tutorial:
Expert Shooting Guide:

Video Demo with David Gedye:
Video Sneak Peek with Blaise Aguera y Arcas:

Frequently Asked Questions:
About the Preview:

Ask questions and send feedback on the Preview's dedicated forum: