Topic: WoW - Photosynth HTML panorama view on iPhone/iPad !?

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yoshihirok (Over 1 year ago)
WoW, On iPhone and iPad, panorama show by HTML , non silverlight !?
So, We can view any panomara in Safari, Facebook App, Twitter App in iPhone/iPad.

It seems to switch User-Agent.
In Safari 5 on Windows, and change user-agent to 'Safari iOS 3.2.2 - iPad', we can view panoramas in HTML, non silverlight.

and Please support HTML view not only iPhone/iPad and also Android !
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Yep! Yoshihirok is right.

Daniel Gasienica (@gasi) was saying the same thing a couple of nights ago on Twitter.

Since we haven't seen an announcement on the Photosynth weblog ( ) or in the Announcements Forum here in the forums, I think that the team still has some work to do before they're ready to make a big noise about the HTML5 panorama viewer.

Like you, Yoshihirok, I would love to see this viewer be able to be used on Android and other platforms.

Some things that still need some work: 
:: The HTML viewer doesn't (yet) support the higher resolutions in a panorama - only medium resolution.
:: The HTML viewer doesn't (yet) work for embedded panoramas.
:: The HTML viewer doesn't (yet) support the camera coordinates in 'Share' links.
:: The HTML viewer doesn't (yet) support opening photosynths - only panoramas.
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
The team is busy working on building a single viewer that opens panoramas, photosynths, spin movies, + other imagery types. This will enable the long awaited synth linking ( ) + will allow you to move between synths, panos, + the map tiles themselves as though it were all a singular photosynth. 

Their team is also busy building copies of this new omniviewer in different technologies: not only in HTML5/CSS3/Javascript, but also a WebGL version, which should be able to handle much faster + fluid graphics. These versions of the viewer will be open sourced so that developers can create viewers for their own favorite platforms + contribute their viewer code back to be used by other developers. 

The project is part of Bing Maps' new Read/Write World collaborative project. Their alpha site is here:

More info here

The HTML pano viewer is just the beginning. ツ
EdrickPB (Over 1 year ago)
Nate is correct, we are not making a big announcement right now about the HTML5 panorama viewer, even though it is now obviously present on panorama links viewed on with iOS.  Less-complex HTML viewers make it quicker for friends to view panoramas on these devices without needing to install the app.  For broad Facebook sharing, this is an important consideration.  

The app is still the preferred viewer for those who want to zoom into multiple tile resolution levels, but this viewer represents a first step into this new space.

Eric Bennett
yoshihirok (Over 1 year ago)
Thank you, Nate and Eric.

I love photosynth !.
and Thank you for your great work.

I shared this forum's thead in Facebook Page 'Photosynth Japan' in Japanese.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Well, now that I'm running the preview version of 'Windows 8' and the Metro version of Internet Explorer is plugin-free ( ), I'm ready to see the HTML5 viewers start to target desktop browsers. 

I'm glad that Safari can load up the HTML5 pano viewer, but I'm very much looking forward to synths also being browsable, plugin-free as well as multi-resolution being added to the HTML5 viewers in Internet Explorer.
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
A few other limitations that the current implementation of the HTML viewer has: 
:: The HTML viewer doesn't (yet) support highlights.
:: The HTML viewer doesn't (yet) allow iOS users to view|post comments on the panorama or photosynth.
:: The HTML viewer doesn't (yet) work on Windows Phone or Android browsers.
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
I thought I'd just add links to Daniel's tweets that I mentioned at the top for timeline reasons. Here's the chat between he and Peter Sibley from the Photosynth team.
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
It should be noted here that as of earlier in 2012, embedded panoramas now function in iOS Safari. 
They don't yet render as part of the page, but do at least launch the HTML viewer in a new page fullscreen in Mobile Safari.
DrewWilson (Over 1 year ago)
I appreciate the effort that you have also included the guide on youtube. My friends in an ipad cases design firm, will sure love the idea, they have been looking for this, actually.