App Wall @ WWDC



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A massive display of the 20,000 or so most popular iPhone apps on the iTunes App Store at WWDC '09. Whenever an app is bought, it's icon pops up and down. See the "About" highlights for a more in-depth description of the exhibit. Pictures were taken on an iPhone so quality isn't that great, but the pictures synthed incredibly well.

*Note the closeup on iSynth. In one photo it's popping up because somebody downloaded it!

If you weren't linked from it, check out the TechCrunch article about this synth at
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Date Created 6/10/2009

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K Over 1 year ago
Very cool. Especially cool that you caught a download of iSynth in progress :)
Marvin Over 1 year ago
Great job indeed. Go Photosynth!
Jonathan Over 1 year ago
Shail Over 1 year ago
Awesome !!
David-Photosynth-Team Over 1 year ago
Hey Greg -- did I understand you right that these photos were all taken on an iPhone? If so, this is probably the biggest synth from a camera phone so far. Size isn't everything of course, but even so -- great job.
Greg Over 1 year ago
Yep, they're all iPhone photos. It would have been nice to get the higher resolution of a real camera, but it seems fitting given the content :)
Nathanael Over 1 year ago
Greg, when you've joined the Photosynth team, what are the technical challenges of integrating a link to iSynth from each synth's page here on the site so that you could view synths externally just as we currently view YouTube videos in the external YouTube app?

I'm assuming that there would be some small iSynth related plugin needed for mobile Safari which sounds like a no-go, considering Apple's stance towards plugins like Flash and Silverlight, but I was wondering if it could possibly be as simple as defining a protocol for synths that Safari would delegate to iSynth in the way that it does for Quicktime files etc.

As I'm sure is painfully obvious, I don't know what is required technically but I'd love to see surfing on the iPhone integrated with using iSynth.
Greg Over 1 year ago
Nathanael, No idea what the technical challenge of a feature like that would be. I'd imagine it would either be very easy or completely impossible (for the reasons you mentioned). I don't know what the future holds for Photosynth on the iPhone, but I'll certainly keep your suggestion in mind if I continue to develop it.
LucAskAng Over 1 year ago
Really cool.
Nathanael Over 1 year ago
Greg, for what it's worth, Daniel Gasienica over on the Seadragon team pulled off launching Seadragon Mobile from within Seadragon Ajax on so the same thing should be more than possible with Photosynth.

To me, this would bridge an absolutely massive gap in satisfaction, allowing me to open unlisted synths, more quickly move between viewing and commenting, etc. etc. Some way would definitely be needed to drop back out to Safari on the synth's page from within iSynth (moreso than simply going to the author's profile) as well to make the experience sweet, but I believe that it's all possible.

I know that iSynth doesn't have the official blessing and the team most likely doesn't want to have any obligations to make sure that the app continues to work with the site in the future, but maybe Daniel could work something up for the site if no one on your team has the time with you coding up the way to drop back to Safari after viewing a synth.
Nathanael Over 1 year ago
Actually... that was Aseem Kishore, not Daniel, and Aseem's schedule seems overbooked already, so perhaps that's not the direction to pursue, but I still maintain that since he's already done that sort of thing, he'd be someone useful to speak with.
Greg Over 1 year ago
Hey Nathanael,

Thanks for the investigation. I looked into it a while back and it turns out this is actually pretty easy to get working. Unfortunately, the team is very booked and I'm not actively working on iSynth right now :( If we resume working on mobile stuff in the future, I'm sure we'll add this feature.
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