Details of Photosynth Update, August 28th

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Tonight at 6pm pacific we completed our first update to Photosynth since we launched just 8 days ago. Here are the changes you'll notice:



  • Some improvement on the upload problems. If you've been upload errors or the dreaded "stuck in publishing" problem, you should know that we've been working very hard on these issues this week, and we've released a partial fix tonight. "Stuck in publishing" should be gone -- or much less frequent -- and we've added diagnostics to our servers to throw light on the remaining issues. Next week, we're going to do our best to get to the bottom of them.




  • A better quality "Recently Synthed" view
    We're not showing synths with very low synthiness scores.They're no fun!




  • We made the "Report Abuse" button more prominent. If you saw something innapropriate on the site it wasn't obvious how to report it.There's now an easy to recognize icon alongside the words "Report Abuse" just to the right of the synth as you view it.




  • We made Photosynth work on IE8 Beta2. Give it a try!




  • We fixed some problems with the About page. All the info on our About page is now properly accessible.




  • We changed our featured synths on the front page. Check them out.




  • We've saved your printer cartridge As gypsyviking360 pointed out, our page design with the dark stripes across the top and bottom of the page really sucked ink. Check out our new printer-friendly version.

That's it. We'll have another update as soon as we can strangle more of the remaining upload problems. Thanks for bearing with us.

David Gedye
Photosynth Group Manager.

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David Gedye, Principal Group Manager

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  • glad we did this

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Nathanael Lawrence

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Many thanks! Keep up the good work!
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Good work!
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DadRR

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I'm challenged by my conversion to IE8 B2, as i can't get photosynth working. I've uninstalled, reinstalled, repaired, and still not had success. Do you have some other ideas as to what to do? I think about all that's left is a system restore - well, ok, there's a little hyperbole there. But if you’ve got something else to try, I’d sure be interested. DadRR
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David Gedye, Principal Group Manager

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DadRR -- I assume that Photosynth was working fine for you on IE7?
Also -- are you running on Vista or XP, and what exactly is the symptom you're seeing?

Thanks, David,
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Hi David,
I'm on Vista 32 SP1, and yes, it was flawless on IE7. Now when I look at a synth, i'm prompted to install. The process starts and i'm offered a repair. I repair and it says all is well. But each time, I'm prompted to reinstall. I've deleted and reinstalled, and I've repaired. Finally I went to the control panel and deleted from there. Then tried to install again. This time I got the same thing, but with a banner advising that there was an add in that wanted to run. When I ran the add in, I got the chance to do the browser view again. Now, I think I'm working like before. It was the hidden prompt for the add in that got me. Thanks for your help. Regards, DadRR
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I'm really sorry you -- and so many others -- have had to go through these installation problems. Glad to know yours are solved, but I know we have lots of work to do to make our installation better.
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I tried this install out on my win vista ultimate desktop - not sp1 and it keeps on bringing me back to the install photosynth page. I tried it on my new dual core sp1 win vista ultimate, same problem - plenty of ram, hd space, speed... what gives on this? why is it such a pain to install. I can't view any images, can't create any even though I created one, just can't view it. Please fix this problem pronto. My 2 computers are not the issue.
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Hi, hbechtel,

When you tried to view the synths, were you using Internet Explorer or Firefox 3? You seem a savvy sort, but I thought you may have not enabled the ActiveX add-on in Internet Explorer. Firefox 3 did not seem to require this step for me, so if you haven't tried it yet and can't find how to enable the Add-on in Internet Explorer, you might want to give Firefox a try.

Hope you get it up and running soon.
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I think the thing they'll put on my tombstone will say, "Perfection is a high standard to be held to" It's the goal we all work for, but when that is the measure by which we're judged, it get awfully uncomfortable. PhotoSynth is such a great product, I'm sure that as it is refined and updated this will all be resolved. Thanks so much to you and the folks work worked this out, and all the efforts to make it available. Regards, DadRR
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Since the update, I've had no problems publishing. And I enjoy the new bits too. Works perfectly for me on IE8 Beta 2 also.

Keep up the good work. I'm loving this product!
(now to try and get my Dad to use it)
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Hi, i was wondering if it's possible to control the speed of the slideshow.
It appears that on slower internet connections the transition between photos happens before the images are even show correctly and on their full quality. You can have a slidebar underneath to adjust the speed between transitions or at least not to move on the next photo until is fully downloaded.

Thank you

Michael
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You should give this idea its own topic... it definitely deserves it! That way we could vote on it and make sure it makes it onto the feature request list.
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Yes -- please do give it it's one topic. I'll respond to it there, so that it doesn't get buried in this thread.
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Hi David, one feature that I miss a lot in this public release version is the one that let me do a 3D tour automatically, I have been searching the button that was in the live labs examples pages. Its not the 3D button that the actual page support, the button was a kind of orbit with a point on it. I let you an image to the button , when I showed photosynth to students o end users this button was the one guilty of a general ¡¡¡WOW!!! in the audience.
Thanks