Does not work in Safari! What gives?

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Your system requierments say that Photosynth only works in IE or Firefox, not Safari for Mac or Windows. What gives? When can I expect Safari compatibility? Surely that would not be hard to pull off?
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nathang345@gmail.com

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  • thouroughly annoyed! and unhappy and sad and angry and unloved and left out just because of my choice of browser

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We prioritized Safari low on our list of browsers because we only run on PCs at the moment. I know that Safari runs on PCs, but every new browser is a big deal for Photosynth because we are a plug-in, and the plug-in interfaces are slightly different for each of them.

Rest assured that when we run on the Mac we will run in Safari.
David.
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all right, but when can we expect a mac version? couldn't you do that for us?
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Nathanael Lawrence

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Nathang345,

If you have an Intel Mac, you might be interested in trying the new Experimental Silverlight Photosynth Viewer which should (as far as I know) run on any Intel Mac in Safari and Firefox. It's still in development and doesn't have support for viewing point clouds, but you still get all the greatness of viewing your photos as they relate to each other. For the time being, you'll also have an extra step of copying a synth's URL from the main website and pasting it into the experimental page I linked you to (if you're meaning to look at a specific synth) but I'm sure that will change in the future. It's something to tide you over until a proper Mac version comes out anyway.

Also, if you have an iPhone or iPod Touch you might be interested in Seadragon Mobile which is a version of the zooming technology used in Photosynth. You can even view the photos from synths using it (although only in 2D). You should definitely give it a look if you have the chance.
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Nathanael Lawrence

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I know that this thread is ancient, but wanted to get the word out that on 2013 December 10th, Photosynth put up a beta of what they're going to be releasing in 2014.

There are no native apps yet, but the preview of their new website is live and you can sign up for access.

Once you're accepted, all you need is some photos shot for one of the four new synth types and your desktop/laptop web browser.

The photos for new synths are now uploaded directly through the browser, synthed on Photosynth's servers, and viewed in the browser.

The new synth viewer is written in WebGL and works in Internet Explorer 11, and the latest versions of Firefox and Chrome (Safari as well, if you manually enable WebGL). This means that you can now both create and view synths from any desktop or laptop, regardless of whether it runs Windows, MacOS, or Linux.

To get you started, here is the video tutorial for the new Photosynth preview:

To see it again, just visit photosynth.net/preview/help
For more detail, please download the Expert Shooting Guide from that page.

Also, here are two videos about the Photosynth 2014 Technical Preview which will help you get a flavor for how things have changed.

One by Photosynth's former architect, Blaise from TED Global 2013 on June 6th:


and another by Photosynth manager, David Gedye:


Looking forward to seeing uploads from everyone!
Come by the forum for the preview and share your thoughts with Photosynth's team and other peers like you and me.