Doesn't work on 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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  • thouroughly annoyed! and unhappy and sad and angry and unloved and left out just because of my choice of browser

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I'd like to see support for Opera.
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Nathang345,

The reason that Safari for Mac is not yet 'supported' is because the Photosynth viewer relies on DirectX for its positioning of photos and points in 3D which is only available on Windows. Live Labs has said repeatedly that they want to bring Photosynth to the Mac but it's going to take time to reprogram everything to run on top of OpenGL which the Mac uses for 3D.

The lack of Safari support on Windows is certainly worthy of your criticism, but I'm thinking the team's hands are so full of fixing bugs and building new features (big priorities) that something like supporting extra browsers seems small by comparison. That's only my guess - not anything that I've heard from anyone at Live Labs. Other people have asked for Chrome and Opera support on Windows as well and while it would certainly be appreciated, the fact is that most people can still use the viewer even if it isn't in their favorite browser.

In the meantime if you have an Intel Mac, you might be interested in trying the new Experimental Silverlight Viewer which should 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.

I hope that helps!

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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I have silverlight, but it isn't helping anything. i haven't found a single webpage (short of microsoft itself's) that takes advantage of it.
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What about the page that I linked you to? It should enable you to view synths on a Mac. That's got to count for something.
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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.