Mac Users: Try out Parallels 4.0

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Parallels 4.0 just shipped last week, so we gave it a quick try here at the lab. I have to say it looks pretty nice. We haven't tested this configuration thorougly, so there are probably some issues we haven't seen yet.

To get the viewer to work, you'll have to make sure that "Enable 3d acceleration" is checked under Configure->Hardware->Video. Note that you can only change this when the virtual machine is stopped.

If you have a Mac, consider giving this a try and let us know how it goes. You can get Parallels here: You'll need to have a copy of Windows on a DVD, and Boot Camp as well.
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Hello Matt,

I use Parallels + XP SP2 on my MacBookPro to try out Photosynth.
Finaly it works :-)

BTW, you don't need Bootcamp to run Parallels ;-)

Q) the "P" button to view the point clouds is not working, the viewer goes on black (as it should) but the colored pixels presenting the points are not showed.
Is there a setting that I can change on OSX/XP/Parallels that can make it work ?


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Uh, Parallels is a substitute for Boot Camp. You don't need one to run the other.
Also, Boot Camp is generally better for any graphics-intesive use. Boot Camp would probably render better performance in this case.
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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
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.