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Standalone and 100% offline

Make this a stand-alone application. I don't want to share my pictures, I don't want to waste time on uploading them, and I don't want to waste time on downloading them again.
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  • Would you be willing to pay for that? It's not in their interest to have a completely standalone, downloadable app that's free.
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    Would be great if you could have the option of keeping some synths private or only viewable to invited people
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    If there are plans for making this product stand alone from the web, It would be very useful in cataloging hundreds of pictures within a company that are proprietary in nature.
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  • I haven't created my first synth yet, but I think a great idea would be to be able to download the "slide show" to a USB drive so it can be played off line. I have the ability to put a USB drive into my HDTV and that would be great for showing synth's.
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  • Ginigma, downloading the 'slide show' to a USB drive would involve downloading all the photos (actually several versions of each one packed into something like a zip file), the point cloud data that describes how each picture relates to the others, as well as downloading some version of the photosynth viewer which translates all of that into what we see.

    I could be wrong, but I think that writing a version of the viewer that runs on any device that you plug it into is going to be where the technological problem lies. When you plug your USB stick into your HDTV, the only processing would have to be done on your HDTV, but I doubt (I don't know for sure, obviously) that every HDTV either (a) has the processing power to run the Photosynth viewer or (b) speaks the same language as all the other HDTVs so that you could write a viewer that worked on all of them.

    It seems to me that any of this type of support of "plug and play" depends on Live Labs talking to HDTV manufacturers to get them to support 'synths' 'out of the box' (that is to say supported inside the firmware of the actual HDTV that run your TV's menus, photo slideshows, resizing of video to fit your screen etc.). I know that Live Labs views synths as a new media format, every bit as groundbreaking as photos or video and wants it to be recognized as such, but I think that support will come about by them offering tools to the TV manufacturers and the manufacturers, themselves, implementing support. What RCA, Sony, Hitachi, Panasonic, Samsung, etc. do about supporting synths on older models of their TVs, I do not know. That is a problem for their engineers, although if Live Labs were to make a viewer that could run on any HDTV, I would, like you, be just as happy. I just don't know that that scenario is possible. The hard part is that the synth format is not, as far as I know, entirely complete. Again, I could be wrong, but what happens when TV manufacturers finally support Synths version 1 and suddenly the Photosynth team comes up with a bunch of new features that require an updated viewer that supports all of those new features that we can call Synths version 2 (for the purposes of my example)?

    The question even after you get the viewer running is, "What about controls?". You could have it autoplay, of course, but a large part of the joy of Photosynth for many people is choosing where to go next and how often. Presumably a DVD remote would have enough buttons to map all applicable controls, but this is yet another problem that I have no expertise to solve.

    Even beyond all of this are the potential legal problems. This implies that you could just download every photo in someone's synth. What if that synth was made by a professional photographer? You now have all of their files sitting in front of you on your machine, just waiting for you to unwrap. The professional photographer is not going to be pleased unless Live Labs can do everything in their power to make sure that no one can steal their work in this manner.

    For now, my advice to you would simply be: look into using your HDTV as a second monitor for your PC. You'll still have to rely on an internet connection, but you're likely to see synths on the big screen much sooner this way. I'm sure that the offline component was a large part of your request, but I'm just not sure how soon that option will be available.

    All the best,
    Nate
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