I was going to post that it was working fine - but then it crashed my machine....
Ah well, the bit I saw looked good.
Microsoft today released a free photo-stitching tool that runs in the cloud – sadly for Redmond, at time of writing Photosynth is having a little lie-down. At a demo of the software at the London Eye this morning, Microsoft enthusiast evangelist Paul Foster told El Reg that the firm was keeping its fingers crossed that the …
When you try to run Photosynth in Firefox on Ubuntu the following message is shown:
"Unfortunately, we're not cool enough to run on your OS yet. We really wish we had a version of Photosynth that worked cross platform, but for now it only runs on Windows."
Blimey, Microsoft actually admitting that Linux is cooler than Windows. Whatever next?!
" Oops... the leaves fell off and we're temporarily unable to load that page.
If you go back a page and try again it may work just fine. If not, check out our support site for more information. "
If I try to click on anything picturey.
You might have thought a bit of testing may have been performed before being given over to the public. Not that they ever seem to bother testing their OSes so not sure why I expected to view a working/usable product.
Couldn't someone working on those have had a crack at sorting the underlying issues though? Also, I have to say:
"Microsoft Live Labs developed the technology in tandem with researchers at the University of Washington over the past two years" - i.e. MS bankrolled University of Washington research.
"The viewer uses technology from Seadragon, a company bought by Microsoft in February 2006." - i.e. The viewer *is* technology from Seadragon.
I'm glad to see they got Photosynth out the door. Glitches are typical when research hackers try to turn their code into a product. It's hard for academics to let go and allow the systems management people to take over. They really should release an SDK someday.
There's a nice TED talk about this technology here: http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/blaise_aguera_y_arcas_demos_photosynth.html
Not sure what definition of "3D" you're using, but this ain't it.
This is a standard "2D" (x-axis + y-axis) panorama with zooming capability.
"3D" = x-axis + y-axis + z-axis = width + height + depth (not zoom)
Find out more about "3D" on the web:
By the way, the database system, Sea Dragon, was purchased. I'm not sure what role it plays, but the actual Photosynth project was in-house (Rick Szeliski and his cohorts at Live Labs and MS Research). They did one of the most capable image panarama stitchers some years ago (the only reason to buy Microsoft Digital Image Suite). There are a lot of free stitchers out there, I've used them all, but nobody can even hold a candle to Szeliski's algorithms.
It seems to have died completely now (19:00 GMT). I tried to connect to it from Linux (*before* I saw that it was MS only) and received the following message:
The following error occurred:
[code=SERVER_RESPONSE_RESET] The server response could not be read because of an error. Contact your system administrator.
Please contact the administrator."
Upon seeing the MS only message I checked from an XP machine, only to receive the same message. As I am able to happily browse the rest of the Internet, I reckon it is safe to ignore the message about contacting my system administrator (which I also happen to be, incidentally, but that is besides the point).
Then again, maybe it objected to my Linux proxy server?
Dead vulture, as it seems to be a dead duck (for the moment, at least).
On the installation page it says that it will not work in VMWare Fusion or Parallels on a Mac. I'm amazed they even spared the pixels to say that at all, but it's not true anyway. If you enable DirectX 9 support in VMWare 2 beta, it works just fine. I was also surprised to find that it worked just fine in Firefox too.
Unfortunately, we're not cool enough to run on your OS yet. We really wish we had a version of Photosynth that worked cross platform, but for now it only runs on Windows.
Trust us, as soon as we have a Mac version ready, it will be up and available on our site.
I think you'll find they were referring to Mac. Remember, linux doesnt exist in their eyes unless it comes to patent infringment.
For once the micros**t marketing department made a smart choice --- if they'd gone with silverlight and the thing crashed and flamed as webby2.0 apps are bound to, this would have cost them even more silverlight-interest --- those are paying customers, as opposed to these photostitchers.
Even if silverlight were innocent of flaming death, it would still be suspect.
The 3D view in maps.live.com (Virtual Earth, the equivalent of Google Earth), uses the same method to show the 3D location of "Bird's Eye View" pictures - aerial photos taken at an angle so that you can see the sides of buildings.
(And it's an interesting alternative to Google Street View.)
"Unfortunately, we're not cool enough to run on your OS yet. We really wish we had a version of Photosynth that worked cross platform, but for now it only runs on Windows.
Trust us, as soon as we have a Mac version ready, it will be up and available on our site."
I'm on a Compaq nc600 lappy running Windows 2000 pro.
I love Microsoft...LOL
oh noes! no cross platform compatibility? i wish someone would bitch slap developers who release software and all that jazz before realizing Mac OS and Linux are indeed out there and being used. OOhh how tempting it is to post a large pile of doggy poop through their office letterbox just to show how "happy" they make me.
Paris Hilton because apparently the world of technology confuses them, just as shoe laces confuse her.
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