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RIP Silverlight, Photosynth, Deep Zoom.

Post production on steroids

Unfortunately Microsoft has announced the End of Life for Silverlight. 

Microsoft Silverlight will reach the end of support on October 12, 2021. Silverlight development framework is currently only supported on Internet Explorer 10 and Internet Explorer 11, with support for Internet Explorer 10 ending on January 31, 2020. There is no longer support for Chrome, Firefox, or any browser using the Mac operating system.

Apparently, this does not mean that it will stop working on that date, but it is not looking good for its longevity. The reason my previous Photographic website was hosted on a windows server was to enable the use of Silverlight, Photosynth, and Deep Zoom. Without that need this site is hosted on a Linux Platform.

Photosynth is already dead

Or is it?

An overview of Photosynth at Softonic together with the possibility of a download. However, I would treat the download with extreme caution. Extract of the review below

Impressive online 3D photo viewer

There are many ways to share photos with your beloved ones, both offline and online, but few of them are as spectacular as PhotoSynth.

PhotoSynth is presented by Microsoft as an innovative and original way of publishing and sharing your photos on the Web. It's as easy to use as other photo sharing websites, only that its photo player includes special 3D features that makes PhotoSynth especially suitable for panoramas.

After logging in with your Windows Live ID and creating a PhotoSynth profile, you're ready to start using the program. Use the client to choose and upload photos, and then check your creation on the web browser (you'll need a special plug-in for this, but this is automatically installed with PhotoSynth). You'll be able to navigate the panorama in a three-dimensional environment by dragging and clicking your mouse around the stitched photos.

While Photosynth is definitely an easy yet impressive way to share your pictures online - especially with the full-screen viewer - it lacks all the social tools you find in other similar websites,such as being able to rate pictures or leave comments, just to mention a couple of them.

With PhotoSynth you can create, publish and share online your photos in a nicely design interface, with special support for 3D panoramas.

 Of course none of this is currently available.

Another overview at Wikipedia.

On 6 February 2017, Microsoft decommissioned the Photosynth website and services. Apparently I could have downloaded my Photosynth models from Photosynth.net, the hosting service, before it closed, but how could I use them. Again, apparently, there was a way, for a while, but with the closure of Silverlight that will no longer be possible.

Another article about its decline in Softpedia News, Microsoft has officially retired Photosynth, after previously warning users in November to save their data and prevent losses.

Alternatively you can read my own thoughts on Photosynth from my old site.

Microsoft did include a version of Photosynth in its Microsoft Pix camera App for iPhones but it was not as extensixe, albiet allegedly faster. However, that has also now been dropped.

I feel convident that all the things that Photosynth used to be able to do, can still be done using different services. My experiance at a work level with BIM and 3D/4D/5D modelling, together with Augmented Reality, and other photogrammetry techniques, helps provide this convidence. However, with Photosynth, which was all free, you had the engine to do the hard work, the Photosynth.net to host and display your images and provide a comunity, and the viewer to make it easy to see. Add to that some of the Social thoughts of the earlier stages of development, where images posted on Social Media, and other places with appropriate freedom, could be pulled together, with loads of others, to form the likes of Notre Dame Catherdral, in 3D. If on place, then many other tourist destinations. All enriching our lives and enhancing Bing Maps and similar.

An article about photogrammetry software.

Now looking back to some of the inspirational talks.

Photosynth 2: Exploring 3D environments | Blaise Aguera Y Arcas

In this talk from TEDGlobal 2013, Blaise Agüera y Arcas of Microsoft introduces us to the new Photosynth, a set of tools which lets the everyday photographer create swooping, movement-filled 3-dimensional panoramas of spaces that look like they were created by special effects masters.

 Togerther with a related article.

An earlier presentation about Microsoft Photosynth

Photosynth takes a large collection of photos of a place or object, analyzes them for similarities, and displays them in a reconstructed 3-Dimensional space.

 Even earlier, in 2007, entitled Microsoft Seadragon.

 

 Deep Zoom