First a video:
This is the demonstration video of Photo Tourism which was later transformed into Microsoft Photosynth (Wikipedia). Now, you’ll find it difficult to disagree with me when I say this is a great product. It just has that “cool factor”.
However, the Photosynth website says at the system requirements:
Only Windows XP SP2 and Windows Vista RC1 or later are supported at this time. However, the video I showed above clearly shows it running on Linux (take a look at the titlebar of the web browser or the “add annotation dialog”). This could mean two things:
- Microsoft deliberately decided not to support Linux
- Microsoft may still want to make this available for Linux
I of course hope it is the latter, however, I am inclined to think the former is more likely. Four of the five members of the team worked at the University of Washington and might have worked on this project on Linux. However, now that the project website is at Microsoft’s website and it has been renamed to Microsoft Photosynth, I fear Microsoft did not want it to run on Linux. And obviously, the new demo videos do not show it running on Linux… What a terrible waste And if you go a little further, imagine how great it would’ve been if this was an open source project!
On the other hand, I have no knowledge at all about the project’s history or Microsoft’s decision, so this post might be completely ridiculous. In that case, I’m terribly sorry to ruin this blog’s reputation at the third post already…. If you know the details, please tell me in the comments to this post. Thanks!