Photosynth in (Moon-Silver)light

Scott, Scott and Tim were among the first to blog about today’s big news – Miguel de Icaza’s announcement that Moonlight 1.0 is live! It’s a pretty impressive achievement, which I hope to write more about once I have installed and played with it myself.

However, hidden in Miguel’s post was something else I thought was just as cool — Barack Obama’s inauguration Photosynth The Moment was shown in Moonlight (not just on Photosynth)… wha!?

I thought this was a massive ‘discovery’. Photosynth previously had a custom viewer install that only ran on Windows… and now it’s on Linux?!

Turns out ScottGu did ‘announce’ this, back in January (don’t know how I missed it)

CNN and MSNBC are both launching Photosynth viewers that will … combine pictures … to create an interactive Photosynth experience of the event using Silverlight’s built-in DeepZoom feature to deliver an amazing 3D viewing of it.

Check out the difference between the plug-in version (view synth):

and the Silverlight version (view synth and object tag):

Very similar – all the Silverlight version is missing is the ‘control point cloud’ that you see holding down Ctrl in the embedded viewer. more here

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