Microsoft Photosynth on the Mac with VMware Fusion 2

Just to show everyone how the latest and greatest Windows software will pretty much

always run on a Mac on VMware Fusion, we made a quick video demo of Microsoft’s Photosynth 3d photo visualization product—which supposedly doesn’t run on a Mac, even according to Microsoft!

Late last night I was scanning the Twitter chatter on “VMware Fusion” and saw a bunch of people chatting it up about Microsoft’s new Photosynth 3D photo visualization productWalt Mossberg has a review of it here.

More the the point, a lot of people were griping about how Photosynth doesn’t work natively on Mac OS X (like a lot of first-release Microsoft products), but moreover, that the only option for running it on a Mac was Windows in Boot Camp.  This, according to Microsoft’s own site.

We’ll see about that!

Naturally, I was skeptical, so I fired up my “play around” XP VM, and pulled down the Photosynth installer using Internet Explorer.  About five minutes later, I was walking through a 3D Taj Mahal and Stonhenge, on my Mac, with VMware Fusion.

My guess is that the people at Microsoft tried it with VMware Fusion 1.1.3, or maybe in another (gasp!) Mac virtualization product that failed, and just assumed that it would in VMware Fusion too. 

Well, on my MacBook Pro I’m running VMware Fusion 2 Beta 2, in which 3D has gotten a lot better (up to DirectX 9 Shader 2!).

You can see more about high performance 3D and 2D video in VMware Fusion 2 Beta 2 in the video below, and can download the free beta here.


13 comments have been added so far

  1. I tried this with VMware Fusion 2.0 Beta 2 with a VM running Vista 64bit and a VM running XP 32bit and neither of them worked.
    Is there a special setting I’m missing?

  2. The VM people on this blog aren’t too pleased to answer comments on Vista support. I’ve tried multiple times to get info on whether the “lot better” 3d support is XP only when all screenshots are from Microsofts old operating system. Never got an answer…

  3. Photosynth works on Vista as well as XP with VMware Fusion 2. DirectX 9.0 with Shader Model 2 support is greatly improved on both XP and Vista in VMware Fusion 2.0.

  4. Deaf to Leopard

    If you were thinking about installing Photosynth on Mac OS X, and you duly reported to Microsoft’s install page, you’d get something like this: TUAW explains: Photosynth is a technology Microsoft has designed to create 3-D “worlds” with your photos….

  5. Tried this with Fusion 2.0 beta 2 and Windows Server 2008. Doesn’t work. Apparently the DirectX 3D driver is not loaded at all inside the W2K8 vm, according to `dxdiag`.

  6. Would appreciate a more detailed description on the installation. I downloaded and installed VMware-Fusion-2.0.0-113392.dmg on Mac OS X Version 10.5.2. Did not work for me.

  7. Since upgrading to Fusion 2.0 RC1 PhotoSynth is working in the Vista 64bit VM with changing anything except upgrading the VMWare Tools.
    I am having problems with the upgrade on the XP 32bit install which I have posted about elsewhere.

  8. What ties all businesses together, no matter what they deal with.
    Students holding an MBA degree get more opportunities
    as compared to others. Accounting jobs are critical as they are fairly taxing.

  9. It is near the Glacier National Park that it will be is easy for you to visit the park
    also. They’ve also been a full time income hyperlink to your unexplainable and also interesting good daily life
    with planet earth, because parrots would be the surviving children on the
    dinosaurs. My husband and I, along with my two brothers drove over 2
    hours to see this concert at the Greensboro N.

  10. We have the lowest prices and the largest selection
    of seating for all Sports, Concerts, and Theater events.
    No other performer in history has received as
    many awards and accolades as he has. ” According to Paisley Park Enterprises, the company that oversees most of Prince’s business interests, 3121 is a combination of floral scents and “mysterious” blends that capture the essence of Prince’s eclectic musical style and genius.

  11. Let’s review the most romantic moments marking their steps heading
    to the happy ceremony. That’s why Japanese people have called him Prince since then.
    ‘Hair vitamins, such as Viviscal, can aid those suffering from
    hair loss or thinning in achieving stronger, healthier hair.

  12. AF provides you a personality image which you will
    feel good to wear and can imagine about yourself and can help you in maintaining that image.
    Richard Wagner, having written a blatantly hateful reference-book entitled ‘Jewishness in Music'(sic.
    My husband and I, along with my two brothers
    drove over 2 hours to see this concert at the Greensboro N.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *