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Microsoft posts Seadragon app for iPhones

updated 11:45 am EST, Mon December 15, 2008

MS posts first iPhone app

Microsoft has released a new app for the iPhone, Seadragon Mobile. The software is an extension of Microsoft's Photosynth image-browsing technology, which links hundreds or thousands of photos together into a single image, measuring as large as a gigapixel. People can then explore the material seamlessly, with little to no loading time as they zoom in on each detail.

The iPhone app lets users browse through various image collections, whether their own, a general assortment, or those hosted on Users can create original PhotoZoom or Deep Zoom Composer content, and subscribe to Deep Zoom RSS feeds. Microsoft notes, however, that browsing the Photosynth site is not currently working, something it intends to fix "soon."

Seadragon Mobile is also Microsoft's first iPhone app, notable due to the company's general avoidance of the iPhone platform. Microsoft has so far concentrated on its own cellular platform, Windows Mobile, which is run on third-party phones and has its own assortment of optional programs. Seadragon is a free download, and can stream images over both 3G and Wi-Fi.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Microsoft & iPhone

    I would avoid this application like a plague. Anything MS crashes my Mac and the last thing I want is some crappy piece of software introducing bugs in my iPhone.

  1. JuanGuapo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sort of entertaining..

    ...but does nothing spectacular. I believe it's more of a "show me" app than anything practical.

    In regard to the above poster, the only thing I hate more than using Windows is Mac n****.

  1. hansmickle

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Compelling reason?

    I can think of no reason to be interested in this app. Besides, being developed by MS means it has a heavy anchor hanging from its neck.

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    mac n***'s?

    why is the poster a mac n*** if ms software crashes his mac? he should use crappy software so you're not annoyed?

    the only thing you hate more than using windows, in this entire world, is someone's view of ms? you should get out more often.

  1. 64stang06

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not bad

    Very interesting app. Hasn't crashed yet (unlike Safari from 2.1 and below) and so I don't see why the hate besides the fact it came from Microsoft.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: compelling reason

    Have you looked at the appstore? There's lot's of c*** in there. h***, for some reason people download apps so they can pretend they're drinking a beer, or one to pretend they're using a light saber.

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