Replacement for Photosynth RRS feed

  • Question

  • Now that Photosynth is no longer available, what view program is available for ICE panoramas? When I select Deep Zoom the the HD View screen that opens is blank. This occurs even after clicking on Show All Blocked Content. This used to work. I read somewhere that HD View no longer works with IE or Edge.

    So my question, how can I view the files produced by ICE?

    Thanks in advance.

    Saturday, February 18, 2017 9:34 PM

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  • MS deleted the Javascript file they hosted that told HDView how to load files.  I guess they really needed those 22KB of disk space back.

    To fix it, you have a few choices:

    1) Manually edit the filename.html file you would normally open.  The line

    <script type="text/javascript" src="http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/groups/ivm/HDView/HDView2.js"></script>

    to point to a local copy of the HDView2.js file on your hard drive.  Alternatively, you can use a version that I have uploaded on my server if that is helpful to you:

    <script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>

    2)  Redirect research.microsoft.com to a working server.  This is more severe, but it will fix all of your files at once.  To do this, edit the Windows host file in


    and add the following 2 lines:

    #hack to fix HDView research.microsoft.com

    Note that this will break access to the real research.microsoft.com, so it is not a perfect solution either.  

    The real solution is to stop using HDView and Silverlight since they are slowly dying.  The replacement for HDView is called OpenSeadragon and it works much better than HDView ever did. I have it mostly working with existing ICE panoramas, but I need to work on it more.  

    Thursday, February 23, 2017 3:55 AM
  • A template for ICE is available at zoomable.ca which allows you to view the image on your desktop using a viewer called OpenSeadragon.

    Create zoomable image from your desktop using ICE + Zoomable template:


    Monday, November 18, 2019 11:42 PM