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I am a member of the construction/design professions - it would be great to have an option of "private" use or distribution of these 3-d views. Let's say that I want to highlight a view and say "note that the owner of this building may have comments on the sun impact of our new building", don't generally want that out publically, but still a useful distribution and view of data. I'm totally cool with certain views uploading to Bing so long as the comments are stripped out - but others I'd like to keep "in-house" (both view and comment).
Brian, the current way that privacy is handled here on the Photosynth site is to simply set your synth|pano to 'Unlisted' in the site's synth|pano editor. To do this with any of your synths, sign into your account on the site, load any of your synths or panos, and click the [ Edit this Photosynth ] or [ Edit this Panorama ] button directly below the lower edge of the viewer.
Once in, on the first tab on the right edge of the editor, you'll see a setting for either public or unlisted.
Unlisted synths and panos can still be viewed by anyone who has a link to it (i.e. there is no password protection), however it will not be listed on your profile, in Bing Maps, in the 'Explore' page here on the site, or in search results, so it is quite safe unless someone you give the link to decides to send the link to the person you don't want to see it.
For more information, see: http://photosynth.net/faq.aspx#q2 and http://photosynth.net/privacy.aspx
Hello. I have essentially the same question. I have a use in mind for which the current privacy features will not work. I would like to use photosynth on a corpus of 'close out' photographs of a satellite to create a more natural and useful way to search through those photos than we have currently. Photographs like that cannot go on public websites, even if unlisted, because they are covered by US federal export restrictions. The corpus of synth'ed photos would need to be hosted on a server at one of the NASA field centers. Is there a service you all provide or are considering providing for government and corporate organizations that would like to use your technology but with images that must be securely private?
@mhs456, you probably want to speak directly with the Photosynth team to come up with a solution. You can reach them here: http://photosynth.net/contactus.aspx
As a simple Photosynth community member, I can tell you that the Virtual Earth group at Bing does offer an offline version of Photosynth that goes under the name of GeoSynth, from their Vexcel subsidiary. Here is their website: http://www.vexcel.com/geospatial/geosynth/index.asp
If GeoSynth is not a good fit for you, I would definitely encourage talking with David Gedye at Microsoft.