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I am in real estate and have been trying to use this to illustrate exceptional locations and views with little success. As an example I am doing a screencast using a Bing maps aerial to show a location from 1000 feet up, then swoop down to street level, and I would love to then have a photo showing the mountain views out the back yard. (Of course it would really be cool to go through the front door and out the back, but I dont have to have it all!) The way I was using photosynth it didnt work. Again, I am a Realtor scum not a techie. Any suggestions? THANK YOU!!!
It is possible to get a sense of direction on the map when moving from Bing Maps' satellite or aerial photography to user-submitted panoramas or photos in a photosynth, however the current setup is not as tightly integrated as I would like.
Here is an example of about the best that you can hope for, with the current system:
(If this loads correctly, you'll see a pushpin for David Gedye's Blue Ridge House for Sale synth. Click it + choose 'Dive In'.)
If this isn't quite the swooping experience you were hoping for, I'm afraid there isn't much in the way of an immediate alternative, sadly. The reason is that currently the viewer that handles the map and the viewer that views synths and the viewer that views panoramas are all separate.
The good news is that the Photosynth team in Bing is working on a unified viewer which opens all of these types of imagery (and more) which means that in the (hopefully not too distant) future the swooping should be a great deal more what we all want. You can keep track of their progress at http://bit.ly/readwriteworld
I'm afraid that I can't really offer much beyond that. If you'd like to shoot a synth as good as David's, start by downloading the Photosynth Photography Guide from http://photosynth.net/help.aspx#photosynthhelp and watching the intro video here: http://photosynth.net/create.aspx For more detail, I've written more here: http://bit.ly/sinkorsynth
Shooting a synth does allow you to take a tour of a house, which is great, however it can be challenging to shoot a great synth and a little challenging to navigate as well, for the time being.
You may find that shooting panoramas to stitch with Microsoft ICE http://bit.ly/microsoftice to then be uploaded to your Photosynth account is simpler for you. The downside is that there is not a way to connect multiple panoramas in the current version of Photosynth. If you pin each of them around a house on the map, however, they should be easily accessed, so long as you give a link to the proper spot on the map. Again, connecting multiple panoramas is one of the goals of Read/Write World, so keep an eye on that project for new features.
Thank you for taking the time to respond. I see possiblities in the future and that is a good thing. Keep up the great work. Best, Scott