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Topic: Photosynth in Google Earth

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Marko_D (Over 1 year ago)
Hi, is it possible to integrate photosynths in Google Earth like gigapans or 3D-Modells?
Best regards...
Arctic_Monkey (Over 1 year ago)
I'm also interested in this. It works seemlessly with morosort virtual earth but Idon't like virtual earth software.
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Bing Maps is always working on integrating Photosynths more tightly. (The Photosynth team is actually part of the Bing Maps group.)

That said, people are free to embed Photosynths wherever they like or build mashups with other services. There's no reason that I know of why someone couldn't create a Google Earth and Photosynth mashup.

All Photosynth point clouds are copyrighted by Microsoft and if someone wanted to make money using Photosynths, they would need to purchase a commercial license from Bing Maps ( http://photosynth.net/commercial.aspx ) as well as using only synths that they themselves had created or whose photos were uploaded with a Creative Commons license which allows commercial re-use.
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
There's nothing technical stopping people from creating such a mashup, though.

The Deep Zoom Image format which Photosynth uses is publicly documented and people like Binary Millenium, Christoph Hausner, Henri Astre, Kean Walmsley, and Josh Harle, among others, could help anyone who wants to understand the format of the point clouds and other Photosynth metadata such as the latitude, longitude, and orientation for geo-tagged and geo-aligned synths and panoramas.

What is more, even if you didn't want to create a new Photosynth viewer from scratch, the Silverlight viewer has a JavaScript API which allows whatever program the synth is embedded in to continually check what the camera angle inside the synth is, so you could match Google Earth's viewpoint to match.
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
I, for one, would be very interested to see Photosynth point clouds and photos embedded in full 3D in Google Earth. 

Bing Maps is putting all of its efforts around 3D into Silverlight and HTML5, but neither one of those technologies is really ready to do 3D of the calibur that we had with the Direct3D Photosynth viewer.
ThomasKrueger.eu (Over 1 year ago)
Photosynth on Google Earth is like like driving a BMW with Mercedes components...
If you want to have your images on Google Earth use Panoramio, for panorama images you can use 360Cities.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Well... expecting Google or Microsoft to do the work to view Photosynths in Google Earth is probably expecting too much, but there's nothing mysterious about the Photosynth data that would prevent it from being displayed in Google Earth.
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