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Topic: restore Photosynth photos back to JPEG in iPhone

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xCanadian (Over 1 year ago)
First of all, what a great apps for doing such a great job on an iPhone.

I have been playing the apps on my iPhone abit.  And I notice that the apps would create a JPEG version of the stitched photo and stored in the iPhone Photo album.  However, I accidently deleted the JPEG version in my iPhone photo album.  But I can still see the original 360 panorama photo inside the Photosynth apps.

My question is how can I retrieve back a JPEG version of the photo from the original 360 panorama version inside the Photosynth apps?? (or would it be good upgrade to the apps with the retrieving button??)
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
I don't have an iOS device handy, but do you still have the source photos on the device? Maybe it is possible to restitch them? Just a guess on my part.

If you can't do this, then your suggestion is a great one!
xCanadian (Over 1 year ago)
I actually can still find those photos from the IOS apps, and even upload to the websites here.  But pictures in JPEG, I wonder where they are = =...
TonyErnst (Over 1 year ago)
Canadian - there is currently no way to get these flat photos back in the app, but you do have 2 options to get them.  1) Share the panorama to FB as a flat image - this will upload the jpg to FB, you can then copy it anywhere you want from there.  2) wait a couple weeks for the app update - we're adding the ability to save a croped version of the flat image to your camera roll, but this will also allow you just to resave the uncropped version.
videethis (Over 1 year ago)
Hey Tony, Thanks for addressing this issue! Is there any chance of being able to save a higher resolution copy of the final stitched file?
knowledgeseeker (Over 1 year ago)
Tony, I'd like to add my thanks, and to second Randy's request.  What limits the ultimate resolution of the jpeg version?
AndrewBrown (Over 1 year ago)
Thanks for bringing this up.  I spent the last few hours trying to figure it out only to find your thread here... started to sound depressing.

The FB comment from TonyErnst got me thinking... if photosynth has a small thumbnail, it probably has a large one too somewhere.

(i'm not a computer guy so this may not be the easiest to follow)

open your Photosynth on your browser, not iPhone.
Click Embed.
Copy the url within the code (not the code, just the url) into your address bar.
Press enter.
You should see a large thumbnail of your photosynth and the button "click to start".
View source of this page.
At the bottom, there is a url of a jpg file... that is your baby!
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
AndrewBrown, if you want an easier way to get the embed page for a panorama or photosynth, just switch "view.aspx" in the address bar to "embed.aspx"


However... I do not at all believe that the large thumbnail for the embed page is as high a resolution as what the app outputs when you share to facebook or email.

In reply to videethis and knowledgeseeker, I don't believe that the app is capturing full resolution input images because of RAM constraints on mobile devices. So, the flat jpg that is exported is not (to my knowledge) lower resolution than the panorama's cube map. Rather, the input images are captured at a lower resolution and because of this there is no higher resolution able to be exported for the flattened version.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Here's a twitter conversation which may shed light on the matter:
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