Forum : Mobile Photosynth

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Topic: Viewing images taken in photosynth on computer

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superdonkey (Over 1 year ago)
I want to view the images taken on my windows phone 8 on my window 7 compute, in 360 degrees. Which program do I need for that? I downloaded the photosynth desktop application and it did not work.
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Hello, friend, 

Photosynth.net is host to two different photographic constructs: 

1: Photosynths

Photosynths are a collection of photos taken walking all the way around a subject or a room that the Photosynth desktop application automatically calculates. It solves for the positions of the photos in relation to each other as as well as the basic 3D geometry of what was photographed.
Example: http://bit.ly/woodensynth

All photosynths are automatically uploaded to your Photosynth account and viewed exclusively online. 

For the best photosynth viewing experience, I recommend the legacy Direct3D Photosynth viewer in Internet Explorer.
Example: http://bit.ly/woodensynthd3d 
See the Photosynth Photography Guide for keyboard shortcuts: http://photosynth.net/help.aspx#photosynthhelp

Photosynths are best for exploring or touring an object or space and spatially linking many different views of something in a freeform manner.
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
2: Panoramas

Panoramas were originally generated from Microsoft ICE http://bit.ly/msrice in 2008 and viewed offline or online via the HD View browser plugin http://bit.ly/msrhdview

In 2010, Photosynth.net added a panorama viewer which was not as high quality as HD View, but much easier for normal people to upload.

Later in 2010, the ICE team created a Photoshop plugin to publish panoramas to Photosynth.net http://bit.ly/pstops

In 2011, Photosynth released their first version of their mobile app, however mobile processing is not yet powerful enough to create photosynths, so only creates panoramas - and much poorer resolution panoramas than ICE or Photoshop.

In 2011, the Photosynth team also released the first basic version of an HTML5 panorama viewer which works on Internet Explorer 10+ and mobile Safari on iOS.
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
The way to view the panoramas taken with Photosynth's mobile pano app is to upload them to Photosynth.net + view them in your browser on your profile page.

(Sign into the website like you did to post your question and click 'My Photosynths' to view all of your uploads - both photosynths and panoramas.

You can also click on your username here on the site to go to your profile.)

You can make any of your uploads either public or unlisted.
Unlisted synths' and panos' URLs are able to be used without login by anyone you give the link to, but will not be viewable on your profile to anyone except yourself when you are signed in and will not appear in search results on the site or Bing Kaps.
Public uploads can be found in search, Bing Maps, and listed on your profile page. http://photosynth.net/userprofilepage.aspx?user=superdonkey

Panoramas are best for sharing a seamless view that looks outward in all directions from a single position. http://bit.ly/howtopano
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Here's an example pano of mine: http://bit.ly/orcappano3

Hopefully, I answered what you were wondering about.
If there's anything that I need to explain better, please ask more questions.

Your fellow synther and panner, 
N
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Sorry, typo: should be Bing Maps, not Bing Kaps. =)
mattdeany (3 months ago)
This addresses the subject, but in too much detail for a novice.
I am new to this, and my Googling brought me here.
My entire experience of Photosynth has so far been on my Windows 8 phone, a Nokia Lumia. Brilliant. 
I too would like to view these images on my computer.
Is this possible from file taken from the phone to my PC?
Is this possilbe by uploading the synthesised images from the phone/PC to the website.
I think that above you are saying that neither of these are possilbe. If they are, but this is not clear. a clear no would be helpful. :)
If it is possible, a few simple pointers would be appreciated on how practically to do so.
Thanks.
MattWright
NateLawrence (3 months ago)
Hi, Matt.

The panoramas that are created by the current Photosynth mobile app can be uploaded to your free Photosynth.net account from the mobile app and then be viewed on any PC or Mac in your web browser on your profile page.

The current mobile app generates two versions of each panorama that you take: 
1: Interactive (made of several different files)
2: Flat (saved to your camera roll for use in ordinary photo apps)

If you're asking about viewing the flat version that you copied to your computer from your camera roll, then no, there's no simple way to do this that I'm aware of.

It's not impossible. You'd just need to find a panorama viewer program for your computer that can accept 360 x 180 degree flattened panoramas.

The easiest thing is just to upload the interactive version to your account here on the site, then load your profile here on the site on your computer.

I hope that makes sense for you.
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