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Topic: Smooth Flow of Synth

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jparaiso (Over 1 year ago)
Hey guys, I'm new here and I just would like to ask if there is a way to smooth-en out or make the synths continuous without having to see the "white frame" on each picture as you move the left and/or right keys, like I want to eliminate the "breaks" between pictures. Check out my very first synth here: http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=c5e2464d-b8b6-4d1e-954e-c28521380f5a

Thanks IA for your advice sir/s!
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Hi, jparaiso,

If you're interested in making a seamless panorama, please download Microsoft ICE from this link: 
http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/groups/ivm/ice/

It will allow you to upload your panorama to Photosynth.net and will be one continuous image.

It is important to understand that to make a good panorama, you need to keep the camera's lens in one place as much as possible.

By contrast, although, making a true photosynth does not (currently) make one continuous image, it does allow you to begin to build the 3D structure of stationary things in the photos as you move around them.

Just remember: for panoramas, stay still; for photosynths, move around.

Happy synthing!
Your fellow photosynth enthusiast, N.
jparaiso (Over 1 year ago)
Now I get it :) 
Thanks sir N. for the really informative reply on the matter 

j.
michaeldenis (Over 1 year ago)
What about allowing an option to include or to remove the "white boxes" from the viewer?

While I often find them useful, in some situations and for some viewers the white boxes can annoy rather than assist.

Such an option could potentially be under either the creator's or the viewer's control.  I am interested in this question not only for myself but also on behalf of a fellow photographer who finds the white boxes to be one of Photosynth's shortcomings.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Michael, such an option would be interesting, but at present it is serving the same purpose that hyperlinks being another color than the rest of the text on a webpage and changing colours when you hover over them serve.

With synths, it is even a little trickier, because you almost always have multiple overlapping photos. If no graphical cue is given as to which one you are selecting, how do you know which one you will be clicking on? I'm not trying to shoot you down, but rather interested in knowing if you have any concrete alternative solutions.

I think that more than anything, the Photosynth team, in wanting Photosynths to grow in popularity, probably wants a reliable experience for the average user. If the average user is accustomed to using the white frames to navigate and comes to a synth whose owner has switched such accenting off, will they really be savvy enough to find out how to turn them back on?
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
To your photographer friend's point, have they tried using the keyboard controls to navigate their synths? If you do this and keep your mouse from hovering over the synth, you can walk through the photos in sequence without ever seeing a single white quad.

[Spacebar] and [Shift]+[Spacebar] will take you forward or backward, respectively, through the synth in Photosynth's default order, normally starting at the widest view of the scene unless the synth's owner has specified a different starting point.

[.] and [,] will allow you to progress or regress through the photos in the order of their filenames before they were uploaded, but this is most useful in synths that are more than 95% synthy.

The [Z] key will always allow you to travel back through your history, regardless of how you have been moving forward thus far.

For me, these keys are far more useful for navigating photos than the cursor keys have ever been, provided the photos were taken in a logical order.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Using the 'Highlights' feature to add shortcuts to different photos within the synth is another way to avoid seeing the white quads, for those who prefer mouse navigation to keyboard navigation. As long as the mouse stays over the highlight reel, you won't see a single white quad.

Just some basic pointers for those who are not friends of the white highlighting.



I'm sure that Michael knows, but for others who are interested in what else keyboard navigation can do, please download the Photosynth Photography Guide, available here: http://photosynth.net/help.aspx#photosynthhelp
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