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Topic: How do you create a token / badge?

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jrvip1 (Over 1 year ago)
In some examples on Photosynth like the Steinway Piano Room as you look down there is a Steinway token embedded in  the Synth. I use MS ICE to create the Synth. How are the badges created?
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
It took me a moment to understand what you were referring to, but for my fellow readers, jrvip1 is referring to the circular patch covering the tripod on the floor underneath the camera with the Steinway logo on it in this panorama: http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=33513a3b-342f-476c-9c01-3c8809b71cc8&m=false&i=0:0:0&c=0:0:0&z=531.715150841827&d=-2.20193476261319:-2.23913404119156:-0.00203389274166482&p=0:0&t=False

That sort of patch is typical for the bottom of spherical panoramas where the stitching often fails or is unable to remove all traces of the tripod. ICE does not have any sort of editing available after it has automatically stitched the pano, so if you want manual editing (such as that patch requires), then you'll have to use something like the Photoshop to Photosynth panorama exporting plugin. http://bit.ly/pstops
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
That does require you to have a Photoshop license, though. 

If you can't afford Photoshop, Adobe does at least offer a one month free trial if you'd like to give it a shot. http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/tdrc/index.cfm?product=photoshop

I do believe that Photoshop Elements will also run the plugin, which would be a more economical way for you to edit your panoramas before upload. https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/tdrc/index.cfm?product=photoshop_elements

Note that if Photoshop's Photo Merge feature is not stitching as well as ICE is, you can choose to export a layered Photoshop format file from ICE, which will offer you maximum editing power in Photoshop before publishing.

I hope that helps!
jrvip1 (Over 1 year ago)
Appreciate the quickly posted solution - thank you
mokemoa (Over 1 year ago)
Hi,
Following the advice above I took a copy of Photoshop Elements 9

Microsoft advises... in Step 3 (below):
http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/groups/ivm/PSPlugin/
...to copy the plugin to a sub folder in Elements called Import Export yet I cannot find this on the recommended tree.

Any ideas where this might be instead?
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Mokemoa, if you: 
1:: right click on your desktop icon or Start Menu icon for Photoshop Elements, and 
2:: select 'Properties', 
what do the 'Target:' and 'Start in:' fields have in them? 

Post back these two directories and perhaps I can help you from there.
mokemoa (Over 1 year ago)
Thanks for help.

Target type: Application
Target location: Elements9 Organiser
Target:"C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Elements 9 Organizer\Photoshop Elements 9.0.exe"
Start in: is blank
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Okay, I don't have Elements installed on my machine, but when you look in the C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Elements 9 Organizer\ folder, do you see a 'Plug-Ins' folder inside it anywhere? If so, the 'Import-Export' folder should reside inside of that and you should be set to paste the plugin inside of that.

Let me know if this is not the case, and I will investigate further.
mokemoa (Over 1 year ago)
Thanks for your persistance -it can't be easy predicting the structure of alien software.
I found the 
C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Elements 9 Organizer\Plug-Ins
but no Import-Export folder is there. There are only folders named
ADM
File Formats
Organizer Only
Selection
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
I'm about to go to sleep for the night. I'll try to make time tomorrow to install Elements and have a look myself. 

Until then, you could try creating the 'Import-Export' folder inside of the 'Plug-Ins' folder, yourself, and just unzipping the 'PhotosynthUpload_x86.8be' file inside of it. After that, reopen Elements and see if the Photosynth Export option appears in the plugins menu (whatever it is named).
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
One other question that springs to my sleep deprived mind is, "What other folders are in your 'C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\' folder?". 

Perhaps the 'Elements 9 Organizer\' folder is separate from the 'Elements 9' folder? 

In any case, I'll stop the speculation here and just try to get good solid answers when I wake up.
mokemoa (Over 1 year ago)
Good morning. Working back from your latest message; other folders include:

Adobe Help, Adobe Utilities - CS5, Flash Player, Reader 9.0
Elements 9 Organiser (blue folder)and...
...Photoshop Elements 9 (yellow folder). This last does contain a folder Optional Plug-Ins. That contains the folder Import-Export. That contains Twain_32.8BA. I pasted the PhotsynthUpload_x86 alongside Twain.

Malheureusement, it refuses to appear on the Elements Plug-in menu. I'll unpick my clumsy fumble and try your earlier suggestion while you recharge.
mokemoa (Over 1 year ago)
Good morning again.

I created Import-Export folder inside Plug-Ins folder and unzipped PhotosynthUpload_x86.8be inside that as you suggested. It worked! Brilliant. Thanks.

I doubt I fall over this first fence alone. Is your new repair something you would normally feed back to Coral?
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Good work! I'm glad to hear you got it working. =]

I fear the French idioms are getting slightly lost in translation, but I take you to mean, have I considered sending this information about the Elements  installation folder having a different location to the ICE team, who made the Photoshop plugin. I certainly can, if you would like, as it will likely help others, as you said.
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