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millerhigh (Over 1 year ago)
i was wondering if there is anyway that i can make a photosynths of the inside of my school and put it on the schools website if anyone has any knowledge about that please share
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Hi, MillerHigh,

I'm not sure how familiar with embedding content from one site on another, but I imagine that you've seen videos from YouTube or photos from Flickr embedded on other websites. This is done by copying a little bit of HTML code that these sites give you and pasting it into the page that you want it on.

Photosynths are embeddable as well. If you look below every synth, you'll see five icons on the right hand side. One of them says 'Embed' and has little bracket tags. When you click on this, a little box will appear with the HTML code in it for you to copy and then paste onto your school's website.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Something that you should know is that many sites do not allow end users to post HTML or all HTML into text entry forms, for security reasons (after all, if someone knows what they are doing, they could access the site's database by posting Javascript and other things into the page to hack the site with.)

Now, the only reason that I mention that is that if you are not the site's administrator, then you may need to get their permission to paste the embed code directly into the pages' HTML source code or at least get them to make an exception for you so that you can post Photosynth embed code as it is a little bit different than YouTube's, Flickr's, or Vimeos. I'm sure that if you aren't the admin, that whoever is will be happy to help you. Photosynth doesn't pose any security threats to your school's website.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Another option would be to geoalign the synths of different rooms in the school, once they have finished calculating and uploading to Photosynth, so that if you browse your school on Bing Maps, you can swoop down into any room that you have synthed so far.

From there, you could even have a single page on your site with a little embedded Bing Map, centered on your school with pushpins for the different synths, if you don't feel like having the synths just sitting there one after the other from the top of a page to the bottom or separated into a separate page per room or area.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
If you think that lots of other people at the school would be interested in helping take photos, you might also like to take a look at PhotoCity ( http://photocitygame.com/ ) which is an experiment from some of the people behind the original Photo Tourism project. It isn't quite as reliable or easy to use as Photosynth for me so far, but it does allow you to keep adding photos to a model even after the calculation on the initial photos finishes, without starting completely over or each person making their own version of the synth (like the current version of Photosynth does) and it should allow you to build bigger models. Their viewer isn't quite as straightforward to embed, but it's certainly possible.

I hope that helps. If you have any other questions about how to shoot or anything else, please ask. There are plenty of us who would love to help you.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
* First paragraph should read: "I'm not sure how familiar *you are* with embedding content"

One thing that I should make clear is that this will require whoever views the synths, whether on your school's website or here on the site, will need to have Silverlight installed. This is true for anyone who will be looking at the synths using the school's computers as well as whoever is looking at the school website from their home. 

I'm sure that your school probably has Adobe Flash installed on them, though, and if they do, then installing Silverlight shouldn't be a problem, because it is a very similar sort of program, but depending on the school's technical support system, you may have to get this cleared with the system administrator.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
If your school's computers are running Linux or old PowerPC Macs, then Silverlight 3 (which today's Photosynth viewer is written in) won't be able to installed, as Silverlight doesn't officially support Linux, except through Novell's Moonlight project (who have only completed Silverlight 2 compatibility so far) and does not support old Macs (but then, neither does new Apple software).

As long as you have a new Intel Mac, Windows xp, Windows Vista, or Windows 7, you should be able to install Silverlight and view synths just fine. 

I should also say that the Silverlight version of Bing Maps is located at http://bing.com/maps/explore and that's the version you should embed to view synths.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Also, for whoever has an iPhone at your school can download iSynth from the app store (it's free) if they want to look at synths. It's super easy to search for a Photosynth username, so if you download the app and search for millerhigh, your synths should show up right away.
michaeldenis (Over 1 year ago)
To add a good example to the discussion of school synths specifically, I always liked the work of the Rutgers guys who made whereRU.  It demonstrates what a website can look like with a lot of Photosynthy stuff as the meat of the site:

http://whereru.rutgers.edu/

Oh, and good coverage of the many bases, Nathanael, as usual.
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