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Having had a look at a dozen or so Synths, I feel that the play speed is rather fast on average. It would be great if this were adjustable by the viewer.
I'm not proposing this as a final solution as the panel may not stay around or may use a different secret keyboard shortcut to open in future, but type the number 42 into the viewer and then turn up the Inertia setting.
After that, close the control and click and drag. The speed your mouse is moving is how fast you'll move through the synth.
I think that the question for the Photosynth team is simply how to make something like adjustable speed simple and intuitive to use especially on a touch screen.
I've also found that I usually prefer using the cursor keys to move through a new synth than letting the slideshow play, even if I am holding down the key to pan in a direction as fast as possible.
We considered putting a speed control on the screen, but didn't want to clutter things. We considered trying to be super-smart and look at the geometry under where you started to drag from and try to keep that under your mouse/finger at all times, but this turned out to be to fragile and unpredictable in a world of imperfect geometry. Bottom line is that we know we need to do better here.
Additional thoughts from Matt here: http://photosynth.net/discussion.aspx?cat=00581351-82d8-438d-a37b-7eadb3fb4991&dis=c8ac8ac0-5dee-4e9a-971b-8d1f845a78b9
Another request for this feature by Gary Mortimer can be found at:
Thanks Nathanael I would have added it here if I saw it. Slightly slower is what I would like!
No worries. ツ Just trying to help everyone with similar ideas find each other and aid anyone on the Photosynth team in tallying up all requests for a feature.
In case you're wondering, the Inertia setting was removed from the debug panel in the viewer update in December http://bit.ly/psfamvu but the Photosynth team says that it's likely to return. http://bit.ly/psfvwms
Here are a couple more related discussions by:
Kris Clarke: http://photosynth.net/discussion.aspx?cat=00581351-82d8-438d-a37b-7eadb3fb4991&dis=2a410b1a-d932-492b-8b1e-732134a8b6b5
H Gregg: http://photosynth.net/discussion.aspx?cat=00581351-82d8-438d-a37b-7eadb3fb4991&dis=6b50cb4b-52b5-4036-b3ce-cfe919e4b487
The speed of the viewer should be a lot slower in my opininion. Why not at a variable 0-10? So nice peace of software software handicapped by such a smal omission...such a shame:-(