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Will the photo tags and map option make a return?
+1 for normal tags and geotags.
By 'photo tags' and 'normal tags' we're talking about just the keyword tags which apply to an entire synth, correct?
I've always wished that if I've tagged individual photos with EXIF keywords before synthing them that Photosynth would display those tags as those photos are shown - or alternately that all keywords found in the EXIF tags would be automatically extracted and put into the tags list for the synth - in either case that the containing synth would appear in search results for the keyword tags in the EXIF metadata of photos in a synth.
If, by any chance, you meant highlights, the Photosynth team did confirm that they'll be returning when Joscelin asked here: http://photosynth.net/discussion.aspx?cat=00581351-82d8-438d-a37b-7eadb3fb4991&dis=869fe732-048f-4b0b-8031-38559bf7d995
Regarding mapping, I guess I assumed that because Bing Maps has returned to 3D maps and is being rendered in WebGL ( http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2013/1-001#time=1h20m51s | http://vimeo.com/80936141 ) that with Photosynth 2 also using WebGL to render ( http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2013/4-072#time=00h01m41s | http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/A-Photosynth-2-Overview-with-David-Gedye#time=02m12s ) that photosynths embedded in the new Bing Maps was a foregone conclusion (although not yet implemented in the 2014 Technical Preview).
Also, keep in mind that although David Gedye still manages Photosynth, his official title since early 2011 ( http://www.bing.com/blogs/site_blogs/b/maps/archive/2011/04/20/read-write-world.aspx ) is Principle Program Manager, Augmented Reality + this is the roof that Photosynth is developed under.
Bing's blog post announcing the preview references the Bing Maps Preview app + the overall vision. http://bit.ly/thenewphotosynth
Here we go. I was sure that I'd read some statement from the Photosynth team about geotagging coming but couldn't find it earlier.
On Page 6 of the new synthing guide ( http://bit.ly/newphotosynthguide ) we read the following:
"future-proofing your synths
Although we do not yet put your synths on a map, we expect this capability to come relatively soon.
So, don’t strip any GPS data from photos of any synth you would like to display on a map in the future."
Thanks Nate highlights and the fly in's to Bing maps is exactly what I was thinking of. It helped with the wow factor I thought.