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I shoot in anti-clockwise order to go with a right to left match. Easy for viewing the originals in a gallery. Why is the auto turn clockwise? Can this be adjusted?
People have previously asked about setting the movement direction in these discussions:
"Photosynth 2 playlists until Synth Linking occurs" by myself http://bit.ly/psfps2p
"Playback direction setting request" by CommonSynths http://bit.ly/psfpdir
The Photosynth team comments on it directly in CommonSynths' discussion.
To me having the auto turn in the shooting order would be the natural default. Some cultures read left to right and others right to left. So, viewing direction preference likely depends on culture. Have 2 buttons for the play instead of one, then each viewer can have the direction his or her way. Make it part of the personal preference settings. The latter in a crowded drop down is not really a state of the art design. Better have a personal preference and defaults page as I have suggested earlier on.
I know that this won't be what you're asking for, but once you move the camera in the desired direction (via cursor key, touch screen, mouse drag, etc.) then press 'Play' then the synth will play in the direction last moved. It can be as simple as a single tap of a cursor key to reverse direction once the synth loads and a tap of the spacebar to resume playback.
I would still prefer being able to specify this myself as the synth author (or potentially the person embedding the synth or including it in a synth playlst) but at least there is a way to achieve this as a user who is simply viewing the synth.
One simple way that the Photosynth team could achieve customizing the synth playback direction as the synth author would be to save the direction which the camera was last moved in when the synth author changes the synth's starting photo.
Having personal preferences for one's account isn't a bad idea, but the Photosynth team have constantly rejected that approach.