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The Wikipedia url contains a comma, which seems to cause the url to be accepted only partially as such.
I wouldn't pinpoint the error on the pasting into the textbox, but Photosynth's URL parsing does break at some valid URL characters.
The same problem plagues the URL parsing here on the forums.
If the Photosynth team continues to ignore this irritation, you can get around it by creating a short URL (with a service like http://bit.ly ) which does not contain characters like commas, but this is placing a burden on the user to circumvent an error which shouldn't exist, so I'm not suggesting that I'm willing that the error persist.
I would love it if any Microsoft team built a textbox, which is as intelligent as Twitter's web form for creating a new tweet, that all Microsoft teams could share or fork.
Twitter's form allows you to paste any URL - which is then instantly shortened with Twitter's t.co URL shortener. If you decide that you want to add some characters to the end of the URL, you will find that an updated t.co URL has been generated as soon as you stop adding characters (examples include a timecode for a video to begin playing at or a beginning image for a synth).
Not only this, but if you neglect to put a space between the end of your URL and the rest of what you're typing (or perhaps I notice it more when mentioning someone's username, since that generates a link) or use a character like an apostrophe right up against the last character of the URL with no spaces, Twitter is intelligent enough to know where the URL ends and the rest of the text begins.
Of course I too prefer proper text box editing features. We have complained about a missing carriage return earlier on too.
OneDrive has a url shortener.
There are more flaws in the preview that make me feel that Photosynth is still in an obscure research corner focused on the image technology, instead of preparing for getting mainstream.
Added a description on create. Tried adding a url to the description with Edit. At paste, puts the url line below the description box and does not save on Save.
The last one happens if one inserts a carriage return first.