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Topic: Ricoh Theta with Android phone

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dishdesigner (9 months ago)
I cannot see a clear and easy path to uploading 360 panoramas shot with my Ricoh Theta to Photosynth without a Windows Phone or an iOS phone. If you have an Android phone, you are apparently out of luck?

The Photosynth desktop app and the online site (and Microsoft's desktop ICE) require you to upload 2 or 3 photos for the apps to stitch and then upload. The Ricoh Theta creates the panorama in just one shot. There is no functionality for the Theta through the desktop or online apps.

Apparently, only the mobile apps will upload a single Theta shot correctly, and the mobile app is only available for Windows Phone and iOS.

Ricoh's own Theta360.com site absolutely requires a Facebook login to use. I am opposed to Facebook and will never join it. So, apparently, the Theta was a pointless investment for me since nobody, including Ricoh, is willing to provide equal access to their technologies without locking it down to proprietary hardware or software platforms.
dishdesigner (9 months ago)
Hmmm....well, apparently Google Maps may be one outlet for posting panoramas through an Android phone for use in Street View, but that's not exactly an ideal solution.

I need to be able to shoot panoramas, post them to Photosynth, and then place them on web pages through plugin viewers. They must reside on either Photosynth or some other server (like Theta360.com) from which they can be served to web pages through a viewer...
wideangle (9 months ago)
One way to upload panoramas taken on an Android phone is to export the flat equiractangular image and then use the Photosynth Photoshop plug-in (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/photosynth/archive/2010/11/30/photoshop-to-photosynth.aspx) to upload the image to the Photosynth service.
NateLawrence (9 months ago)
@DishDesigner, the Photosynth desktop application is specifically for calculating and uploading photosynths (which are significantly different than panoramas) which is the reason that it requests a minimum of three different photos from three different positions.

Definitely check out the plugin that Anne is suggesting.
If you don't have an installation of Photoshop, Adobe does offer time-limited free trials at: http://www.adobe.com/go/tryphotoshop/

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@Anne, As useful as the panorama publishing plugin for Photoshop is, many users simply don't have access to Photoshop or a Photoshop subscription because the cost is prohibitive.

I and others have also requested that Photosynth.net add an interface to accept pre-stitched panoramas directly: 
http://photosynth.net/discussion.aspx?cat=00581351-82d8-438d-a37b-7eadb3fb4991&dis=6e8dde65-40b4-49d2-bd13-a4f07c954e36
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