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Is it possible to convert the existing synth?
Hi, there is not a way yet to simply press a button or paste in a URL and convert a Photosynth 1 photosynth to a Photosynth 2 photosynth.
Photosynth manager, David Gedye, spoke to Larry Larsen about this in the Photosynth 2 Technical Preview announcement video on Channel 9 in December 2013: http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/A-Photosynth-2-Overview-with-David-Gedye#time=14m14s
:: Larry: "And if I have old photosynths that I like and maybe they fit these different model types, can I convert my old ones or should I use my old pictures to create a new one?"
:: David: "We're not offering (yet) an ability to kind of, with a button, convert them in the cloud. So you should dig up those old photos.
:: Larry: "I have them all."
:: David: "You should look for the ones that are at a constant zoom level. Because in the first version, we emphasized that you can change zoom levels - anything like that. ... While you can still make one of these new photosynths with different zoom levels, they don't look as good."
:: Larry: "Okay."
::David: "So, ideally, find ones where you moved either around an object or through a path or along a wall with the same focal length or zoom level and just..."
:: Larry: "So, zoom with your feet, not with your lens."
:: David: "That's right! Get a little exercise."
Hopefully you still have all of your original photos, however if you need to download them from Photosynth.net, here are a couple of useful tools made by Photosynth community members:
Henri Astre's Photosynth Toolkit: http://bit.ly/photosynth=toolkit
(Downloads photos from Photosynth 1 photosynths and can save the original EXIF metadata if you choose the option to download the thumbnail versions of your photos as well as the full resolution copies.
Does not download photos from panoramas or Photosynth 2 photosynths.)
Christoph Hausner's SynthExport: http://bit.ly/synthexport
(Downloads photos from both Photosynth 1 and Photosynth 2 photosynths as well as panoramas' cube maps, however does not save the photos' EXIF metadata.
Also does not download unsynthed photos from Photosynth 2 synths.)