Topic: overlay synth on a map

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codebreach (Over 1 year ago)
It would be super awesome if we could overlay photosynth point maps/images onto a map... many synths are geotagged and even appear on bing maps. Just using the satellite imagery as an overlay to the point map (or more preferably a custom map) would give an awesome view of the regoin in question and allow the people to dive into the parts of intrest
TonyErnst (Over 1 year ago)
you can do exactly this by geotagging and then aligning your synths.  You then get a nice transition into a map when viewing in on Bing Maps.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Tony, this is true, but we only get the benefit of seeing our point cloud or model atop the map within the synth viewer.

When you guys first released geo-alignment, it was absolutely fascinating for me to watch the frustum of light for each photo shine its way over the map. Something about filling in the holes in the point cloud with the map tiles was very attractive. 

Although I have enjoyed the return of the thumbnail panel along the lower edge of the viewer from the CTP days, I really loved having that little mini synth viewer in the right margin of the synth editor from the early weeks of geo-alignment, so that if I chose to navigate via the [.] and [,] keys to step through the photos in chronological order so that I could watch my shooting path traced on the map. With the thumnnail panel, the navigation keys other than spacebar become useless.

I too am still hoping that end users can view any synth at their own leisure, using map tiles for the ground plane.