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Please find a way to show that there are pictures available to the sides of the pictures. In the Photosynths where each picture is placed on a plane instead of blended. (for lack of a better term) there is no indication when looking at the few pics that show up (at any given time) that there are more pictures available to the left and right. As a result, people get frustrated and do not know to hover the mouse cursor to the sides in order for the white rectangles to pop up - indicating that there is more. Instead only blackness. I have a few synths up that only show two or three photos at a time out of 10 or more. Thanks for taking the time to read this, I know it is verbose.
I'm only your fellow Photosynth user - not a Microsoft employee.
What you're trying to verbally distinguish between is a photosynth versus a panorama.
Panoramas aren't synths at all. The site's top navigation bar just never got updated to say 'My Uploads' or 'My Photos' after panorama support was added in 2010. Before that, every upload on the site was a photosynth, so the label made more sense.
Regarding your suggestion to give a visual cue that photos are available to the left and right, the various Photosynth viewers have all actually done this in one way or another.
The current Silverlight viewer has a disc in the middle of the synth navigation icons inside the bottom of the viewer. As you move around different photos in a synth, you will notice that the four arrows light up or dim, depending on whether there are neighboring photos in those directions or not.
If you are using desktop Internet Explorer on a computer that has the original Photosynth desktop application installed (as you must, if you're uploading photosynths), then you can also check out the version of the Direct3D Photosynth viewer that the site launched with back in 2008.
Find the link to the Direct3D Photosynth viewer in the lower left corner of every photosynth's page. (Naturally, you won't find it on panoramas' pages.)
In the Direct3D Photosynth viewer, you'll notice that the arrows that take you to neighboring photos are situated all around the edge of the viewer. Whenever photos are available, the white arrow outlines will appear and fill in green whenever you hover over them to let you know that you can pan left, right, up, or down... or forward or backward.
For me, though, using the arrows to try to navigate my synths hasn't ever really been all that effective.
I prefer using the fullstop [.] and comma [,] keys to progress and regress through the photos alphabetically, but this is best when you're dealing with synths where close to 100% of the photos have connected to each other.
In synths where the photos have not all connected, I usually am most interested in just seeing as many of the connected photos in a row as possible, so I'll:
1) first flip to 2D view with the tilde key [~],
2) select the upper left-most photo,
3) then flip back to 3D with the tilde key again [~],
4) and use [ Spacebar ] to move forward through Photosynth's spatial arrangement and [Shift]+[Spacebar] to move in reverse spatial order.
The [Z] key also functions like the 'Back' button in a browser if that seems more handy to you.
You can find the full list of keyboard shortcuts in the last page of the Photosynth Photography Guide, downloadable from http://photosynth.net/help.aspx#photosynthhelp