Topic: Activity on Synths (4) Replies to Comments (16)

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Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
I have to congratulate the team for making the synths tab of the profile page the default again, (hopefully we won't have any more people wondering how to find their synths). I do understand what you were trying to do before, though, by bubbling up recent comments on our synths to us. As a compromise, would you consider listing the number of comments that have been made since the last time that we were logged into our account and loaded those tabs|pages|synths next to 'Activity on Synths' and 'Replies to Comments'?

It's a common feature on forum software to display the number of unread posts in topics that I've bookmarked. Similarly, when we log into our email we see the number of unread emails in our various folders. With that sort of interaction already familiar to people, I've been thinking that it makes sense on our profile tabs as well.

Food for thought, anyway.
michaeldenis (Over 1 year ago)
Good point! It'd be nice to have favorites and bookmarks (and messages for that matter) for more than just show.  I expect that you in particular would get good use out of this fuctionality because you are, more or less, our resident guru... :)

By the by, when we last chatted you were working on projects that tended to "circle" objects to make them very "point clouded."  Are you still working on that stuff or have you moved on to something else?

(Feel free to not get your thread wildly off-track)
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Well why have discussions if you can't follow tangents and rabbit trails? =)

For complex surfaces I have not found any camera motion to be more efficient than an orbit. 

For simple flat planar surfaces (a brick wall, for example) would be summed up just fine by walking a straight line parallel to the wall and getting some basic overlap between the photos... the more overlap the more points you get, so how much you shoot is up to you.

Thinking of camera motions from overhead, other than straight lines and curved lines, about all that is left is pivoting, which works absolutely great for panoramic coverage and if your intent is to allow your users to look about them from any point that you have shot then this really can't be topped, but it is more susceptible to uneven coverage. If you're methodical and dense with your panoramic coverage then it should provide quite similar results to orbiting individual objects.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
I really love that we now have real panoramas on Photosynth, but now I can't wait for them to be accessible from inside a synth of the same space. I'm sure that will happen when synth linking happens, but there's just no telling when that will finally be shipped to us.

I think that my ideal synth would have a good orbit or two around all major objects within a scene to build the environment in the pointcloud and then include paths of photos that follow the natural flow of traffic through the space (this includes photos walking both ways along each path) as well as panoramas at junctions and aesthetically fitting places. As I'm sure you realise, this results in unthinkable|unsynthable numbers of photos if one is not careful.

I'm open to new patterns of photography, but I have a hard time imagining what would match or exceed orbits' consistent coverage, constant variance, and drive to keep the camera on a set of image features for as long without becoming redundant.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
It's worth noting that for capturing fine detail in relatively shallow depth details such as reliefs carved into a wall or even something as simple as the actual topography of one individual brick in a flat wall, I would happily apply orbits to it to provide the maximum depth resolution.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Back to the topic at hand, listing the number of new comments in either of the categories is more than a functional or productivity perk for heavy commenters. 

I suggest it mainly as something to make people curious enough to notice the other tabs on their profile and actually click on them, especially if one of their synths has gotten a lot of play recently. Without some way of knowing that something is new in these categories, there's no way to know that someone has left you a follow up question in reply to one of your comments until the next time that you randomly decide to click on that tab.

>> Tangentially, I would love to have the Replies to Comments break out into multiple pages (each one could be the same length that the current single page is) that cover my entire commenting history. Likewise for my synths that have gotten comments.