Topic: Searching and Sorting Synths with Pivot

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Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
So I've been playing with Pivot for the last day or so and it occurred to me just how great it could be to explore Photosynths. The concept seems sound, being that Pivot operates off of Deep Zoom Collections (which synths are) and a simple xml file which should be able to be dynamically generated from queries against Photosynth's servers.

I'm interested in sorting by parameters like latitude, longitude, number of photos, number of points in primary pointcloud, total number of points in a single synth (including sub-synths, for lack of a better term), number of tags, using actual synth tags to filter, geo-aligned or not, geo-tagged or not, author, etcetera, etcetera. 

While this could be even better if we had a way of tagging individual portions of individual photos in our synths, even sorting by things like I list above would be hugely enjoyable.

I have to assume that this has been tested at Live Labs or in Photosynth's digs at Bing Maps. Could you share, please?
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
For those who aren't familiar with what I'm talking about, please visit and also be aware that it's a limited beta release and the waiting list for activation keys is growing longer, not shorter.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Presumably the only way to do this with all of Photosynth's public synths would be to use dynamic collections, or possibly at the very least with linked collections, although the linked description sounds like Photosynth's library would still be far too large to work effectively.

Again, for my fellow uninitiate, see for the differences between the two.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Pivot's site has been taken down since Live Labs closed, but you can see a backup on

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DontPanic (Over 1 year ago)
I wanted to do this and we can. We would use the RSS feed provided by Check out this twitter conversation I had with a expert about it. it was on the 7th between me CyberAxe and him.

Tony Champion ‏@tonychampion  

@cyberaxe so you are just looking at a way to show thumbnails of ur photosynths so you can select one to load, correct? 


7 Sep  Jeremy Benisek Jeremy Benisek ‏@cyberaxe  

@tonychampion yep, an advanced options would use the meta-data to fill in the side and maybe have a bing/maps option 


7 Sep  Tony Champion Tony Champion ‏@tonychampion  

@cyberaxe Then I would use RSS or some webservice to push to SL5 PV and build it from there. Should be fairly easy. 

  Jeremy Benisek Jeremy Benisek ‏@cyberaxe  

@tonychampion and it would be JIT so when I added new collections it would update and hav