Topic: Wishlist

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andreasbalzer (Over 1 year ago)
my name is Andreas, I'm a Microsoft Student Partner and love Photosynth! :)
I'd like to make synths of my old school and post them on the school website. Therefore I have some feature wishes:
- Possibility to set hotspots in the synth and link them to webpages/other synths.
- Possibility to add a map and place a "You are here" icon in the map. The map should reflect the current viewpoint.
- As a synth of a big building is huge (I expect some TB) it would be handy to host it at the own server as I would need to use several Live IDs otherwise.
- Possibility to integrate movies as photos into the synth. Like a restroom with flowing water (this would be really cool! :)
Last but not least: It's written in other posts but make it calculating virtual worlds where you can move through the world with keyboard and mice *g* :)

Keep up the good work!

Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Andreas, you seem pretty well informed as Photosynth goes, but I was wondering if you knew about the WASDEC and L;'[ keys for navigation in 3D mode on synths. If not, the full listing is over in the Photography Guide. ( at the bottom of this page ) Although it's easy to get tipped over on your side when changing altitude and turning, you can navigate about very much like an early first person perspective game. Mouselook has been briefly discussed before ( ) but I haven't heard anything since then. 
I'm completely with you on the map feature. One promising sign for things to come in that direction can be found in the video here: 
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As for using more than 20GB per account ( ).
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
I, too, would like the ability to use Photosynth on my own server but their being able to use the point clouds is one of the reasons that Microsoft is currently making Photosynth free: you get a really cool way to look at your photos and they get geometry from all over the world to feed into Bing Maps 3D. 

If you want to take it completely away from and onto your own network, you'd want to look into 'Geosynth' which is exactly what you want. ( ) The price asked for that privilege, however, makes it an impossibility for me. (They *really* want those point clouds!)

As to hotspots within a synth linking to other synths or URLs, I know that one thing that the Photosynth team has been working on since before the launch last year is linking synths together. I'm hoping to see some news about that before the end of the year.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Here's an old post I did about linking synths together from ages ago. It has some pretty useful links in it. ( ) 

I'm still not sure if that's quite what you wanted as I'm sure the Photosynth team wants to make it an automatic process and you and I would like to manually tell the system, "Link this to that whether you can automatically detect that they go together or not."

There's no real word yet on when we can expect to see tagging individual bits of photos yet but David Gedye told me that it's a big priority for them. I think that synth highlights are the beginning of work in this direction.

Anyway, I hope you get some feedback from someone official here, but I thought I'd throw what little I knew out there. I hope some of it is news to you.
tbenedict (Over 1 year ago)
Hey, this is the first time I've heard of Geosynth.  (I'm behind the times...)  It's tough to tell from the web page what exactly it's offering that Photosynth doesn't already have.  Off-site storage and private distribution of synths, I get.  That's not all that important to me.  But they're talking about 3D (or 4D) scene reconstruction.  Does that mean it can actually output a model?

I'm not a 200+ employee company, so I'm guessing I'm not in the running for a license.

Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Tom, my impression was just that it was simply offline Photosynth. As far as 4D, we can move through our synths chronologically by sorting by filename. I'd be surprised if Geosynth was offering anything over that. As far as the 3D goes, perhaps there would be a few dials to twirl to utilise greater than 1.5 - 2 megapixel versions of our photos during image feature matching to result in finer results? That's pure conjecture though.

Primarily this looks to me to simply offer privacy for companies who must guarantee absolute privacy of their synth results (i.e. special effects studios, military, contractors, etc.) Possibly there is some documentation distributed along with it that documents the point cloud format for commercial use, but that is again conjecture. 

There is also the secondary benefit of not waiting for upload and the fast loading of using Seadragon locally rather than over the net. Other than that, I think you nailed it.
tbenedict (Over 1 year ago)
Meh.  If that's the case, Photosynth works just fine for me.  I've uploaded some synths for work, but nothing so hush-hush I had to make it private.