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Maybe I havent realised how to do this, but is it possible to have a feature which allows you to export a synth view as a flat canvas JPG? I know this probably would be awkward for shots taken from multiple angles and positions - but for images where the photographer has stood in the same spot and tried to capture a view using multiple shots and wanted the shots auto-stitched into one file? If this feature exists, can someone tell me where/how?
Love Photosynth, its a great package for what it does!
DreKn - we dont have any way to do this sorry. Photosynth is an intrinsically 3D experience, and translating it to a 2D piece of paper would be difficult.
DreKn, as both you and Tony both point out, making a flat printable view of a synth that's made from different viewpoints is really not going to work.
What it sounds to me like you are wanting is a panorama stitcher where the phototographer keeps the camera lens as much in one place as possible (hopefully using a special tripod to have the camera rotate around the lens, rather than the center of the camera when rotated in order to minimise errors when stitching due to paralax movement in the scene). Photosynth actually does better when you *do* move about.
Microsoft Research makes a free panorama stitcher and viewer if you're interested, that different people on the Photosynth team have talked about integrating into Photosynth if they can figure out how.
Viewer: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/groups/ivm/hdview/ (currently porting to Silverlight as well)
One thing to note about using ICE and HD View is that they are not currently set to automatically upload the results to a web service, so you'll have to go about finding somewhere on the web to host them all by yourself.
On the forums for those products I found several people suggesting the free Silverlight Streaming site, available here: http://silverlight.live.com/
Let me know if this is what you were looking for. I'd love to see your first attempt.
Keep on Photosynthing!
Happily, ICE 2.0 will be able to publish panoramas to Photosynth, which solves the hosting problem. It should also be noted that Silverlight Streaming has been discontinued.
Check these links for more information on the ICE and Photosynth integration:
The only problem i have found is when ICE will not stitch the photos together but Photosynth will when you upload them to the web without using ICE program.
ICE does require more careful photography than Photosynth does, since it's trying to actually stitch all the photos into a continuous image.
Photosynth will upload all the photos even if they don't all stitch together into the same group.
Josh, I'd be interested in knowing if your synth made from the panning photos all synthed into the same group when you view your synth in 2D view (100% synthy) or whether they were separated into multiple groups.