Topic: Photosynth for iOS

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NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
@Microsoft508 posted an interesting tweet on Twitter about 9 hours ago now:

Now, what that means, exactly, I'm a little hazy on. I assume that even the iPhone 4's 1Ghz CPU isn't ideal for doing synthing (to say nothing of RAM), which probably may mean cloud computed synths. 

Or, this could concievably just refer to the previously announced panorama uploader from Bing (see for details). If one looks at the panoramas which are being uploaded with the mobile app ( ), you'll see "(c) %username% with Photosynth" as the license text.
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Interestingly, some of the more recent contributions from Blaise only have a (c) symbol with no accompanying "blaise with Photosynth" text, which I am guessing might be due to using upload clients from different mobile OSes. 
Examples of no author text:

Example with author text:

I consider the automatic addition of the author's username to the license field when they have not manually added their name to their photos' metadata a real step in the right direction, so hopefully this becomes consistent across the mobile pano apps from all OSes. I would actually also like to see it come to ICE and the synther as well.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
...and look at this! Now we have a new forum for Mobile Photosynth:

Looks like it's time to start watching the Photosynth weblog and Announcements Forum for news.
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Well, the content in my first link above has completely vanished, but if you'd like to see what I was talking about (it's just a table showing how the Photosynth app will adhere to interface requirements from Apple, I believe, or perhaps Microsoft's own interface requirements), feel free to take a peek here:
michaeldenis (Over 1 year ago)
Thanks for keeping up with this issue, Nate; it's important for the medium, and highly interesting.  My general sense is that an easy way to make photosynths on a mobile device like a smartphone will make it very accessible for the general public.  Right now, to get great results and create Photospheres(tm) you need to have a lot of advanced equipment and discipline.  It takes a lot (perhaps too much for most people) of time and experience to discover what ICE/Photosynth needs to get great results.  Maybe these mobile approaches done well will fill that difficulty gap...

"Making life easier for people;" now there's a good motto  (:
michaeldenis (Over 1 year ago)
And by "make photosynths," I really meant make 360x180-degree panoramas or, as I refer to them, "Photospheres(tm)"
All will be revealed VERY soon. :-)
nazogema (Over 1 year ago)
freddy40 (Over 1 year ago)
How can I add an emailed photosynth picture to my photosynth app in my iPhone, at present there photo only shows up in my photo album. Is there a method to get photosynth to recognize it ?
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Freddy40, I'm not sure if you can open a flat JPEG version of a panorama in the app's interactive viewer, but if you (or whoever emailed the panorama to you) uploaded the panorama to the site here, you can get the link from the site and edit it to get a version that is appropriate for mobile devices to click on.

For examples of mobile links, visit

To see the difference between normal links and mobile links, visit:
Steve.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
As far as viewing other people's panoramas, for over a year now, iOS users have been able to use a prototype HTML5 viewer in Safari to view others' work:

Windows Phone users do not yet have access to this as Mobile Internet Explorer 9 does not support CSS3's 3D Transforms, however Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8 and Mobile Internet Explorer 10 in Windows Phone 8 will support that piece of CSS3 and so should be able to render panoramas in HTML5 as well.