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Topic: Geographical location information for Ricoh Theta images

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Pratiml (7 months ago)
Hi there,
Need urgent help!
I have taken 360 degree panorama using Ricoh Theta 360 camera via Photosynth and imported those pics on my iphone 4. But when I am opening these pics and going into ‘view details’ section the map icon is disabled. That means I cannot identify the geographical location of the image (I mean where image was taken). Please help me on how to get geographical location information for the images. My location service on the phone is already enabled.Also is it possible to get latitude/ longitude information for the images captured using Ricoh Theta 360?
Thanks
Pratim
photosynth (7 months ago)
Hi Pratim, the Theta itself doesn't have the ability to record the location of the panoramas you capture with it. In order to record this information in your panoramas you first need to pair the Theta with the Photosynth app, and then use the app to remotely trigger the Theta to capture a panorama. This will write the lat/long information to your panorama so it's available when you imported and uploaded to Photosynth. For panoramas you've previously captured, you can always add location information by uploading them to Photosynth and going to our website http://photosynth.net to add this information. Hope this helps.
Pratiml (7 months ago)
Hi There,

Thanks for quick response but my issue is still not resolved. I am already pairing theta with Photosynth app and then using the app to remotely trigger the Theta to capture a panorama, but it’s not writing the latitude / longitude information on panorama. When I am going to ‘view details’ section in the Photosynth app, the map icon is disabled. Please see the below test scenarios for Photosynth iPhone app. 

Test scenario 1: For Images Stored in Apps:
Ricoh Theta 360 Camera + Photosynth iPhone App = Not Showing GPS info

Test scenario 2: For Images exported from Photosynth iPhone App to iPhone 4 camera roll:
Ricoh Theta 360 Camera + Photosynth iPhone App = Not Showing GPS info

If you see above 2 scenarios, you can clear conclude that GPS Meta data is stripping out of image when the image is taken using Photosynth iPhone App. I would highly recommend you to test these scenarios. 

I will appreciate quick response.
Many Thanks
Pratim
Nathanael (7 months ago)
Pratim, I am only your fellow user, but perhaps I can be of some assistance.

Regarding your second test scenario, the flattened copy of the panorama which is saved to your device's camera roll regrettably does not ever contain any EXIF data such as time taken, camera model, or GPS coordinates (in my experience with the Windows Phone version of Photosynth's mobile panorama app).

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Regarding your first test scenario, could it be possible that in your iOS settings, you have not given the Photosynth mobile panorama app permission to use your phone's location?

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Regarding panoramas which you have uploaded which do not have a location attached, you can manually add one by signing into your account on Photosynth.net on a laptop or desktop computer (Windows or Mac) which has Silverlight installed ( http://microsoft.com/getsilverlight ).

When you visit one of your panoramas' view page under these conditions, you will see an [Edit this Panorama] button below the viewer.
Pratiml (7 months ago)
Hi Nathanael,

My location services for Photosynth mobile panorama app is on but still it’s not showing GPS coordinates for the images I am taking from Ricoh 360 camera. however, Photosynth mobile panorama app is showing GPS coordinates for the images taken directly from the iPhone camera & using the Photosynth mobile panorama app.

This might be the bug in Photosynth mobile panorama app.

Thanks
Pratim
Pratiml (7 months ago)
Hi There,

Please provide update on above query.

Thanks
Praim
photosynth (7 months ago)
Hi Pratim, after further investigation there seems to be a bug somewhere in our code that's preventing the location information from being written to panoramas captured remotely with the Theta, as it was functionality intended. We'll look at fixing this issue in an upcoming release.

In the meanwhile, you can add location information to your Photosynth panoramas (including the ones captured with the Theta) via the Photosynth website as suggested above.
Pratiml (7 months ago)
Hi There,

Thanks for you reply.

Please let us know when you guys are planning to release update for the photosynth app.

Thanks
Pratim
Pratiml (7 months ago)
Hi Photosynth Team,

Please provide your thoughts on above question.
Thanks
Pratim
Pratiml (7 months ago)
Hi There,
I am working for one of the largest retailer in Australia and we are working on the project which required panoramas to be taken for each store and we would like to use Photosynth for this purpose. There seems to be a bug somewhere in Photosynth code that's preventing the location information from being written to panoramas captured remotely with the Theta. I am hoping that this bug will be fixed in upcoming release of Photosynth app. So it’s crucial fo us to know that when the new version of the application will be released.
Thanks
Pratim
Nathanael (7 months ago)
Pratim, again I am not a Microsoft representative but I have been watching this team's development for over 7 years now and I can tell you that they do not announce target release dates in advance.

Each of their replies to you here has been predicated by my asking them on Twitter to take a look at your topic.

You'll probably have a better chance of getting a reply, even if they won't tell you how long the wait will be, if you email them at the address on their contact page. http://photosynth.net/contactus.aspx They do much better at answering email (or even Twitter) than they do at monitoring their forums.

Their team is in the process of working on Photosynth 2 at the moment, getting the website ( http://photosynth.net/preview ) completed and getting the Photosynth 2 apps for multiple operating systems ready to launch after the website is completed.

This is their priority at the moment, rather than fixing a bug in their old mobile panorama app.
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