Topic: How Can We Make The App Better?

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TonyErnst (Over 1 year ago)
Hey everyone, please use this thread to let us know what features you'd most like to see in the mobile app going forward.  We can't wait to hear your ideas, and who knows, so of them may make it into a future release.

yaesumofo (Over 1 year ago)
i would recomend some accuracy settings.
right now the aqpp is FAST i would be happy to sacrifice a little speed for accuracy.
My experience is that when images become complex the software begins to make BAD stitching guesses.
This makes for bad images.
JK_of_Seattle (Over 1 year ago)
as an option, Allow camera zoom control, which is then fixed upon screen tap. Can be useful for higher resolution panoramas.
Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Hi, James,

When you use the app, do you hold your phone at arm's length and rotate it around your body, or do you instead rotate your body around the phone, keeping the phone's camera lens as close as possible to the same place in the air?

Keeping the camera lens as close as possible to the same spot is important even for industrial strength panorama stitchers on desktop computers. More on that here:

I'm not saying that your request is not valid, but there are certain laws of photography that may always affect how well panoramas will be able to be stitched. I'm sure that the Photosynth team is very thankful for your feedback. Keep it coming!
JK_of_Seattle (Over 1 year ago)
When exporting images from iPod to PC, please include metadata so as to use with photoshop photosynth plugin.
Jeewaka (Over 1 year ago)
Is it possible to do higher resolution with the iphone4? 
Would be nice to have the option to do that depending on the iPhone model you have.
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
keikkipekka requests that you not save all input photos in the camera roll. Is there a function for these photos? (i.e. you can capture them at the time, but then stitch them later or go back to the location and add a few photos to what you had already shot)? 
Answer them here:
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
YoshihiroKawabata from YouTube requests a Black and White mode:
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
yoshihirok requests: "Please support non-camera iPad, iPod Touch for view Photosynth panorama.
Yes, non-camera device cannot capture photo, but, we want to see panorama on iPad 1, iPod Touch with our friends." at:
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Mobile browsing of others' panoramas: 
Merfairy is one example of a user (I've seen many more on Twitter) requesting to be able to view others' panos via the app.

I also had assumed that you would be able to search and browse other people's panoramas from the app, similar to how you can search and browse other people's photosynths from iSynth. On launch day, I commented, saying, ":: People wishing that they could browse fellow users' panos via the app (I was surprised that this would be absent. Is this really the case?)"
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Also, although it is possible to construct a link which will open the app on the correct panorama, it is much too obscure and difficult for normal users to use. iPhone users should be able to simply browse the website and launch the app on any panorama's normal view page. More on that here:

Also, the app should correctly load panoramas with the intended camera coordinates and zoom level specified in 'Share' links.
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Support opening actual photosynths, not only the panoramas which the app is capable of making. 

When I have to explain to people that they need to download iSynth to see synths, it is already too far down the road of unnecessary complication.
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Support moving correctly spatially between panoramas.

Since I have now seen the Read/Write World announcement, I suspect that you all have much bigger plans than displaying one panorama at a time. 

I also saw Everyscape announce and demonstrate their mobile panorama app at Where 2.0 2011 which allows users to transition among multiple panoramas. As I said, I'm sure that this is on your roadmap, but the sooner you can ship it, the better.

(I would even go so far as to say that there is absolutely nothing about this app which *currently* actually deserves the 'Photosynth' name, as each pano is currently an isolated island.)
LngRokit (Over 1 year ago)
Foremost, make it easy for the user to e-mail the panoramas.  Right now the feature is "hidden" by requiring the user to go through the iOS Photos, but I bet most users cannot figure this out unless they happen to see the stitched files in Photos.  This can't be hard to implement, e.g., via a link to the Photos app.

Second, not the app itself, but the search engine on sucks big time.
nazogema (Over 1 year ago)
Great app I love it. :)
The auto stitching is not bad, but not great either.
Right now for quick panoramas without it becoming a synth, 
I use a thing called 'Hugin'. Don't know what those guys did, 
but their autostitching is near enough flawless. If only they did synths haha.

Anyway keep up the great work, I am loving the app. 
Using it almost every day!
nazogema (Over 1 year ago)
Scheize! I almost forgot, lol. 
How about a feature for an automated 'reverse synth'. 
Don't know how difficult it is to program though. 

What I mean is.. glass of whiskey, photograph around it
so the background is stiched but you can turn the object in 3d :). 

I am drinking whiskey, yes
Justus_rockt (Over 1 year ago)
I´m sorry, but I don´t find an option to delete a synth in the iphone app! Am I blind or is the feature missing?
Carlosaguilera (Over 1 year ago)
Fix the Windows id problem so i can share mi panorama on facebook and that would make it perfect! please!! ... 

And i great idea.. (i think) would be the option for record an audio loop after you shot the panorama so you can also hear whats going on in the place. 

sorry for my lack of english ;)
RSPCAmacclesfield (Over 1 year ago)
Hi Tony,

An overide option would good when taking a shot of large area of the same colour. For example, in the following panorama, I couldn't take any shots of the blue sky because the camera could not recognise where it was (target area turns red).

It would be very useful to be overide this by been able to tap the screen and take the shot manually. Although the stitching would be effected, it wouldn't matter too much as the image is all one colour.

Hope the suggestions helps.
RSPCAmacclesfield (Over 1 year ago)
Also...Polar Panorama (stereographic) would be fantastic...that might be bit too much to ask though?
Amandeeep (Over 1 year ago)
it would  be good if it could upload asit crashes whe u do it nw
hazardrix (Over 1 year ago)
I'm a Computer Science student, so my suggestion is more a technical one.
You could enhance your app by making use of the iphone 4s gyroscope for better orientation recognition.

I experienced some issues with the orientation recognition with your app, so this should improve it.
hazardrix (Over 1 year ago)
this would solve the issue of RSPCAmacclesfield as well (i.e. an area with all the same color like the skye).
ArturWas (Over 1 year ago)
if you can fix the uploading problem some people are experiencing, this app will be complete.
intricate (Over 1 year ago)
This is a great iPhone app! Please fix the uploading issues so I could share the awesomeness your app can capture!
Samiri (Over 1 year ago)
I have tryed to do some synths for fun but i am lacking an option to delete an image, fx. i had an image wich was way off, but i could not delete it.
sublimeskipsey (Over 1 year ago)
Your app would be better if it was releasaed for android as well!
JaredMorrison (Over 1 year ago)
Absolutely love what you guys have done with the Photosynth App so far.
My wishlist:
-More extensive manual controls (white balance lock, primarily), and as others -Make higher resolution panos on iPhone 4.
Steve.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
As LngRokit requests above, a way to email the jpg version of a panorama to a friend or email a link to the interactive panorama needs to be directly in the app.

Similarly, you are taking a huge hit in reputation for not having similar functionality for Twitter. Robert Scoble continues to roast you guys for the lack of built-in Twitter integration. 

(Even once you add this, I think that he is still going to stick with Occipital because of the ease of their shooting style [even though yours is more technically impressive] as well as their unified view links (no separate links for mobile and desktop) and their reliance on a more popular plugin than Silverlight.)

Here's a conversation I had on Twitter earlier this hour with Josh Berkowitz (a.k.a. lolshin) about ease of sharing panos on Twitter which drives home the need for simplification in the app for sharing:
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Whoops... wrong account. 

Anyway, in addition to sharing via email and Twitter, Josh also suggests a simple 'Copy link' function in the app, which would be more universally useful than cherry picking favorite social media sites (Twitter, for example), as everyone has their own opinion on which sites are the most relevant to share things on.
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
I understand that panoramas contributed from phones will be personal a high percentage of the time, and because of this, I fully support making the default license for panoramas (c), but I feel that the mobile app should still support the same Creative Commons options as the Photosynth app for Windows does.

When I asked Steve C about this when the mobile app was still being tested internally, he reported back that he knew of no way to switch the license to CC and I have yet to see a mobile pano with any other license than (c). 

Although I understand the complications that come with changing licenses, once media is online, I still second the request that many others have voiced before in being able to edit the license on our synths and panoramas once they are on the website. I feel that this is a very important function to have and would like to see it resolved with Read/Write World, but also available through the Photosynth site.
lion69 (Over 1 year ago)
First: this app is awesome!

My suggestions:

- I do second the first response here from "yaesumofo" - even with more exprerience, I was not able yet to create a panorama that is 100% accurate. So a way to better control the overlay would be appreciated.
- Correcting panoramas afterwards would be great. I did some panoramas that had some "black holes" because I accidentally did not capture everything.
Maggie.Brown (Over 1 year ago)
Love the app. I would suggest being able to stick images together that are on a single plane.  i.e. taking many pics of a large floor or wall without having to back up from it.
Noctox (Over 1 year ago)
I would love to have the ability to delete individual pictures when they get stitched incorrectly, they were blurry, or have anything unwanted in them (in my case- a foot :P). And on that note, if you are still in the same setting, the ability to add in picture(s) to be recombined if you realize you made a mistake and don't want to have to retake the entire panorama.
zambari (Over 1 year ago)
Photosynth is great and I plan to upload loads of snapshots of interesting places to help you guys map reality. Functionality I miss most (other than being able to assist the stiching) is the ability to create and share albums. 
Also I can't seem to find geographical browsing of nearby photosynths, I've tried bing and I'm sure it's there somewhere but difficult to find it.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
@zambari, as to seeing worldwide geotagged synths and panos, you can use this link on a Mac or PC:

Unfortunately, I do not know of a way of checking this on your phone when you're out and about, though.
zambari (Over 1 year ago)
@Nathanael great to see someone involved, its not common to be able to speak to a person on such a big project. As for bing, of course I had it like 20s after posting my comment, and its more up to Microsoft to provide a shortcut (photosynth was not on the feature list, but zooming in close enough showed them). Thanks for the direct link!
Albums still would be very much welcomed. I which I could store a lot of locations online which could eventually become public, but it would be great if I could create a collection of panoramas and provide a link to it, rather than linking to my profile which may contain newer additions, and no one knows what's going on.
In other words, a collection of photosynths for which a seperate URL for sharing could exist.
Many thanks.
zambari (Over 1 year ago)
on a seperate note, it is worth some work to improve social aspect of, i just found a person who did the only two photosynths that exist at the moment of the area I come from, and I wish I could contact that person without having to google their nickname ; )
Kathars1s (Over 1 year ago)
:) I'd like higher resolution images. The iphone 4s has an 8MP camera, and the panorama it creates is
Kathars1s (Over 1 year ago)
small ; ;
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
@Kathar1s, I fully support your request. If you don't hear back from the Photosynth team on this, right away, here's a little conversation they had with someone else who shares your request:
Kathars1s (Over 1 year ago)
Ah I see. I figured it would take quite a bit of memory to stick together potentially quite a few 8mp images. I can see the phones 512MB of RAM being a limitation for sure. I hope they're making some progress on it, because the program is very very cool. I could always take the photos and stitch them in photoshop but that's quite a few more steps than what using this very cool little app would take.

Hope they're still looking into it :) great app though guys. The sticking itself is fantastic.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
I had suspected as much before, but I don't think that the Photosynth app is actually taking full frame shots. What I mean is that on an iPhone 4 it isn't taking 5 megapixel photos and on an iPhone 4S it isn't taking 8 megapixel photos. 

The reason that I have listed before and what has been confirmed for me today by the Photosynth team is that when you're keeping all of the shots taken thus far and swinging them around in 3D, as the viewfinder mode does, it is extremely difficult to write full resolution shots to the device's flash storage at the same time without making the 3D graphics start running choppy. 

Here's the follow up convo:
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
The instant visual feedback that the Photosynth mobile app gives you is ideal, but taking photos by hand (or via a configurable automated tripod mount like a GigaPan) to then stitch on the desktop/laptop has been the way of panorama photography for quite some time.

If quality and resolution is what you're after, we'll just have to wait a few more years for RAM size on mobile devices to become respectable or do things the more traditional way.
tylerpants (Over 1 year ago)
I think that there should be a screen that shows before the panorama is finished that will help direct you to the black holes in your synth so they can be patched.  This would be great, expecially for 360 panoramas that cover the whole "sphere" except for one black hole due to user oversight.
herbyzoum (Over 1 year ago)
before thinking to make better iphone app you have to make an app for wp7
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Hello, HerbyZoom, 

Photosynth's app should be pretty much the same for Windows Phone and iPhone after the WP7 version comes out, so this is really a place where anyone who has used the app (maybe you have used it on a friend's iPhone) to say what they would like improved about the app. 

The Photosynth team has definitely said that they are working on the Windows Phone version. They have intentionally never announced a release date for any of their previous work and they aren't going to tell us when the WP7 app is coming out, but here are all the confirmations that the WP7 app is on its way:!2269

If it helps you, you can think of iPhone users as beta testers who are helping to get all the bugs out of the app and make the app nicer to use before Windows Phone users get to use it.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Tony, I think that there is a fairly high number of users out there who would like to share their panoramas to Tumblr. Tumblr actually accepts embed code, so long as you use a video post. Example:

Here are some current sore points from the mobile scene: 
1: embeds work fine on laptops and desktops, but not on mobile browsers.
2: If I were on my iPhone or Windows Phone and had just uploaded a pano or spin movie to my Photosynth account, I would have to close the app, open Safari or Internet Explorer on my phone, sign into the website, click into the desired pano spin movie or synth, copy the embed code (assuming I already knew how to do this), and then paste it into the correct format of tumblr post. I think I can safely say that this is beyond most people's patience threshold.
3: I don't even know if you could copy the embed code from a mobile browser now, with the HTML viewer there.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
So, for the 'Share to Twitter' and 'Share to Tumblr' functionality, I'd like to have the pano uploaded in the background to and the Tumblr post automatically generated with the embed code in it. 

It would also be very helpful if the mobile user who had just done this sharing and who was then checking their Tumblr blog to see if it worked or not was not met with a 'Please install Silverlight' type message.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
On a separate note, Photosynth could do a lot towards making the website more mobile-friendly. It really doesn't help you guys that embeds don't use the HTML viewer and the one single embedded panorama on the entire site is on your homepage. 

This essentially means that any iOS user who searches the web for 'Photosynth' and clicks through to your homepage sees a 'Please install Microsoft Silverlight' message when every other panorama on the entire site will automatically load in Mobile Safari via the HTML viewer. 

I had the hardest time on Twitter a week or so ago trying to convince an iPhone user that he could view panoramas in Safari without Silverlight because he kept loading your homepage and would not listen to me at first when I asked him to try clicking on the title of the pano or visiting the 'Explore' page filtered down to panoramas.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
If achieving interactive HTML panorama/spin movie/photosynth viewer embedded in the page is too difficult, then at least make the thumbnail launch the HTML viewer in a new tab when tapped.

If you can read in the useragent that the browser being used is a mobile Safari or IE, then don't bother showing any '...install ...Silverlight..." message on embeds, but rather something appropriate to mobile users like, "Tap here to view this panorama".
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
On Twitter, Kevin OKeefe was tweeting that the New York Times listed the Photosynth Mobile app in their list of best iPhone apps of 2011.

In reply to this, Phillip Mervis replied that he would recommend DerManDar Panorama over Photosynth's app.

I decided to ask Phillip what he would do differently if he was calling the shots on Photosynth's mobile team.

Here are his suggestions:
Buscasas (Over 1 year ago)
For me is absolutely necessay to have a way to organize the panoramas. 
Call it folders, albums or any other. Can we wait something like this soon?

stephend (Over 1 year ago)
I'd really appreciate a pre-stiching view to see if I missed any spots, or even a small icon if the app notices an that is empty (I presume it knows) - I've had a few too many panoramas spoiled because of a little black triangle where I missed a spot prior to completing the image capture.

Other than that I is definitely my favourite app on the iPhone - nice work!!
Ronnel (Over 1 year ago)
It would be great if you could create inverse panoramas; take multiple shots of an object from different angles and combine them to create a 3-D object. You guys can surely do that!
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Ronnel, indeed they can. To see a preview of this coming feature, see the videos in the articles at

Spin movies will be the third photography format hosted here on (the other two being photosynths and panoramas).
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Photosynth and ICE teams, 

I recently saw someone being frustrated that their flattened 360 degree horizontal panorama couldn't be recentered in the cropping section of the app. 

I agree that this would be a great feature and it would mirror what you've already done in ICE on Windows, so consider this feature formally requested.
Jason_Davis (Over 1 year ago)
I don't care for the synths at all (personal preference) but am hypnotized by panoramas.  There are some people that are experts at it and it's a joy to see their work.  My top suggestions (LOVE this app by the way, my favorite ever):

Make the app (and website) more social.  Allow me to either "Like" or "Follow" a user or subscribe to their new panoramas.  And then allow me to sort through the users that I like or my subscriptions manually.  I see exceptional photographers submitting panoramas all the time and I'd like to be able to subscribe to them when they post a new one, instead of having to sort through pages to see if I've missed any since last login.

It is frustrating to have to juggle back and forth between my Safari on my iPhone and the app to view the panoramas full screen.  If you could include exploring within the app, that would be great (I'm sure that's a top request).
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Jason, I agree that the site needs some serious improvement. I've felt that way since 2008. =)

You do have the ability to use the RSS feeds on people's profiles to subscribe to people's updates as you wish, although I grant you that it is more manual to copy the link to the feed and paste it into a news aggregator than a simple 'Follow' button. The current situation is not ideal, but it is workable. 

For the record, I come from the opposite end of the spectrum as far as photosynths vs. panoramas. I love a synth's ability to reconstruct 3D and spatially transition between different viewpoints. A single panorama, while beautiful, is incredibly boring to me. I genuinely wish that Photosynth would not have supported panoramas at all until the provided a way to spatially link panoramas to other panoramas and regular photos (and spin movies and videos in the future). 

I love the idea of being able to make a photosynth where every photo is a panorama, though.
karmattack (Over 1 year ago)
Personally, I'd like to be able to open flattened panoramas that have been moved, removed, or added to my phone. Seems like that would be a better way to make this a more social and popular app anyway, if friends and I could send and receive panoramas like beefed up photos and could just open them in PhotoSynth. Plus, I've had several panos just drop out of the app so I can't open them anymore without taking a bunch of extra steps. I'd like to be able to just... open them.
yoat (Over 1 year ago)
Make the Photosynth Live Tile pan and zoom around the panoramas. 

Pick one every few hours (from local and/or and setup some starting, zoom and pan vectors. To save loading time, you could zoom from point to point within the same image and keep the same pano loaded for longer.  No manual controls necessary, just random deep zooming and whirling around the landscape would be great.
agentlossing (Over 1 year ago)
The suggestion that immediately comes to mind for me, using the WP7.5 app on my Lumia 900, is exposure lock of some sort. When I start putting together a panorama, I'll point it up at the sky, or down at the ground, and it will adjust the exposure lighter or darker to balance the lighting, at the expense of the panorama, which ends up patchy and inconsistent in exposure.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
@agentlossing, I'm with you. David Gedye at Photosynth says that the current lack of exposure lock on WinPhone is due to the video mode that Mango supplies. 

Here's where he told me: 


@yoat, great idea, but I suspect that the Windows Phone and Windows 8 teams have placed significant limits on custom code in live tiles.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
@karmattack, Photosynth's mobile app (just like its big brother, ICE, for Windows) can export panoramas in two formats: 
1: flattened 
2: cube mapped

Flattened is good for sharing like a photo, but loses resolution in some areas when reprojected in 3D. 

Cube mapped is formatted specifically for 3D reprojection, so that the corners of the cube (which are more distant than the center of each side of the cube) appear to be equidistant and free of warping. That said, unfolded cube maps are not ideal for 2D viewing.

In short, your suggestion that there be a greater emphasis on sharing and social features is spot on and I couldn't agree with you more, but there is a reason that what is uploaded to your profile here on the website is a cube map version of your panos and what is in your camera roll is a flattened .jpg.
jazzmanster (Over 1 year ago)
I would definetly fix the uploading problem on WP7.  It makes the app useless when it comes to sharing the experience with others.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Jazzmanster, I don't mean to discount the problems that others are having, but I use the Windows Phone app and I don't have any problems uploading or sharing links with Photosynth's mobile pano app. 

It's difficult to know whether it could be user error or whether there is some sort of odd bug that only affects certain handsets. I use an old Samsung Focus and uploading works fine for me.
Dib_Gill (Over 1 year ago)
For the iphone version of Photosynth, it seems that the 8mega-pixel of the 4s is not being used. Instead, it seems as though only 5 mega-pixels are being used. Could you please fix this with the next update?
Dib_Gill (Over 1 year ago)
In addition, even with the exposure lock off, the Photosynth app does a poor job with exposure and contrast. This is even more evident when an image of the same object taken with photosynth is compared with one taken with the build in camera app.
Gay.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Dib Gill, regarding mobile panorama resolution, please see these comments from the Photosynth team:
DontPanic (Over 1 year ago)
Save each image before processing so it can be reprocessed with ICE for HQ. I can't take the images twice. please allow saving of each image and processed final image for record. At least offer an option. 
Allow for render while key lock is on. Auto Upload queued while plugged in to the wall. I couldn't figure out why my Photosynth's wouldn't show up online. Because you have to keep the app open but my screen lock turns on after 30sec-1minute... or allow options to keep screen lock off while processing.
I could really use a windows 8 app for my slate. Figure out a way to help with tight spaces and small rooms!!!
DontPanic (Over 1 year ago)
agentlossing (4 weeks ago) delete 
The suggestion that immediately comes to mind for me, using the WP7.5 app on my Lumia 900, is exposure lock of some sort. When I start putting together a panorama, I'll point it up at the sky, or down at the ground, and it will adjust the exposure lighter or darker to balance the lighting, at the expense of the panorama, which ends up patchy and inconsistent in exposure.

THIS IS A MUST!!! I have to redo or delete a lot of Photosynth because of this. say I'm doing a church with lots of windows....
SteNi (Over 1 year ago)
1) I'm ready to jump iOS for Android. One of the only things holding me back is availability of photosynth on android. Android photosynth PLEASE :)
2) add a sync option for photos on phones library to sync to .net site. One in which you can sync selectively, and one which can determine when a pano has had its info edited on phone and will update edited info on account.
carolinablueblood (Over 1 year ago)
Try offering it on the sweet new lines of Android Phones. My HTC product rocks the socks off many a smart phone.
james.leung (Over 1 year ago)
The iPhone 5 has a better processor and more Ram than the iPhone 4 (not 4S) did.  Surely Photosynth's resolution can be upgraded now.
mauimacman (Over 1 year ago)
App stopped creating icons on iPhone???  Now when setting the icon which it shows until I hit okay and then when it goes back to the library view there's nothing but a black space where my icon that I'd just selected was -- no more selection... just black! Please tell what happened to my icon selection capability?
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
MauiMacMan, you should be able to download the iOS app update now. 

Details from Photosynth's iOS team here:
TomHiser (Over 1 year ago)
Simple - Release an android version
HeinrichSchulz (Over 1 year ago)
Another request to add support for Android devices like the Samsung Galaxy SIII phone and Galaxy note 10.1 tablet. I recently changed from iOS and desperately misses my Photosynth app!
Dan_Elgie (Over 1 year ago)
Never mind an Android version. Release a Windows Phone 8 version, Microsoft.
lokness42 (Over 1 year ago)
No not android. I think they should keep this to just WP and IOS.
CSIM3299 (Over 1 year ago)
I would had some quality to the camera: I have a 5mpx camera on my Ipod touch 5, but in photosynth I have the impression that i have a 0.1 mpx (worst than a ipod touch 4. I think that you could easely make a option of quality: people that what beautiful photo with big sized files because they have 32 Go. of space they can have it, and people that just want a fast sketch of the place they where and lesser files usage can too. Find a way to accomodate everyone.
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
@CSIM3299, for a better understanding of why the resolution of panorama input shots is low, please read this discussion.

At the end of it, Photosynth manager, David Gedye recently gave some hope that capturing full resolution shots would be possible with the option to stitch the pano on Photosynth's end, since the phone likly does not have the necessary RAM for spherical projection and conversion to a cube map at that resolution.
Traveller007 (Over 1 year ago)
How about importing feature for photosynth?  I have backed up photosynth folders on my PC but I couldn't get photosynth app to read those even though I transfered these folders to iphone via iexplorer.
osborne8 (Over 1 year ago)
I love the photosynth panorama feature!  I would love to be able to do a 360 view and then mark a point in my 360 that the user could click on that would take the user to a new center point where another 360 would be taken allowing the user to effectively "move" around a scene and get different perspectives all from one panorama.  Can't wait for the next version of the software to come out!
gregdbowen (Over 1 year ago)
remocat1111 (Over 1 year ago)
In addition, even with the exposure lock off, the Photosynth app does a poor job with exposure and contrast. This is even more evident when an image of the same object taken with photosynth is compared with one taken with the build in camera app.
remocat1111 (Over 1 year ago)
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roryok (Over 1 year ago)
I would really, really like access to the separate images photosynth takes for a panorama. the stitching results are not always perfect and I'd prefer to be able to piece together the panos using something else like ICE or autostitch. The photosynth UI is unparalleled - no other panorama app comes close to the simplicity and ease of use!
Pratiml (Over 1 year ago)
Hi Photosynth Team,

Please fix below bug in your next mobile app release and please make it available sooner than later.

Photosynth team replied: '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.'

DennisDolphin (Over 1 year ago)
How you can make it better? Release a Android-app. It's ridicules to ignore the leading mobile platform to favorize the own companies one...
pdl2002 (Over 1 year ago)
Add native iPad support.
kphoenix (Over 1 year ago)
1) support export of the original component images for rendering on the computer
2) allow photoshpheres to be edited in some way!!!! i can't figure out how to export the sphere so that I'm able to modify it or import it into a application that can modify it. 
3) render it online WITHOUT silverlight required
Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
@kphoenix, I'm just your fellow user, but I totally support exporting the captured unstitched images to use in other panorama stitchers.

If you've uploaded your panorama to your account on the website here, you can use the new Export functionality here on the website to export your own panos in the .pano file format.

You can upload those .pano files to OneDrive as an alternate way to view them.
Also try renaming the file extension to .zip to look inside.


Alternately you can use Christoph Hausner's 'SynthExport' to download the six sides of your panoramas' cube maps from your Photosynth account.

From there you could edit them in Adobe Photoshop for Windows and then use the Photoshop to panorama publishing plugin to re-upload it to your account if you want.
Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Regarding your third request, there has been an HTML5 panorama viewer on the site since early June of 2011.

You should be able to view any stitched panorama here on the site (whether they came from Microsoft ICE, Adobe Photoshop, Photosynth's mobile pano apps, or Windows 8.1's Camera app) in any web browser that supports CSS3 3D Transforms.

That includes mobile devices that run Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, iOS, and newer versions of Android.


Photosynth is currently working on Photosynth 2 (check out their progress on a laptop or desktop computer at ).

Their viewer for new photosynths is written in WebGL (the standard 3D technology that is built into all modern browsers) so doesn't use Silverlight.

They are currently working on a new mobile app which will take photos to make actual photosynths (instead of only stitched panoramas like their current mobile app).
homekitchentest (Over 1 year ago)
I would love to be able to add notes, I'd like to point to an area in a synth. 
Imagine I'm a contractor and would like to invite my plumber to view the synth, maybe ask him questions in a tag, and have him answer and know exactly what area I'm talking about.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
HomeKitchenTest, there are two features which exist on the website which I believe the current version of the mobile apps fail to support which may meet your needs.

These are: 
1) Share links
2) Highlights

The idea of a Share link is simply that anyone can zoom in on a particular area within either a synth or a pano (the current mobile apps only view and create panos at the time I'm writing this) get the Share Link, and when that link is sent to someone who then clicks on it, the synth or pano will open at the same position and zoom level inside the imagery as you were when you generated the link.

The idea of Highlights is that if you are the author of the synth you can outline a portion of the imagery and label it with a title and description (perfect for asking questions for someone viewing the synth or pano).
In stitched panos' cases the highlights are shown on the right edge of the viewer and when clicked will zoom the viewer to the bounds of the highlight.
photonynikon (Over 1 year ago)
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
@photonynikon Buy a Windows phone or tablet. ��