Topic: Answerexport flat panorama to facebook ? shoot 360 x 180 ?

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aokaf (Over 1 year ago)
I work in virtual tour business


can I make a 180 x 360 panorama with photosynth ? in another words: can I shoot the nadir and zenith (up and bottom spots)

this photo (The Old 97's @ Sarah Jaffe) has a black hole (the nadir) when you look down



can I export a flat panorama to jpg ?

(I need to put it in facebook with high resolution or to use it in virtual tour software like autopano pro or tourweaver )

Ahmad Alkaff
technical consultant, vision360, jeddah, KSA

5D MKII, Sigma 8mm, NN R1 + monopod manfrotto , manfrotto 303 + carbon tripod 045cxpro4, epic gigapan pro, mac pro 8 cores, apple cenima display 30", macbook pro 17" quad , CS5 standard, ptgui, easypano, kolor, gardengnome
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Greetings, Ahmad,

You can certainly shoot a full spherical panorama and stitch it with Microsoft ICE, Adobe Photoshop, or the Photosynth mobile panorama app and upload it to Photosynth's website.

Thomas Hayden's panorama that you mention ( ) appears to have been stitched with ICE or Photoshop, as opposed to the mobile app. 

That said, here is a video from 360 Tactical VR showing an iPhone 4 being used to shoot a full spherical pano:

Here are a couple of examples of full spherical panoramas uploaded from the desktop:
'Family Tomb' from xRez Studio:

'Casa Sfatului 4' from OrasulMemorabil:

I trust that helps.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Also, you may be interested to know that the Photosynth site hosts, not only panoramas, but also photosynths. For an example of how a photosynth can take a virtual tour further than single panoramas, try David Gedye's synth of this house for sale in Blue Ridge:

Be sure to use the highlights reel on the right to easily move around the synth and don't miss out on Overhead View. You can use the [T] key to enter Overhead View after clicking on the synth.

If you are using an iOS device you can view the synth by using the free iSynth photosynth viewer ( ).

If you are using Windows, have the Photosynth Windows app installed ( ), and are using Internet Explorer or Firefox 3 (not Firefox 4), you can try the synth in the older (but faster) Direct3D viewer:
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
While panos can be created from iOS and Windows, synths can only be created on Windows.

Creation Tools for Photosynths: 
Photosynth app for Windows:

Creation Tools for Panoramas: 
Microsoft ICE for Windows:
Panorama Publishing plugin for Photoshop for Windows:
Photosynth mobile panorama app for iOS:
aokaf (Over 1 year ago)
thanks brother, that was useful

ok, the other thing is, I need to take the photo with my iphone full 180x360 
take the jpg file from the iphone and put it in photoshop to add my logo 
is that possible ?
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
I would assume so. 

Unfortunately, the Photoshop plugin is what I have the very least experience with and I must point out that it will need to be Photoshop for Windows (as the plugin depends on the Photosynth Windows app for uploading to your account) but I would think that so long as you choose the correct projection method in Photoshop, the panorama would remain wraparound, rather than being uploaded flattened out.

You may want to run that question by the ICE team for a more definitive answer if you don't hear back from the Photosynth team here soon. You can find the ICE forum here:
aokaf (Over 1 year ago)
i've been there
they say ask the iphone guys
the point is that: shooting with the iphone is a powerful weapon!
it can make shoot in all places
but how can take the photo jpg from the iphone ?

this is what i'm looking for

iphone photosynth - export jpg - facebook publish or ptgui editing
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Sorry to miss the second question. The Photosynth mobile pano app will save a flat JPG version of each pano that you stitch on the iPhone to your default camera roll. From there you can email it to yourself or sync it with iCloud to your desktop.

 You can also publish the panorama to Facebook as a flat JPG to download via your web browser if for any reason the copy in your camera roll should be deleted, I believe.
aokaf (Over 1 year ago)
I've looked in the photo roll, i found a small thumbnail for the photo 20kb !

I wish that i could find it !
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
aokaf, I'm sorry to hear you're having troubles finding it, but I assure you that many other people have found theirs.

Here are a few quick examples from flickr users who have pro accounts (free Flickr accounts always shrink your photos to a maximum of 1024 pixels in the longest direction): (2014 x 1127) (2655 x 865) (4474 x 850)