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mysorian (Over 1 year ago)
Got it right the first time. Downloaded other vendor stuff from EasyPano and the experience was difficult. It is almost persuading me to start another blog in the hodentek family of blogs ( However, I need some quick answers.

1. Tips to make a perfect stitch
2. Control speed of slide show
3. Create an executable

ICE+Photsynth = Cool
mysorian (Over 1 year ago)
Oh. I forgot. One more, How do you delete an uploaded file?
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Hi, Mysorian, 

To delete an uploaded panorama or photosynth, you must be signed into the account that they were uploaded with, then look at your profile. You can do this by clicking on your username here in this discussion or by clicking the 'My Photosynths' link at the top of the page after signing in. Look at all of your 'synth cards' listed there. In the upper right corner, you will see an 'x'. Clicking this 'x' will ask you if you are certain that you want to delete that synth from the website. Click 'Yes' and it will be gone.

Quick answers:
1. Do you want tips for shooting panoramas or photosynths? These are very different.
2. There is no way to control the speed of the slideshow in a panorama, unless you manually click on the highlights. 
To explore a photosynth at a different speed, the spacebar key will take you through the photos in the slideshow order at the speed that you press the spacebar.
3. What is the request?
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
I thought you might be interested in a suggestion for controlling the slideshow speed on the old Photosynth Forum: Feel free to add your vote there.
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Tips to make a perfect panorama:
Keep your camera's lens as close as possible to a single point in the air and rotate your camera around the lens - not the other way around. The closer your subject is, the more this matters. Do not hold your camera at arm's length and rotate it around you.

To do this really well, you can buy special panoramic tripod heads (like a GigaPan) which will rotate around your camera's lens, for perfect seamless panoramas. If those are too expensive for you, you could always build your own. 

Read the 'bloopers' section in the following blog post from Blaise about how to get the most from the mobile panorama app for iPhone: The same principles will apply to all panoramas.

Other panorama stitchers will tell you the same thing:
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Tips to make a perfect photosynth: 
Watch the Photosynth tutorial video:
Read the Photosynth Photography Guide:

Here are some discussions I've had in the past to help people think about synthing: and 

Drew Steedly, who worked on both ICE and Photosynth, explains differences in shooting for panos vs. synths on video: and
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Here's the first video tutorial in what I hope will be a series that just went up a few days ago on YouTube for shooting panoramas with the iPhone app: 

Mastering the Photosynth App - Episode 1: Great Indoor Panoramas