Topic: synth vs pano

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mga56grg1 (Over 1 year ago)
is there a way to stich a pano together from a set of files on my computer rather than a synth?  by pano i mean a graphic that i can smoothly scroll left to right  (like the iphone app creates) rather than the way a synth navigates?
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Hi, mga56grg1, 

To stitch and upload a panorama from Windows, you will use Microsoft's panorama stitcher, entitled Image Composite Editor. (We all just call it ICE.) You can download it from Microsoft Research here:

Hopefully that helps. 

I don't want to give the impression that panoramas are bad, but photosynths are actually a leap beyond panoramic stitching, because photosynths are capable of matching images together even when the camera's position is different between photos and in a photosynth, a sparse 3D reconstruction of your subject will be generated. 

Panoramas are great for a continuous field of view, but a single panorama just isn't as compelling for many of us as the ability to link multiple perspectives in a synth. 

Thankfully, the day is approaching when Bing's upcoming Read/Write World will make the synth vs. pano argument moot by linking pano to pano and synth to synth, etc. for more.