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Is there a way I can save these locally and use them locally/embed them in my website, or do they have to be uploaded in order to "work"?
If you're talking about photosynths (not panoramas), there's not really a way to view them offline. Several members of the Photosynth community have created toolkits to download a synth's point cloud and photos ( http://bit.ly/synthexport , http://bit.ly/photosynth-toolkit , http://bit.ly/browsephotosynth , http://on.fb.me/meshlabsynthimporterpreview ) and the point cloud can be viewed in a 3D modeling program such as Meshlab or 3DStudioMax.
If you're asking about panoramas, any panorama created on Windows in Microsoft ICE http://bit.ly/microsoftice can be saved to local disk (select 'Deep Zoom Tileset' from the formats drop down list) and viewed online or offline with Microsoft HDView http://bit.ly/msrhdview You can also upload your HDView formatted panorama to your own web-server or dropbox account if you like, however only PC users will be able to view the panorama as a wrap-around pano.
If you're asking about saving panoramas from Photosynth's mobile apps on Windows Phone or iOS, no there's no option for saving your panoramas' cube maps and viewing them on another device offline.
Technically, someone could modify Henri Astre's PhotosynthToolkit code to download the files for any panorama on Photosynth.net, but you'd still need a way to view them offline or convert them to a format that an existing viewer like HDView would understand how to open.
You can, however, easily embed any synth or pano that has been uploaded to Photosynth.net on your own site.
P.S. The 'Announcements' forum is for the Photosynth team making announcements to us. This discussion would have fit better under the Photosynth Lounge, Advice and Critiques, or Suggestions.
No worries. I'm just letting you know.
My apologies for posting in the wrong forum. Can this post be moved?
Going back to my original question, it might help if I provide a little more background. I've been asked by the Head Teacher at my school to make a visual record of our old (1935) school building as it will be knocked down when the new school building is finished at the end of next year. I thought that 360 panoramas of each classroom, as well as still images, would be a good way to do this, but I'm a little worried by the 20Gb storage limit, and that's why I was hoping to be able to store locally, or on our web server.
By way of update, in 2014 Christoph Hausner made it possible to download the six sides of any panorama on the site with his SynthExport 2 available from http://bit.ly/synthexport
When you open it and paste in the URL for the .pano you want to save, look at the lower right corner of SynthExport and select ICE Project as the format to save as.
Then if you have Image Composite Editor (ICE) installed from http://bit.ly/microsoftice you can just double click the .spj file that SynthExport created and your panorama will automatically open in ICE. Just click 'Next' to see it and to use ICE's controls to rotate or reproject it before you click 'Next' to optionally crop it and 'Next' again to choose what format you'd like to save it as.
You can also use Photosynth.net's own 'Export' feature to save any of your own panoramas for offline viewing on Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 or viewing in one of your albums on OneDrive.com.
Here's the details: http://bit.ly/psbexportps