New features, updated old ones and general news from the Photosynth team.
Check out David's blog entry for the details:
Enjoy, and please let us know if you have any comments or suggestions!
David's or Jonathan's blog entry?
In any case, I'm glad we still have keyboard shortcuts the the view modes. I do miss them being spelled out in tooltips, though.
A shortcut key for the help pane wouldn't be rejected. I can understand why people on the team would feel that one more shortcut key clutters up the keyboard too much, but it could prove more accessible to those whose dexterity with a mouse isn't as good as hitting the right key on the keyboard. Why not just use [F1]? It's not as though that key is used for anything else when a synth is given focus anyway and would keep people from accidentally hitting it while maintaining people's experience from practically every other program.
Lastly, would it be possible to have a unique icon for Photos + Points? It could be as subtle as you like, but would help people who have found the [P] key to more quickly understand the difference between Photos Only and Photos + Points in synths where pointclouds are slim.
Here we are; this is the Bing Maps integration that I've been waiting for:
I'm very pleased with so many of the choices that have been made in this Bing Maps beta, but I won't talk about their features here except to say that I hope that we can move away from just tilting the portion of the map plane that is currently in view when transitioning to a synth to drawing an infinite plane. If my Super NES could do it in the early 1990s then surely Silverlight can figure it out with the computers of a decade and a half later, yes?
That being said, I'm very much looking forward to linking synths and dense reconstructions of current synths. It's no mystery to me that geo-alignment dovetails very nicely into linked synths. I'm hoping that it won't be another full year before neighboring synths are one continuous experience on Bing Maps instead of staying isolated from each other.