Brimham Rocks



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Date Created 3/19/2011

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NateLawrence Over 1 year ago
Hi there! If this is your first synth, then I take my hat off to you! Photosynth was able to match all of your photos into the same cluster, meaning that you did very well on choosing your shooting positions.

I just found my way in from a Twitter search to your Tumblr post ( for anyone else who's interested) to this synth.

A couple of notes:

You mention that Photosynth is "essentially a panorama creator, with a few added features". This is a bit of a sore point for me.

Some differences between synths and panos:

A synth allows you to move throughout an environment. A pano does not.

A synth begins reconstructing the stationary portions of the scene in 3D (see the point cloud by using the [P] key to toggle or by using the [T] key for Overhead View). A pano is (at most) only a thin bubble of photography.

A synth leaves each photo undistorted. A pano must distort objects to stitch input photos.
NateLawrence Over 1 year ago
You also said, "shame it’s silverlight (and thus windows) based, and requires a good internet connection".

For one, Silverlight does run on Macs. In fact the reason that the Photosynth team rewrote the viewer to use Silverlight was specifically so that non-Windows users could view synths.

To use the original Windows-only viewer, click the Direct3D link to the left of this comment in either Firefox 3 or Internet Explorer.

Also, if you use an iPhone or iPod Touch, download the free (unofficial) iSynth app and search for da5nsy.

When Photosynth was released, no browsers could do 3D without the help of a plugin. 2011 is really the first year that finished versions of web browsers are coming out that can do 3D graphics on their own. Now that IE9 is out, maybe the Photosynth team will write a viewer that doesn't need a browser plugin.
NateLawrence Over 1 year ago
As for needing a fast internet connection, it simply takes time to upload full-resolution copies of photos, especially if you are uploading many photos in a single synth.

For people only viewing either a synth or a pano, the photos have been stored in multiple resolutions and each resolution broken into tiny pieces, so it really shouldn't take very long for the portions of the photo that are currently on your screen to download to you.

One last note: for posting synths and panos on Tumblr, you can choose to write a video post and it will allow you to paste Photosynth's embed code into the post.

When I do this, I change the &delayLoad value in the embed code to false, so that people don't have to click the embed once before the first photo starts loading. You can also customize the height and width of the viewer to fit your Tumblr layout. Here's an example:
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