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Does the order in which I upload my pictures matter?

Is a synth going to turn out differently if I upload the pictures in a different order?
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  • EMPLOYEE
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    Great question!-- in our early internal builds, there were some random effects from photo order (which was actually not fully controllable), but for the build we're releasing the order in which you add things doesn't matter. The image filenames are always sorted lexicographically (meaning as they'd be if you click by name on the file explorer). That order is assumed to be the 'time' or narrative order. If the photos came from a single camera, they generally will be, since cameras give photos names with increasing numbers in them that sort as you'd expect. In the viewer, you can use the period (',') and comma (',') to move respectively forward and backward through photos in their time order. This is good for action sequences, It's not the same as the spacebar, which moves you through a spatial tour, and 'z', which moves you to previous images you've visited kind of like 'undo'.
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  • I was wondering that myself. If it has some importance should that be clearified with the community? I was figuring that the GUI did not do it there for it was not important. Could I suggest that may adding the abiltiy to re-arange by dragging and droping images. Or some GUI icons to represent chaning of the order. Again if it is not a big issue then no problem. But if it is an issue to have a zoomed in image first instead of a panned out shoot then it would be nice to re-order the images. Then in the composer would be nice to do it before uploading.
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  • stealthtech, I'm reposting your comment in the 'features wanted' discussion, as I think it's a good suggestion. It's something we have considered, but it'll require writing a custom control instead of using the standard Windows file chooser (which not only doesn't support rearranging, but doesn't even provide a reliable file ordering).
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  • I’m curious
    Blaise, "name order == time order" is a poor assumption. If you want time order, why not pull it from the EXIF information, or perhaps the file info?
    There are quite a lot of reasons for a user to rename photos after they are taken, not least so they can be organized.
    On the other hand, if ordering by name, to "clump" related photos together in a 2D or 3D sense, that's GREAT!
    Is either one of the following a correct overview of the best order (interpreted from the shooting guide)?
    * Start from far away, Shoot a panorama, taking horizontal 'film strips" in vertical order (e.g. bottom film strip first.).
    * If you can move side to side, do that from this distance and shoot another set of film strips before moving closer.
    * Now move (or zoom) closer, no more than half the distance to a particular point of interest. Shoot as much of a panorama as you desire at this location.
    * Move around the scene at this zoom distance, taking more panoramas
    * Repeat the above at each zoom distance

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    * Start from far away, Shoot a panorama, taking horizontal 'film strips" in vertical order (e.g. bottom film strip first.).
    * If you can move side to side, do that from this distance and shoot another set of film strips before moving closer.
    * Now move (or zoom) closer, no more than half the distance to a particular point of interest. Shoot as much of a panorama as you desire at this location.
    * Keep moving (zooming) closer to the current point of interest, taking more panoramas, as much as you like.
    * Now choose another point of interest, and repeat the sequence from far away to up close.

    Obviously, these are just two possibilities. Which parts of ordering actually make a difference?
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  • I’m working on it!
    Glad you asked - being used to other photo slideshow programs I just assumed I would need to arrange my photos...now I'll add the lot of them and see what Photsynth does with it. Thanks again.
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  • I’m frustrated
    There is an instance where ordering is very important, based on image name. I rename my images for pipeline reasons and the data coming through in the JSON file makes no reference to the actual image filename. Since Photosynth does order images without respect to file names this, and the JSON file doesn't retain image names, this becomes a severe problem when trying to match up the generated cameras to the uploaded images.
    What would be perfect is if the generated camera names Were the names of the uploaded images.
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