How to download my Photosynth

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I want to know if it's possible to download my photosynth (my project) to my cumputer.

I really need your help...

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Sorry, Max.

There's no real way to save your synths offline. You can collect all the files that your synth contains by opening the folder that Photosynth stores files in while it uploads your synth to the site. (It deletes the files after the upload is finished.) I'll tell you how to do that in a minute, but let me tell you about an easy to use tool that will allow you to download the point cloud from your synth.
If you don't care about viewing the photos and are only interested in the 3D point cloud that Photosynth makes, you can easily use Christoph Hausner's SynthExport to save the pointcloud and a 3D modeling program to view the point cloud. One free 3D model viewer and editor is Meshlab.
Now, back to saving all the files for one of your synths...

You can find this folder by opening the 'Run' command prompt from your Start Menu and typing the following: %temp%\Photosynther

The synther makes three things that you will want to collect:

1) an 'images' folder which contains your JPGs, converted to DZI format image and zipped up so that the extension is .DZIZ
2) a collection.dzc file that lists all the groups of photos that stuck to each other (this is what gives you the 2D View in a synth). This will also be zipped up with an .DZCZ extension
3) the pointcloud data and other synth metadata in a file called collection.synth.bin

One problem is that the images will be uploading the entire time that the synther is figuring out how your images relate and the collection.dzc and collection.synth.bin are actually pretty small, even though they take the longest to make, so once they are finished being made and have been uploaded to the site, everything will be deleted out of the temp\Photosynther file except for the .log file which tells you all about what happened while your synth was made.

For a few tips on making sure you get all of the files as well as a recap, read
my older reply at this link.

The other problem is that nobody has quite figured out how to view the synth offline, even though you can pretty easily save all the files for a synth before it finishes uploading.