Is Photosynth still being developed on or supported at all?

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Christian Schade

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Nathanael Lawrence

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Hi there, Christian,

I'm not sure what context you're familiar with Photosynth in, but the original Photosynth project hasn't seen too many recent updates.

The Photosynth website launched in 2008, added their Silverlight viewer in 2009, panorama support for Microsoft ICE and Adobe Photoshop in 2010, their first mobile app for iOS in 2011, and this year have moved their entire website's hosting to Windows Azure in preparation for more heavy computing for upcoming features. (See Photosynth's official blog for the full history.)

Last year we saw spin movies (sometimes called 'object movies' or 'inverse panoramas') demoed at Microsoft Research's annual TechFest (a technology fair to show the Microsoft development teams new ideas that they can use in their products) and then later at MIX'11. Spin movies will be joining photosynths and panoramas as a third imagery type on (hopefully sometime in 2012, but that may just be my wishful thinking).

You will also want to keep an eye on Bing's upcoming Read/Write World project announced last year at O'Reilly Where 2.0 2011 as it aims to really complete the initial Photosynth vision of linking many people's imagery together across websites.


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David Gedye, Principal Group Manager

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To echo Nathanael (one of our most ardent users and boosters), yes -- Photosynth is definitely still under development.

If you are talking about the original vision of hanging individual photos in space based on photogrammetry calculations, it's fair to say that this work has been on the back-burner for some time in favor of panoramas and other some other media types that have yet to see the light of day on our site.

The Photosynth product team remains committed to creating amazing and delightful tools to help people capture and share the places and things they love.


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Nathanael Lawrence

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Christian, I don't know if you're already using the preview, but if not, Photosynth has a new Technical Preview for their site out with four new synth types: Spin, Wall, Walk, and Parallax Panorama (different than a stitched pano) and a new WebGL viewer for the new synths.

Right now, because they're not ready for release yet, Silverlight is still used to display stitched panoramas from ICE and their mobile apps.

Here's their site:
Here's a video sneak peek from back in June:
Here's a video demo that David did:
Here's the video tutorial:
Here's their About page for the preview:
Here's their Help page for the preview:
(Includes the in depth shooting guide for the new synth types)

Hope to see you around!