Make the uploading opt-in

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Your photosynth application looks like an amazing program but its impractical for people with less than wonderful internet connections. Is there a way that the synthing can be performed first on the computer and then viewed so that a user can decide if its good enough to upload? In my case this would also suit me if an upload failed after waiting 15 minutes on a 512k connection.
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Austen

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I think thats a great idea even for beefy connections. This way all the processing could be done locally which would take the load off of your servers
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Blaise Aguera y Arcas, Employee

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The processing *is* actually being done locally! but I agree.
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Yes, give the choice BACK to the user.
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Or at least let us delete a syth that doesn't work out, so we can try again with a different mix of photos, without the prior unsuccessful try (or tries) remaining on-line...
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Hi r-gordon-7

You can delete synths that you don't like by logging in to the website and clicking on the small yellow 'x' button.
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Thank you!!
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If there's any chance that "synth editing" will become a reality, then this idea could become obsolete. But perhaps that's a different can o' worms :)
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Yes I believe that the upload "feature" should be "opt-in" only!
I mean "I" would like control of the things "I" have created and where they are stored.. is that too much to ask?
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Austen

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The opt-in suggestion I proposed originally was to preview a synth just to save myself, and others, from uploading poor synths especially those of us with bad internet connections. I'm happy to share synths as long as I know its worth sharing.
I also suggest this point because I hate the idea of people assuming everbody in the world will have fantastic internet connections. I'm a synth-user in Australia and here we have limited and expensive broadband infrastructure; such assumptions of ones internet speeds must lead to customer exclusion. If I were on a connection less than a mbit/sec I would not want to touch a program like this which is a shame when the technology has potential.

Your suggestion Sejen77 is a little different: Your suggesting that synths originally be made for local use only with the possible intention to share? That would be nice as well, but I would be happy for a start with the first suggestion and then moving into a more user-centric software model.

Blaise, its good to know the processing is performed locally, would implementing this threads suggestion be a stretch then?
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Blaise Aguera y Arcas, Employee

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Austen, one of the nice things about the way it works now is that the computation and the upload are happening at the same time, in parallel-- in fact even in many parts of Oz (and barring 'publishing' hiccups of the kind we've been seeing for the past couple of days) a medium-sized synth (say, 80 images) will finish uploading and finish calculating almost at the same time. If we serialize those steps by default, then many people will end up waiting 2x as long to have their synth shared. Nonetheless I think the idea is interesting. We'll think about the different possible variations on this workflow. There are lots of pros and cons to consider. I do appreciate that big uploads can be a burden (we can all envy our friends in Japan), and also that some would rather look at the results before sharing.
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i think you should realy make a ofline version of photosynth. it's just a cool, new way to look at pictures. and it's mush easier to get better at synting ofline and than upload a rely beautyfull synth. that way you will get less "just a cup" or " my desk"-synths online. i think thats just a waste for testing it out. i would realy love a synthing program wich can save the data of how the photo's are located and ware the cameras are ect in a xml-like file (.syn :p) that can be saved with the photo's and than be opend by a photosynth viewer. you could even meke it integrate in the windows brouwser as easy as picturevieuwer.
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Maybe just have a tick box with, "upload whilst processing?" and if ticket Photosynth processes and uploads at the same time otherwise it just processes it without using the users internet connection.

I myself live in the sticks in the UK and my broadband isn't exactly fast :( It can take a good few hours to upload a large Photosynth and then after all that I see a simple mistake which I can correct it then takes all that time again.

I know it's early days and I think Photosynth is awesome, so much potential! You guys have done an amazing job, I will be keeping a close eye on the developments! :)
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Hi, great job on Photosynth but it's really sad (and a bit disappointed) that an offline viewing option is not available, it took me about 40min to synth 188 photos but I have to wait 35hours to view them :(
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Excellent idea