Orbit point cloud without halo, and other bits

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It would be nice to be able to freely rotate the point cloud around a user-chosen point of interest, rather than hunting around the synth for an auto-created halo, for which there might not be any, depending on the synth. I know there are the free-roaming 'gamer' controls, but they're frustrating when you're just trying to rotate around a point for which an orbit isn't auto-detected. I seem to remember this already being a feature in the original photo-tourism prototype; you could simply drag a box around part of the point cloud, and then rotate around it, getting photos from your current viewpoint if there were any.

Other features I saw in the photo-tourism prototype/preview I hope to see implemented in photosynth:

Path fitting: You select a photo that's far away spatially; instead of just being 'whooshed' to that photo, you are shown photos between here and there.

3d proxy: A rough fitting of the image plane to the point cloud, to make the transitions between 2 photos, and the overall 3d experience much more immersive.
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Ryan Malm

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  • excited to see future releases from the photosynth team.

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I already suggested that. Currenctly I am not able to rotate very well.
I think they programmed that in roughly 15 minutes (cause I could write something better in 1h).

It looks like they are working hard to fix all these bugs. We will definialty see a proper camera in the next release :-)
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These are all great ideas. With the feature we have to hold the control key down and move the model around, we plan on giving you a 'halo' to grab even if there isn't one there. That would allow your request of being able to grab and move the model from any location.

Path fitting (as you may have seen in Noah's latest Siggraph presentation) is also on our list of to dos. We hope to release something by end of year with it.
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How about joystick compatibility? That would be seriously cool. Imagine photosynth with a wii controller! The mother of all user experiences :-)
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Nathanael Lawrence

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TDN, as long as your computer has a bluetooth port (internal or external) and the latest BlueSoleil drivers, you can always download GlovePie to create your own WiiMote controls.

If other joypads are more your style, I'd recommend xPadder instead. Official support would be great, but you can improvise for yourself in the meantime.
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Nathanael Lawrence

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Actually, I'm almost positive we'll see official joypad support in the future because Photosynth has been combined into the Virtual Earth team who already supports the XBOX 360 joypad as an input device in the browser.