Suggestions for improvement

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Photosynth is an exciting program. Is it being actively developed and improved?
If so, I have a few suggestions:
1. Adding photos to an existing synth. The ability to add photos to a synth without having to start over would be a very important capability.
2. Deleting photos from an existing synth. This also seems like a critical capability. For example, I would like to make a synth like the example you give of the Grand Canal. I have many photos of a spot. Initially I would include them all. However, some prove to be redundant or simply distractions, or don’t look good. To create a really useful and elegant synth I need to delete some of the photos. It should be easy to do this. Just click on the photo and if you don’t want it in the synth, click Delete.
3. Creating links between photos where Photosynth didn’t find them. A number o synths I have created don’t link some important photos. I could make the synth work well if I could make those links manually. This is similar to stitching software, like PTGui, which allow you to manually indicate matching points between 2 photos.
4. Rotating photos “right side up”. It would be very helpful to be able to tell photosynth the orientation of a photo without having to use an editing program to rotate the original. I use images in different programs and rotating images would sometimes conflict with use in another program.

If any of these capabilities exist and I missed them please let me know. Also, I would be interested in any work arounds that people know of.
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Huck Rorick

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Adrian

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Hello Huck,
these definitely good features to have. I haven't seen any reply to this threat so I'm not sure if you have already started posting on photosynth's feature requests forum thread. But you can get more audiences there, and quite possibly get your ideas on the dev team's priority list.
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Huck Rorick

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I don't see where the feature requests forum is?

Huck
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Adrian

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Hello Huck,
The exact thread name is "New Feature Suggestions/Requests", at the very bottom on this page: http://photosynth.net/forum.aspx.
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Hi, Huck,

I can't say that your suggestions from above are anywhere to be seen, but if you wanted to take a look, Photosynth on 2013 December 10th did put up an early look at what they're working on for 2014.

Their focus right now is four new constrained types of synths (Spins, Walks, Walls, and Parallax Panoramas) and a new viewer built in WebGL (a 3D graphics technology built into the latest versions of Internet Explorer 11, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and Safari). They also plan to have apps out next year that will be able to submit photos to create these new synth types from tablets and phones as well as viewing the results.

Here are a few videos that can tell you more about the preview.
An early look from 2013 June 6th


An overview with Photosynth manager David Gedye:


The video tutorial for the new synth types:


For more information, you can visit their new About or Help pages or join the rest of us in the forum about the Preview. I'd welcome your thoughts there.
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Huck Rorick

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very cool!
I haven't used Photosynth since way back then because the problems I mentioned made it too tedious. Also, I used other software (especially PTGUI) to create panoramas.
I'll check it out.
thanks