What is the relationship between Photosynth and Photo Tourism?

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There are many cool functions can be found in Photo Tourism. Will Photo Tourism finally integrated in Photosynth?
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Breezest

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KevinH

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Photo Tourism was certainly an inspiration for Photosynth, what features from P.T. were you looking for to be integrated into Photosynth?
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Nathanael Lawrence

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Perhaps Breezest has recently watched the video of Noah Snavely/MSR's "Bundler" (which, though it continues his work from Photo Tourism, seems to be a separate project[?]).

Any clarification that the Photosynth team could shed on this would be welcome.

-- having distinct panorama and pivot controls that appear based on position
-- orbit stabilization
-- filtering photos based on day/night
-- automatically finding intelligent paths to a destination photo through intermediate photos
-- the ability to integrate one's own photos in a community synth and view only one's own photos as stopping points

The above are features that jump out at me as features that would be welcome in future editions of Photosynth. I'm positive that these are things on your backlog (certainly the last one on the list, if nothing else).
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I agree with Nathanael. Orbit stabization and intelligent paths would be at the top of my list of features to do better photosynth.
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Breezest

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Constructing the linkage between photos taken by different people and discovering the intelligent path!
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David Gedye, Principal Group Manager

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Noah's work continues to inspire Photosynth, Indeed we kept in contact as he was doing the work that resulting in this year's SIGGRAPH paper, and we were pushing towards the current release of Photosynth.

Our "halos" are designed to solve the same problem as his stabilized object orbits.

We also explicitly recognize panoramas, and allow users to drag around them. (Noah does a better job than Photosynth of showing you the objects and panoramas. We need to get better at that.)

Transition "path planning", one of coolest parts of his new work, is definitely on our list too.

As I said -- his work continues to inpsire us. Building a product that millions of people have to be able to use causes our team to move a littler slower than his research work, but we're travelling down very similar paths at the moment.
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Nathanael Lawrence

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Thanks for the update. And also for the current release! I know we all see potential for growth, but I'm still incredibly happy to use what we currently have. I'm so glad you released this version as soon as you did.
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Blaise Aguera y Arcas, Employee

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Yes, these are all great features. I wish they were already in there! For the next little while, we'll mostly be prioritizing community features over fancier visuals. Path planning and my-photos-in-context are high on the list, though.