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Friday, August 22, 2008

Photosynth needs Fine Tuning

I never intended to turn this week into a series  of Microsoft slams, but I just completed my first project on the new Photosynth, and laughed at the results.
Conceptually, the program is simple- Take a series of overlapping photos and use the software to create a rotating 3D, 360-panorama, to create the illusion that you're walking around a room or object.

I used my boss's Vespa scooter as the test subject.  I swept around and took 24 snaphots, uploaded them to my account and clicked play". The resulting effect was a group of pics that weren't even in correct sequence. I then tried to share the results with my co-worker, but he had to install the software just to view the album.

Now, I must admit that I was using my iphone, not a premium digital camera, but I still expected a decent montage from my efforts.

Here are some aspects Microsoft must address to make this program viable:

  • Quality and Quantity: Professional artists and architects may not mind the tedious task of shooting an entire area inch-by-inch, but the average photographer probably doesn't have the time or patience to shot 100 pictures for the detailed view they desire. This is where photosynth should be programmed to adapt and adjust for the gaps. In this early version, you see black gaps.
  • Networking.There's no reason why you should have to download the software just to view an album. Photosynth also doesn't allow you to keep any private albums.Every album goes straight to the site.
  • Make it Mac compatible.

If these modifications are made, Photosynth could gain as much appeal as Slide and other photo enhancing sites.

By Matt O'Hern at 09:18 AM | Comments (3)

(3) Thoughts on Photosynth needs Fine Tuning

I think 24 photos isn't anywhere near enough for the software to have a chance.

100 up seems to be the best bet for getting a good result.

Comments by Baht at : Saturday, August 23, 2008 at 01:36 PM

"There's no reason why you should have to download the software just to view an album."

And you know this, how?
According to the stated system requirements, DirectX is required. In otherwords, this isn't just a web app, it's native code that's running. It does require a native plugin to be downloaded.

Comments by Pepe : Sunday, August 24, 2008 at 04:17 PM

I must say I am laughing after reading your analysis. I guess, you also hate Adobe because you need to install Flash player to view flash content!

Comments by Chabook : Monday, August 25, 2008 at 01:40 PM

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