We're pleased to announce that Photosynth, the acclaimed mobile panorama app, is now available on Windows Phone 8. Get Photosynth for free from the Windows Phone Store (the Store team just pushed the publish button, so it might take a few hours before you can download the app or see it in search results.)
Screenshot from a panorama captured via Photosynth on Windows Phone of a high camp on Mt Baker, WA. See the full pano here.
Sometimes a single photo - even a wide angle photo - doesn't do a place justice. Whether it's the view off a cliff, or inside an incredible cathedral, we've all been to places that cry out for a full 360 panorama. Photosynth is the only Windows Phone app that can stitch a full sphere. That's 360 degrees horizontally and vertically.
The Photosynth app for Windows Phone feels like magic. Start it up, move the camera around, and watch your panorama fill in. Make a 360 revolution and watch it join up. Capture the floor and ceiling too. When you're done the shots are automatically stitched together, and the results are beautiful and immersive.
Next, you can publish your panorama to the Photosynth site and onwards to Bing, or you can share it via Facebook and Twitter.
New features for Windows Phone 8 include:
Photosynth has always been a collaboration between research and engineering, and this app continues the tradition by including core stitching and blending algorithms developed by Microsoft Research, and available on the desktop in the form of the Microsoft Research Image Composite Editor.
If you have a Windows Phone, go to the Windows Phone Store and install it* (the Store team just pushed the publish button, so it might take a few hours before you can download the app or see it in search results.)
Give it a try and let us know what you think with a comment here, in the Photosynth forums, in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or tweet us @photosynth.
* Note: Photosynth requires significant memory for stitching, and is only available for Windows Phone phones devices with at least 512MB of RAM. Some features are only available on Windows Phone 8 devices.