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    How to Succeed in Synthing a Car

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    Most of us who've used Photosynth have tried to synth a car at one time or another. Indeed, there are about 1,500 synths with the " car " tag already. But if you've tried, you've probably found that car synths often don't work out as well as room synths...
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    Not on any Map

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    Photosynth is a powerful tool for exploring synthetic spaces as well as real ones. Today's home page update exposes some interesting Photosynths made completely or partially from synthetic imagery. Rendered scenes, video games, and other virtual reality...
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    Mintz Family Christmas wins "Holiday Lights" Challenge

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    We received 27 submissions for the Holiday Lights Challenge -- a pretty good showing for our first competition. The winner was the "Mintz Family Christmas". Great decorations, a good capture, and very useful highlights. Fun! Here it is: The four...
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    Photosynth gets Geekbriefed

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    Cali and Neal from Geekbrief.tv visited us in October, and they've just released their video "brief" of Photosynth based on that visit. Here it is: And here's the synth that was made on-camera during that shoot. My color balance was a little...
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    Seasonal Synth Challenge: "Holiday Lights"

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    Here's the deal. During the week of December 21st to December 27th we will devote our entire front page to your best synths of holiday lights. The winner of this challenge will get his or her synth displayed in the top spot on the front page all week...
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    Photosynths in Bing Maps. Dive in!

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    Today marks the beta release of the all new Silverlight-based version of Bing Maps , and one of the most visible features on this new site is deep Photosynth integration. The best geotagged photosynths from our community are explorable in Bing Maps in...
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    New release and a new UI

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    The newest version of Photosynth is now live. There's nothing earth shattering in it (we're still hard at work on that). I did want to let you all know about some of the more noticeable changes, though. You'll see that the new, cleaner UI looks...
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    Aaron's Love of Balls

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    Hello! I am Aaron Rincover, user experience designer at Bing maps and Photosynth. Today’s homepage photosynth selections are based on my love of spherical objects. Although they are all based on the sphere, each one tells a unique story. Through materials...
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    "You know my methods, Watson"

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    Dr. Watson didn't have access to Photosynth as a forensic tool in his day, but the makers of the upcoming Sherlock Holmes movie (opens Christmas Day) certainly do. They've created a fascinating multi-episode game to promote the movie. It features a...
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    Memories of the Berlin Wall

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    Contributed by Gerold Hübner, whom I met when I was photographing this section of the wall in the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond, Washington. What does it mean to me as a German citizen standing right next to a real piece of the Berlin Wall...
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    Welcoming Windows 7 in Wet, Windy, New Zealand

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    Today, October 22nd, is Windows 7 Launch day. And New Zealand, being just west of the International Date Line, was the first country to kick off the festivities. The NZ Microsoft team have made interesting use of Photosynth before, and this time they...
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    A New Angle on Photosynth

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    Today the Photostynth team has released a major new feature and a slew of small improvements. New Feature: Overhead View Have you ever wanted to look down on Mt Rushmore from directly above the Presidents? What about seeing the exact layout of...
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    Picture the Impossible

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    Less than two weeks ago, an alternate reality game created by the Rochester Institute of Technology and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle newspaper called " Picture the Impossible " began. Intended to engage members of the community in an exploration...
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    Update to the Photosynth Terms of Use

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    Last week we released a minor update to our site that included a change to our Terms of Use . The change is that the following sentence was added to section 6: Microsoft may use and display your materials posted on public areas of the service in...
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    Getting Your Synth Featured on the Homepage

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    We here on the Photosynth team have received a few queries on how we select synths to feature on the homepage. The following should provide some broad guidelines and advice: Subject Chances are that a synth of your living room will never make...
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    Photosynth Turns One Year Old

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    One year ago today Photosynth.net opened its doors. We'd had a technology preview out for more than a year, but on August 20th 2008, people around the world could try it themselves for the first time. And did they ever! Propelled by massive blog interest...
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    Homepage Update 8/4/2009

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    Greetings and Salutations, I'm Tony Ernst the Test Lead for Photosynth. Lucky me to be the first person other than Darius to pick a synth for the homepage. Now there are a lot of great synths of cities,art and various and sundry knick-knacks out there...
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    Goodbye To Darius, Hello To Greg, And Changes To How Homepage Synths Are Selected

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    Darius Monsef, who has been our point man for the Photosynth community since he joined the team 10 months ago, has decided to return to his start up roots. While Darius had an impact throughout our website, personally, his mission to "get rid of the green...
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    Photosynth Gets a Whole New Look and a Few Improvements

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    Along with a lot of little bug fixes, tweaks and general improvements we launched some pretty major visual updates to the website to help improve your experience with us. Also, with the revamp of the site design we did some work to improve our site search...
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    Photosynth Now Commercially Available with Microsoft Virtual Earth Integration

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    We joined the Virtual Earth team a couple months ago and we’re excited to release the first result of our joint efforts.  Commercial partners can now use the Virtual Earth platform to take advantage of the immersive 3D photo experiences Photosynth...
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    New Features: “Highlights” & Cross-Platform Viewer

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    We’re really excited about this update to Photosynth.  We’ve added a major new feature to our viewing experience and have improved the viewer to reach even more people.  With our new highlights feature you can point out the “can’t miss” areas...
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    A User Created Photosynth Primer: Jump In!

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    This is a guest post by swami_worldtraveler, a fairly new user who has really jumped in and started producing some great work and finding interesting ways of sharing his new passion with others. We’re very excited to see people like him take such an interest in Photosynth (and we’re jealous of his profession… he lists it as “world traveler”). -View the original article here. Photosynth Primer I decided to put together some visuals and text to entice you into my latest foto/3D obsession.... Here are a series of screen-grabs. They were chosen to be visual compelling, and to cover a broad range of features, user controls, and user interface particulars. Highlighted ruins include the Temple of the Inscriptions, a grand view of the site, and the skull from the Temple of the Skull. Totally new to most, and hopefully exciting, is the 3D "point cloud" model resulting from the synth. Exactly what this is will be come clear below. Take a quick visual scan below, then jump right in, if you like! ...
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    Photosynth on the iPhone: iSynth App

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    Greg Pascale, who was an intern here at Photosynth last summer recently released an app he’s been working that let’s you experience synths on your iPhone. He was able to take advantage of the good 3D support on the iPhone to allow you to not just browse...
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    Shot From Above: 14 Great Aerial Photosynths

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    Photosynth lets you use your photographs to create a visual experience from your perspective of the world… and sometimes that perspective is from way above. We hoped to get some synths shot from the sky, but are really impressed with how many have been...
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    Photosynth Map Explore: See the World Through Synths

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    During a recent out of the box week, Nathan created this Explore Map as a way to see all the synths that have been geotagged… and with some you putting a lot of time into creating great synths of locations around the world, we couldn’t wait to get it...
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