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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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    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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    Stress Test: Mobile pano capture 20' up a wall, and hanging upside down

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    OK. We admit it was a bit of a stunt, but we got to take advantage of the climbing skills of our longtime Test Lead, Tony Ernst. The fact that Tony is by far the most experienced photographer on our team didn't hurt either! What am I talking about...
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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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    Twitter support added to Photosynth for iOS 1.1.3, available on App Store now

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    It has been ten months since Photosynth 1.0 was released for iOS. We have enjoyed great success on Apple’s iTunes App Store thanks to all the support and 5-star reviews our users have been giving us. Just recently, we passed the six million downloads...
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    Inauguration Wrap Up: Synths, Posts & Tweets

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    Being a part of capturing the inauguration last week was a very exciting experience for us. We were up bright and early getting ready to accept all the user generated photos and the efforts paid off when we saw the almost immediate results from our work...
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    Take the Olympic Challenge

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    The winter Olympics are less than 3 weeks away. From February 12th to 28th the athletes will be competing in Vancouver and Whistler, and the Photosynth community will be covering the excitement as only we can. Each day during the Olympics we'll be...
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    Exploring cool synths

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    We're delighted to see how many great new synths are being created every minute by people all over the world. Here are some we wanted to share with you: What are these guys doing? It involves bicycles and ropes and it looks like it could be dangerous...
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    Thank you Olympic Synthers

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    It's the final weekend of the Vancouver Olympics, and as we wrap up our Photosynth coverage it's time to thank all those hardworking photographers who captured the events for us. Over the last 17 days, we've featured more than 40 different synths from...
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    Photosynth: Day 1 Recap

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    Time for a quick update We have been overwhelmed (in both good and bad ways) over the past 24 hours with the amount of interest Photosynth has attracted and the amount of creativity that many of you are demonstrating with your synths. We've been working...
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    Show us your Favorites

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    With the latest release to Photosynth.com you can now mark your favorite synths, and we’ll let you see the synths that the most people have marked as a favorite in our new Explore page filter, Top Favorites . As an incentive, we’ll feature the 10...
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    Summer Xbox Contest - Week 3 Winner

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    This week's winner of the Summer Xbox Contest, gmprague , has used the Photosynth iPhone App not to create one single brilliant panorama, but to document a the scenic higlights of an entire city: Prauge (Praha in Czech). Of the 23 panoramas he created...
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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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    How to synth an object

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    So you want to show your cousin in Cupertino your antique umbrella stand , or show your friend in Fargo that cool old microphone you scored on eBay? Here’s how to use Photosynth to make the most of it: - Take a photo about every 15-degrees—which means...
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    Comparing Crowds on the National Mall

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    Our friends at AirPhotosLive.com were contracted by CBS to shoot the aerial photography for crowd size estimation of two recent rallies on the National Mall. Photosynth is the ideal way to examine these photos, so without further ado here they are on...
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    Two weeks and More than Two Million Downloads

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    As reported on the Bing blog today, we hit the two million downloads mark for our Photosynth mobile App in less than two weeks of being in the iOS App Store. All we can say to those two million people who have loved it, and told their friends about...
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    The Photosynth Team Is Hiring

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    If you're a world-class software developer or tester, come and work with us as we move forward on the next iteration of Photosynth and beyond. A listing of our current job openings can be found here .
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    Photosynth and Politics

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    With the election just days away, I thought I'd point out some of the politically themed synths people have created. Just days ago, thousands were in Denver for an Obama rally . And someone else captured a McCain Town Hall meeting being set up....
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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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    Secret surprise: a hidden feature for easier synthing

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    Sometimes there are ‘undocumented features’ in a product that you discover by accident. Here’s one that makes creating a synth a little bit easier. If you hit the ‘start a new synth’ button, you’ll go through to this screen, where you’ll click the ‘Add...
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    The joy of synthing: some suggestions for better results

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    Because Photosynth uses photos differently than other photographic processes, it means you’re going to have to shoot your scene or object in a way you may not be used to. Among the things we did lots of times before learning not to: - Not taking enough...
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    Photosynth needs 30 minutes of downtime tonight

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    We're changing out some hardware and adding capacity. We'll go offline around 11:30pm PST (7:30am GMT) for about 30 minutes. Note that any synths in progress when we go down will need to be repeated.
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    Synthing Singapore

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    Photo360: Showcasing Singapore to the World Last week was pretty eventful and action packed for Singapore youth. As you might be aware Singapore is the host of the first ever Youth Olympic Games this year. In line with this national mega event...
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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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    Check out these cool synths

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    One of our favorite synths is Foamhenge , a life-size replica of Stonehenge in Northern Virginia. It could only look more authentic if it had a fence around it and a concession stand selling $4 bottles of water. While we were shooting our How to Synth...
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