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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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    Capture like a pro (Part 3): Expert tips

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    Part 2 covered the four shapes of synths you can make. Here are some expert shooting tips that apply to all of the synth shapes. (Just getting started? Get a quick start with Part 1 .) Rigid Features and Three-View Overlap Photosynth constructs...
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    The Photosynth Tech Preview gets an update

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    The Photosynth team has released another update to its Technology Preview today. Some highlights of the update include: New ways to explore synths : To help you discover other users’ synths, we now provide you with different views. From all...
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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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    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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    Tracking the Pre-Inauguration Photosynth Buzz

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    The buzz is building around the idea of using Photosynth to capture events and real world environments and the Inauguration will be a huge moment for Obama and his family, our country, the world… and for Photosynth. We’re expecting a big surge of synths...
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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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    More Synths to See

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    Beautiful new synths are being added to the site hourly. Here are some we thought you'd want to see: Here's one way to make politics more palatable . If that didn't make you hungry, maybe this one will. If you're into gaming, you'll definitely...
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    Meet some of the Photosynth team

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    Our friends over at Channel 10 managed to pry away from their keyboards three people who helped take Photosynth from great idea to released product. Check out the video: ShutterSpeed EP04 - The Photosynth Team
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    10 things you probably never thought of synthing

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    10. Neighborhood children playing “Freeze Tag” 9. The moment you light your “Bananas Foster” on fire 8. A Yoga class locked in the “Downward Facing Dog” position 7. Barbie’s Dream House 6. Your winning Scrabble game board—when will you ever get to see...
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    Reach out and synth somebody?

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    You may have tried to create a synth of a person, only to find out that it didn't work very well. Of course there are some notable exceptions, this boxer and this tattooed man being just two of them. (Make sure you hit 'p' to look at the point clouds...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Capture like a pro (Part 7): Panorama tips

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    Part 6 covered how to capture walk synths. This part focuses on tips for panorama synths. (Want a quick start? Check out Part 1 .) Most photo enthusiasts are already familiar with the idea of a panorama. You stand in one spot while trying to keep the...
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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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    Photoshop to Photosynth

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    If you've seen the amazing stitched panoramas on the Photosynth site you've experienced the work of our friends in Microsoft Research who created "ICE", the free Image Composite Editor that can stitch and blend immersive 360-degree panos of almost any...
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    Summer Xbox Contest - Week 2 Winner

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    We'd like to congratulate this weeks winner of our Summer Xbox Contest, neb5 , for their beautiful panorama of Sylvan Lake in the Black Hills of South Dakota. neb5, thanks for sharing your work and we hope you'll enjoy your Xbox with Kinect! This...
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    Summer Xbox Contest - Week 7 Winner

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    Congratulations go out to FrancoisPerez for their panorama of the Steel Pagoda in Cambodia. We're coming up on the halfway point of this contest, but you still have 8 more chances to win an Xbox 360 with Kinect prize package and have your panorama...
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    Summer Xbox Contest - Week 8 & 9 Winners

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    Week 8's winner is sascha95 for their brilliant panorama of the Colorad River's Horseshoe Bend, near Page, Arizona. Lars2re took week 9's prize for a panorama taken while mountain biking in Norway entitled Liahornet. Fjørå Singletrack...
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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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    Summer Xbox Contest - Weeks 4, 5 & 6 Winners

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    Time to catch up on the past few week's winners of our Summer Xbox Contest, starting with week 4's winner AHO_2020 who won with this panorama of St. Anastasia in Verona Italy The winner of week 5 is patrrycjuszx for his amazing panorama taken...
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    Capture like a pro (Part 1): Quick start

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    The new Photosynth in our technical preview combines the tactile smoothness of a stitched panorama with the kind of motion through space that you see in video from a moving platform, while allowing you to “scrub“ to any location rapidly and...
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