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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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    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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    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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    Summer Xbox Contest - Week 14 Winner

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    Congratulations go out to lukshing for the panorama Metro Moscow! Very tough competition this week, as beautiful and amazing synths pour in from all over the world and people's own backyards. This week the win goes to lukshing's capture of the subterranean...
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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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    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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    Server Maintenance Complete

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    The move of our databases to Windows Azure happened as planned today. All features of the Photosynth Web site, including viewing, exploring, searching, uploading, commenting, favoriting, embedding etc. etc. should be working as normal. This puts us...
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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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    Fresh synths

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    We're still seeing some incredible synths being posted every day. Here are some new ones that we thought you'd want to see: This beautiful scene proves that you can attain 100% synthiness without having to take hundreds of pictures. If your head...
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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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    Power Failure

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    As you’ve likely noticed, we’ve been experiencing problems with the Photosynth site for a few hours. Around 7pm PST one of the data centers hosting our servers experienced a power failure. By unfortunate chance we were upgrading some of our...
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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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    Photosynth: Getting ahead

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    In honor of the Emmy awards, here are the Synthy awards for best synth of a head . The way-too-much-information Synthy goes to the 154 photo, 75% synthy " Head.1 ". Style points are awarded for at least making sure there were no bats in the cave...
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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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    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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    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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    Server Maintenance Happening Now

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    In order to move more of the Photosynth backend to the wonderful world of Windows Azure (see the previous blog post) we’re going to have a scheduled outage of Photosynth on Wednesday February 1st, starting at 10:00am Pacific Time . Current plans...
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    Summer Xbox Contest - Week 13 Winner

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    Congratulations go out to Karotte.exe for the panorama ClimbingTour3 deep in the Swiss Alps! Contest week 13 wasn't unlucky for this great photosynth capture. Enjoy your Xbox 360 with Kinect prize package, and keep sharing with the world! For all...
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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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    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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    This Evening's Update

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    We released a minor update tonight to fix some bugs and do some fine-tuning. You can head on over to our support site to read about the details.
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    Summer Xbox Contest – Week 1 Winner

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    With the release of the 1.1 update for the Photosynth App for iOS last week we started a contest where for the next 15 weeks we’ll be featuring the best panorama entered on the new Best of Bing Maps page in the app, and giving away an Xbox 360 with...
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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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    Your feedback

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    We really depend on you, Photosynth’s users, to tell us what you like or if there’s anything that’s not working for you. We also want to know about any features you’d like to see as we start working on the next version of Photosynth. Just go to getsatisfaction...
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    Photosynth Fun at the Top of the Seattle Space Needle

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    CC Image courtesy of lempel_ziv on Flickr Over the years there have been hundreds of synths and panoramas taken of and from the Seattle Space Needle , but this is a different story... A few months ago, we were approached by the management of the...
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