April 22, 2011

Photosynth panorama maker for iPhone

I haven’t played with a lot of mobile panorama-creation apps, but I find Microsoft’s free Photosynth app for iPhone pretty amazing. It captures still images as you pan around, automatically stitching (and optionally uploading) the results.

<br><a href="http://video.msn.com/?mkt=en-us&amp;vid=286219d4-1988-4479-816f-12e36d18b514&amp;src=SLPl:embed:&amp;fg=sharenoembed" target="_new" title="Microsoft Photosynth App – April 2011">Video: Microsoft Photosynth App – April 2011</a>

The example of an aviation museum is especially well chosen: I distinctly remember my deep, painful frustration trying to photograph rockets at the Air & Space Museum as a kid. I’d have found something like this unspeakably wonderful.

Aside: How do companies like Microsoft & Adobe profit by developing advanced technology & then simply giving it away? It’s like First CityWide Change Bank: Volume.

Posted by John Nack at 9:22 AM on April 22, 2011


  • j — 11:22 AM on April 22, 2011

    biggest problem is that I don’t want to share via live or facebook. it needs to have better “save/export” features.

  • fr — 12:46 PM on April 22, 2011

    Really nice, and of course, you share it on bing, on your iOs or windows phone, but definitely not on google maps or android :/

  • Denis — 3:51 PM on April 22, 2011

    @j: Hi. You don’t have to post your panos to Facebook, it’s your choice. A flattened pano version is automatically saved to your camera roll.

  • David — 12:05 AM on April 24, 2011

    I wish digital cameras were more open so apps like this and SynthCam could be used on real cameras.

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