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Microsoft releases Photosynth for Windows Phone to the Marketplace

 WP Central

We were just mentioning how Microsoft was teasing Photosynth for Windows Phone and sure enough, the popular and creative photo stitching app is now available!

"Photosynth for Windows Phone is the panorama app that makes it easy and fun to capture and share interactive panoramas of the places, people, and events that are important to you. Using the latest in computer vision techniques, Photosynth is the acknowledged leader in mobile panorama creation. It is the only app available on any mobile platform that allows you to capture 360 degrees horizontally and vertically, making a perfect “sphere."

Once you’ve created a Photosynth, you can share it as an interactive panorama experience on Facebook and Twitter (using the free Photosynth.net service) or as a simple image. You can also publish your panoramas to Bing where millions of people will see your panoramas, on Bing Maps and in Bing search results for the places you've captured. And check out our featured list, where we show off the best of what you and your fellow users create and share."

The app seems very fluid on our Focus 2 and we'll be sure to share some test shots as soon. But for now, go forth and enjoy the latest creation from Microsoft, we're sure you'll be impressed. Leave comments on your thoughts below.

Update: We should note that Windows Phones without a compass or gyroscope (e.g. the HTC Radar) can still use the app but it won't work as fluidly. You'll receive a message informing you as much but you can still download and use the app.

Update 2: Photosynth won't run on Tango hardware like the Lumia 610 as it needs at least 512MB of RAM for processing.

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Pick up Photosynth for Windows Phone here in the Marketplace.

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Microsoft releases Photosynth for Windows Phone to the Marketplace

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It requires the gyroscope to be fully functional. My Quantum doesn't have it. In what way will that affect it?
By the way, I've downloaded it and will try it as soon as possible.

I'm guessing it makes it easier to orient and create more accurate panoramic images. I noticed that unless i was really careful, it frequently lost track of the previous image and wanted me to go back to that frame. It works, you just have to be more careful. Love it!!

You should be able to tap on the green frame to manually take a shot. I've been able to do it without any problems. The auto shots do try and take over, but I found that moving the frame a little (leaving an overlap with the previous frame) allows you to take manual shots.

THANK GOODNESS. My iPhone friends always got a chuckle out of this one!!!

I can't wait to get outside tomorrow to try it out for real.  I did a quick synth in my living room, but it's too much in need of cleaning to share! :) 

Exactly.  How is this much different that the panorama shot on my Titan?  I guess for non HTC phones it could be usefull.

This one takes a full panorama of 360 around you, but also what is above and below. It's as if you're standing in the middle of the photo and able to look in all directions.

I always say how I feel out of frustration about #wp7.. Well here's a feeling. Its about time and this app is great..!! #Titan

Cant find on marketplace :'(. Titan owner and tryed search and going through apps and photo. Is this another just America app?

Jesus, the VERY FIRST word in this article is wrong; it's "We WERE", NOT "We're" (We are) - don't your proofreaders work at night?!! :-)

Works decently on my Lumia 800, but I wonder how much better it would be with gyroscoppe.

This really should have been a wp7 exclusive app. Glad its finally here but a bit of a joke it was available for so long on IOS.

The fact its on iOS is a joke, that's why it needs to be integrated into WP and be a native to the OS, and accessed through the camera functions. I mean the titan 2 added to the camera functions for its phone, why can't we have it too. That's what sets us apart, no need for apps, we already have it :)

On the DVP it is completely messed up... I think that's the case because the compass isn't working. In the end it just all doesn't fit together.

Very poor show so far...
 
1. App crashed when I tried to save my first synth.
2. Restart app, find it lost everything I had just done.
3. Make a synth, save, view it a bit.
4. Press the back button to go back to the main menu of the app, the app crashes.
5. Restart the app AGAIN.
6. Delete the panorama it made because the alignment between images wasn't that great, and the overall image was blurry.
 
It also made my Samsung Focus very, very hot. This is hotter than it gets while playing Survivalcraft...
 

I just downloaded the app, Nokia has a panoramic setting on their creative studio app, and it too can make panoramic pictures. It also has the same problem of losing the positioning due to lack of gyroscope.

Can someone please tell me how to calibrate the device within the app? I'm on the calibrate infinite page thingie but nothing happens.

My lumia 900 wouldnt display the green ok text, even after i made the infinity motion several times and ways in front of me. I had to do it, then exit to the home screen. when I relaunched the app, the calibrations text was green. I think it just doesnt want to refresh and tell you that its good until you relaunch.

This is the second that I've not been able calibrate. I don't know what I'm not doing but I think it's of a dev's practical joke to make you sit there looking like an idiot!

Why does it say my windows venue pro won't support some of the functions? If I have a windows phone.less than a year old ,updated ECT why?? Says gyroscope won't support no function

Venue Pro is a 1st gen device. It was only with the Mango phones (Focus S, Titan, Titan II, Lumia 900, Focus 2) that you got a gyroscope which is a hardware thing.

Front facing camera, gyroscope and new chipset support was announced at MIX 11 last year and those devices came out in Nov '11.

Works fine for me on a 1st Gen Focus.  If you're having problems it could be things like lighting and the actual environment.  I just took it slow and it made a real nice panorama of a room I was in.

i tried it, L800 here, the lack of gyroscope is not as big of a deal as i thought, just need to move slower or else there will be some jittering goodness you'll have to deal with
 
i like the result XD

Everything works fine, except when I try to aim 'upwards' to 'close' the panorama. As soon as I do that, I get the red focuslens that will not let you take a picture. This happens no matter how slow I move. Anyone else have this issue and/or a work around for this? Thanks...

Amazing. Works truly great on my Titan II, great quality and I had zero overall issues with it. Now to see how easy it is for others to see my photo.

Works beautifully on my focus 2! My only issue is the account creation. I created the account through the phone but the account isn't synced with my email. When I go to the site it asks me to create a new username. Hopefully that gets fixed soon! Love the app!!

Working Wonderfully on my Focus Flash.  Install without any problems. Time to take some 360 views..
Seems to take better views indoors versus outdoors does it use the camera built in settings ?
 

Useless trivia: those sample photos were taken in the Bravern 2 building in Bellevue, WA. That building currently houses a big chunk of Bing.

I'd heard about this, but after trying it out, I'm really impressed.The only negative I'd like to mention is that it's a shame it's taken Microsoft so long to get their own in-house developed app onto their own in-house developed phone. It's been on iOS for.... how long? I know there's a lot of change coming with WP8/Apollo, I wonder if this is a reason for some devs to hold off from bringing their apps to the platform. Nonetheless, this should not prevent MS from bringing the same apps they have running on other smartphone OSs, with just as many features (I'm looking at you, BING ;-) )  
PS - as an aside - anyone else notice that MS do not promote WP7 as well as they could? Hotmail login screen, lack of Photosynth/Bing functionality, Halo Waypoint not promoting WP7 and so on....?