Here’s another example of Deep Zoom and photo mosaic software that I found on Channel9. a nice co-incidence as I found it the day that Photosynth has launched.
Shame about the (rest of the)photo though as it doesn’t have universal appeal – well not to us women. Apologies for that. If you have an avatar on Channel 9 you might be able to find it. And I’ve embedded the controls into the blog which is neat.
Come on ladies – I’m sure we could put something interesting together – although I’m still amused by the LOLCats Deep Zoom I found the other day.
It’s really great that Photosynth has now officially launched – I’ve been using the beta for a while now and I’m looking forward to uploading one of my own collections to zoom around. If you’re new to Photosynth, a video of how to make a synth is available here. Using Seadragon technology you get just the pixels you need, exactly when you need them. you can browse through dozens of 5, 10, or 100 megapixel photos without waiting around for everything to load.
And to amuse you when you’re navigating your way around some of the photosynth collections – here are a few keyboard shortcuts you can try:
Zooming and Neighbours
Scroll wheel Scrolling the mouse wheel zooms you in or out. The zooming is centred around your current mouse position.
+ or - Zoom in or out around the centre of the window.
← or → Move left or right to a neighbouring photo
↑or ↓ Move inwards or outwards to a neighbouring photo
u or j Move up or down to a neighbouring photo
Tours and History
Spacebar Go to next photo in the spatial tour.
Shift-spacebar Go to previous photo in the spatial tour.
. (period) Go to next photo in alphabetical order by filename. (Depending on your camera, this is usually shooting order.)
, (comma) Go to previous photo in alphabetical order by filename.
z Go to the last image you were on. (Like Back in a Web browser.)
Z Undo z. (Like Forward in a Web browser.)
Fun with the Point Cloud
Ctrl Holding the control key down temporarily hides all photos allowing you to see the point cloud in all its glory. Dragging a halo with the control button down lets you spin around the entire point cloud. Try it!
p Switches among three modes: points, images, both
Enter Centre the current image
f Toggle full-screen
~ Toggle between 2D and 3D
m Go to the next 3D group in the synth
y Toggles world-up verses image-up. This is useful when Photosynth has trouble working out which way is up.
Free Navigation (Gamers Only!)
w s a d e c Doom-style free navigation
l ‘ ; ] Rotate the current camera view