It may seem an odd thing for Microsoft to do, but it makes some great apps for its arch rival Apple. Photosynth is an iOS app that runs on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch and it enables you to create interactive panoramas. It's a brilliant app and Photosynth deserves a place on your iOS device.
The app could not be simpler and you tap the camera icon at the bottom to switch on the device's camera. Point it at the scene you want to create a panorama from and then just move it left and right, up and down. Every second or so, the app takes a photo. It is an automatic process and you don't need to do anything apart from point the device in the general direction of the subject.
Tap to finish taking photos and the app will spend about a minute stitching the photos together in a panorama. Once again, this is entirely automatic and it is soon completed. You then have the option of sharing it. It can be uploaded to Microsoft's Photosynth website (check out the other panoramas people have posted), Facebook, Twitter and Bing Maps.
There are two options when posting panoramas and they can be the standard static variety that consists of a letter-box style image that is wide, but not very tall, made from stiching all the photos together, or it can be an interactive panorama. Interactive ones let you look up and down, left and right, and even turn in a full 360 degree circle looking in all directions. This works not just on the computer, but in the app itself and in Facebook postings.
It's hard to describe how impressive this app is and you have to try it for yourself. Point your phone, turn around in a full circle and be amazed at the panorama it creates.
Photosynth is free. Search for 'photosynth' in the App Store on your phone. (It's available for Windows Phone too.)
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