Another Nerdy Post – PhotoSynth Revisited.

Posted in Photography Tricks on May 29th, 2009 by MadDog
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I’m going unload another test on you. I discovered, to my horror,  that all of the nifty zoomy images that I’ve done with Microsoft PhotoZoom, which died, and DeepZoom, which took over the stinking corpse of Photozoom and resurrected it in a glorious new body, will die yet again on 31 December. Phooey! That’s the reward you get for helping these clowns develop their software – they dump you and say, “Uuuuh, sorry dude. Yer stuff’s gonna go poof!”

Anyway, I’m trying to figure out if I can fake PhotoSynth into thinking that it’s Photozoom. The details are boring, so maybe you should just skip to the test image. PhotoSynth insists that you load at least three images. That’s because of its fantastic ability to make multiple images do a mutual Vulcan Mind Meld and glom themselves into one zoomable, panable montage. Fantastic!

So, what I did was load the same image under three different file names. It didn’t complain and I seem to have the same results as if I’d done it with the soon to be demised DeepZoom.

Anyway, here’s my first try at faking out Photosynth:

How do you like it? The photo itself is pitiful. I just walked out in the street in front of my Brother-in-law’s house and shot.

UPDATE:   I got bored waiting for the DHL guy to show up so I went out on the freezing patio and shot 23 exposures to show you how nicely PhotoSynth is working. I can’t wait to do it for a “Walk in the Woods”.

Here’s the patio scene:

Cool, eh?

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Microsoft PhotoZoom is Now DeepZoom

Posted in Mixed Nuts on May 28th, 2009 by MadDog
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Sorry to unload a nerdy post on you today, but I’ve been housecleaning and I need to tidy up a loose end so that I can feel that I’m finished.

Long time readers will remember that I was once a Microsoft Photozoom fan. It’s a cool way to put your photos on a web site in a way that viewers can zoom in on the details, pan around, and see them easily in full-screen mode.

Anyway, with no notice to users, suddenly PhotoZoom didn’t work any more. I don’t know what happened, and I don’t care, but I notice that it’s now back under a different name.

So, I had to go back to my seven posts that used it and change the links. It wasn’t too difficult, but I don’t know why it couldn’t have been done automatically somehow. I’d hate to be someone who had hundreds of links to it.

So, here are the seven posts that had zoomable photos:

PhotoZoom – The Next Cool Thing

Along Came a Spider

Giant Green Fly

Today’s Inverterbrates

New Panoramas

A Trip to the Supermarket

North Contender in the Dark

You’ll have to install Microsoft Silverlight if you don’t already have it. You may as well get it over with, as more and more web stuff is going to be using it.

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