The Microsoft Photosynth Team is happy to announce the release of the new Photosynth app for mobile panorama creation and sharing! 

The Photosynth app is a both a significant step forward in mobile imaging technology  and a path to crowdsource local and business imagery back to Bing Local and Bing Maps. 

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The Photosynth app allows you to capture 360° panoramas in all directions (up, down, left, and right) and create spectacular images that our competition simply cannot achieve. With the latest in computer vision techniques, developed in concert with Microsoft Research, Photosynth focuses on making creation easy and fun with a wealth of sharing options.

The app offers both a traditional sharing model to entice existing Facebook users to share images with Photosynth and also deep ties into Photosynth.net for sharing interactive panorama experiences.

However, the team is most excited by the opportunity for users to now “Publish to Bing Maps”, making their panoramas eligible to show up on both the map (with the Photosynth map app) and directly on an associated business’s detail page.  

This way Microsoft is enabling users to contribute to our collective visual understanding of the world directly from their phone.

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Here’s an introductory video that covers the app:

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Key Features:

· See your panorama take shape as you capture them with Interactive Capture

· Look and capture in all directions with Full-Sphere Panoramas

· See the final panorama right away with fast On-Device Processing

· Sharp, high-resolution results with the Advanced Image Stitching Engine

· Panoramas are always available to view and share from the On-Device Library

· Zoom, pan, stretch, and view in landscape or portrait with our Immersive Viewer

· Save your panoramas and view them online at Photosynth.net

Sharing Options:

· Share to Bing Maps to see your panoramas throughout Bing on business detail pages and right on the map itself

· Share to Facebook with images or interactive panoramas

· Images are also available to any app from the Camera Roll

The initial release is for the iOS platform, but the team is also working with the Windows Phone crew to bring this technology next to our own platform. 

This app was a collaboration between many people on the client Photosynth app team, on the Photosynth.net service side making our end-to-end Bing sharing story possible, and in Microsoft Research.

Please or at least check out the above video above and  give the app a try.

Blow you can check out a few example panoramas:

· Museum of Flight

· Japanese Gardens

· International Space Station

· Volunteer Park Conservatory