I’ve been waiting to use Microsoft’s Photosynth technology ever since Microsoft showcased it in November of 2006. The technology lets users create and share immersive 360-degree panoramic photos that would be a blessing in disguise for any smartphone with camera. Though the technology has been available on the web since a long time, that didnt’ exactly work like a charm on the iPhone. I’m happy to report that Microsoft’s new panoramic photo app Photosynth is now available for free on the Apple App Store. Needless to mention, I installed it right away and I’ve to admit the app’s mesmerizing experience has blown me away.
The Photosynth app is around 4 MB in size and installs quickly. The app home screen lists the sequence of steps for newbie users – you can tap on the screen to start a new panorama, add images to the panorama and then share it on Facebook, Photosynth.net and Bing Maps. I tapped the screen and the app prompted me to allow push notifications. I clicked a few images and the app stitched it all together into a beautiful panorama. The Share button provides options to share the created panorama on Facebook. The app provides customizable settings such as exposure lock and sound. The app also provides a capability to register for a free Photosynth.net account.
I clicked a number of random images and the app pieced it together in real time. I was able to move the phone to different angles and areas and I tapped the screen to capture a particular viewpoint. The app displays a green framing box to helps position your device so that all images line up with each other. The app lets users move images up, down, left, right, or diagonally and capture up to a full 360 degrees. There’s an undo button which lets you redo a specific shot.
All in all, a pretty neat app that works as described and provides good image zoom quality. The Photosynth app works with iPhone 4, iPhone 3Gs, iPod Touch fourth generation and even the latest iPad 2. If you are fond of panoramic views, make sure to try Photosynth – after all it’s free!
Check out the video demo to see how the app works.
Gaurav Kheterpal is a seasoned technology professional with nearly a decade of experience in Mobile, Web 2.0 and Open Source Technologies. He's an Apple fanboy and an iPhone lover/ critic since it's early days. He loves exploring, developing and reviewing iPhone apps, as well as covering news stories about Apple and its products.