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In Praise of Microsoft

No, the title is not a misprint. Neither is it sarcasm. Today I’ve been impressed. By Microsoft. So much that I’ve gone to keyboard to write about it. And I think you could also be impressed.

After a recommendation from Luke Moulton I downloaded the MS iPhone App “Photosynth”. It is amazing.

Photosynth, free from the iTunes App Store

Photosynth uses your camera-equipped iPhone, iPod or iPad to take a series of photos and then stitches them together into a panorama. I’ve tried to do this previously with various cameras and various pieces of software. It’s always been hard to do and the results haven’t always been great. This is an app that makes the whole process quick and easy. And the results, when viewed on the iOS device, are very impressive.

Do you remember the first time you ever clicked on your house in the Google Maps app and were able to move the picture around 360 degrees? This is just like that. Except you’ve taken the picture and you’ve done it all in a couple of minutes.

So far, the best panorama’s I’ve taken have included up-down movement as well as left-right movement. The final product can be truly immersive. Even my notoriously technology-sceptical wife* responded with “yes, that is impressive”!


Is it perfect? No not yet, but this is a version 1.0 release so let’s hope development continues.

I’d like to see other sharing options, better understanding of when the photo is being saved to the Camera Roll and a way to amend previously saved panoramas (in the above example I’d like to fix the misalignment of the laundry baskets). I’m also not sure about the value in sharing these photos to anything other than the MS Photosynth.net sharing site.

But I’m very impressed with this release. Well done Microsoft.

* Footnote: my 6 year old son’s response was “what’s so impressive about that?”. Kids of today!


One Response to “In Praise of Microsoft”

  1. Wow, I never thought I’d see the day… RB praising Microsoft.

    Posted by Luke Moulton | 20 April 2011, 8:59 am

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