Photosynth on the iPhone: iSynth App

Greg Pascale, who was an intern here at Photosynth last summer recently released an app he’s been working that let’s you experience synths on your iPhone.  He was able to take advantage of the good 3D support on the iPhone to allow you to not just browse around a synth's image collection… but to see the point cloud and even the projections of where the cameras were when they took the photos. Get iSynth here or search for it in the iPhone app store.

Here are some screenshots from my “Head of Greg” synth: (Photos / Point Cloud / Camera Projection)


Sarah Perez wrote a post about the new iSynth app and gave a very nice introduction…

“One of the best products so far to emerge from Microsoft’s Live Labs has got to be Photosynth, an amazing tool that lets you transform your photos into three-dimensional worlds you can then virtually explore. In the past, we’ve seen Photosynths integrated with Live Maps, turned into slideshows, geotagged, changed into Point Clouds, and even used to document historical events like President Obama’s inauguration. Now you can add one more to that list: Photosynth has come to the iPhone.”

-Read the full post on her Channel 10 blog.


So far Greg’s app has been well received: 

TechCrunch “iSynth Brings Microsoft’s Powerful 3D Photo Viewer Photosynth To The iPhone”

ArsTechnica “If you're into photography, or just like cool applications, it's probably worth a look.”

@gregdowning “Orbit mode on iSynth is cool! You can see the frustrum of all the cameras. tap the "i" in upper right to get menu then touch "orbit" to spin”

@frogtosser “Checking out isynth for the iPhone/touch. Pretty awesome.”

-iSynth on twitter…


Info from Greg’s website:

Quick Menu Buttons

Tip: While using iSynth, for a quick description of what a button does, simply hold it down for a moment and a description will appear (unless you've turned off the "Description Labels" option in the settings menu). If you hold any button for longer than a moment, it will not press when you release it.

Show/hide the full menu
Quit the current synth and go back to the selection screen
Jump to the next 3D group of connected photos
Enter slideshow mode
icon_arcBall_off Enter orbit mode
Exit orbit mode
Toggle point cloud-only view (show/hide photos)
Go to the settings menu
Rotate the screen
Show/hide cameras (in arc ball mode)
Go to the about/help screen

Quick Controls

Normal Mode:
- Tap on any arrow to move to a different photo.
- Drag one finger to reveal other photos that can be visited. Lift your finger to jump to the highlighted photo.
- To rotate first-person-shooter style, drag one finger in the direction you wish to rotate while holding another finger stationary anywhere on the screen
- Use the standard spread/pinch gestures to zoom in and out

Orbit Mode:
- To "orbit" around the synth, simply drag one finger in the direction you wish to rotate.
- To move forwards or backwards, use the spread/pinch gestures.
- To strafe left, right, up or down, drag two fingers in the same direction.
- To leave orbit mode, tap the button in the upper left corner with the red X. This will take you back to normal mode to the image you came from.
- Double tap a camera to jump to the photo taken by that camera (and return to normal mode).

Slideshow Mode:

Not much needs to be said about slideshow mode; the controls are fairly self explanatory. To leave slideshow mode and go back to normal mode, press the stop button.



Synth well, dariusmonsef

Comments (4)

  1. lostinthetriangle says:

    This is great!

    Unfortunately I have a Blackberry Bold 🙁

    Will the camera projection option be made available for the PC version?

  2. Lyndell says:

    Wow, now how about an app for the Mac?

  3. Lyndell says:

    Wow, now how about an app for the Mac?

  4. mwiththeat says:

    Awesome 🙂

    However, I dont like iPhone… any plans for a Windows Mobile client?

    I guess we will have to wait for Silverlight to be supported on the platform – Windows Mobile 7 maybe? 🙂

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