Export your panoramas to Windows 8.1 and OneDrive


Today we’re happy to announce that we’ve added an “export” feature to the Photosynth site.

For stitched panoramas uploaded from your mobile phone or the Image Composite Editor, you can now download a “.pano” file suitable for viewing in full spherical goodness on Windows 8.1.

The built-in Photos app on Windows 8.1 knows how to view .pano files, opening them just like JPGs and videos. And like those standard image types, .panos can be uploaded to OneDrive with good results:

This works for mobile panos, and also for the gigapixel behemoths that some of you like to create.  For example, the 1.2 gigapixel view of Bryce Canyon shot by our own Jeff Schoner can be found here on the Photosynth site. Jeff exported it because he wanted to include it on OneDrive with the regular photos of his trip to the Utah national parks. Here’s the version on OneDrive: http://1drv.ms/1lflvuz

Finally, we now also support the export of Technology Preview Photosynths, the super smooth ones you’ve been making since December.

Your download comes as a Zip file, and for now all you can do is inspect the contents. Want more? Stay tuned for an exciting announcement that will open up lots of possibilities.

Happy Synthing,
The Photosynth Team.


Comments (5)

  1. NateLawrence says:

    What a pleasant surprise!

    Now if only the desktop application and the Tech Preview upload page accepted .pano files. ^_~

    I really like this more open stance that you're taking.

    If you ever support exporting original synths, please make them viewable offline with the Direct3D Photosynth viewer as well as the Silverlight viewer.

    I also would love to see HDView updated to open .pano files.

  2. christoph_hausner says:

    I wasn't really aware that you could view panos in the Photos app, panning and zooming is super smooth there. If ICE is still developed (latest version is from 2011) a direct export option to .pano files would be logical. In the meantime you can try this hacky script (http://pastebin.com/VXy9qbbV) that makes an upload to photosynth.net and a subsequent export unnecessary.

  3. Shawbum says:

    Sweet!  I can't wait to see what this exciting announcement might be.  Crossing my fingers that it will include offline viewing of the new synths.  That would be AWESOME.  

  4. Greg Downing says:

    this is great news, thanks for adding this feature!

  5. mkijhyr says:

    Thanks, this is a great feature. Please, let the exciting announcement be that Photosynth will become RT friendly. It's very frustrating to be an early adopter of this technology, as well as Windows RT, and windows Phone, only to realize that it all depends on desktop-only technologies unavailable to half of your windows machines.