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Microsoft Photosynth review: in pictures

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Manufacturer: Microsoft

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Microsoft Photosynth is a technology that automatically stitches together digital photos. The company recently made Photosynth easier to use and open to all.

Microsoft Photosynth is a technology that automatically stitches together digital photos. The company recently made Photosynth easier to use and open to all.


What's Microsoft Photosynth?

Developed by Live Labs - Microsoft's applied research arm - Photosynth automatically stitches together digital photographs to create a somewhat abstract but high-resolution three-dimensional re-creation (dubbed a synth) for the world to explore. And though ready-made examples have been previewable for several months now, Photosynth.net has finally thrown its doors open for everyone to upload up to 20GB of photos.

The 3D photo reconstructions suggest an improbable three-way love child of a David Hockney collage, Apple's QuickTime VR, and Microsoft Research's excellent WorldWide Telescope. But it's one of the more mind-blowing things to appear since Google Earth.

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Microsoft Photosynth Expert Verdict »

Browser plug-in supporting Firefox 2 or 3/Internet Explorer 7
Photosynth desktop application for uploading photos
Windows XP/Vista
256MB of RAM (1GB is recommended)
32MB graphics memory
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

Microsoft Photosynth is an exciting tool with some genuinely interesting applications and features. Best of all, the pace of change we've already seen, and the depth of ambition claimed by the development team suggests that Photosynth has a lot of potential.

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