Microsoft Photosynth iPhone app now available

Today Microsoft released Photosynth for the iPhone, their latest iOS application on the iTunes App Store.

Photosynth for the iPhone allows you to take any number of photos from within the same area and stitch them together to make a panoramic image. If you've ever found yourself having to take multiple photos of an area, Photosynth will take all those photos and blend them together.

Photosynth also allows you to share your photos with any of your friends on Facebook and even comes with Bing Maps integration, so you can share your panoramas with anyone in the world.

Photosynth comes with a number of features, including:
• See your panorama take shape as you capture them with INTERACTIVE CAPTURE
• Look and capture in all directions with FULL-SPHERE PANORAMAS
• See the final panorama right away with fast ON-DEVICE PROCESSING
• Sharp, high-resolution results with the ADVANCED IMAGE STITCHING ENGINE
• Panoramas are always available to view and share from the ON-DEVICE LIBRARY
• Zoom, pan, stretch, and view in landscape or portrait with our IMMERSIVE VIEWER
• Save as many panoramas as you want and view them online at PHOTOSYNTH.NET

Photosynth for iOS is only available for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 2 or iPod touch (4th generation).

Download: Photosynth for iOS on iTunes (free).

Update: Photosynth will also be coming soon to Windows Phone OS 7.

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It is missing the option to zoom in and take a picture. One of the nice things about Photosynth is the ability to zoom in on things. Also, moving around in a space, such as a museum. This is only a panorama.

Downloaded, took a few pictures, when tried to upload it said it would share the panorama with all the internet, removed it from my device.

Screw the lack of security.

sexypeperodri said,
Downloaded, took a few pictures, when tried to upload it said it would share the panorama with all the internet, removed it from my device.

Screw the lack of security.

you do not need to share it. The app puts the pic in the photo gallery on the iphone.

It is really breaking the consistent way of app design on the iOS platform, though in some ways, I can understand this odd move to Metro on iOS.

Great App.

Stop complaining about not being able to access the apps from ur respective country itunes accounts, create a free iTunes US account and enjoy. Thats what i did to use all the free US Apps here in India.

The WP7 Metro look on this app looks good too

I don't understand why Microsoft's Bing and Photosynth apps aren't available on the Canadian iTunes store. What does Microsoft have against Canada?!

alan8it said,
not specifically made for the ipad...shoddy imo

See title: Microsoft Photosynth iPhone app now available

It specifically says iPhone.

smartin0115 said,

See title: Microsoft Photosynth iPhone app now available

It specifically says iPhone.

Photosynth app works with all iOS devices with cameras. That includes iPad 2,iPod Touch 4th Gen,iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4

einsteinbqat said,
I think it has to do with 3G not having auto-focus while the 3GS and later versions have.

but photosynth is just to stitch the photos !! so is tht auto-focus necessary for stitching

Pugalenthi Iniabarathi said,

but photosynth is just to stitch the photos !! so is tht auto-focus necessary for stitching

This app actually takes the pictures. No way to stitch existing pics together so it wojld need the autofocus.

Rudy said,
I wonder why they made it look so out of place? It doesn't really look like an iPhone app

And that's a good thing.

bj55555 said,

And that's a good thing.


Not if it looks like this. They could've made it a lot less ugly and out-of-place. Microsoft's other apps, "Windows Live Messenger" and "Tag Reader", adopt the familiar iOS style and look a lot better as a consequence.

Rudy said,
I wonder why they made it look so out of place? It doesn't really look like an iPhone app

I noticed that too. It has a very WP OS 7 look to it...

Rudy said,
I wonder why they made it look so out of place? It doesn't really look like an iPhone app

its the metro look.. they are promoting their own OS.. kinda like Itunes for windows and how it doesnt fit very well..

Lachlan said,

its the metro look.. they are promoting their own OS..

I quite like Metro, but this is a very lacklustre attempt at replicating that look. They're not doing themselves any favours if this is intended to promote WP7.

I D 10 T error said,
Can't find it :-\

Probably isn't up in your country / store yet. You can download it via iTunes on your desktop and sync it

KRS Deamon said,
They should make more WP7 apps like this instead of developping for iphone an ipad.

They have an Apple department at microsoft, that department isn't going to make windows products... so that argument doesn't work

neufuse said,

They have an Apple department at microsoft, that department isn't going to make windows products... so that argument doesn't work

Even the Microsoft department isnt making applications for Windows Phone. No Microsoft Messenger client, no turn-by-turn bing feature - WP7 will always be the poor cousin of ios.

KRS Deamon said,
They should make more WP7 apps like this instead of developping for iphone an ipad.

I personally see this as microsoft advertising their brand to the people that dislike them the most and trying to get a new image.. I think this tactic will be good in the long run because when people need a new phone and see that on their Iphone they had a bunch of Microsoft apps that were great why not switch over to a Microsoft phone.. Give it time and I bet after the updates microsoft will release a ton of apps for WP7..

efjay said,

Even the Microsoft department isnt making applications for Windows Phone. No Microsoft Messenger client, no turn-by-turn bing feature - WP7 will always be the poor cousin of ios.

After the mango update, messenger will work great because it wont need to run in the background anymore because of the multitasking. I think they are gunna wait for this.. Also, I personally believe messenger is on its way out and they may switch to Lync or something soon

neufuse said,

They have an Apple department at microsoft, that department isn't going to make windows products... so that argument doesn't work


They should have just used MonoTouch (+MonoDroid) and written the app in C# to make it compatible with Windows Mobile, Windows Phone, Android and iOs (except the UI).

Lachlan said,

After the mango update, messenger will work great because it wont need to run in the background anymore because of the multitasking. I think they are gunna wait for this.. Also, I personally believe messenger is on its way out and they may switch to Lync or something soon

No need to wait for Mango, as a native WP7 application it can multitask, but if they were concerned about battery life all they needed to do was release Messenger with push notifications and it wont need to run in the background.

efjay said,

Even the Microsoft department isnt making applications for Windows Phone. No Microsoft Messenger client, no turn-by-turn bing feature - WP7 will always be the poor cousin of ios.

This is so incorrect, I'm not sure even where to start...

Microsoft does have a rather robust Mac/Apple division, if they didn't then Office for Mac would be a copy of Office for Windows, rather than a product that is designed to work like OS X users expect applications to work and integrate with the technologies OS X provides. This division has existed at Microsoft in one form or another for almost 30 years.

Microsoft has had teams working on iOS applications and features for several years now, long before WP7 existed and long before even the Silverlight OS Platform was designed for WP7.

Microsoft is working on WP7 applications, it is not the poor cousin, it is just different development teams than the iOS developers. (At Microsoft they don't put an expert on ObjectiveC and Cocoa on a project to develop a WP7 Silverlight Application, as this would be insane.)

Microsoft is not neglecting or putting off creating their own applications. Sure there are times they hand off work to other companies (like Bungie and Halo) instead of doing it themselves, but this is what makes them Microsoft and not Apple that takes software from other companies, adds their name to it with a few tweaks and sells it as Apple created. (Go look up things like Final Cut to even Garage Band, Apple didn't design these applications and try to hide this from people.)

As for messenger, the next versions of WP7 are adding integrated Messenger, which is why Microsoft opted to have the current Mesenger client done by a 3rd party, as it will no longer be needed as Messenger is a core feature built into WP7 and how you message and communicate with other users, tha combines SMS/MMS/Facebook/Messenger chat into the Hub instead of relying on a separate Messener App.

As for Bing, they are under heavy revamp, as with the Nokia deal coming on board, they have been shutting down the older Microsoft Virtual Earth and moving to the basic mapping and technologies Bing provides now, looking to the future of Nokia's mapping technologies navigation, which are ironically based on technologies Microsoft originally developed in the 90s to demonstrate the power of MS SQL in housing terrabytes of data and accessing it instantly at a time in computing when this was seemingly impossible on PC class servers.

So Bing Maps are still adjusting, and it is hurting WP7 a bit, as they decided to make the more advanced Bing Maps and navigation their focus instead of piecing together the older technologies in the interim. (This also has allowed ATT and other carriers to port their navigation software to WP7 and using it as a feature to choose them as a carrier.)

RealFduch said,

They should have just used MonoTouch (+MonoDroid) and written the app in C# to make it compatible with Windows Mobile, Windows Phone, Android and iOs (except the UI).

Good in theory, but the UIs are the 'work' here, not the base functionality/code. WP7 uses a unique programming model with the Silverlight OS platform, and to take advantage of this, it makes the application model fail outside of WP7.

Android requires old school pixel by pixel and limited control design, iOS uses the Cocoa framework that is a bit closer to how WP7 works. However the UI devleopment is the time consuming part of the iOS and Android development.

The iOS sofware has been in development for quite a while now, long before WP7's development and Silverlight OS platform were put together.

Also traditional .NET code that is Silverlight ignorant is discouraged, as it breaks UI consistency and the objtect oriented inteface mechanisms that the Silverlight platform provides.

They probably could have used some tricks to get the WP7 and even Android versions out faser, but that isn't Microsoft's way. It is the same reason Office for Mac is designed for OS X, and it not a generic port of Office for Windows. Microsoft believes the software should behave and work on the target OS as the end users expect it to, not based on how it works on another OS. Just the interactions, gestures and UI constructs are different enough, that the iOS version on WP7 would not make sense and vice versa. (Sadly this is not how Apple works, and is why Windows users get iTunes and Safari and QuickTime that work more like OS X applications and don't even try to use the technologies of Windows or work like Windows users expect applications to work.)

MASTER260 said,

Seems to come up searching, "Microsoft Corporation," not, "Photosynth," for some reason.
Thanks for telling. It works!

King Mustard said,
US-only it seems

I just clicked the link on my phone and it went straight to the program and downloaded fine. Australia here too btw