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Microsoft rolls out Photosynth for iPhones and iPods

updated 04:30 pm EDT, Mon April 18, 2011

Microsoft intros Photosynth for iPhones and iPods

Microsoft continued a string of iOS-first mobile app launches Monday with Photosynth (free, App Store). The previously Windows-desktop-only app creates and views panorama photos using an intelligent auto-stitching process that creates a more natural-looking shot. Resulting shots can be posted both to as well as to Facebook and pegged to a location in Bing Maps.

The app needs at least an iPhone 3GS or a fourth-generation iPod touch running iOS 4. iPad 2 owners can also use it for photos but won't get a natively scaled interface.

Microsoft has had a tendency to develop iOS versions of mobile apps before even its own platforms, such as Tag Reader. Photosynth is unique, though, in having previously been dependent on Microsoft-specific technology like Direct3D and Silverlight. Windows Phone 7 doesn't have an official Photosynth app even though it uses Silverlight as its main app framework.

by MacNN Staff



  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    i'll try it

    also check out PangeaVR for viewing panoramas on your iPhone. It's free.

  1. Bicycle

    Joined: Dec 1969


    More than just a viewer...

    Photosynth is a lot more than just a panorama viewer. Check out this presentation on for instance:

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