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Photosynth for iPhone and iPad

Photosynth for iPhone and iPad

Sometimes a photo is enough to capture a view. Generally people rarely take up enough space to require more than one at a time but when it comes to a larger view, such as a sprawling landscape or anything else requiring a wider photo, we need a little more than a single shot to truly showcase such an awesome view. We need a panorama.

This is where Photosynth comes in as it is an excellent little tool designed for this very purpose and it is now available on the iPhone and iPad. While the fact that the app is free to download may not raise expectations particularly high, Photosynth is actually a very well made panoramic photo creator that is easy to use and yields some very impressive visual results. It works by taking a series of photos and then stitching them together where they best correspond. It works both vertically and horizontally, which gives your pictures an added dimension.


Once you download and install Photosynth, creating a panoramic photo couldn’t be easier. When it starts up you can choose a portrait or landscape mode and then you are ready to go. In the middle of the screen you will see a green rectangle with a dot in the centre, which is the area that will be captured when you take the photo. After the initial photo is taken you can then move the camera to capture the adjacent area, while a helpful dotted line on the screen will make it easier to line it up more accurately. You will however need to make sure that you don’t rotate your device or it may result in some strange angles in your photo.

The app does a lot of the work for you though as you move and when it recognises a good match it will beep to notify you and all you have to do is hold it still while it takes the next photo automatically. If it is really struggling to find a match the rectangle will turn red and you will need to adjust the position until it recognises the view again. Photosynth does not work so well when faced with a lot of motion and is more suited to still areas but it offers enough feedback in any case so you can act accordingly.

Once you are finished just tap Done and the app will proceed to stitch all of the captures together to form one big picture you can explore and it is very easy to share the finished image. Photosynth can link itself to various accounts you have such as Facebook and Twitter so you can up load your panoramas and show them off.

It adds more freedom to have the app on a portable device as you can create panoramas there and then, while the interface is simple to use and perfectly suited to the touchscreens. This is an excellent app that lets you create some impressive pictures quickly and easily, and it won’t cost you a penny.

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