Dr Mike J Smith
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This just hit my desk from the excellent ISPRS Commission V on Close-Range Sensing (and check out the useful "Tips" section):
Photosynth has suddenly become a lot more interesting now that there is a useful utility to extract data from your synths! Microsoft's Photosynth always looked very interesting and potentially powerful, but of little value as it seemed impossible to derive quantitative information from it, until now!
Synthexport is a freely available utility which allows the extraction of automatically measured XYZ coordinates and estimated camera parameter/inner orientation data. Enjoy!
For those not in the know, Photosynth is an online Microsoft service that:
...takes your photos, mashes them together and recreates a 3D scene out of them that anyone can view and move around in.
Yes its photogrammetry, but up to this point has been purely an online activity. Which makes Synth Export incredibly useful. Next step will be to start playing with this in anger.