A post on the Photosynth blog reveals that the popular 3D imagery tool has been updated to a new release. The most notable changes in this update are performance improvements and new controls.
The speed of the imagery download when you zoom has now been improved in this release so images resolve faster when you zoom in to see the details. Also, Photosynth’s UI now has cleaner, more usable controls. All the controls for navigating through images are still present, plus there’s a navigation disk control in the middle – they’ve just been made over with a new UI.
The view control is the biggest change, however. Now when you hover over the “view” button (2nd from the right, above), you’ll get a pop-up that gives you quick access to the other ways you can view a synth including the normal 3D (synth) view, Overhead view, the 2D photo grid, and the Point Cloud only view. (See image on left).
While these changes are relatively minor, they go a long way to improving the look and feel of Photosynth, making it a lot more fun to use and easier to understand for newcomers too.