On the "Try HD View" page:
1. Squamish. Where is the climber?
3. Kerry Park. 3 airplanes?
4. Seattle. Don't tell me, still looking.....
My first impressions of this technology:
1. The Zoom goes "IN" too far. The zoom should stop while the picture is still sharp, or maybe go one small step beyond, to indicate there is no greater detail.
2. A small unobtrusive 'progress indicator' might be helpful. A 'busy' cursor is not a good idea, and a progress bar in the download area would also be a bad idea. But a very small icon, in the upper right corner might work. An icon like the "Toggle fisheye/normal lens", with red/green squares to indicate which portions of the image have been completed.
In fact, the grid icon could be used as a progress indicator, and maybe a new 'Options' button added for obscure choices like fisheye/normal.
3. Speed. Because panning and zooming is slower than Google Earth, it might help to have a progress indicator. Also, it seems that some photos that are patched together are not of equal resolution. (Look below the far right tower in 'Seattle', at the appartment block that obscures its base, 7th floor from the top, last floor visible. The windows and air conditioners on the right are noticibly more sharp than thos the left.
4. Which raises the question of the complexity of creating an image for HDView. 800 photos?
Why I finally installed this control.
1. I've know about this contol and a related technolgy that stitches photos together to create a 3Dview. The 3D viewer uses a related technolgy and sounds far more interesting, but HDView supports this new toy I bought - 3Dconnexion SpaceNavigator.
2. I thought I could - with a tripod and a little patience - shoot a few RAW photos on vacation, process them for HDView, upload them to Llve Spaces, and provide my 5-year-old grandchild a quick realistic view of what one sees standing on a street in Asia. I think my wife might allow 20 photos, if I take them quickly enough, but 800???
1. The control is too slow to update when viewing sample files.
2. The reslution of the assembled image seems to require you to zoom in one step closer, then back up one step, to get a clear sharp image.
1. When hunting for the climbers and airplanes and the owl, it became a kind of game. I'm wondering if it has any educational or gaming application?
You don't need many pictures to create your HDView. It all depends on the resolution (the degree of zoom) you want your HDView to have. If you have a camera with a lot of megapixels, you wont need to take too many pictures to get a good hdview since your pictures will have a lot of details. If you camera has a low megapixel number, then you can rely on your camera's optical zoom to get the same level of detail, however, you'll need to take many more pictures.
It also depends on the angle you're trying to cover. You don't need to cover 360x180. You could just ignore the sky and the ground and save yourself from a few extra pictures. HDView handles that just fine.