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    Unusual photo and video effects from Microsoft




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    Unusual photo and video effects from Microsoft


    By Lincoln Spector

    Digital photography gives us the freedom to take hundreds of photos and videos of places and people, at very little expense — so many images, that family and friends might be blasé at best about your latest efforts.

    But three little-known apps from Microsoft can put some unexpected novelty back into your images.

    The full text of this column is posted at windowssecrets.com/top-story/unusual-photo-and-video-effects-from-microsoft/ (opens in a new window/tab).

    Columnists typically cannot reply to comments here, but do incorporate the best tips into future columns.

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    Photosynth: Examining a subject from all sides

    Very difficult to align pics.

    Far better option and one I find near perfect is if you have an Android phone go to the market and download
    "Camera 3D" https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...Q2FtZXJhM0QiXQ..

    It only takes three to ten photos taken around the Item with built in alignment, and they will be put together perfectly to form a rotation three dimensional image or more precisly a 360 degree veiw of item. If you have an accelerometer mode in phone it will rotate the image by tilting phone. The more pics of the item the smoother the 360 rotation.

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    Thank you for the pointer to "Camera 3D" PJ.

    Another reason NOT to use the Photosynth for me is its requirement to install the MS dinosaur 'Silverlight'

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    It was misleading not to mention, even once in the article, that the first two apps required the reader to install Silverlight. Even the way that MS tried to push the install was sneaky. If WS is going to recommend apps, they should at least tell readers that they need to add bloated, out of date pre-conditions.

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    In Windows 8, most users will have Silverlight, sooner or later. It's used a lot in Win 8 Metro Apps. But for those of us using current versions of Windows, this requirement may be a deal-breaker.

    On the other hand, recommending Paint .NET includes the implied need to install a version of .NET Framework, and many users will have the same objections to this other MS "dinosaur" -- especially in light of current .NET patching issues.
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    Unusual photo and video effects from Microsoft

    Another good Microsoft Research photo tool is AutoCollage 2008, for making up a collage of pictures.

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