Turn, Turn, Turn
by Gary Woods
One of the features that kind of got lost in the shuffle when iOS 6 arrived for the iPhone was something called Panorama. To use it you open the Camera App then go to Options and choose Panorama. The idea is to take one long continuous photo as you move the camera. I've seen some good and some bad results of people using Panorama but then I came across another App which uses a similar feature but for some phones at least the process is automated.
The App is called Cycloramic and is in the App Store for $0.99. For the iPhone 4 and 4S with iOS 6 you use what's called "Guided Mode." The interface is very simple and clean for both the Automated and Guided Mode using a 1-touch interface. But, for the Guided Mode the visual, audio and vibration guides help you take good looking shots. Then those shots are stitched together giving you a surround-like effect with zoom.
If you're one of those fortunate iPhone 5 owners then you can use the App in HandsFree Mode. To use Cycloramic in this manner just place your iPhone in an upright position on a smooth and level surface (preferably glass) and press Go. The phone will automatically rotate 360 degrees while taking multiple pictures then instantaneously stitch them together, generate the panoramic photo and finally open that photo in their 3D viewer.
What's interesting here is that the company's website says that performance is much better on the GSM version of the iPhone (meaning AT&T) than on the CDMA version meaning Verizon.
For 99 cents I'm always willing to take a shot and this is definitely a fun App to play with especially if you're a Realtor like we are because it's great for showing clients 360 degree views of rooms without hiring a virtual tour company.
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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc