One of the few truly innovative software I’ve seen from Microsoft, Photosynth has been lingering for nearly a year now, so I’m hoping they are getting close to releasing it. The demos on the site are getting better, and you can actually install a preview of the software in your browser here. Coordinating an image library has historically focused entirely on tagging and keywords, but the technology offers some new interesting functionalities concerning image automated recognition. However, the primary breakthrough here is the brilliant introduction of 3D spatial point clouds that form an environment through which the user can navigate the imagery, a point cloud procedural generated from common visual elements within the assets themselves, weaving them into a coherent tapestry. I’m very interested in using this technology with our firm’s project photography to create near-virtual walk-throughs of our designs.