New Feature: messaging

As some of you noticed as we started silently testing this last week, member messaging is now enabled. Go to "my home" and look for the "My Messages" tab to send messages to and receive messages from any GigaPan user. Thanks to Miriam on the engineering team for this new feature. Enjoy!

Carina Nebula

This is too cool not to blog. Rob Nijlaan has posted a gorgeous, highly explorable image from Hubble. Enjoy!

Let the FOFS year 2 workshop begin!

Tomorrow we begin the second-year Fine Outreach for Science workshop in Pittsburgh, PA. This is an exciting year, bringing together six returning Fine Fellows from our program last year with two dozen new world-class scientists and journalists who will be receiving deep training in all aspects of GigaPan production and dissemination. For a good time, check out some of the panoramas that the Fine Scientists have taken over the past year.

Graduation Day, Carnegie Mellon

The best graduation GigaPan Panorama, so far, has been shot thanks to the joint work of Jeff Baker and Randy Sargent, here. The Canon G10 was an excellent camera for this purpose, and the folks at Gigapan Systems have written a few pointers for such panoramas of crowds. Here are their pointers:

Graduation Shot Tips and Ideas

Freeze Motion – Capture the whole scene and crowd, and then re-shoot areas in motion to drop these shots into the final panorama in post-production
Practice, Practice, Practice – Set up your Epic and take a test run of the empty commencement area before the big event to make sure you are all set to go
Location is Everything – Depending on your surroundings, set your tripod above the crowd or at an elevated level to capture the full scene. Set the white balance on your camera to daylight, cloudy, tungsten, or fluorescent,
Batteries - Always make sure to bring an extra set of re-chargeable batteries, just in case.

And a few more tips:
o Unplug the batteries in the Epic when transporting it to ensure they don’t drain if the OK button is accidently bumped.
o Re-chargeable batteries can drain even when they are not being used, so be sure the batteries you charged a week ago are still charged.

User Profile pagination!

Announcing....more pagination!
Thanks to the Gigapan engineers, we have just release an improvement on the User Profile page that is really helpful for our most popular GigaPanners-- pagination of gigapan panoramas and also of snapshots. So for instance you can go by both user Id and by username to check out Kilgore's work:

and you can do the same with his username now:

Pittsburgh Pop City announced Gigapan Magazine

Pittsburgh innovates is a nice piece in our own Pittsburgh's POP City magazine about the new first issue of GigaPan Magazine.

This is due to the wonderful outreach efforts of Dror Yaron, outreach
coordinator of the CREATE Lab who has been enabling others to start telling their stories even more broadly using the GigaPan technology.