“Being early is the same as being wrong,” says Marc Andreessen. True enough.
I have to admit that when I saw Photoshop’s “new” 360º photo-editing feature, I was a little miffed at the positioning: we shipped almost the same exact thing nine years ago. PS has now bolted on a few menu items to make access more obvious, but otherwise the tech appears largely unchanged.
I get it, though. Nine years ago, how would one create such an image (tripod, SLR, stitching package?) and where would one use it? Now the ecosystem is radically different: You can capture an image in an instant via a Theta or similar cam (or even a drone!), or you can capture one with any smartphone, and you can make them interactively explorable by millions of people via Facebook. So yeah, viewed through that lens, I get it, and I hope that orders of magnitude more people find this feature useful this time around. ⚪️💪
Speaking of tech ahead of its time (?), I hope that wearable capture devices will become practical & enable the kind of experience that Googlers Blaise Agüera y Arcas & Noah Snavely pioneered at Microsoft: