How to simplify sharing your panoramic photos

TourWrist makes it easy to share, and even easier for your friends to view your iOS 6 panoramic photos.

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Sharing a panorama taken with iOS 6 on your iPhone is easy, but takes some work on the recipients end to view. The photo isn't all that tall, it's wide and only provides a general overview of the entire photo unless you pinch and zoom. Then you'll need to swipe back-and-forth until you can view the entire photo. It works, but it's not fun.

The next time you have a great-looking panorama you'd like to show off, use TourWrist, a free iOS app (download link) available in the App Store. Once you sign up and begin using the app, you'll be able to upload your panorama photos, no matter the source, to share with friends and family members. The coolest part about viewing panoramas uploaded to TourWrist is the fact it uses the gyroscope of the iPhone or iPad, allowing you to move your device to pan around the photo.

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Uploading a panorama photo to TourWrist takes a few seconds. Just give it a name and category and upload it. The photo will go through processing and then be posted to your account. Once it's available (you can find your panoramas under Explore > My Panos), you can view and share it.

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When you tap on a panorama in the TourWrist app you'll be prompted to rotate your phone to landscape orientation and hold it up at eye level. When you do, assuming you're facing the same direction the photo was taken, you'll see part of the panorama. Continue moving your phone, up or down and left to right, until you see the entire photo. If at first you don't see anything, just keep moving until the photo comes into view. You may have to spin around in a circle. No, really. Remember, TourWrist was designed to work with any panorama app, so it provides for a 360-degree view, which iOS 6 doesn't currently do.

You'll also have quick access to sharing the photo while you're viewing it. You can share directly to Facebook or Twitter from the app. Don't worry, viewers of your panoramas don't need to have TourWrist installed to view the photo. Your TourWrist uploads can be viewed in a Web browser without issue. The gyroscope view even works in mobile Safari. Of course, if you'd rather not have to spin around in circles looking at your phone, you can enable touch control by tapping on the "Touch" button.

Above you can see a section of a panorama I took this morning. I have posted the entire photo below to give you some perspective.

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One feature TourWrist is missing is the capability to mark photos as private. Currently, anything you upload can be viewed by anyone else using TourWrist. I messed around with settings both on the Web site and in the app to no avail. With that in mind, make sure you're only uploading photos you're content with being public.

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