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AND AUTHORING PANORAMAS
Stitchers for panoramic images are available in all prices from free open source software to high end professional.
Trial versions are available from all of them and most of the vendors have a forum where you can get help from other users or from the company support.
There are also several general discussion groups where you can get information.
When you made your first panoramas join the WWP event which take place 4 times a year
TECHNICAL RESOURCES FROM APPLE
|Stitchers||Reviews and Tutorials|
PTGui is based on panoramatools but does not ned panotools to run anymore.
It can be used for all kinds of panoramas. Cylindric or spherical, 360 degree or less.
It can be used both as a fully automatic and a very sofisticated manual stitcher.
PTGui has built in support for Fisheyes but if you want to use Panotools for warping and need 180 degree support you have to install Panotools with unlimited degree support.
Panotools also supports some new projections which may be interesting for printing. For example Mercator or Transverse Equirectangular
PTGui is available in a standard version and a Pro version which also supports a HDR function.
If you want support for panoramatools allso download:
1. Download Windows Panorama tools from PTGui panorama tools
2. Download Win unlimited Pano12.dll for fisheye support from Jim Watter's Follow the installation instruction on the site
Download OSX 10.3 panotools unlimited for fisheye support
PanoTools-PTGui Tutorial in German and English
Support Forum: http://groups.google.com/group/ptgui
wiki with tutorials: Panotools Wiki
|PTMac from Kekus.com PTMac is a robust front-end for creating panoramas using the powerful Panorama Tools library. PTMac supports all popular input images including normal (rectilinear), fisheye and scanning camera. Supported panorama types include spherical (cubic), cylindrical and flat (rectilinear). NOW also with automatic controlpoint generator.
Panoramatools+Lensfix Photoshop Plugins is also available as a 16 bit OSX plugin
PTBatch from Kekus is the only fully automatic compatible tool for Batch stitching.
also read the tutorials at the Panotools Wiki
|Calico Panorama from Kekus.com
Calico is a new automatic multi-row or single row stitcher
|PTAssembler Max Lyons Tutorial and software for stitching composite images using Panoramatools|
|kolor AUTOPANO Pro - An 100% automatic stitching with automatic color correction.
kolor AUTOPANO Giga-
|Hugin - Panorama Tools GUI
An easy to use cross-platform GUI for Panorama Tools.
With hugin you can assemble a mosiac of photographs into a complete immersive panorama, stitch any series of overlapping pictures and much more.
|VR Toolbox VR Vorx
Stitcher, cylindric stitcher - also for object movies.
Now also stitches fullframe fisheye images.
|Panoweaver from Easypano
New version 4.0 also for stitching 4-6 fisheye images from DSLR cameras.
|PhotoVista Stitches both rectilinear images and Full Frame Fisheye images. Last version 3.0.|
Stitch almost any kind of panorama: All popular lens types supported including standard, wide angle, FISHEYE and One-shot lenses.
Automatic stitcher for cylindric panoramas
|Panavue stitches both cylindric and spherical panoramas.|
|Autopano by Alexandre Jenny
Free for non-commercial use only.
This is a free automatic controlpoint generator which can be used alone to stitch images or together with PTGui - PTassembler or Hugin
A very cheap and simple stitcher especially if you want to stich just a few images
|Canon Photostitch is a free simple cylindric stitcher which is included on the CD if you buy a Canon camera|
|ADD on tools for stitching|
It is also useful to correct images for distortions before stitching in any of the Stitchers below.
The original Plugins are available for download here: Panorama Tools
Newer versions of the library pano12.dll (Windows) used for the Plugin are available for download here. They are also 16 bit and can be used for larger FOV than 160 degrees (Fisheyes)
For MAC OSX users a version of the Plugins is available from Kekus.com
|DeFish by Ken Turkowski. Another MAC tool for defishing fisheyes|
|Enblend Enblend is a tool for blending images in an intelligent way. Enblend does not line up the images for you. You can use it together with PTGui - PTMac - Hugin - or RealViz Stitcher (New version only)
Current version is 3.0
For Mac users also download at Kekus.com
Smartblend is also a blending application, similar to Enblend and the PTGui Blender. But Smartblend is different in that it tries to place the seams such that they are least noticeable. This gives better results for panoramas suffering from parallax problems.
|Photoshop CS3 - 4
|Blending with Smartblend, PTgui, Enblend and Photoshop CS3 Auto-Blending|
|PanoPreviewer Plug-in for Photoshop FREE
PanoPreviwer is a Photoshop plug-in for Mac OS X that allows you to almost instantly preview equirectangular images as VR panoramas.
|Photomatix Pro Photomatix extends the dynamic range of digital photographs or scanned films.
A panoramic scene is almost always a high contrast scene -- you can't limit your view to only areas with the same brightness when shooting a 360° panorama. By taking views under several exposures and processing them in Photomatix, your panorama will show details in both the dark and bright areas of the scene.
|HDRI for Photographers-review|
|DSLR Remote Pro...The professional's software solution for remotely controlling your Canon EOS digital SLR from a PC using a FireWire or USB cable. With auto bracketing functions for HDRI||Automatically combine auto bracketed images to create a single HDR image or tone mapped image using Photomatix Pro|
Jook Leungs free action to combine 2 images for more dynamic range.
the newest tool for contrast control using bracketed images for higher dynamic range,
|Converters for Quicktime VR
Tools for making the QuickTime VR Movies. Note that most stitchers above also can create QTVR movies from the stitched images.
|APPLE QuickTime Tools Freeware:
MakeCubic OSX and
MakePanorama 2 (cylindric movies only OS9 )
Tools to create the QTVR movie from stitched panoramas.
|Click Here Design:
CubicConverter and CubicConnector
Very good tools for creating QTVR Cubic movies from stitched panoramas (also cylindric movies) and for adding Hotspots, Sound (also directional), Info, and Autorotation
|Pano2QTVR for Windows
is a tool to convert Panoramic images into the Quicktime VR format.
A limited free version (for non-commerical use) and a Pro version with enhanced features (for commercial users) are available.
Pano2QTVR allows you to create cylindrical or cubic panoramas with hotspots and a preview track. You can extract the cubefaces for retouching before the final output.
|Pano2VR for Windows Linux and Mac
Pano2VR , for Mac, Windows and Linux, is an application that converts panoramic images into the QuickTime VR or Adobe Flash 9 and 10 formats with features such as adding hotspots and auto-rotation and skins.
|PanoCube Windows utility to convert equirectangular panoramic images to QuickTime Cubic movies. Also aditional hotspot creator in the Plus version|
Free very simple Windows tool to create cylindric and cubic QTVR movies from spherical and cylindric panoramic images.
|Tools for creating Virtual Tours|
|Tourweaver Tourweaver 2.00 is a fast and easy virtual tour software to create professional virtual tour. With this virtual tour software, you may make 360 fullscreen virtual tours with interactive multiple maps,hotspot, radar, walkthrough, audio, video, dynamictext, etcdding sound,|
|3DVista virtual tour software probably includes any feature you are looking for... from stitchers to create panoramas, to virtual tour publishers and hosting systems, we have developed all you may need|
|JATC - Just Another TourCreator
JATC is a free tool to help you creating virtual tours from your panoramas
For PurePlayer plugin, and SPi-V
|Tools for adding sound, autorotation, hotspots, sprites to QuickTime VR Movies|
for editing info, adding previews/fast start, adding sprites and creating media skins. Note Quicktime pro can not convert panoramic images to QTVR movies.
Ad autorotating, sound, also directional, hotspots with maps, edit info and ad High Quality for 16 bit none banding
|Pano2QTVR for Windows|
|PanoCube Plus Windows utility to convert equirectangular panoramic images to QuickTime Cubic movies. Also ads sprites autorotation and hotspots in the Plus version|
|VR Toolbox VR Vorx Stitcher, cylindric stitcher and options for adding Hotspots works also for Cubic QTVR.
Note that Hotspots are restricted to 90 degre vertical.
|VRtools MAC DeliVRator is a tool to analyze and simulate download from the Internet at any connection speed
Optimize the ordering of tiles for best download.
create and edit hotspots
add wired sprite action; auto pan, show hotspots, cubic auto level
generate HTML for embedding QTVR
extract panoramic images
|Totally Hip Software LiveStage for Windows and MAC
LiveStage Professional 4.0 is the most powerful authoring tool for creating interactive QuickTime movies on the market today.
|VRHotwirers An application for adding wired actions to QTVR movies .Includes one-click tools to help create qtvrs with sound,animations,and transitions, also panoramic video.|
|VRPrep is a free Apple script for adding High Quality for 16 bit, Save disable, Annotations, Logos, and Autorotation|
a fullscreen browser for panoramas based on OPEN GL
|Pleinpot is a tool to make a fullscreen panorama on a web page:|
|Converting QTVR to video|
|Photo to Movie||Be aware of that the Windows version does NOT support movies.|
|Other helpers and tools|
|Spincontrol:VR is a custom QuickTime movie which, when embedded in a Web page with a QTVR, can control the QTVR's pan, tilt and zoom (among other things). Basic version is FREE|
|Pageot is a tool to create embed/object tags for Quicktime movies|
|fovCalculator - A handy free OS X calculator for determining the approximate field of view of your lens and the number of images needed to make a panorama.|
|Online FOV Calculator
This FOV calculator by Frank van der Pol makes it easy to find the number of images needed with a particular lens.