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Panorama Creation and Stitching Tools

Software, information, and tools for creating panoramic scenes and stitching multiple images together.

Hugin Panorama Photo Stitcher
Hugin is a powerful free panorama photo stitcher that is suitable for beginners and more advanced users.

Photomerge Feature in Photoshop CS
Previously introduced in Photoshop Elements, the Photomerge feature has been brought over to Photoshop CS and enhanced to accomodate much larger images. Photomerge automatically arranges and seamlessly combines multiple images to create a panorama.

Stitching a Two-Part Scan or Panorama
Learn how to stitch together multiple images that were too large to be scanned in one piece. This tutorial uses Photoshop layers, the move tool, and the eraser tool. This technique can also be used to combine multiple images for a panorama. Although it's demonstated using Photoshop, the steps can be adapted for any photo editor with layers.

Panorama Tools (Win/Mac/Unix)
Featured Download - Includes PTStitcher stitching software and Panorama Tools plug-in for panorama creation, editing, and remapping in any software that accepts Photoshop-compatible plug-ins. Freeware.

"The Guide to Panoramas and Panoramic Photography." Offers articles on technique, software reviews, reference materials, FAQs, a gallery, and more.

AutoStitch (Win)
"Autostitch automatic 2D image stitcher is capable of stitching full view panoramas without any user input whatsoever. Autostitch is a breakthrough technology for panoramic photography, VR and visualisation applications. This is the first solution to stitch any panorama completely automatically, whether 1D (horizontal) or 2D (horizontal and vertical)."

D Joiner (Win)
Software for panoramic and super wide-angle photo stitching. Allows you to generate extremely high quality panoramic images in cylindrical, spherical and cubic formats. Available on CD for £300 (UK pound sterling) including shipping costs.

DoubleTake - Stitch Images to Panoramas on Mac OS X
"DoubleTake is the 'nano' of stitching software. Drag & drop your images onto or into DoubleTake, arrange them, and check the overlaps. When you are done - save and perhaps copy and paste the result to iPhoto."

EyeSee360 PhotoWarp (Win/Mac)
"PhotoWarp is a powerful tool for producing panoramic images from one-shot optics. With support for all major one-shot optics and many popular panoramic viewing formats, PhotoWarp is the most versatile unwarping software available today."

Flexify (Win/Mac)
"Bend spherical panoramas into vertiginous new shapes, make hyper-wide-angle views, print panoramas and maps as foldable solids, and simulate impossible lenses." $20 US.

hugin - Panorama Tools GUI for Windows, Mac and Linux
[Freeware] "With hugin you can assemble a mosaic of photographs into a complete immersive panorama, stitch any series of overlapping pictures and much more."

Kekus Digital PTMac for Panorama Tools (Mac)
"PTMac is the only Macintosh front end for creating panoramas using the powerful free GPL licensed Panorama Tools package. Users can create a wide variety of panorama types from a variety of lens types including fisheye, normal (rectilinear) and even computer generated images."

Ornament (Win/Mac)
Turn a photo of a mirrored ball into a 360° panorama. Freeware.

PanaVue ImageAssembler (Win)
Simple, but powerful image stitching software allows you to assemble multiple photos into mosaics and panoramas. Exports to common still image formats and QuickTime VR. $64 US

Panorado (Win)
Panorado has been designed specially for viewing panoramic pictures and pictures exceeding the screen size. It supports 360-degree viewing in flat and spherical projection mode, an optional Explorer-style navigation bar, thumbnail viewing, full screen mode, slide shows, printing, and a tool for burning picture disks. Company also offers a free Java applet for viewing panoramic images on the Web.

The Panorama Factory (Win)
The Panorama Factory allows you to "create high-quality panoramas from a set of overlapping digital images from a single vantage point." Shareware; $35 registration fee after 30 days. Freeware version also available.

Panorama Composer (Win)
"Construct high-quality pans from your photos in three easy steps."

Panorama Maker (Win/Mac)
Combine multiple photos into panoramic images that can be viewed from different perspectives. $29.99 US

Panorama2Flash (Win/Mac)
"Panorama2Flash is used for batch converting panoramic images to full screen Flash output. Windows and Mac versions are available."

Panoweaver (Win/Mac)
"Create full 360 immersive images and retain complete control over panorama image creation." Panoweaver stitches your images into a panorama image and allows you to save it as a JPEG image. It also automatically generates a HTML file for posting on your Web site. $99.95 for Windows version and $149.95 for Macintosh version. Trial version available.

PhotoFit (Win)
"The TEKMATE PhotoFit is a high performance panoramic photo stitching software which comes equipped with high precision multi-row stitching technology such as automatic focal length detection, automatic distortion cancel, perfect perspective correction and several projection types as Linear, Panorama, Ultra Wide Linear and Fisheye capability."

PixAround Solutions (Win)
Create and publish 360° interactive scenes and publish them on the Web. PixMaker Lite and the PixScreen Viewer are free. An enhanced commercial version will be available soon.

Spherical Panorama Inc.
"Windows freeware and freeload Virtual Reality software. Create 360 degree interactive scenes and publish them on the Web."

STOIK PanoramaMaker (Win)
"STOIK PanoramaMaker turns any group of overlapping photos into high quality panoramic image. The program combines very simple user interface, step by step workflow and powerful modern mathematical approach to image matching. You can create panorama either automatically with just few clicks, or assemble and stitch pictures manually."

WPanorama (Win)
Panoramic picture viewer and screen saver all in one. Display panoramic pictures by scrolling them on your screen. Freeware.

Digital cameras and software which allow you to place 360° X 360° interactive images on the Web.

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