Autopano Giga
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Autopano Giga allows you to stitch 2, 20, or 2,000 images.

Version 3.0 integrates impressive new features that will definitely make you adopt Autopano Pro or Autopano Giga:
  • Choose between 9 projection modes the one that best suits your image, including Little-Planet, Panini, Hammer, Mirror Ball, Orthographic and more.
  • Edit your panoramas with an exceptional efficiency: the panorama editor is now real-time and pixel accurate. The ergonomics have been totally revamped, so that all tools take advantage of the real-time editor.
  • Use the
What's New
Version 3.5:

New Detection and validation engine

  • Automatic detection settings. To raise the quality, we decided to make some decision automatic rather than manual as before. For example, on quality detection. In v3.0, the quality of detection was a user decision, but now, it is automatic ( or still manual if you decide it ). The automatic mode is better as according to the number of images, focal, exif or not, we can decide for you the right setting for the best result. You should not have to care about these settings anymore. If you still want to manipulate them, just go ahead, there are still there, but the default mode is now automatic.
  • Ransac improvements. This algorithm validates control points on images. It has been improved with new models so that the control points produced are now more widely spread over the overlapping zone. The whole system has also been improved to get more and better control points.
  • Multiple lens type stitching. We improved the way to detect and validate control points in several cases. And now, it even works when mixing several lens types ( fisheye with rectilinear ). This is a new an unique feature that has never been seen before.
New Optimizer Engine
  • Lines should be aligned. The whole system has been rebuild to be faster while being more accurate. The main goal was to get you the perfect stitch automatically. It forced us to study several topics like optimizer convergence, lens distortion estimation, focal estimation, sensor and lens alignment, viewpoint correction, etc. The whole optimizer has been fine-tunned to get you that goal in most cases. You should see that with your own images if you render them at 100%. If not perfectly aligned, then there is a reason behind. We found out that several cases we had that we believe were perfectly shoot were not. This new version highlights nicely any small parallax issue in the editor. But thanks to anti-ghost rendering engine, you cannot see them in the produced panorama.
  • RMS values. This value is the standard way to measure if a panorama is well stitched or not. Or you'll probably see that values of RMS in version 3.5 haven't really changed whereas the quality has increased a lot ( if you compare visually both 100% rendering from 3.0 and 3.5 ). This is normal as we changed the way RMS is measured. So RMS=4.0 in version 3.5 is better than in version 3.0. Nevertheless, there are quite comparable, but if you found higher RMS panoramas now, don't assume the panorama is worth. Most of the time it is better.
  • Control point location. As this version also have a new detection engine, the optimizer has been improved so there are more control point at the end and on the whole overlapping zone. It is important to keep that aspect of full coverage of the overlapping zone. It is only this way that you get the best stitch. If you compare control point location between 3.0 and 3.5, you'll see that in the overlapping zones, the area covered by all control points is far larger in 3.5.
  • Viewpoint correction. This feature has always been a good feature in Autopano Giga. But we lacked the way to enable it only on some images and not on all of them. This has been done and it is easily accessible through a right click on an image, enable viewpoint correction on that image. This is nice to patch quickly the nadir using oblique shooting.
  • 1000mm focal length tip. You have a flat scanner and a big document. Several scans that you need to stitch together. In the 3.0 version, the tip was to set focal length to a high value (1000mm). It is not needed anymore. This case works automatically now.
  • Parallax error handling. As everything has evolved in the engine, the response of autopano v3.5 in presence of big parallax error cases is different. It tends now to behave more robustly according to common sense: align objects that are far nicely but because of that, it raises parallax errors in near objects. With previous version, it was more balanced, some parallax issues far away and some parallax issues on close objects. We don't know if it is better or not yet. Feedback is welcomed on that aspect.
Papywizard / VRDrive2 new engine
  • Depending on the robotized head you were using, we found out that the XML recorded and the ground trust was a bit different for the pitch value. If we respect the pitch value of orphan images, it is not enough to have a regular grid. We found a new algorithm to have a perfect grid while trying to respect the XML value. The results are better this way and globally, the orphan images management is just really better.
  • Gigapixels are often done using robotized heads. The issue with such giant images is the fact that you have a lot of blue images and sometimes, our detector is too good and finds between these images some links which happen to be dust on the lens ( Yes, we can detect that :) ). When using papywizard import, we are now more resilient to dust and it should not happen anymore.
  • Both Papywizard and VRDrive2 benefit from the new advances in the import wizard. Of course, the new optimizer also helps a lot to get better results as the optic parameters are calculated better too.
Miscellaneous
  • ISO cutting mode. In autopano 3.0, you have the anti-ghost algorithm that finds for you the right zones where to cut between images. This algorithm works by analysing the content so that you don't have any ghost in produced panorama. This mode is still here and it has been renamed "smart". With the new engine, you also have a second cutting mode called ISO. This mode doesn't analyses content anymore. The cutting zone is fully determined by 2 aspects : It tries to keep pixels which are close to centre of images. It tries to keep pixel around green pins and remove pixels around red pins. If you compare that mode with a real masking solution, it is really the same but automatic according to pins. If you have banding issue in the sky with the smart mode, try this one, it will be better while keeping a sharp output. Note: this mode is really efficient when you need to stitch video and that was the main goal for developing it. Nevertheless, it appears to be really nice on image also and not only for video.
  • GPano XMP support. Yes, we support these metadata's now in the generated panorama as soon as you have an image format that supports XMP ( jpeg or tiff currently). We support orientation and field of view for full or partial panoramas.
  • Fisheye projection mode. A new projection is available in the projection modes. It is a pure fisheye projection on which you can adjust the field of view. It is nice to have to generate fisheye image that can be stitched again.
  • .pano format in full XML. The project file has evolved a lot during the engine revamp and we now have a full XML file format which is more easy to manage over version release. So you won't be able to reopen 3.5 .pano file with older version. If you need to do that, we added a 'save as old .pano' export so you can convert this .pano XML format to an old one. Of course, some aspects cannot be transfered like many parts in the optimizer settings which are totally new.
Fixes since 3.5.0 RC1
  • 0002984: [Image I/O] Updated cameras.txt and lensid.txt
  • 0003166: [translation] French translation check
  • 0003390: [Image I/O] lensModel of ImageDef not read from .pano

Version 3.5:

New Detection and validation engine

  • Automatic detection settings. To raise the quality, we decided to make some decision automatic rather than manual as before. For example, on quality detection. In v3.0, the quality of detection was a user decision, but now, it is automatic ( or still manual if you decide it ). The automatic mode is more...
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.7.5 or later



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Misha reviewed on 03 Apr 2014
In my opinion, this is the best photo stitching app in its class for the Mac. It blows away anything priced in the "affordable" segment ($50 and less), both with it's automatic detecting/stitching and with the level of professional/manual control it provides (which is practically overwhelming for a new user... I'm still trying to learn a lot of the app's features).

I do wish the UX was more Mac-like, but the performance is there and that's what really counts (including taking advantage of multiple cores and kicking out multi-GB PSD files in remarkably quick time).

If you're interested in creating the absolute best panoramas possible, give it a try.
[Version 3.5]

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Kunta-Kinte replied on 04 Apr 2014
I agree with Misha...

Everything is great except user interface, it is really limiting not just visually but functionally as well..
Too bad still nothing changes about that.
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Oysterhaven commented on 13 Sep 2013
Look forward to trying it. The price is a bit high so I'll have to see if I think it's worth it.
[Version 3.0.8]


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Type:Multimedia Design : Image Editing
License:Demo
Date:03 Apr 2014
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $273.95
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Autopano Giga allows you to stitch 2, 20, or 2,000 images.

Version 3.0 integrates impressive new features that will definitely make you adopt Autopano Pro or Autopano Giga:
  • Choose between 9 projection modes the one that best suits your image, including Little-Planet, Panini, Hammer, Mirror Ball, Orthographic and more.
  • Edit your panoramas with an exceptional efficiency: the panorama editor is now real-time and pixel accurate. The ergonomics have been totally revamped, so that all tools take advantage of the real-time editor.
  • Use the Preview mode to get an instant visualization of your final panorama, before even rendering it. You can keep this mode on when you use all the tools of the panorama editor.
  • Manually remove the ghosts in the overlapping areas in an instant thanks to the Mask tool. Also very useful to remove the tripod, or get rid of anything in your panorama (Autopano Giga only).


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