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Photo stitching applications are a common inexpensive way of producing panoramic pictures. The other method involves using special lens or mirrors.

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Table of photo stitching applications

General

Name Developer(s) Operating system(s) License Price WWW Notes
i2Align Quickage Express / Pro DualAlign LLC Windows XP or Vista; Mac OS X 10.2 or higher Proprietary Express: $50 / Pro: $100 i2Align.com Express is limited to four images per panorama
Pixtra PanoStitcher Pixtra Corp. Windows 95 or later Proprietary $30 Pixtra.com Includes virtual tool authoring package.
Pixtra OmniStitcher Pixtra Corp. Windows 95 or later Proprietary $49 Pixtra.com Designed for 360x180 degree omniramas.
PhotoFit Harmony / Premium Tekmate, Inc. Windows 98 or later Proprietary Harmony: $52 / Premium: $277 PhotoFit4Panorama.com Premium has bigger output size limits (12 vs. 1200 Mpix) and more output projections.
PhotoAcute Studio Almalence, Inc. Windows XP or later, Mac OSX 10.4 or later, Linux Proprietary Std: $49 / Pro: $119 PhotoAcute.com Implements radiometric alignment for scenes with moving objects, varying illumination and for handheld photos.
PanoramaPlus 3 Serif (Europe) Ltd. Windows 98 SE or later Proprietary £20 Serif.com Video input. Based on Autostitch.
PanoramaBuilder 7.0 / PanoramaBuilder 7.0 Pro 3cim, Inc. Windows ?? Proprietary $199 / Pro: $499 + annual $199 PanoBuilder.com Price incl. hosting for virtual tours.
360 Panorama Professional 360 Degrees of Freedom Windows only Proprietary $99 360dof.com Includes virtual tool authoring package.
VRstitcher Fisheye Pro 360 Degrees of Freedom Windows only Proprietary $499 360dof.com Includes virtual tool authoring package. Spesifically designed for fisheye lenses.
COOL 360 Ulead / Corel Corp. Windows, up to XP only Proprietary $40 Corel.com Support discontinued.
PanaVue ImageAssembler Std. / Pro. / Ent. PanaVue Windows 2000 or later Proprietary Std: $64 / Pro: $129 / Ent. $199 PanaVue.com Std. limited to 200 Mpix input or maximum 50 kpix output dimensions. Others up to 10 Gpix.
The Panorama Factory v5 Smoky City Design, LLC Windows 98 or later; Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later Proprietary $80 panoramafactory.com
PixMaker Lite / Home / Business ? Windows 95 or later Proprietary Lite: free / Home: $20 / Business: $349 Singnet.com
PTAssembler Max Lyons Windows only Proprietary $49 / $299 Tawbaware.com Based on Panorama Tools
Panoweaver Standard / Professional / Batch Easypano Holdings LLC Windows 2000 or later; Mac OS X 10.4 or later Proprietary Standard: $100 / Professional: $500 / Batch: $1000 easypano.com
PTgui / PTgui PRo New House Internet Services BV Windows; Mac OS X Proprietary €79 (personal) / €180 (company); Pro: €149 (personal / €349 (company) ptgui.com Based on Panorama Tools.
Autopano Pro / Giga / Server Kolor Windows 2000 or later; Mac OS X 10.5 or later with Intel processor; Linux 2.6 or later Proprietary Pro: €99; Giga: €199 (+taxes) autopano.net
Autostitch Matthew Brown & David Lowe Windows only Proprietary Time limited demo only Autostitch home page
Calico Kekus Mac only Proprietary $39 kekus.com Based on Autostitch.
hugin Pablo d'Angelo et al. Windows, Mac, Linux, FreeBSD GPL free hugin.sf.net Based on Panorama Tools.
Stitcher 3.0 3DVista Windows 2000 or later Proprietary €/$199 3dvista.com
D Joiner D Vision Works, Ltd. Windows 95 or later Proprietary £300 d-vw.com
Panorama Maker 5.0 Pro Arcsoft, Inc. Windows Vista/7; Mac OS X Proprietary $80 arcsoft.com Video input.
Photovista Panorama iseemedia, inc. Windows 98 SE or later; Mac OS 9.1 or later Proprietary $250 iseephotovista.com
PanoramaStudio Tobias Hüllmandel Software Windows 2000 or later Proprietary €35 tshsoft.de RAW file support.
Stitcher Unlimited 2009 Autodesk Windows Vista SP2 or later; Mac OS X 10.4.10 or later Proprietary $400 autodesk.com Export to Flash, VRML, QTVR.
ADG Panorama Tools / Pro Albatross Design Group Windows 95 or later Proprietary $40 / $99 albatrossdesign.com Pro version has ability to create hot spots for virtual tours.
Panorama Composer 3 FirmTools Windows 95 or later Proprietary $30 Panorama.FirmTools.com Includes Flash, ActiveX and Java based viewers for web.
Image Composite Editor Microsoft Windows XP or later Proprietary Free for non-commercial use research.microsoft.com
Panorama Perfect Michal Pohanka Windows 2000 or later Proprietary $29 volny.cz
Photoshop CS4 Adobe Systems Windows; Mac OS X Proprietary $699 adobe.com

HDR, tonemapping and exposure fusion

Name HDR input (EXR, HDR, Logluv, etc) Merging to HDR from LDR images HDR output (EXR, HDR, Logluv, etc) Tonemapping Exposure fusion Notes
i2Align Quickage Express / Pro[1] No Yes* Yes* No No *) Pro version only.
Pixtra PanoStitcher No No No No No
Pixtra OmniStitcher No No No No No
PhotoFit Harmony / Premium No No No No No
PhotoAcute Studio Yes Yes Yes* No Yes Able to process handheld photos and dynamic scenes. HDR output available only with Pro license.
PanoramaPlus 3 No No No No No
PanoramaBuilder 7.0 / PanoramaBuilder 7.0 Pro No No No No No
360 Panorama Professional No No No No No
VRstitcher Fisheye Pro No No No No No
COOL 360 No No No No No
PanaVue ImageAssembler Std. / Pro. / Ent. No No No No No
The Panorama Factory v5 No No No No No
PixMaker Lite / Home / Business No No No No No
PTAssembler No No No No Yes Exposure fusion with TuFuse or enfuse. Automatic detection of image stacks.
Panoweaver Standard / Professional / Batch[2] ? Yes* No Yes (Basic gamma adjustment) No *) Professional and Batch versions only
PTgui / PTgui PRo Yes* Yes* Yes* Yes* Yes* Exposure fusion with enfuse or TuFuse. *) Pro version only.
Autopano Pro / Giga / Server Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Autostitch No No No No No
Calico No No No No No
hugin Yes Yes Yes No Yes Exposure fusion with enfuse, automatic detection of image stacks.
3DVista Stitcher 3.0 No No No No No
D Joiner No No No No No
Panorama Maker 5.0 Pro No No No No No
Photovista Panorama No No No No No
PanoramaStudio No No No No No
Stitcher Unlimited 2009[3] Yes Yes Yes Yes No
ADG Panorama Tools / Pro No No No No No
Panorama Composer 3 No No No No No
Image Composite Editor No No No No No
Panorama Perfect No No No No No
Photoshop CS4 Yes Yes Yes Yes No

Image corrections

Name Panorama leveling Vignetting correction Lens distortion correcting White balance correction Exposure correction Notes
i2Align Quickage Express / Pro[4] Yes ? Yes ? Yes
Pixtra PanoStitcher[5] Yes Yes ? ? No
Pixtra OmniStitcher Yes ? Yes No Yes
PhotoFit Harmony / Premium[6] Yes ? Yes Yes ?
PanoramaPlus 3[7] Yes ? ? ? ?
PanoramaBuilder 7.0 / PanoramaBuilder 7.0 Pro ? ? ? ? ?
360 Panorama Professional ? ? ? ? ?
VRstitcher Fisheye Pro[8] Yes ? Yes ? ?
COOL 360 ? ? ? ? ?
PanaVue ImageAssembler Std. / Pro. / Ent.[9] Yes ? Yes Yes ?
The Panorama Factory v5 ? ? ? ? ?
PixMaker Lite / Home / Business ? ? ? ? ?
PTAssembler[10] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Panoweaver Standard / Professional / Batch[11] Yes ? Yes Yes (manual) Yes (manual)
PTgui / PTgui PRo Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Autopano Pro / Giga / Server Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Autostitch Yes No No No No
Calico ? ? ? ? ?
hugin Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes* *) Up to 0.2 Ev, otherwise HDR and/or exposure fusion is recommended.
3DVista Stitcher 3.0 ? ? ? ? ?
D Joiner[12] No No No No No
Panorama Maker 5.0 Pro ? ? ? ? ?
Photovista Panorama[13] No No No No No
PanoramaStudio[14] Yes Yes Yes ? Yes
Stitcher Unlimited 2009 ? ? ? Yes ?
ADG Panorama Tools / Pro Yes ? ? Yes ?
Panorama Composer 3[15] Yes ? ? ? ?
Image Composite Editor ? ? ? ? Yes
Panorama Perfect[16] Yes Yes ? Yes Yes
Photoshop CS4 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Export options

Name Raster images (JPEG, TIFF, etc.) Flash viewer Java viewer QTVR Notes
i2Align Quickage Express / Pro Yes No No No
Pixtra PanoStitcher Yes Yes Yes Yes Includes ActiveX viewer & export.
Pixtra OmniStitcher Yes Yes Yes Yes Includes ActiveX viewer & export.
PhotoFit Harmony / Premium Yes No No Yes
PanoramaPlus 3 Yes No No Yes
PanoramaBuilder 7.0 / PanoramaBuilder 7.0 Pro Yes Yes* No No *) Planar viewer.
360 Panorama Professional Yes No Yes Yes
VRstitcher Fisheye Pro Yes No Yes ?
COOL 360 Yes ? ? ?
PanaVue ImageAssembler Std. / Pro. / Ent. Yes Yes Yes Yes
The Panorama Factory v5 Yes No Yes Yes
PixMaker Lite / Home / Business Yes ? ? ?
PTAssembler Yes No No No
Panoweaver Standard / Professional / Batch Yes Yes Yes Yes
PTgui / PTgui PRo Yes No No Yes
Autopano Pro / Giga / Server Yes Yes No No
Autostitch Yes No No No
Calico Yes No ? ?
hugin Yes No No No
3DVista Stitcher 3.0 Yes No No No
D Joiner Yes ? Yes No
Panorama Maker 5.0 Pro Yes Yes Yes Yes
Photovista Panorama Yes No Yes No IVR export.
PanoramaStudio Yes No Yes Yes
Stitcher Unlimited 2009 Yes Yes Yes Yes VRML export.
ADG Panorama Tools / Pro Yes No Yes Yes
Panorama Composer 3 Yes Yes Yes Yes Includes ActiveX viewer & export.
Image Composite Editor Yes No No No
Panorama Perfect Yes No No No
Photoshop CS4 Yes ? No No

References

  1. ^ i2Align online help
  2. ^ Panoweaver HDR help page
  3. ^ Stitcher Unlimited 2009 FAQ
  4. ^ "How Quickage works" page
  5. ^ PanoStitcher tutorial
  6. ^ PhotoFit features
  7. ^ PanoramaPlus 3 user's guide
  8. ^ Product detaisl page
  9. ^ ImageAssembler help files
  10. ^ PTAssembler home page
  11. ^ Panoweaver user's manual
  12. ^ D Joiner tips section
  13. ^ Photovista user's manual
  14. ^ PanoramaStudio user's manual
  15. ^ Panorama Composer's lens settings
  16. ^ [1]

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