Canon Stitch Assist or Other Options?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Baldanzi, Jan 16, 2006.

  1. macrumors member

    Apr 28, 2005
    I'm currently on assignment in Italy and I left my canon CDs back home in the states! I have a Powershot S50 that I broke over the finally got fixed and mailed to me here in Italy (thats why the CD is back home). In the mean time I am now a Mac user and to be honest who needs the canon software ;) ?? iPhoto and OS X do such a good job I never missed the software - until now.

    I just got back from a weekend skiing where I used the panorama function a lot....but I do not have the stitch assist software on my powerbook - oops. I checked Canon's website - no luck. Are there any other options? Otherwise I'll do it manually in Photoshop.
  2. macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    The Photomerge in Photoshops might take away some of your work for you. I've used on shots that I'd have previously Canon-stitched and it workd pretty well.
  3. macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    Canon has their support software for download on their site. Having an a S30, I understand the ease of use of the Canon stitch software......
  4. macrumors 6502


    May 4, 2005
    IMHO you can't beat hugin!

    If you search posts by my username you can find some of my panoramas in a thread about good shots with cheap cameras. that'll show you the results that hugin can acheive.

    Truely some awesome open source software!
  5. macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Hugin is good but there is a learning curve

    I second the above. I've used Hugin under Linux. It gives you a lot of control over the process. But Hugin vs. "stitch" is like comparing iMove to FCP. For may users IMove is better.

    The hard problems that any panorama stitching software has to solve are Lens distortion (pin cusion oe barrel) and changing exposures for each of the shots. Hugin gives you many more knobs to turn but is harder to setup and use but can do things like make Quickime VR

    The Canon software is best if you just want to stich a couple easy shots together with minimal hassel
  6. thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 28, 2005
    Ugh, I got canon to e-mail me back last night. They want $20 for Stitch assist....its not available on the website for download....and they will not send it to a non USA address. I checked out hugin last night - looks very very powerful. I really am interested in it. However it is total overkill for what I need right now. I will look into hugin for some of my Architecture related photography (it can simulate the effects of a persective correction lens - not that is cool! Those lenses are crazy expensive).

    I just wanted to stitch together some mountain panoramas from my weekend skiing....stich assist would have been great for that.
  7. macrumors 68020


    Feb 18, 2003
    I have the same problem. I have a Canon G5 that came with a classic app for stitch assist and have since not only lost the disk, but accidently deleted most of my Classic apps (in an ill-advised attempt to free up some HD space). Now I've got nothing... I'll try photoshop, but on my 466Mhz machine it may take a while!
  8. thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 28, 2005
    Luck! I just found out my office bought an Ixus! I'm borrowing the CD tonight to install the OS X stitch assist and remote capture software. Now I do not have to try and have my neighbor dig through my desk in the USA and mail it to me here in Italy.....Cool! If it ends up working, I'll post here.
  9. macrumors newbie

    Feb 1, 2007

    There is good stitching software for the Mac.

    It's called DoubleTake and it's not expensive and the quality is better than the Canon software that came with my camera.

    DoubleTake from

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