Panorama Stitcher

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  1. Alexander B., Apr 1, 2015
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    Hello everyone!

    We just released Panorama Stitcher for Mac. As member of dev team I think it is both the most advanced and the easiest to use photo stitching app for Mac ever. Take a look at it: website or the Mac App Store.
     
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    Celebrating first days in the App Store!

    Limited time offer! Save 80% off the regular price for the first days in the App Store!
     
  3. zepman macrumors regular

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    Bought the app at the introduction price.

    So far it has worked very well with the photos I've tested.
    The UI is simple and fast.

    The only thing that took a bit longer than I expected was saving the panorama photo.
    I noticed that the app never used more than 100% CPU load (of maximum 400%). Don't know if it's a bug or if it's not written to take advantage of more than one core.

    Furthermore, I can't seem to resize the app window vertical to fit my screen without getting the dock to cover the lower part of the app window. Also, sometimes the title bar disappears out side the screen. Works fine if I press the green zoom button or uses it in fullscreen, though.

    I'm using a 13" late 2013 rMBP and "best for retina" scaling mode.

    Here's a panorama I just stitched from 5 photos. :)
    Källö-Knippla-Panorama-Stitcher.jpg
     
  4. Alexander B. thread starter macrumors member

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    Hi, thanks for trying our app and kind words!

    It is a very nice panorama, looks good!

    I have a question about window resizing problem and title bar disappearance. Do you just drag the app window edge or do something special? Panorama Stitcher has a pretty standard mac window, we do not do any "magic" here.
     
  5. zepman macrumors regular

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    Took a few screenshots.

    This is how it looks when the app starts. I can't resize it in vertical direction by dragging the window edge.
    Screen Shot 2015-04-03 at 21.37.00.png

    If I choose Window->Zoom. It will resize as expected. (With respect to menu bar and dock.)

    If I then try to resize it (by dragging the window edge) horizontal from this state, it will make the app's title bar disappear outside the screen. See screenshot.
    Screen Shot 2015-04-03 at 21.37.15.png

    I'm happy to provide more details if necessary.
     
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    Thanks for the explanation! It seems like minimum allowed window size is set too small for your screen, we will reduce it in the next update.
     
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    Any reason for using this app over Photoshop?
     
  8. Alexander B. thread starter macrumors member

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    It is a specialised app tailored to panorama stitching and has some features that are not reasonable in general photo editor like Photoshop:
    - Better blending algorithm (for example, special detection handling of moving objects in Panorama Stitcher)
    - Projection editor. Not just select panorama projection but customise it as needed. For example for a 360 degree panorama it is easy to set what will be in center and what will be in the edges.
    - Automatic reframing algorithm. Inscribed crop mode allows cut off curved edges easily.
    - Many other small things like preservation of meta information from source photos, better exposure compensation etc.
    - It costs a tiny fraction of Photoshop or Lightroom or even Elements.
     
  9. HDFan, Apr 4, 2015
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    Definitely liked the clean interface and ease of use.

    Does not seem to be multitasked. Never seemed to go over 100% where PTGUI Pro hit 600% stitching the same images so it takes longer.

    Doing the same image equirectangular projection of 15 images gave me a weird result. Image was arranged in a 360 arch around the window, with the center of the window white.

    Changing the projection erases the page so you have to start all over again.

    Tried to save it so could post it here but then the app crashed.

    (I'm not sure if I should have posted this here. If it is sent to Apple do you guys get it?)

    Stack trace removed as problem fixed.
     
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    Ran again and save did work without a crash. However took about 5 minutes and created a 139.2 MB file vs PTGUI taking a few seconds and creating a 69.6 MB file.

    1st image is Panorama stitcher, 2nd is ptgui. Looking forward to getting these bugs fixed as PTGUI is a bit of a pain to use.
     

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    Hi, that's weird result. Can you send us source files for your panorama? Please, contact us at support@panoramastitcher.com and we will arrange drop box folder.
     
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    Thanks for the rapid response. Sent a link to the files via support.

    I've found that star shots are the most difficult with the stitchers which I've tried. Generally the issue is finding control points. On this shot Panorama stitcher was easily able to find all of the control points. I must have spent 15 minutes in PTGUI trying to tell the program which ones were right but wasn't successful.

    So this was great! However there is blurring at the top 15% or so of the image. Strange that it just happens at the top. Can't compare to the PTGUI result since I couldn't get it.
     

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    Hi, thank you for source files! I have just looked into the case. I sent you a detailed explanation why this happened in e-mail, in short this can be easily fixed using projection editor. Here is the result:
    [​IMG]
    This looks like a typical wide-angle distortion - top of the image comes close to the sphere pole. Again you can play with projection editor to find better arrangement, though this one looks good to me.
     

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    So is it better than Canon's powerful PhotoStitch? :apple:
     
  15. Alexander B. thread starter macrumors member

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    We would not even start making it if Canon's PhotoStitch was good enough :)
     
  16. HDFan macrumors 6502

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    As a follow-through to my previous posts:

    1) the problem with the panorama starting from the edges in a 360 degree circle was my error. I didn't notice that the pictures which I used were incorrectly oriented.

    2) a star shot problem was due to the fact that I was using a 15 mm fisheye lens which they don't yet support.
     
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    I would gladly pay for an iOS app that worked like auto stitch in that it takes photos from the camera roll and stitches them together for me. That app was pure magic and if you guys brought something like that to iOS I'd pay 4.99 for it!

    Also going to look into your Mac app as I needed something for desktop as well :)
     
  18. zepman macrumors regular

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    Any timeframe for when to expect an update to the app?
    The window-size bug (explained earlier in the thread) is very annoying.
    Otherwise a great app, although a bit slow when saving the resulting panorama photo.
     
  19. Alexander B. thread starter macrumors member

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    The update is coming soon, we've finished internal testing and now what's left is to pass the review.
     
  20. zepman macrumors regular

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    That's great news. I'm looking forward to it. :)
     
  21. Alexander B. thread starter macrumors member

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    It's live on the mac app store now.
     
  22. zepman macrumors regular

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    Thanks. It works great for me now. I appreciate your work.
     
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    Any chance for an iOS version?
     
  24. Alexander B. thread starter macrumors member

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    For now it's just for Mac, but nothing is ruled out :)
     

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