Panoramic stitching apps are complex, not so user friendly and it often fails to meet our expectation. Keith Cooper of Northlight Images takes a look at the latest iteration of Kolor’s Autopano and touted it as one of the few apps that ‘just works’:
Whilst, from my previous engineering and scientific background, I have a knowledge of much of the maths and processing behind what’s going on, I was really pleased that I didn’t need to know any of this stuff to actually use the software. At no time was I presented with a form or dialog box full of meaningless numbers and asked to set some parameter that meant nothing to me. The details are there in the background if I want to delve and experiment, but the whole point is that I didn’t have to know this stuff to start with.
I have tried Autopano since the earlier versions but still doesn’t find it intuitive enough, however, the latest 64-bit-friendly version of the app sees some major interface & engineering improvements, so much that I began to consider putting my money on it, even though it is far from, well, simple.