3 tips to optimize your use of Autopano 3

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Tips for optimizing Autopano 3 with your hardwareAre you a user of Autopano version 3? Make sur you have installed the latest version of Autopano, then follow these 3 tips to take full advantage of the software application and enhance even more your usage experience.

Jump to 64 bits

Today’s cameras generate images that become bigger and bigger and require more power to process them, as well as a better memory management. Autopano is available in 32 bits or 64 bits to be compatible with all computer types, but you should definitely favor the 64-bit version if your operating system can handle it. This will increase the memory usage capability of Autopano and therefore get round the memory leak issue.

What is the difference between 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems?

On 64-bit operating systems you have access to essentially unlimited RAM, because these systems offer a wider address system and data path. On 32-bit systems, each application is limited to 4GB of RAM (in practice this number is actually smaller). More RAM means applications can manipulate larger pieces of data, cache more information and handle a wide range of tasks more efficiently. Autopano Pro is compatible with both 32-bit and 64-bit systems, but we highly recommend you to use a 64-bit system if you are planning to create big image stitchings.

What do I need to do to upgrade to a 64-bit operating system?

• On Windows :
If your computer has a 64-bit processor, then you can upgrade to a 64-bit version of Windows. If your computer does not have a 64-bit processor, you may upgrade to a new computer. Refer to your computer dealer for more information.
• On Mac :
Mac OS X Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion are already 64-bit capable, which enables leveraging of more than 4GB of RAM. If you intend to create huge image stitchings, you can just add some RAM and you will start seeing the benefits of the 64-bits support in Autopano Pro.

Modify the use of the graphics card if you notice a performance decrease

The GPU (= graphics card) mode uses the resources of the graphics card of your computer while Autopano processes something, instead of the processor’s resources. This mode is activated by default since Autopano version 2.6 and enables a better user experience in the panorama editor. It may happen that your graphics card is not powerful enough to perform the tasks asked by Autopano (this is particularly the case for graphics cards integrated on the motherboard). If you are not satisfied with the performance of Autopano, please perform the following 3 solutions:
• Install the latest version of your graphics card driver
• Try the compatibility mode for the old graphics cards
• If the above solutions don’t better the performance, deactivate totally the use of the GPU. You will then work only with the power of the processor, not the graphics card. This will facilitate the operations in the panorama editor and slightly increase the rendering speed, but you won’t be able to use some tools anymore, like the panorama move.

Modify the file browser

If Autopano crashes when you open a file browser (for instance when you click on the “Analyze a folder” icon or when you save a project), this is due to a conflict between Autopano and another application. To solve this problem, deactivate the use of the system file browser in the Preferences window, General tab. In this way you get round the conflict causing the crash and activate the use of a specific file browser proper to Autopano. This file browser is similar to the system one, but with some limitations: no contextual menu (right-click), no display settings for the files and folders, no thumbnails and network browsing.

To go further

A special page lists the troubleshooting solutions answering most of the issues you may experience in the use of Autopano:

Discover Autopano’s troubleshooting solutions

The forums help you share your experience, ask questions and get answers to your specific cases:

Forum: using Autopano Forum: Autopano bugs

You can also get technical support by contacting the team of Kolor.

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