It would be great to be able to force a particular image to the top. For example, if I should a set of pcitures of a field with cows in it, and one cow moves across two images, it would be great to be able to "force" autopan to ignore the info in one of the images. Maybe I could accomplish this with the lasso tool in photoshop and eliminate one calf beforehand? Smartblend, while its color blending and general bledning tech isn't close, it does a nice job at times handling panoramas that have a small segment that moved from one farme to the next.
Hello Florent and Welcome ! About 360° panos : - Color correction is already optimized between all images, following the colors that you set with anchors. - 360° panos are already detected as full 360. When it's the case, you can change the center point of view to left or right : this will scroll the stitched projection according the center you just set
Online help is on the way and will be available as a multilanguage wiki very soon.
Keywords: Interactive image editing, image compositing, userguided optimization. This go beyond panorama stitching but looks like the first serious tool against the "moving parts problem" in panoramas...
Though I found quite amusing University of Washington and Microsoft being involved in photomontage and though my preferred quote is:
Authors of ACM SIGGRAPH paper wrote:
Our system has been shown to be applicable to a wide range of photomontage applications: however, we strongly suspect that there are many more. In the process of conducting this research we have discovered that a surprising array of beautiful, useful, and unexpected images can arise from an image stack.
...I strongly suspect your intention of using those ideas in future improvements will give beautiful and unexpectedly useful results !
Okay, let's face it, I'm currently working on 1.2 version which will contains more stuff that I initially planned. So it takes more times. => Main new features for 1.2 : fisheyes and orthographic projection (perhaps affine projection if I have some time left) => Optimisation editor, you'll get the ability to remove a picture in a stitch panorama and reoptimize it. You will have access to the quality of stitch through rms, a clone of average control points distance, even if it's calculated fairly differently from panotools. (perhaps something like a control point checker / editor).
This should be version 1.2 ... for around end of next week.
BTW : mac version. It's working good, but as I added many many bug with my revamp of the optimizer engine for fisheyes / orthographic integration, it's far behind the stability of 1.1 ... It's better to wait the 1.2 engine before using the mac version. But If some people are asking me through support @ autopano.net, I'll give them access to the mac beta version ( but it's really really buggy ... not because of mac, but because of the new engine ).
It would be nice to have a dedicated button for this in 'edit' mode. We could then select 3 or 4 points on the panorama that need to be horizontol and press 'enter'.
Great idea !
Though "3 or 4 points on the panorama that need to be horizontal" have no mathematical meaning, we all understand what Ben said: he wants those point being on a straight line and he wants this straight line being parallel to the horizon.
Chances are this useful feature (useful when using planar=rectilinear projection) will be named horizontal line in the user interface and in the documentation...
... so that we will have to explain to untrained users that there is no horizontal line in the above image. Beware! vertical is a well defined direction but "horizontal" corresponds to many different directions.