It's a real pleasure to post a new official release version. For us, it means the end of development cycle and for you, some new feature and hopefully a better and easier workflow.
The goal for this 2.6 series what quality and speed improvements. I really hope you see that in several areas. Details :
Quality and speed improvements
New generation of Neurone ( optimizer engine ) with a lot of improvement or new features : * Speed of fisheye stitching : at least 300% speedup, but it can be 10x too on big project * Improvement in quality by adding support for 2nd and 3rd order distortion, as well as sensor offset Better blending engine * This raise really the results of exposure fusion rendering * Blue skies are better blended together Focal length priority in the rendering engine * You can now choose between anti-ghost or focal priority Improved Gigapan and Papywizard plugins * In many cases, it gives better results for images without any control points
* Better Move mode that allows you to change global layout of the panoram. Manual adjustement of individual images is also smoother * Improved Layer Editor with selectable columns to display just what you want * Reload button in Layer Editor so you can paint transparency in any photo software and have a quick refresh to see the result live in the editor * APG only : exposure fusion preview with a real rendering done as a preview. This allow super easy color accurate parameters adjustment on exposure fusion. It also give a quick preview of the anti-ghost decision.
Integration into external software
* Google Picassa 3 : Windows and Mac * Autopano Giga only : Adobe Lightroom 3.X : Windows and Mac * Autopano Giga only : Adobe Bridge CS3, CS4, CS5, CS5.5 : Windows and Mac * Autopano Giga only : Apple Aperture 3.X : Mac only
Can we somehow achieve that upgrading to a new version won't trash all preferences? I just upgraded and not only was my registration file gone, but so were all preferences, including the naming formats of panoramas etc. Happens every time and is super annoying.
When having such a large number of changes, we always make such that 2 versions of autopano can work in parallel. So 2.5 can work alongside with 2.6. For beta testing, it's just awesome because you can have a production version and still test development versions. Unfortunately, it means you need to reenter the registration code and settings again for 2.6.