I am considering buying Panotour Pro, but should I also buy APG. I have used PTgui for 10 years, so I am quite familiar with that program me, but APG looks very slick and has some features I do not find in PTgui.
My question is, will my workflow be quicker with APG?
Will my results be better?
If I go for APG, will there then be times where I could benefit from using PTgui?
APG is required if you wish to use Livepano.
If you create a lot of partial panos (panos with an FOV of less than 360x180) and wish to use them with Panotour Pro (PTP) then there can be an advantage in setting the pano FOV data correctly because APG writes that data into an EXIF tag that PTP can read.
If you use one of the supported robotic pano heads then APG offers benefits in a placing 'featureless' images that would otherwise be omitted from the stitch.
Users report that sometimes APG can stitch panos that PTGui has trouble with and vice versa.
Quite a few have and use both.
You need powerful hardware to get the best from APG 3.x; a 64-bit OS, plenty of RAM, a good graphics card, and fast disks are advisable.