Can it be said that APG 3.5.0 is the best of the best stitching software on the world market and the best APG version ever created....??
My answer to that I would have to conclude as a BIG YES!.. After a million tests and sharing my images with Kolor over these past few month during the development of APG 3.5.0, discovering issue after issue that needed to be resolved.. Many question were needed to be asked and as many answers to these questions were also needed...
For a long time I struggled with APG, so I kept going back to PTGui.. There is no doubt that PTGui is a wondrous software application but.. APG 3.5.0 is a miracle software application..
In order for anyone to use APG effectively, the NNP must be set perfectly.. But its a lot more than that.. There are many factors that need to be taken into consideration when setting up your hardware to capture the perfect pano sphere. I would suggest that if you are having issues with APG 3.5.0 that it is NOT APG but rather a process you are doing that is causing the issues.. I can almost guarantee this...
APG 3.5.0 is more than just a stitching software application, it is a feature rich application providing so many opportunities to achieve stunning results.. The new ISO feature is just one and many new features and others like the Full Auto, where it can be said that APG 3.5.0 finally does work "Out Of The Box". Improved features like the Smart Blend is also just awesome now.. APG is not just a software application to produce great pano spheres, it comes into its own when creating amazing Gigapixel Panoramas too, where there is nothing better on the world market..
I am not in the habit of promoting software that does not perform.... Over these past few years I do not feel that APG was the best of the best since it had so many annoying issues.. I am sure many users have fond some of these issues at times.. But over these past few months, APG 3.5.0 has finally delivered the goods..
I would encourage anyone who has not tested APG 3.5.0 out, to do so. If you have issues there is a great Kolor support team, and many forum members who are skilled with APG and are also here to resolve any issues you might have..
Saying all that.. I am still pushing for even more improvements in the workflow of APG. For one, I really hate the LDR/HDR feature embedded in the software.. I would like to see this feature as a separate application but its not going to happen anytime soon so I need to nag a lot more..
I feel that if APG has it very own fusion/LDR/HDR application to support it, it would please many users.. I am not saying that APG does not perform in this area, I am just pointing out that in my opinion, it is far better to process the bracketed images first, and then stitch them....
There are a heap more new features being added to APG 3.5.+. All aimed at facilitating the stitching process. I know that APG 3.5.0 has been a huge thing at Kolor over these past few months.. I have given them many headaches but Kolor has never become annoyed with me.. Lionel has been amazing and so has Alexandre... Software like APG 3.5.0 cannot be taken for granted.. It has to be remembered that it has been developed by people putting in a huge incredible effort, which as resulted in in my view the best APG version ever created..