cheer up! You are on a right way and the 2.5.0 release will be a quantum leap for us panoists, who do want to use APG !!! Go on on this path.
This is "The first alpha serie of Autopano Engine v2.5
" (AlexandreJ's announcement) and alpha = !
The alpha phase of the release life cycle is the first phase to begin Software testing.
Alpha software can be unstable and could cause crashes or data loss. [etc]
"Beta" is the software development phase following alpha, named after the Greek letter beta. It generally begins when the software is feature complete. The focus of beta testing is reducing impacts to users, often incorporating usability testing. [etc]
Here are some of the many new features and enhancements I find remarkable:
- Manual CPs are actually usable. Usable? ...those who remember early PanoTools GUI's and how long it took to improve their manual CP placement will certainly share my surprise.
- 64 bits + large memory + multi-processors (GPU included) are used up to their full power (or nearly ?) and ... well, look around and compare!
- When a low RMS value is reached (this is possible - this is not always as straightforward as it should be for 360x180 panos) and when Adjust lens distortion
is selected then the lens correction is perfect: select 100% for preview (GPU make this both possible and instantaneous) place the cursor in an overlap area, roll the mouse wheel and you will see an incredibly low difference between the different sources images.
Courage ! it will be stitched like this one: