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Autopano Lite Talk

General direction

  • Aimed at low skills, low knowledge, time-to-time users.
  • Offers wizard mode and minimum clicks work flow.
  • Clear wording and instructions.
  • Fast operation.
  • Produce bright, sharp, colorful images (solution: bump the brightness, contrast and saturation by a few percent, render in Sharper mode).
  • Users will tend to overlook photographic quality if their images look “cool”.
  • Typical scenario is 3-10 images, 2-5MP each.
  • Some of the images may not have EXIF or proper EXIF data (cell phone cameras, etc).
  • This can be marketed as a separate product – low cost home and small office solution; we can talk bundling here – cameras, etc.

Possible workflow

Step 1: Welcome to the Autopano Wizard! Select a folder or a set of images that you want to work with. (a browse box). A collapsible More options sign. Options include “check subfolders” and “slower processing, but better results” check boxes.

Step 2: Progress bar without terminology, just time or only a graphical bar. If none found – prompt to return to Step 1 or exit. Show small previews of the found panos, checkbox by each of them, Render selected button. A collapsible More options sign. Options include “save panos to” (original folders, choose); size for panos – full size, screen size (this needs elaboration, maybe use popular photo sizes; maybe a slider for bigger file or less MB); file format (tiff, jpg should be enough); autocrop and auto color correct checkboxes

Step 3: Shows progress bar under each pano, after all are done, prompt to exit or return to Step 1. Technological requirements This implies that the engine can do all this unattended:

  • Scan folders and create pano groups
  • Choose proper projection, according to some logic
  • Auto-detect verticals and horizontals and straighten the pano
  • Choose proper color correction and do brightness, contrast and saturation adjustments
  • Crop the pano to usable pixels
  • Distort the pano to fill the rectangular shape nicely (similar to Photoshop’s Distort) (may be a nice marketing feature for next version)
  • Do batch rendering and remove ghosting

Technical considerations via GURL

  • The fast operation could be achieved by imposed limit on the number of source images and/or output size. 100MP limit should allow for 40" x 20" (120 x 60 cm) @ 300 DPI print.
  • Only JPG files - no RAW, TIFF, etc.
  • A UI control with several (three?) positions for quality of detection and optimization. By default APL should produce an usable result quickly; if the user is not satisfied with the preview - let them rerun the process, maybe something similar to "Auto Fine Tune" - local geometry analyze on links with bad rms, remove bad rms points, etc.
  • Bigger images/project should be detected at lower settings for faster result, then fine-tuned.
  • Select projection mode using the GURL logic
  • White balance, color, saturation and sharpen applied automatically, no levels or HRD stitching.