Sample (and simple) workflow
This workflow covers the minimum knowledge and actions needed for using Autopano Pro (APP for short). It will allow you to get satisfying results most of the time. If you don't, please read the manual pages on this Wiki and learn how to correct the problem cases.
- Install and run APP.
- In Explorer (or Finder, on MacOSX), locate the images you want to stitch into a panorama. Select them, making sure you're including only images belonging to a single panorama.
- Drag and drop the selected images onto the Main Window of APP. A new Image Group will be created. You can repeat steps 2 and 3 as many times you want, creating multiple Image Groups. Each group should contain a single panorama.
- After creating the Image Groups, press the Detect All icon () at the top of the Groups View. Autopano Pro will now try to detect and compose a panorama for each Image Group you created. You will see a progress bar under each Image Group.
- After (and if) the work is successfully done, in the Panoramas View there will be a small panorama preview for each Image Group you created.
- If the preview looks fine to you (zooming in and out is possible if you position the cursor over the preview and use the scroll wheel), click the Render icon (), located left of the panorama preview. This will open the Render Settings dialog. Don't bother with settings for now, just click the Render button at the bottom of the dialog.
- The Batch Rendering window will appear and after the rendering is done, there will be a check mark () next to the panorama name. The pano has been rendered to your desktop. You're done!
Taking it a step further
There will be specific cases, when those simple steps above will fail to produce a nice, usable panorama. You may get distorted or wrongly rotated image, strange colors, missing images, weird overlapping or wavy horizon... Luckily, Autopano Pro gives you the tools to correct all those problems. All panorama modifications are made in the Panorama Editor. You open it by double clicking the preview in the Panoramas View, or by the big Edit button, located on the right ().
Here are some advices:
- Enter the panorama editor.
- Click on the control points editor and edit the CPs until the pano looks properly linked (overall RMS <5, most links are green, no links are red). 
- when the RMS is low enough, and all the images look well-linked, straighten the pano. 
- If you want to work on color, use the color and brightness tools 
- If you bracketed, and want to use photomatix or similar, use the layers editor 
- Now render the pano  -- note that smartblend does not work with HDR photos.
See the video preview on the official site. Have in mind this video shows APP version 1.2, so many of the new features in 1.3 and 1.4 are not presented.
This is a (somewhat oldish) video tutorial on manual stitching, published for the first version 1.3 betas.