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V1.3 - Panorama Editor

Interface Presentation

Panorama Editor Screen Capture

The Panorama Editor interface is divided into 3 main areas:

  • The Toolbar: hosting the main tools (saving, history, geometrical correction, color correction, etc.)
  • The Preview Area: displaying a preview of the panorama, allowing to zoom and move the panorama.
  • The Status Bar: displaying information related to shooting conditions. This information is useful to monitor the coherence of the capture. For example, for a complete panorama, the FOV should return a Theta Min/Max -180°/180° and a Phi Min/Max -90°/90°.

The Toolbar


The Preview Area

Type of Zoom

The Preview Area allow you to zoom in and out the panorama.

  • Two options are provided to move the panorama preview:
  1. Using the keyboard: Using the Up/Down and Left/Right arrow keys.
  2. Using the mouse: Click hold down the right mouse button and drag the mouse to move the panorama.
  • Two options are also provided to zoom in and out the panorama preview:
  1. Using the keyboard: Using the Shift+Up Arrow key combination (to zoom in) or Shift+Down Arrow key combination (to zoom out).
  2. Using the mouse: using the mouse scroll wheel.


  • Some tools are using the keyboard and/or the mouse, like the Layer View mode.
  • It is also possible to adjust the panorama preview size to the window size by selection the "Fit Picture" zoom setting.

You can play with the various types of zoom provided to determine which one fits best into your workflow.

Project Files

The Autopano Pro project file (.pano extention) is a file used to save all the panorama parameters: the list of source images used, the color correction parameters, the rendering file format, etc. It is interesting to save and keep this file as you will be able to come back to the panorama at a later time and continue working on it or add the .pano file to the batch renderer without having to redo all the detection and correction work. This file is a plain text file and can be opened with any text editor.

Autopano Pro also supports other very popular project file types: the Pano Tools project file formats. Can import from and export to these file formats.

Pano save.png Save your project

This icon is used to save your panorama in the Autopano Pro file format (.pano). Icon-tips-24.png‎ Tip: Ctrl-click on the Save button to bring up the Save as... dialog, where you can change your projects name or simply save different versions of the same file.

Pano export.png Export your project to Pano Tools

This icon is used to export your panorama in the PTGui (.pts), PTAssembler (.ptp) and Hugin (.pto) file formats.


"History" Dialog

You need to undo the last few actions performed on your panorama as you are not satisfied with the result? No problem! Just click on the History button. The "History" dialog will pop up and display a list of the all the steps performed since the panorama was created or opened. All you need to do is click on the desired step to restart from there.

The dialog will also allow you to take a snapshot of the panorama at any given time. Just click on the "Take a snapshot" button in the History dialog. You will then be able to restore the snapshot state by clicking on the desired Capture Thumbnail.

Keep in mind that exiting the Panorama Editor will discard the History information. If you reopen the same panorama, only the last version of it will be displayed in the History.

Icon-tips-24.png Tip:

  • You take a snapshot every time you save your work to keep track of your progression.
  • You can also use this snapshot feature to compare two different color corrections for example.

Editor Settings

Local Editor Settings

The Editor Settings determine the preview quality in the Panorama Editor. This in no way affects the final panorama rendering - the render settings can be found in the Render Settings dialog. It is important to understand that the Editor Settings have two instances - Global, set from here, and Local, set for each panorama. Whatever you set in this dialog will be applied to every panorama you create, unless you override it with its local settings, from the Panorama Editor Edit: Settings menu.

  • Preview quality:
    • Size: Set the size of the panorama preview for the Panorama Editor in pixels. The default value is 1200 x 600 pixels. The preview refreshes after each parameter change in the Panorama Editor. You might want to experiment to see if bigger sizes (higher quality) will have better speed/quality ratio for you. 3200 x 1600 is the highest possible setting, but is equivalent to rendering a 3200 x 1600 panorama and can take some time. Interpolator and blender settings also affect the preview refresh speed.
    • Interpolation: Use to choose the interpolating algorithm - these are described in the Interpolation section of the Render Settings page.
    • Blending: Use to determine which blending mode will be used on seams. There are several blending modes but only some of them can be used for previews:
      • None: No blending applied, show the images stacked
      • Linear: Fast with reasonable quality blending
      • Multiband: Slower, but best possible quality. Note: For now, Smartblend is not available as a blending option for the Panorama Editor, only for final rendering.
  • Color Correction: This option defines the behavior of the Color Correction button in the Panorama Editor.
    • Initial type of anchor: Set a default type of anchor for any panorama with color correction turned on. When you turn on color correction, there will always be a single yellow anchor and the rest of the images will have the type of anchor you set here.