V1.3 - Panoramas View
The Panoramas View is the right hand panel of the Main Window. It contains a list of all open panoramas; open from a previously saved project file and/or detected after a detection run on a image group. From here, you can enter the Panorama Editor, save or close the panorama, or directly start the Rendering.
The Panoramas Toolbar
This toolbar sits on top of the Panoramas View.
This button invokes the Render Settings for each open panorama, so you can easily review the settings and add them to the Batch Rendering queue. Tip: Ctrl-click this button to skip the settings dialogs and directly start the rendering of all panoramas
This button saves the project files for all open panoramas. If the project has not been saved to this point, you will be prompted for a path; otherwise it's a silent save. You can confirm this by checking for an * (asterisk) at the end of the panorama title. If you see an * - the panorama has changed and/or it is not saved.
This button closes all panoramas in a single click. If some of them are not saved, you will be prompted to do so.
Each panorama, listed in the Panoramas View has clear visual separation and consists of several parts:
- Title and status at the top - project file name and the asterisk (*), that indicates not saved status
- Small Close button - closes the corresponding panorama only
- Preview of the panorama - small preview of the detected panroama. Tip: double click the preview to enter the Panorama Editor
- Information about the panorama - see below
- Several action buttons - see below
Information About the Panorama
In the lower left corner of each panorama, you will see a short textual summary of some important (and self-explanatory) stats:
- count of images in the panorama
- dimensions in pixels
- total field of view degrees
- RMS, which is an indication of the overall images matching quality; the lower - the better
- Lens, projection and color correction used
This button brings up the Panorama Editor. Tip: you can do the same by double clicking the panorama preview.
The default rendering settings are accessible via the Edit: Setting: Render menu. Whatever you set in that dialog will be applied to every detected panorama. After that, you can edit each panorama's individual render setting if you need something special. For example, if you set the default render format to JPEG, you may need a particular panorama in TIFF or PSD and change its individual setting accordingly.
Changing the rendering settings via the button that goes with each panorama, does not change the global default setting. In the same way, changing the global setting after you've detected (or opened) a panorama, does not change its respective settings.
As the global and panorama-specific rendering settings share a common dialog, you can find the complete description at the Autopano Pro settings help page.
At any point after detection, you may choose to save your panorama to an Autopano Pro project file. This file (called project or just .pano) contains all the needed information about a particular panorama - where the source files are, what settings and corrections were done on that panorama, the optimization options - everything. The project files are small in size, convenient to store and archive with your panorama sources. They don't have to reside in the same folder as the images used.
When you want to continue working on a panorama, or you need to open it for whatever reason, the easiest way is to double click a .pano file. This will run Autopano Pro and open your project. You can also drag and drop multiple project files onto the Main Window, as well as use the menu command File: Open (shortcut Ctrl+o).
Tip: Ctrl-click on the Save button to bring up the Save as... dialog, where you can change your projects names or simply save a different version of a file.
This button allow you to export your detected panorama to a Panorama tools project file. Autopano Pro reads and writes (so you can import from and export to) the following project file formats:
- PTGui .PTS
- PTAssembler .PTP
- Hugin .PTO