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Autopano - Panorama Editor

Panorama editor interface

Fast editor new feature lets you editing huge or gigapixels panoramas faster than ever before. This can cause temporary visual artifacts
until the calculations are done (this is due to some compromises made to accelerate everything).
As a reminder, you can disable it from the General tab in Preferences menu.

The panorama editor is presented on a separate interface with 4 main areas:

  • Toolbar: Groups the editing tools.
  • Panorama editing area: Lets you use the editing tools, to move and to zoom in the panorama.
  • Information window: Lets you see the assembly information, the history and the parameters of the currently used tool.
  • Layers editor: Used to classify images according to several criteria, as well as add and delete images.

Panorama Editor's interface


Panorama editor toolbar

A : Save project
B : Undo/Redo
C : Projections
D : Geometry Correction
E : Images mode
F : Move mode
G : Control points editor
H : Masking tool (Autopano Giga Autopano Giga only)
I : Color Correction
J : Render tools
K : Editor settings
L : Help

Panorama editor bottom toolbar
Clicking the preview icon (Preview icon) automatically applies a standard blending and color correction.

Save the project icon Save the project

The panorama project files have a “.pano” extension. Access to the following choices is given by clicking on the small arrow to the right of the icon:

  • Save
Saves the project to the same location as the last backup.
If this is the first time it is saved, Autopano executes “Save as….”.
  • Save as...
Open a file browser so that you can indicate where to save the project.
  • Extended save as...
This is the same as “Save as...". Autopano also creates a file with the same name as the project and places all the images needed to create the project in this file.
This is useful if you want to transfer the completed project to a third support (USB key, hard disk, CD, etc.) so that it can be opened on another machine.
  • Save in old format as...
Just used to keep a compatibility for Livepano in some previous versions of Panotour Pro
  • Autopano Giga Save as Template...
Autopano saves the links used to create the panorama within a model. This can then be used to create new panoramas with the same configurations.
To re-use a template, you need to specify it in Group settings (Detection tab) before launching the panorama's detection. Doesn't work with stacked images.

The template files are located in:
OSX: Hold the "ALT" key, then open Go menu in the Finder. Go to Library, Application Support, Kolor, AutopanoProXX or AutopanoGigaXX, User, Templates
Windows: C:\Users\user_name\AppData\Local\Kolor\Autopano Pro X.X or Autopano Giga X.X\User\Templates
  • Export to Panotools...
Open a file browser so that you can indicate where to save the project.
This button lets you export your project in a format that can be read by the Panotools.
  • Export to Papywizard...
Create an .xml file which contains the shooting settings

Undo icon Redo icon Undo/Redo

Lets you to undo or reset the editing actions.

Editor settings icon Editor settings

These settings have an effect on the quality of the preview and operation of the editor. The settings that affect the quality of the final rendering are adjusted in the Rendering launcher window. .

Editor settings window

These options let define the types and spacing of (primary and secondary) lines that make up the grid in the panorama’s editing area.
Lets set the value type for the grid, in pixels or degrees.
Also lets modify the pimary lines and sub-divisions (or secondary lines) color.
Note: The grid fits depending on the prjection used.

These settings define the size of the toolbar icons. You can also choose to add a description text to the icons or replace the icons with text.

Lets you set the number of saved actions and the memory allocated to them.

Tools validation
Allows to define if changes relevant to the use of any tool is by default:

  • Always asked
  • Always validated
  • Always cancelled

Help icon Contextual help

Click on this icon to activate this tool. Click on the icon of your choice to view information about its use.

Panorama editing area

This editor's area is the visual zone allowing to interact and view the result of the different tools available in the editor.

Basic features (Windows / OSX)


  • Ctrl+ / Cmd+ et Ctrl- / Cmd-
  • Alt key hold + mouse scrolling
  • Zoom buttons Zoom out button and Zoom in button at the bottom left on the editing zone.
  • Directly type the desired value in the field where the current value is displayed.


  • Fit panorama on screen: Ctrl+0 / Cmd+0
  • Fit the zoom level to the image resolution: Ctrl+1 / Cmd+1
  • Fit the whole panorama extend on screen: Ctrl+2 / Cmd+2


  • Sidebars (horizontal and vertical)
  • Space key hold + left click then mouse moving

Specific features

The grid allows to view the panorama in a space defined in pixels or in degrees (this parameter can be set on the Editor settings). This is very interesting because this grid totally depends on the projection used.
You can display/hide the grid using the Display/hide the grid icon icon at the bottom right part of the displaying zone.

Vanishing point
Based on the same concept than the grid, except that no setting is available about its displaying.
Allows to view the vanishing point of the panorama, to check if it requires to be modified or not with the related tool.
You can display/hide the vanishing point using the Display/hide the vanishing point icon icon at the bottom right part of the displaying zone.

Quick Preview
Using this icon lets the displaying zone to transform the project preview in final preview, in real time.
Note that tool only render the visible part of the displaying area, be careful using it in combination with a full resolution zoom for example.
You can enable/disable the preview using the Enable/disable preview icon icon at the bottom left part of the displaying zone, a green outline will appear around your panorama once the preview has loaded.

Information window

Info tab

Info tab

General information
Groups information such as:

  • The number of images
  • The number of links and control points
  • The overlapping rate (in %)
  • The stitching quality (RMS)

Selecting a tool in the toolbar brings up the parameters of the tool instead of the Info tab if it is active.
This window's display can be different following the panorama and the operations done, for more information, go to the Control points editor page, in Stitching information section.

History tab

History tab

The "History" dialogue box views all of the steps carried out since the opening of the panorama or its creation.
A click on a step contained in the history lets you bring it back up so that you can continue editing at the desired location.
Clicking on "Create a screenshot" also lets you freeze the state of your panorama at a given moment.
PTo reset this state, click on the desired screenshot.

The history is deleted when you exit the editor. If you open the same panorama again, only the last version will be visible and usable.

Field of view

The field of view of the assembled panorama can be seen in the bottom right of the editor.
Theta corresponds to a horizontal angular field and Phi corresponds to a vertical angular field.
The positive and negative values correspond to the angles from a central point of view, as symbolized by the grid's gray lines.

Panorama FOV

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