I recently found a better program for creating my partial panoramas that I use in my virtual tours – PanoramaStudio 2 Pro from tshsoft. Tobias Huellmandel, the owner/developer started in 2001 with a simple editing tool. He released the first PanoramaStudio version for Windows in 2004 and to my delight released a Mac version in August of 2011. Of course, it took me this long to realize there was a Mac version – I checked for it early last year. Huellmandal plans to launch an updated version “with a further improved image alignment algorithm and a better vignetting and lens distortion correction in the single row mode (and some other features).”
It is quite an intuitive program, which I really appreciate.
The first window opens where one can chose what kind of panorama you wish to produce.
Then one selects the photos to stitch.
Stitch It! – Actually in this program its “Align”
You will notice that it automatically corrected the light balance in the room – I just pulled these photos from iPhoto without doing any corrections.
What I really like is it that the field of view (fov) data is available for me to use when I upload to my tour platform : Tourbuzz.
From this window I pull the Horizontal (HFOV) and the Vertical (VFOV) and add it to my title. My photo title would be something like “2 Story Living Room (fov213.75×54.25)”. Tourbuzz can then translate that information to make the partial panoramic pan correctly when one views the tour.