Whenever we want to create a panoramic image, we are forced to face the limitations of our mobile devices, or the need to invest large sums in more advanced equipment. But the fact is that software plays a very important role in creating panoramas, and with that in mind, it is our duty to mention the new version 2.0 of Image Composite Editor, a program developed by the people of Microsoft Research.
I have seen many panoramic images captured on smartphones, and I must confess that they were all horrible. Of course, my intention is not to offend anyone, but … horrible . Obviously, the capture of panoramic images is not among the strengths of smartphones and tablets, although some of the blame can be attributed to their portable profile. The simple fact of using a tripod changes things a lot, however, that leads to consider buying a more capable camera, turning panoramic images into a potential budget crisis. What can we do? The Web is full of accessories and tricks to stabilise a smartphone while we take photos, But it is also a good idea to have a more or less robust solution from the software side. That’s when he appears Image Composite Editor from Microsoft Research.
The latest version 2.0, released last February, incorporates a redesigned interface, a feature to automatically complete images (creating panoramas gives rise to irregular borders), full resolution advances, and the possibility of sharing images via Photosynth, among other things. Image Composite Editor does not impose limits on the size of the image, which opens the doors to creations of several gigapixels. It has support for the most important formats, and can also generate panoramas from the video. The user indicates the parts that must be kept in each frame, and the software does the rest.
The Image Composite Editor download is below eight megabytes, has 32-bit and 64-bit editions, and as expected, works with Windows Vista SP2 and up. I’m sure many users prefer even more advanced options, but we can not deny the fact that Image Composite Editor presents itself as an excellent starting point, especially for beginners looking to dip their feet in the waters of panoramic images.
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