Programs for Creating Panoramas Automatically

Several programs are available through the open-source community that will automatically produce panoramic images. The tools Hugin and PTGui are available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS operating systems. Autostitch, a tool available only for Windows, is easy to use but for JPEG files only. This one is shareware. PanoTools is a plug-in for GIMP 2.0 (Windows). However, so far it can't be used for the newer GIMP versions under Windows. But it is worthwhile to download it as a stand-alone program.

Details on downloading, installing, and using Hugin, PanoTools, and Autostitch can be found on the following sites:

http://hugin.sourceforge.net/download

http://panotools.sourceforge.net

http://cvlab.epfl.ch/~brown/autostitch/autostitch.html

Pandora is another GIMP plug-in for creating panorama images. You can find the download and an introduction to the program at the following website: http://www.shallowsky.com/software/pandora.

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