It’s like 1998 caught up with me (or vice versa), now that I have a place to share photographs. I’ve started stitching together some of the pictures I had shot with the intention of later producing panoramas. I knew softwares that simplify the process of stitching photos into panoramas existed and decided to evaluate a few of them the other day.
There are several expensive packages available for generating Flash-driven VR files that provide interactive navigation. I think the whole VR image thing is great but I’m don’t think the ability to generate such files is worth the better part of $200 (US).
On the less expensive other hand, Hugin is an open-source free-of-charge panorama photo stitcher which has its infelicities (one of these would be installation) but works fairly well. The affordable and easier-to-install DoubleTake costs a quarter of a hundred dollars (US) and implements a drag-and-drop approach. Hugin takes less time to stich together many photos, but fine control is difficult for mere mortals. DoubleTake is easier to use but drag-and-dropping more than a few files gets to be a chore.
Between these two pieces of software, I generated the following images (thumbnails link to their gallery counterparts).
I was in town for the 2007 Cultural Studies Association conference. and (I believe) took these photos at 5:30 am Pacific on my way to coffee.
Family of a former colleague.
This is outside my window at 5:30 am Pacific this morning.
Speaking of Portland, I really like this picture.