[This is an archived version of the original panorama tools page from approximately 2002. The currrent page of professor Dersch can be found at http://webuser.hs-furtwangen.de/~dersch/]


Software to View, Create, Edit and Remap Panoramic Images :


(1) High Quality Image Transformations:

(2) Most versatile Panorama Software: (3) Simple to use (4) Free to use, no royalties

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Panoramas generated using Panorama Tools

To view the panoramas, you need one of several viewers. The Java viewer "PTViewer" is the simplest solution, since no additional download is required, and it provides high image image quality at the same time. All that is needed is a Java-enabled browser. Some panoramas are provided in the format for LivePicture's Java viewer. Faster display is achieved with plug-in based viewers, but these require download and installation of a plug-in, which may be quite large. Also, plug-ins don't run on all platforms. Plug-in solutions used on this site are provided by LivePicture (ZoomIT-viewer), Infinite Pictures, and (the best but largest download) Apple.

Spherical Panoramas can also be viewed by VRML-viewers.This page describes the use of VRML-browsers and the conversion to cubic format.

Cathedral of St. Blasien, Spherical JPEG (289k) , RealVR (289k) , Smoothmove (247k) , PTViewer-Java (160k) , or RealVR-Java (160k)
Monument Valley, Spherical JPEG (174k) , RealVR (174k) , Smoothmove (247k) , PTViewer-Java (100k) , or RealVR-Java (100k)
Grand Canyon, Spherical JPEG (230k) , RealVR (230k) , Smoothmove (247k) , VRML (200k) , PTViewer-Java (145k) , RealVR-Java (145k)
Hurricane Lothar, Christmas 1999, High Resolution Cylindrical QTVR (550k) , or PTViewer-Java (150k)
Virtual Tour of Marburg
Black Forest Walk - Five Spherical Panoramas for all major viewers

Panorama Tools: Documentation, Info and More Uses

  • Restoration of Star Images from their Trails
  • Single Image Object Movies for Frozen Moment Photography
  • Creating Spherical/Cubic Panoramas using a 15mm rectilinear lens like the Voigtländer Heliar
  • Links to more Panorama Tools Resources
  • Editing Panoramic Images: How to insert text and images
  • Automatic Colour and Brightness Adjustment of Panoramas
  • Using Fisheye Images for Architectural Photography
  • Correcting Barrel Distortions
  • Testing Interpolator Quality
  • Why Gamma is important for Image Transformations
  • About Wide Angle Perspective - Changing Perspective using Panorama Tools
  • MakePan A small utility to convert PSphere (LivePicture) VR-panos to Smoothmove format and vice-versa.
  • Reducing Noise in scanned images and increasing D using PTAverage. PTAverage is part of the PTStitcher package
  • Scanning MF-film using 35mm Scanners.
  • Correcting Color Separation in Scanning Back Cameras.
  • Extracting Rectilinear Images from Panoramas.
  • Zoomable Panoramas: High Resolution Images inside Webpanos. This example exhibits 70:1 zoom ratio without pixelation.
  • VR-Panoramas without stitching: Using conventional photographs directly as source for immersive viewing
  • Antialiasing: Displaying high resolution images (PTViewer)


    Copyright  1998,1999,2000,2001 ©Helmut Dersch  (der@fh-furtwangen.de)

    Last updated March 19, 2001
    [ "2001" is believed to be a typo - it should have read "2002". This file was retrieved from the Internet Archive on Feb 9, 2011 from the archive saved on Jun 4, 2002 ]