[This is an archived version of the original panorama tools page from approximately 2002.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 :
High quality, simple to use, all format stitching
Panorama Tools: Photoshop
plug-in for panorama creation, editing and remapping.
High quality spherical viewer, Standalone and java versions for many platforms.
(1) High Quality Image Transformations:
(2) Most versatile
Only package that uses bicubic and better interpolators (see
Calculations performed on gamma corrected image data (see
this article) in double
precision floating point format.
One resampling step combines all transformations including
lens calibration and correction, warping, tilt and rotation correction,
scanner and color correction, etc, thus preserving image quality.
Provides self-calibration of lens distortion and field-of-view,
tilt/yaw/rotation, image alignment, and scanner correction.
(3) Simple to use
Supports more formats: All major VR plug-ins and java viewers
are accessible, as well as panoramic image creation for viewing and printing.
Supports more projections and mappings (full spherical, cylindrical,
cubic, equirectangular, etc).
Supports more image correction and manipulation options.
Supports more input image formats: any normal lens, any fisheye
lens, any panoramic camera, any scanning camera, any convex mirror, any
combination of these, etc.
Only package that supports arbitrary multirow panoramas.
More computer platforms supported (MacOS, Win32, Unix, almost any system
supporting ANSI-C and Java).
(4) Free to use,
Drop your images onto PTStitcher's icon, and get back a panoramic
image ready to be viewed.
Panorama Tools and PTStitcher are free and open source software.
Download a copy from the links below.
All panoramic images generated using this software are free
to use, without per-click fees.
Download and Read about Panorama Tools and PTStitcher
Read about Panorama Tools and PTSTitcher
What Users say about this software.
Frequently Asked Questions about Panorama Tools
PanoTools: This package includes the programs
PTStitcher, Panorama Stitcher for almost any input and output format.
PTPicker, Graphical User interface for image alignment.
PTStereo, creates 3-dimensional objects from pairs or many images
PTInterpolate, given two images of the same scene taken from different viewpoints,
this tool creates any intermediate view.
PTMorpher, morphing tool.
PTAverage, reduces noise in digital images by averaging several scans.
PTStripe, combines images into movie stripes for viewing in Object-viewers.
Panorama Tools, Set of Photoshop and GraphicConverter PlugIns for Panorama creation and
- PTEditor, Visual Panorama Editor.
Download PanoTools 2.6:
PTViewer, free spherical Panorama Viewer. Small filesize, yet features high
quality bilinear rendering. Java version supports hotspots.
Reads and displays Quicktime VR-files (panoramas and objects)
without the need for a Quicktime installation.
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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
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
Monument Valley, Spherical
JPEG (174k) ,
RealVR (174k) ,
Smoothmove (247k) ,
PTViewer-Java (100k) , or
Grand Canyon, Spherical
JPEG (230k) ,
RealVR (230k) ,
Smoothmove (247k) ,
VRML (200k) ,
PTViewer-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.
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
Displaying high resolution images (PTViewer)
Copyright 1998,1999,2000,2001 ©Helmut Dersch (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 ]