New version of Image Composite Editor

    A new version of Image Composite Editor has been released - a free program for conveniently quickly and automatically creating panoramas from a set of arbitrary photos. I already talked about the program in this article , you can read, if interested.

    Here, I would like to talk about what's new in the program:
    • support for multi-core processors and accelerate the processing of panoramas due to several cores;
    • the ability to publish your panoramas to the public social service Photosynth, which is designed to create three-dimensional scenes based on a set of images;
    • support for “structured panoramas” - panoramas that are created on the basis of hundreds of photos in the form of a grid of rows of images (such sets of photos can be created using special automation, such as GigaPan );
    • the limit on image size has been removed, the size of created panoramas is now unlimited, make your gigapixel panoramas and publish on the web;
    • Support for Windows 7 features.
    ICE to Photosynth

    Consider the most interesting functionality: creating a panorama for publication in the Photosynth service and further sharing synth in your blog. First you need to download the ICE distribution , it is available for both Windows x86 and 64-bit.

    Installed ICE looks like this:


    To get started, you need to add a set of photos from the File menu from which you want to build a panorama. The panorama can be any: made by turning the camera, when moving, all 360 degrees. After selecting files, automatic gluing of images will begin. I added my old photos and this is what I got:


    If you are not satisfied with the automatic recognition of the panorama type, you can select one of the types below in the Stitch section. To obtain a rectangular image without distinctive prongs, you can crop the image using the Crop part. To configure the export, use the elements of the Export part. Here you can choose the output file format: JPEG, TIFF, tiles for DeepZoom, BMP, PNG projects and the new HD Photo photo storage format. Immediately there is the opportunity to create a thumbnail, set the scaling and size of the output image. As you can see, my image contains 31.7 megapixels.

    In addition, it is possible to adjust the projection and orientation of the panorama through the setting in the upper panel.

    To export the finished panorama, click Export to disk. But now we are more interested in a new opportunity: export to Photosynth .
    attention, you must have a Photosynth service account to download to it from ICE

    Click on Publish to Photosynth. ICE will check for photosynth updates and may ask you to download the update to support the service. After that, the panorama download window for the service will open.

    In the download settings window, you can specify a name, tags, description, specify a piece that will represent a reduced panorama image. For publication, you must choose the type of license under which you publish your materials, Creative Сommons, public domain or Copyright licenses are available. It will be necessary to indicate the availability of photosynthes for visitors: public or only by a special link.


    By clicking Upload you will start uploading photosynthes to the service.


    After downloading, you can go to your page in Photosynth. There is a useful opportunity to attach photosynthes to the location.


    That's all. Now go to the synth page and use the Embed button to copy the code to paste into your blog:


    I hope it was interesting. Take panoramas, share with friends.

    PS: the announcement of innovations and an example of the syntax built into the blog can be found here .

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