By Alex Walker

Panoramas Made Easy

By Alex Walker

This is pretty slick stuff.

Matthew Brown is a PhD from University of British Columbia who worked on Microsoft’s photo-stitch software as an intern over 2003/04.

He now applies the experience he gained there with his knack for AI to produce his own impressive ‘Autostitch‘.

The demo is free at this stage (but possibly not for long).

Using it is so simple that there is almost no user interface. Grab your digital camera, walk out outside and spin around clicking off shots at random (50 is a good number to work with).

Then simply start ‘Autostitch’, go to ‘File/Open’, select all your pics (holding ‘shift’) and click ‘Open’. About 20 seconds later the software has automatically matched every edge, shape and color and given you back a finished panorama. There are other options that can be adjusted, but the default setting is so slick I wasn’t motivated to change them.

My camera battery was dying, so I only had time to shoot about 20 shots for the test below — ideally it needs about double the data that I gave it — but the effect is still pretty impressive.

In short, if you can imagine yourself working on real estate, tourism or hospitality web sites in the future, this could prove very useful.

  • momos

    Really nice effect, does anyone know if this can be done on an apple computer?

  • That’s very cool! I can’t wait to try it out.

  • the.decoy

    That’s simply awesome.
    Too bad I don’t have a digital camera…

    I wonder if it works with scanned files.

  • Karve

    I have used this and did a quick test snapping a load of pics of my office. Simply phenomenal. Great work. Much better results than manual stiching together of photos.

  • That’s simply awesome. Too bad I don’t have a digital camera…

    I wonder if it works with scanned files.

    It should operate equally well with scanned images. I talked about using a digital camera with it mainly because I expect that most people will use it that way.

  • the.decoy


    I think that using it with camera pics will be the most common purpose of it, and probably the most fun, in my opinion. =)

    Also, to me it’s a pain having to stitch scanned images together in PS. It’s something I’m just not good at, so with this little program, that’s one less headache.

  • Wow this looks great fun – thanks for the link!

  • Cannot wait until a Mac version comes out. This is beyond the cool factor.

  • teotu

    I have the same software for my Mac, but it was distributed by Canon. Does the same thing. Should I give the Japanese credit for this technology? Did M$ steal it?

  • momos

    I have the same software for my Mac, but it was distributed by Canon.

    Ok, I was just up for a new camera, Canon, now you have me convinced

  • arnek

    Very cool Tool !!!

  • Good to see that us Canadians are putting a dent in cutting in breakthough technology

  • EagleUK

    Adobe Photoshop has a stitch feature that is fairly easy to use, and works on PC and Mac.

    In order to get the best (i.e. seamless) panoramas, you should consider the image before you take it. Mount your camera on a tripod to control the vertical dosplacement, and be sure to leave plenty of overlap on images to give the software something to work with. You can even purchase a panoramic adapter for your tripod that gives you the correct swivel factor automatically.

    Images can be digital or scanned. The software doesn’t know where the image came from.

    Hope this helps.

  • Sally

    I’ve used a tool called 360 Panorama Professional. I was able to just add the photos and it just stitched them and then I could tweak it for Web display. It even created an interactive 360 panorama. I think the company is called

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