Review: Hugin for Mac offers an open-source tool for creating panoramas

Combine your digital photos and create beautiful panoramas using Hugin for Mac.

When cameras do not have a panoramic capability, users may need a program to combine two separate images for the desired result. Hugin for Mac functions well, but is overly complicated for its relatively limited purpose.

The downloaded file folder contained multiple files in addition to a readme, and also had two subfolders, one of which was just for licenses. Installation of Hugin for Mac was overly complicated and actually placed two separate programs into the applications folder. Initiating the program also brought up a warning that a prior version was detected, which was not possible since the test computer had not used the application at any earlier time. Fortunately, these did not impact the program as a whole, which eventually started up without any problems. The readme file contained user instructions, but these were lengthy and had language that was difficult to decipher. Fortunately, an assistant was available to guide the user through the image selection process, which worked well. The program automatically analyzed the images for common points to combine them. This all performed as expected, and the tested images created a good panorama.

For those advanced users in need of a panorama creation program, Hugin for Mac performs well, but most users would find it overly difficult to use.

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