ArcSoft Panorama Maker

ArcSoft Panorama Maker

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.0
out of 21 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
6.0.0.9418
File Size:
40.11MB
Date Added:
August 01, 2013
Price:
Free to try (15-day trial); $79.99 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
116,166
Downloads Last Week:
95
Additional Requirements:
DirectX 9.0 or higher, Apple QuickTime 7.0 or higher

Editors' review

ArcSoft Panorama Maker Pro is a simple and elegant way for users to convert multiple images into one panoramic image. Its sleek design and ease of use place it among the best programs we've seen.

The program's interface is quite sleek and attractive. The first screen that users encounter upon opening the program contains information about how to shoot photos that make good panoramic images, including information about camera settings, tripod use, and photo overlap. Past that, to the left is a tree-structured view of the computer, allowing users to quickly locate the images that they want to work with. Because we had access to photos taken by a professional with a tripod, all we had to do was choose our images, click Next, and the program converted our four photos into one seamless panoramic image. We were quite impressed with how good the result looked, with no indication that multiple images had been stitched together. The program recognizes, of course, that in many cases users will not have perfectly level, perfectly metered shots, so it gives users the option of manually adjusting the alignment points and blend. Users can also adjust the brightness and contrast of images. A variety of panoramic layouts is supported, including vertical, horizontal, tile, and 360 degrees. The online Help file is brief but useful.

ArcSoft Panorama Maker Pro is free to try, but results can only be saved at 1/16 size. The program installs desktop icons without asking but uninstalls cleanly. We strongly recommend this program to all users.

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  • All Versions:

    3.0

    out of 21 votes

    • 5 star: 7
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 7
  • Current Version:

    1.0

    out of 1 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 1 stars

    "Don't be fooled by overall rating!!!"

    August 11, 2014   |   By whitemj3

    Version: ArcSoft Panorama Maker 6 6.0.0.92

    Pros

    NONE. Version 6 is a piece of crap. Version 5 worked pretty well but not so much with Windows 7

    Cons

    Version 6 defaults to 3D merge, which is probably not useful to most people, so you probably want to avoid automerge.
    Have so many application errors that the product is not useful.

    Summary

    I wish I could give version 6, 0 stars. I upgraded from version 5 to version 6 since my new computer runs Windows 7. The product basically does not work. If I tried to merge any more than 2 images I would get an application error of one sort or another. When I was able to merge 2 images together the result was terrible. When I tried to manually set the merge points, half the time it would tell me that I placed the points in INVALID areas (this used to work in version 5). When I was able to reposition merge points manually and not get the error, the APPLY button basically did not do anything and would not let me return or move forward without cancelling the changes I just made.
    I wish I had read the recent reviews of this product version before purchasing rather than just looking at the CNET ratings (which fooled me by the title implying reviews of version 6 when the reviews are mostly from 2010 and version 5) SHAME ON CNET for combining the reviews of 2 different product versions, and SHAME ON ME for not reading the reviews and trusting ArcSoft to not advertise crap software (I used to love ArcSoft products but they don't seem to know how to get stuff to work with Windows 7)

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