Date Added:Nov. 07, 2012
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Does the job efficiently, numerous features and possibilities of adjustments.
Likes to crash. Some of the features appear counter-intuitive at the first sight.
No problems with download and installation on Win7 (64 bit). Hugin 2011.4.0 is a free full version software, no additional bundled garbage.
When using "assistant" feature and sufficiently overlapping images everything works very well. Select pictures - press "align" and wait for processing (with output written on the screen! - must be a fun feature for programmers, but may annoy casual users) - panorama preview shows in a new window (here one has possibility of some adjustments) - close the preview window and press "create panorama" to finish (again new windows appear). All of the actions are saved in software-specific format, but the resulting images are saved as tiff (default), with jpeg and png available).
Using the advanced features, one can change apparent focal length, adjust type of panorama projection, crop and mask individual images, select custom stitch points, adjust and optimise exposure, etc. Software automatically and quite efficiently corrects and optimises different exposures (although in the preview this sometimes does not show).
An obvious glitch: after making the adjustments, one must return to the "assistant" tab and select "Align" to process panorama - using "stitch" generates an error. Another problem is with overwriting existing files - sometimes works and sometimes just shows a failure message.
The programme crashed several times for no apparent reason and thus lost a full star. Fortuitously, it loads quickly to try again.
Overall, it is a good software, with many advanced features. Some features may appear difficult and frustrating to a casual user. Minor glitches require fixing.
Free. Not my time, mind you. In fact, I'm probably going to pay a few bucks for a program that doesn't require three hours of my time just for basic operations.
This program brings the following question to mind: "what exactly is happening here?" Imagine a microwave where the controls aren't labeled. Bunch of blank buttons. You put the food in... what next? Push a few buttons randomly, and learn that... no! You've done it all wrong! Same deal here. Oh, your error will be crystal clear, because Hugin will warn you that, "the linear dimensionality of the glernelbixal slomonotionizer is not sufficiently exposified in proportionate divestiture in accordance with the externally pre-selected flux capacitor inputs." I'm paraphrasing, of course. Eventually you manage a sorta-image and think, "finally! Time to save this thing!" Unfortunately, the default (and unchangeable) file extension isn't registered with the OS. The icon representing the (image? file?) is indeed a Hugin graphic, but double-clicking it confuses the OS, which cheerily reminds you that "Windows can't open this file," prompting you to spend EVEN MORE TIME SETTING UP THIS PROGRAM.
Wow. That was actually fun. I have no doubts the programmer(s) of Hugin are brilliant at what they do. But they apparently failed to test their product with a dummy, like me. I have no earthly idea what is happening when I open their program. Fortunately, it was FREE, and removing it from my hard drive only took a couple minutes.
Reply by kencameron on June 2, 2012
Interesting. Given that the program worked beautifully out of the box in my case and struck me as elegant, powerful and easy to use, it would be tempting to underline the phrase "dummy, like me" in your review - but that would be unfair, because I have no reason to suppose that your difficulties weren't real or that you are somehow incapable of doing this stuff right. I do wonder, though, if you are going to find any powerful Pano/HDR software that works more easily for you - and I have tried most of the options. This stuff always has a steepish learning curve, and I suspect that what has happened for you is simply getting stuck at the bottom of it. Anyway, good luck in finding something that works better for you.
Comprehensive features, but also includes an "assist" mode which is easy and effective for 99% of users. Superior results. Free.
Installation disk space and memory usage are pretty large. Processing is slow compared to some other (less capable) stitching programs.
Went looking for this because I was not satisfied with the results from the free stitching program that came with my Canon camera (PhotoStitch). Hugin processed a challenging (because the images were fairly close up, maybe 50ft or less) 360deg sequence of 26 images of a museum courtyard, 14MP each. It produced a flawless result. This was done with the automated assist feature, and required no additional tweaking (although the tweaking features are impressive). PhotoStitch had required adjustment before it would even process the photos, and the result was horrible, with mismatched seams everywhere.
I've given Hugin 5 stars despite the disk and memory usage and speed issues, because the results are that good.
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|Publisher web site||http://homepage.mac.com/ippei_ukai/|
|Release Date||November 05, 2012|
|Date Added||November 07, 2012|
|Category||Digital Photo Software|
|Operating Systems||Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7|
|Downloads Last Week||10|