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Image Composite Editor

By Microsoft Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Jun 15, 2011

There is something kind of magical about creating panoramic images. If all goes as planned, you take several separate photos and then use a piece of software to stitch them seamlessly into one. The best programs do this with little effort on the part of the user and return images that don't betray their piecemeal origins. Image Composite Editor is just such a program. It's easy enough for anyone to use, but the end result is better than we've seen from other, more complex programs.

Image Composite Editor has a plain, uncluttered interface, and creating a panorama is as simple as dragging and dropping your images onto the program. Users can choose between different styles of camera motion--rotating motion or different types of planar motion--each of which gives the panorama a different look. The program can crop the resulting panorama automatically, or users can do it manually. The panorama can be resized and saved in a variety of different file types, including JPEG, TIFF, Photoshop, BMP, and PNG. We do wish that the program came with a Help file, because beginners might not be familiar with all of the terminology used, such as the different types of camera motion. But even users with no previous experience should still be able to create some fairly good-looking results. We were particularly impressed that the program did such a good job of merging our images together with not even a hint of where the seams might be; we've used the same set of images to test other programs and did not get such good results. Overall, Image Composite Editor might not be the best choice for serious photo nerds who like to have a lot of control, but for everyone else, this program is a no-brainer.

Image Composite Editor installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program to all users.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.4.4

Version 1.4.4 improves blending engine.

General

Release June 3, 2011
Date Added May 26, 2011
Version 1.4.4

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 10,963
Downloads Last Week 1
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Developer's Description

With Image Composite Editor, you can easily stitch your images together to create a seamless panorama. This enables you to take a set of overlapping photographs of a scene shot from a single camera location and creates a high-resolution panorama incorporating all the source images at full resolution. You can then save the stitched panorama in a wide variety of formats, which include common formats, such as JPEG and TIFF, as well as multi-resolution tiled formats, such as HD View and Silverlight Deep Zoom.