For stitching panoramas you most probably wont get in contact with PTStitcher frequently, since the scripting is moe or less completely done by the GUIs PTMac, PTGui, PTAssembler, hugin and some tools like PanoCube.
However, there are several occasions where you might need to write or at least understand the scripts or call PTStitcher directly (for some batch tasks f.e.).
The PTStitcher source code was never published, hence there are no changes possible to certain functions. But since a considerable part of it's functionality is in pano12 library, PTStitcher benefits from every update of this core library.
You can take PTStitcher from any of the panotools distribution on one of the Mirrors. In order to use new functionality you need a recent copy of pano12 library.
There is a freeware replacement for PTStitcher called nona in the hugin project which has much (but not all) of the PTStitcher features.
PTStitcher is script driven. The scripts are in pure text format and can be edited with any text or programming editor (on windows notepad will do).
They are processed on a line by line basis. Each line starts with a special character (case sensitive) that indicates the meaning of the rest of the line. All other first in line characters are ignored and considered comments.
- The original PTStitcher Readme file contains basic information.
- The updated original example script with lots of comments is found at Jim Watter's page
- Ben Kreunen has an excellent list about the parameters of the p- o- and m-line and some example scripts.
- Frequently asked questions about PTStitcher including solutions to common problems are found at the inofficial Panorama Tools FAQ.
- On the wiki there are some techniques described that use PTStitcher:
Calling from the command line
PTStitcher can be called from the command line (this is what all GUIs do, too).
(to be completed soon)