The Panorama Factory

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Panorama Factory is a pretty robust program for creating panoramic images. Like other programs, you can use a guided step by step, pretty foolproof method, or do it all manually. The program can automatically detect camera rotation, focal length, falloff, plus warp, align and fine tune the image, blend, sharper and automatically crop.

Like most wizards, Panorama Factory�s wizard works best if everything is as close to perfect as possible (level tripod, etc.) If not, you�ll have to play around and try different combinations of settings. I have a hard time getting good results from �neckstrap� panos.

It�s one of the less expensive programs available (Windows based only) and pretty speedy. You can create partial or 360 degree single row panos.

You can add hotspots and create virtual tours (see their website for examples.) The hotspot editor is one of the nicer ones I have seen to date. It�s simple to use and has a lot of options (including target frame � rare to find!)

You can also create your pano in a variety of formats:

QuickTime iSeeMedia PTViewer

As well as save the file in the above formats, plus:

Layered Photoshop image Image file only: TIF, PNG, JPG

It's share ware. You can download a trial version and try it out. The older version - 1.6 (much less in the feature department) is free.

From their website:

The Standard Edition V4.0 (shareware)

Starting with release V2.0, The Panorama Factory is shareware. This means that you may evaluate The Panorama Factory Standard Edition for up to 30 days without registering it.

This download includes English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch, Czech, Hungarian, Slovak and Russian. To choose your language, start the program and then select your language from the Languages tab of the Options dialog (Tools menu). Online help is supplied in a "bilingual" format showing commands, buttons, etc. in the local language with explanations in English.

Please note: During the evaluation period a watermark will be placed on the images you create. You must purchase a Registration Key if you want to continue using the Software after the 30 day evaluation period ends or to produce images without watermarks. Read the Standard Edition license for more information.