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Giveaway of the day — PhotoStitcher 1.6

Stitch multiple photos into a picturesque panoramic image.
$19.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 126 (85%) 23 (15%) 45 comments

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With PhotoStitcher you can stitch multiple photos into a picturesque panoramic image. The program smoothly combines photos of different resolutions, shooting angles and even different perspectives into one perfect panorama, imaging breath-taking landscapes, monumental churches or skyscraping mountains that are so hard to fit into one frame.

PhotoStitcher is capable of stitching full view panoramas without any user input. It is a solution to stitch any panorama completely automatically, whether 1D (horizontal OR vertical) or 2D (horizontal AND vertical).

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System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; 1000 MHz processor; 256 MB RAM

Publisher:

TeoreX

Homepage:

https://www.photostitcher.com/

File Size:

12.6 MB

Price:

$19.99

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#14

This program was offered almost a year ago so I won't reprise the GOTD comment I made then. My concerns remain: that the hype for PhotoStitcher 1.6 is more appropriate for an image assembler, as distinct from an image stitcher. About the only thing I can think an image assembler might do is put together several images as a mosaic. This, however, is promoted as software which "smoothly combines photos of different resolutions, shooting angles and even different perspectives into one perfect panorama."

So far, so good. Until it's appreciated, that those photographs need to have the same focal length. Need to have been taken under the same lighting conditions and approximate time of day. And, despite the developer's blurb, were shot from the same perspective. Because if they weren't, then this software won't deliver what is promised . . . because no software ever could.

Apart from anything else, you'd need to post-process the output to correct verticals as well as figure out how to resolve disproportionate representation of an image element due to the camera having originally zoomed out, or in.
So unless you're using $800sworth of Adobe software in the manner I did to deal with the this-way-that-way shadows and skewed verticals and disproportionate image features arising from zoom length variations, then no, you ain't going to manufacture a 'perfect panorama' from a random collection of uni-locational pictures. (And even if you do go the full Adobe route, and hire in an Art Studio to do the work, you still won't succeed.)

I don't blame Teorex for trying. This once buoyant software sector was comprehensively undermined by camera manufacturers who incorporated a 'panoramic' shooting feature as standard on even the cheapest cameras, and was then demolished by Microsoft's freeware ICE, which I also highlighted a year ago so won't bother talking about now. All I will say is that Microsoft -- of whom, as is well known, I am anything but a fan -- has never made the claims that Teorex does.

That said: I can't see any reason why anyone should not download and try out today's offer so long as she or he doesn't believe everything that's claimed for it in its marketing hype. Indeed: if by some small miracle you have finished up with a number of shots which are consistent each with the other in terms of lighting, perspective and focal length, then you may well find this out-performs ICE. Or, er, not. Either way, Teorex has come up with a useful tool in the post-processing kit; whether or not the re-install price is worth the $ is something only the individual GOTDer can ultimately decide.

Bottom line: if you're looking to create panoramas that are visually satisfying by virtue of their visual integrity, then always but always remember that the creation process starts with the taking of the pictures themselves. Thinking that a bundle of shots taken without thought of panoramic integration can afterwards be pulled together into a satisfyingly accurate image is to believe in a wizardry best left to Tolkien.

Reply   |   Comment by MikeR  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+29)
#13

For everything I try, I get an error dialog box titled PhotoStitcher stating "Cannot stitch, not enough key points"

What type of pictures am I supposed to choose?

Reply   |   Comment by Jim  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Jim,
You only can stitch pictures, taken at the same camera-point.
If you stand and take a picture. and take a next picture a little bit to the right and a picture to the left.
These three mus have a overlap and these pictures can be stitched

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#12

I saw people down below were mentioning Microsoft ICE, and i went to download and try it, so I found at least one thing that it can do and today's giveaway can't, that is panoramas from video.

Reply   |   Comment by Evgeny  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#11

Installed on Win 10. First attempt at running nothing happened but after a reboot it appeared to run alright until I tried to stitch a couple of photos together them my machine froze, wouldn't respond and had to be manually rebooted and uninstalled. Ah well, yet another disappointing GOTD day, things ain't what they used to be in the good ol' days.

Reply   |   Comment by Lenny  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#10

An image is just a collection of pixels or dots, & when you use image editing software it analyzes those pixels & modifies them. Teorex specializes in a kind or method of image analysis & manipulation called inpainting. And sometimes inpainting works better than other methods, sometimes not.

wikipedia[.]org/wiki/Inpainting

PhotoStitcher itself is a 12MB one file app with 2 registry keys, one for uninstall, & one for the program. You can save an existing copy of an earlier version of PhotoStitcher somewhere else [e.g. in another folder], & go back to it if you have problems with today's v. 1.6. PhotoStitcher uses Internet Explorer & OpenGL -- problems with either **might** be the cause of some people reporting problems, but that's just a big guess.

OpenGL is very basically an alternative to Direct X sometimes used by graphics hardware, & it's being replaced by something called Vulkan. On this PC with the latest AMD graphics drivers with Vulkan, OpenGL for PhotoStitcher was handled by Windows rather than the graphics card -- in my XP Mode VM it was handled by a few files rather than that single Windows file, I *think* using the emulated graphics hardware, but I didn't pursue it to make sure. I have 2 cores allotted to that XP Mode VM, & while PhotoStitcher was working, CPU use went to 100%.

wikipedia[.]org/wiki/Vulkan_(API)

An easy way to test PhotoSticher to make sure it's working is to take a single image [e.g. one of the completed panoramas from the Teorex site], open it in a regular image editing app, then using the crop tool, save the right & left halves of the image separately, making sure to have some overlap in the middle -- PhotoStitcher needs to see some matching parts in each image or else it won't stitch the images together. Add both halves in PhotoStitcher & it should put them back together in an image that looks like the original.

Whether PhotoSticher is the best software for the job depends on what else you have available & the images themselves. If you're doing a larger panorama for example, the lighting can be different in several of the images, plus if the camera automatically compensates for those changes in lighting, the lens setting &/or shutter speed will change. IOW more editing may be necessary on the original images &/or after they're joined, & that may be more convenient for you in a more full featured app, or you might find a panorama mode or software on your camera or cell phone take care of things so not so much editing is required.

PhotoStitcher vs. Microsoft ICE...
PhotoSticher is lighter weight with its single 12MB file, & if it does what you want/need, I'd think ICE was irrelevant -- OTOH if you need the added features in ICE, by all means install it. In Windows 7 & 8 ICE has the advantage of working with RAW files via the Microsoft Camera Codec Pack, which unfortunately doesn't seem to be available for 10.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)

mike, works in 10 fine

Reply   |   Comment by Buck oooo  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#9

An examples made in PhotoStitcher 1.6:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/pkm859oyptafsx1/GOTD-20160907-berg.jpg?dl=0
and the same in Image Composite Editor (ICE); different:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/r8ip9xafaevs18i/panor1_stitch.jpg?dl=0
And a JPG made from a video:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/sr624ttffu513cg/My_Morning_Run_stitch.jpg?dl=0

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Ootje,
Nice of you to give examples, but you could at least have used the same photos for PhotoStitcher & ICE !

Reply   |   Comment by Harry  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Ootje, so, the conclusion? Which one is better?

Reply   |   Comment by Evgeny  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Ootje,

Thanks for posting the examples.

Your morning run looks like quite a workout! Are we to assume that one was made with ICE (which can include multiple "key moments" for "moving subjects")?

Otherwise, for your mountain scene comparison, they appear to be Left/Right mirror images of each other (with Photostitcher apparently cropping and horizontally-stretching the scene somewhat in your example -- at least it appears that way on my computer). But which one, PhotoStitcher or ICE, correctly matches the L/R orientation of the original source photos? (Or alternately, which one is guilty of mirroring the original photos?).

I don't recall an older version of PhotoStitcher doing that (which I'm keeping since it works OK).

Again, thanks to you and to TeoreX and GOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by HMarx  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Evgeny, Harry
I did use the same originals. Maybe I did alter the configuration of ICE.
I have installed both programs again and stitched two series of photo's(jpg).
In both program I used crop/autocrop
The output from PhotoStitcher 1.6; saved as jpg, 100%:
https://ootjegotd.stackstorage.com/index.php/s/5azrkl2X90mopEg
and the output from Image Composite Editor (ICE), saved as jpg, 100%:
https://ootjegotd.stackstorage.com/index.php/s/rhQhYM5qkchawCD
The other series:
GOTD: https://ootjegotd.stackstorage.com/index.php/s/lFck4KXmKemNSqV
ICE: https://ootjegotd.stackstorage.com/index.php/s/rPfTZD4bVvjkedV
ICE has more to offer then PhotoStitcher 1.6, a photo of a series scenes of a movie.
The GOTD-program is simple and easy to use.
ICE has also autocomplete:
https://ootjegotd.stackstorage.com/index.php/s/3m1bJKcJNKzquBo
and: https://ootjegotd.stackstorage.com/index.php/s/vZaQOLQsDA62rmz

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

Ootje, I like how you often provide evidence or examples to show how the programs work for you. I know that takes time to test and then upload the results for us. Much appreciated! I like your pictures also.

And on my screen, ICE seems to have better clarity. Looks like both programs do a very good job of "stitching" the photos together.

Reply   |   Comment by mrdave  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Harry, that is confusing.

Reply   |   Comment by Adrian  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#8

Well I followed all the instructions, activated the program, all good. Added 3 photos to stitch, clicked Stitch and the programed disappeared. Tried again but this time with only 2 pictures and clicked Stitch and once again the programme disappeared. Tried the 3 pictures again but this time I used Microsoft Ice and no problems. Tried using Acropano Photo Stitcher and no problems. Tried once more Photostitcher and again it disappeared. Now this time this program is going to disappear. Used uninstall and guess what? It disappeared.

Reply   |   Comment by Joe  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)
#7

http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/projects/ice/

Microsoft ICE. Still good.

Reply   |   Comment by Alejandro Munera  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

Alejandro Munera, I did try the download links on the page you provided, but got the same message "We are sorry, the page you requested cannot be found."

Reply   |   Comment by m  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

m, try go there https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=52459 scroll down (depends on your screen size) and you should see the download button

Reply   |   Comment by Evgeny  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#6

Any program from TeoreX is exceptional. All of their programs do exactly what they are supposed to.

Reply   |   Comment by Gary  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-17)
#5

How do you confirm Activation/Registration?

Reply   |   Comment by Glenn Norman  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Glenn Norman,
Close the program PhotoStitcher 1.6
And use the program Activate, included in the ZIP of GOTD.
After that, PhotoStitcher 1.6 will be activated/registered.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/1gr1l9mlvb06zcg/ZonderActivate.png?dl=0
and after:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ob4jve0vngku847/Na-Activate.png?dl=0

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#4

I've had this on my PC for some time now...and as an ex pro photographer I'm not the most easy person to impress...but this program really did the job for me on number of occasions. I've used PS as well...this is easier by far.

It has got limitations though...all programs have...but you shouldn't have any problems. One of the limitations is the number of images you can join together, so...join up some shots, save them to a folder, do the same with the rest of your shots ( so you have small "groups" ) then join the groups....if that makes sense...Sorry I cant explain it better right now...blame the throbbing migraine :-/

Reply   |   Comment by Ian  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+44)
#3

Download and installed on Windows 8.1
Ran program and loaded 4 photos, which I have stitched in other programs. Clicked on Stitch button and after a short while the whole computer froze and wouldn't even respond to ctrl alt del. Had to manually turn PC off.

Reply   |   Comment by Harroman  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#2

Installed and activated on windows 10.
Entered a batch of photos (New York from the roof of the Rockefeller Center) which produced an excellent panorama in the free Microsoft ICE.
Oh dear! After several minutes of processing PhotoStitcher returned a small black square!
Microsoft ICE can do in seconds what PhotoStitcher can't do at all.

Reply   |   Comment by paul  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+33)

paul, the microsoft website seems to have removed the download links to ICE.
At least I could not find a link that seemed legit.
Thanks for your evaluation, though.

Reply   |   Comment by m  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)

m, It's very easy to find and available direct from Microsoft, so it's legit.

http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/projects/ice/

Reply   |   Comment by drake  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

I downloaded ICE at the end of July. I checked the site a few minutes ago:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=52459

ICE is still there and I downloaded it again just to be sure. No problems.

Reply   |   Comment by ZZC  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

maybe you should change your search software ... I found it within seconds on Google
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=52459

Reply   |   Comment by Encyclopedia Brittanica  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

paul, +1 for MS ICE

Reply   |   Comment by ilikefree  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Encyclopedia Brittanica, None of these links work on the Microsoft site. The message: "
We are sorry, the page you requested cannot be found. " appears even when I do my own Google search without the Links portal site that comes up with the above URLs supplied. Sorry folks, Microsoft has discontinued this program or made it no longer available.

Reply   |   Comment by PASystems  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-23)

PASystems, your wrong, it's still available, just google Microsoft ICE and it shows up straight away on the Microsoft website

Reply   |   Comment by Buckoooo  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

PASystems,

http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/projects/ice/

Reply   |   Comment by rww  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Microsoft ICE 2.0.3 runs on Windows 10 , Windows 7 and Windows 8
and needs Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 to be installed.

Reply   |   Comment by StrayCat  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

PASystems, Definitely still there from within the EU, why don't you ask on their forum
https://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/home?forum=ice
why you can't access it

Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

drake,
--
m, It's very easy to find and available direct from Microsoft, so it's legit.

h.ttp://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/projects/ice/
---
Because of safety rule the link will be opened as:
h.ttp://links.giveawayoftheday.com/research.microsoft.com/en-us%2Fum%2Fredmond%2Fprojects%2Fice%2F
And then the other links on that page will not work.
Copy the link and paste it in your browser.
And the 32bits and 64bits can be downloaded.

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

PASystems, I just downloaded Microsoft ICE five minutes ago.

Reply   |   Comment by Injeun  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Injeun,

Just did. 1 min ago!

https://download.microsoft.com/download/7/3/9/73918E0B-C146-40FA-B18C-EADF03FEC4BA/ICE-2.0.3-for-64-bit-Windows.msi

Reply   |   Comment by KD  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/projects/ice/

Reply   |   Comment by paul  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

ICE is STILL available! Just downloaded it!

Reply   |   Comment by R Wijou  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Just to clarify, I am running a 64bit Win 10 machine in the USA. Connecting to the microsoft ICE homepage through either USA or even a UK VPN- in either case, the download link does not work.
However, the direct link to the msi via GAOTD site is working...and downloading a 7.7 MB file. Is that what most of you are also getting? Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by m  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

rww, TRhis is the message I get when I attempt to download thge 64 bit version:


We are sorry, the page you requested cannot be found.
The URL may be misspelled or the page you're looking for is no longer available.
See search results below

The download link doesn't work in Firefox, doesn't work in Chrome but, it works in a "New Window" in Microsoft's Edge browser. Hmmm..

Reply   |   Comment by PASystems  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#1

Is it run on a 64 bit OS?
Does it take RAW images or only jpg?

Reply   |   Comment by אדם  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-11)

אדם, if you helped yourself instead of seeking help from others, answers to your questions would emerge very quickly indeed. Elsewhere on this page, a link to the developer's website appears. Click on it. Go to the tab marked 'Download'. Read the page.

There. Done. Simples.

Reply   |   Comment by MikeR  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

MikeR, it would have been easy to answer to help that person and others. The download tab has nothing about raw or jpg that I could find. Not so simples.

Reply   |   Comment by kenb  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

kenb, only easy if you had done the download for yourself and installed it then read the help file... אדם should do it for themselves since the cost is zero$ and the developer is relatively well known so relatively safe to install, try and uninstall if it does not do what they need.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
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