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AutoStitch Panorama Jumps to iPad

I’ve been using AutoStitch on my iPhone for a long time, and the iPad version was released earlier today. I’m excited. Not just because it’s now available, but also because one of my photos was used for a screenshot! 🙂

Sample images created with AutoStitch Panorama

Sample images created with AutoStitch Panorama. I took the vertical one of Radio City Music Hall while in NYC.

Some of the highlights from the full description are the ability to create up to 36 MB images, sharing projects with iPhone version of AutoStitch, and the great word…simplicity. This app really does make it simple when you want to stitch shots together.

AutoStitch creates the highest quality panoramas available on your iPad. It is the only app that stitches full-resolution photos taken in any arrangement into seamless high-resolution panoramas.

AutoStitch allows you to stitch any photos in your photo albums. Photos can be taken with the AutoStitch camera, with any other camera app, or even imported from another camera.

The built-in StitchGuide viewfinder makes it easy to capture exactly the scene that you want. The augmented reality interface elegantly displays the positions where previous images have been taken, making it easy to line up your next photo precisely.

For those that have AutoStitch for iPhone, the iPad version complements it perfectly. You can capture shots on the go with your phone, then transfer your projects to the iPad to view them on the larger screen. You can even re-stitch them at twice the maximum resolution, up to 36 megapixels.

Features:
● Simple and intuitive interface. Just choose or snap images and tap “Stitch”
● Choice of resolutions up to 36 megapixels for poster-quality prints (iPad2 or newer)
● All source images are retained, so you can change stitch options later
● Crop the result with automatic or manual cropping
● Includes StitchGuide augmented-reality viewfinder (iPad2 or newer)
● Stitch photos taken with any other camera or app
● Share your creations via email, Facebook, or Twitter

One of the big differences between AutoStitch and the built in panorama feature on the iPhone is that this lets you stitch the photos you’ve taken which are properly exposed. The built in panorama locks in the exposure and doesn’t change as you pan around. The ‘stitches’ with AutoStitch are amazingly seamless in most situations.

As I’ve said, I’ve been using the iPhone version for a long time. I always use it when I want to stitch some photos together. The new iPad version is a great addition to the AutoStitch family.

AutoStitch Panorama for iPad is currently $2.99.

And for the iPhone users:
AutoStitch Panorama for iPhone is currently $1.99.

Looking Up at Tall Buildings

I’m back from my vacation in NYC and have been getting caught up on work this week. I ended up taking a few hundred photos while up there. I liked this shot of Radio City Music Hall that I created by using AutoStitch Panorama to stitch 5 photos together on my iPhone.

Radio City

You can create a photo similar to this using the iOS 6 panorama feature, but when using that feature the camera never adjusts the exposure as you pan the camera across a large region (at least from what I’ve seen). When the lighting varies a lot over the region it is better to take multiple shots with proper exposure in each region and then let the stitching software/app achieve a nice blend.

I’m pretty sure I also did a panorama of this same scene, but need to find it. If I can I’ll post that up here for comparison. I just remember that this stitched shot looked much better. I have a new iMac that should get delivered next week, so I’ll finally have a nice big computer to sort through years of photos. Can’t wait!

Since the year is almost over I’ll start doing some wrap-up posts about the best apps and programs of the year, so stay tuned.

Panorama Goes Either Way

The built in panorama tool that got included with iOS 6 is pretty nice and lets you create some great shots. When you first choose the panorama option (Options > Panorama when camera app is open) you’ll see an arrow which shows that you should move your phone from left to right.

Panorama: Left to Right Arrow

Panorama: Arrow for Left to Right Motion

But if you ever feel like changing things you can tap on the arrow and it will change direction! You can then move the phone from the right to the left.

Panorama: Right to Left Arrow

Panorama: Arrow for Right to Left Motion

Another nifty feature is that you can stop capturing the panorama at any time by pressing on the shutter button a second time before the panorama has been completed. And don’t forget you can also use the volume up button to take a photo/snap the shutter button.

Panorama Goes Vertical

IOS users tend to be brave and from stats on the web 15% of you have already upgraded to iOS 6. That is a lot of people! I’m sure the number of panorama photos on Flickr (and other sites) will start to increase rather quickly since this is now a built in feature of the camera app. Most are used to a traditional horizontal panorama that shows a gorgeous landscape (or just my street), but never forget the vertical approach.

Street view

I went out as the sun was setting and did a horizontal shot, and then I lined a vertical shot. It is rather easy to spin around to get a horizontal shot since you can constantly watch the little arrow and try to keep it lined up. Vertical shots are far more challenging. I took this one in a hand held way and just rotated my hand around. I couldn’t keep an eye on the little arrow, so I was “flying blind” on the alignment. This would be so much easier with a nice tripod.

Disconnect

Both images are over on Flickr, so feel free to view far more pixels there.

It will also be interesting to see how other apps do with these gigantic (20MB+) images. Camera+ crashed on me once (worked the 2nd time) when trying to save the horizontal shot which is slightly larger in file size than the vertical shot.

Here Comes Trouble — iPhone 5, iOS 6, and iCloud

The new iPhone 5 is almost here. Two million of them were sold in a mere 24 hours. I’ve decided to pass on this upgrade. My iPhone 4S is a great phone, and the upgrade to the camera wasn’t quite enough to get me to cough up the extra money to do an early upgrade. Even though I won’t get the new phone, I’ll still get to play with the new operating system for the iPhone called iOS 6. It has a wealth of new features including the panorama photo and the ability to share Photo Streams. It will be released in just two days.

I recently showed the new panoramic feature on iOS 6, and the video below shows a bit of the sharing feature. I’m not entirely sure if it is worth watching, but put it up here anyway 🙂

With the new Photo Stream you’ll be able to create albums on the iCloud.com site. The albums can shared just with specific people or the public. Apple highlights this new feature here.

During the next few days more than two million new iPhones will be unboxed. That is two million new cameras. Millions of current iPhone users will be downloading/installing iOS 6. Millions will be signing up to use iCloud with lots and lots of new photos. Millions will be telling Siri to “Take a Photo” (which will now start the camera app under iOS 6). With all this new stuff only one thing can happen — trouble.

Every year when Apple releases the new iPhone the web gets inundated with a LOT of data going back and forth. I’m willing to be that Apple servers will be overloaded and lots of people will be complaining about it. In the last few days there have already been a few issues with the iCloud email and iMessages. During this upcoming week of Apple cheer try to stay calm. It may take a few extra hours or days, but sooner or later you’ll get things up and running.

Relax. Take a few deep breaths. And enjoy your new iPhone, iOS, and iCloud PhotoStreams.

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