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Software to View, Create, Edit and Remap Panoramic Images :


(1) High Quality Image Transformations:

(2) Most versatile Panorama Software: (3) Simple to use (4) Free to use, no royalties

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Panorama Tools is free software. It is distributed under GNU license. If you want to support the development you can sponsor it, and maybe even save taxes. Read here about how.

Panoramas generated using Panorama Tools

To view the panoramas, you need one of several viewers. The best image quality is achieved by using the free "PTViewer" from this site. However, you need to download the JPEG panoramas and watch them locally on your system. The best plug-in solution is the the RealVR (now Zoom 3.2) viewer from LivePicture . Alternatively, you may download and use the free Smoothmove viewer from Infinite Pictures. A third alternative is the Quicktime VR viewer from Apple . It is a cylindrical viewer, so that you can not look up or down. If you do not want to download a plug-in, you may choose one of the Java-viewers, and instantly view the panoramas. You can choose between the RealVR-java viewer and the Java-version of PTViewer. This is also the only solution if you do not use a Mac or PC. Please note that the viewer window of the Java viewers is quite small, and image quality is worse than with the other solutions. To pan through a panorama, push the mouse button and move the pointer.

Spherical Panoramas can also be viewed by other free viewers.This page describes the use of VRML-browsers and the conversion to cubic format.

Cathedral of St. Blasien, Spherical JPEG (289k) , RealVR (289k) , Smoothmove (247k) , PTViewer-Java (160k) , or RealVR-Java (160k)
Monument Valley, Spherical JPEG (174k) , RealVR (174k) , Smoothmove (247k) , PTViewer-Java (100k) , or RealVR-Java (100k)
Grand Canyon, Spherical JPEG (230k) , RealVR (230k) , Smoothmove (247k) , VRML (200k) , PTViewer-Java (145k) , RealVR-Java (145k)
Hurricane Lothar, Christmas 1999, High Resolution Cylindrical QTVR (600k) , or PTViewer-Java (150k)
Virtual Tour of Marburg
Black Forest Walk - Five Spherical Panoramas for all major viewers

Panorama Tools: Documentation, Info and More Uses

  • Links to more Panorama Tools Resources
  • Editing Panoramic Images: How to insert text and images
  • Using Fisheye Images for Architectural Photography
  • Correcting Barrel Distortions
  • Testing Interpolator Quality
  • Why Gamma is important for Image Transformations
  • Creating Panoramas using the Nikon Coolpix with Fisheye Adapter ***Updated*for*PTStitcher***
  • Creating Panoramas using the Adjust Tool
  • About Wide Angle Perspective - Changing Perspective using Panorama Tools
  • MakePan A small utility to convert PSphere (LivePicture) VR-panos to Smoothmove format and vice-versa.
  • Scripting Syntax - Bret McKee's first chapter of a serious PanoTools Manual
  • Reducing Noise in scanned images and increasing D using PTAverage. PTAverage is part of the PTStitcher package
  • Scanning MF-film using 35mm Scanners.
  • Correcting Color Separation in Scanning Back Cameras.
  • Extracting Rectilinear Images from Panoramas.


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    Last updated September 17, 2000