Hugin 2011.4.0 further automates panorama stitching

Hugin 2011.4.0 further automates panorama stitching

New version of Hugin, a free panorama stitcher, has gradual improvements rather than radical new features, but some of those improvements are going to considerably simplify your work and bring some more joy to your life.

Hugin 2011.4.0 got a vertical feature detection tool for automatic leveling of panoramas. If your source images are not level, the tool will detect vertical features and automatically assign vertical control points to them. So you do less manual work.

The batch GUI application now accepts project files that don't have alignment information. What it means is that you can spend even less time in front of your computer.

Say, you came from a trip with several panoramas. All you need to do now is:

  1. Process and export images from your RAW workflow app like darktable.
  2. Fire up Hugin, in the Assistant tab add those photos to your blank project.
  3. Save the project and send it to the batch app for alignment.
  4. In the batch app enable Automatic stitch after assistant checkbox that's in the sidebar.
  5. Repeat the process for every panorama you shot.

Now just run the batch, go play with your kids, cook an awesome dinner or seduce your spouse. While you are busy with your life, every successfully aligned panorama will be automatically moved to stitching queue and stitched.

There are few smaller improvements in this release:

  • While cropping a panorama in the Fast Preview dialog you can now use half a dozen of composition guides such as golden ratio or diagonal method.
  • EXR exporter now uses relative exposure values instead of absolute values to prevent exposure clipping.

This time management edition of Hugin is available in source code, Windows installers and, soon, in DMG packages for Mac. An Ubuntu PPA with stable builds hasn't been updated yet, but watch it.

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  1. I have been using Hugin for over a year now and it sure is a fantastic piece of software and keeps getting better. I am very much looking forward to the update to the Ubuntu PPA for just the automatic leveling feature alone! Thanks for the update.

  2. PtGui is an equally good piece of software for Panos. Will give this a shot as well :)

  3. Hugin is a A+ software for Panos. Highly recommened!

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