Hugin 2013.0 simplifies panorama stitching

Hugin 2013.0 simplifies panorama stitching

New version of the popular panorama stitcher is now even friendlier towards beginners. If you want an awesome panorama without much fiddling with settings, Hugin is very nearly there.

Now the user interface of Hugin has three modes: Simple (default), Advanced, and Expert. The simple UI is basically the old panorama preview dialog with panorama stitching wizard added on top of it, so you can still create a panorama in just three steps.

If you are not familiar with the procedure, it's all dead easy.

1. Add original images.

2. Launch alignment of the pictures. Hugin will attempt to discover matching features in pairs of images and re-align them.

This step is also where you pick mapping (e.g. Panini is great for architecture) and set cropping to remove "leftovers" — bits of the original images mashed with black background due to transformmations.

3. Finally, choose how you want Hugin to handle stacks of exposure bracketed images, if you have those, pick a file format to save the panorama in, and let it build the final image for you.

All the extra things like editing control points, creating masks to remove objects etc. are only visible in Advanced and Expert modes. Which is where you see the old main window of Hugin.

Frankly speaking, if you are already faimiliar with Hugin, you will probably find the user interface related changes not exactly dramatic. After all, Hugin developers preserved most of what already was there and rearranged guts and limbs in a different way (still, no drama).

Typically for Hugin, the release comes with a few new command line tools:

  • pto_var, changes image variables inside PTO files;
  • pto_lensstack, modifies assigned lenses and stack in PTO files;
  • geocpset, sets or adds geometric constraints for multirow panoramas with featureless images.

There's of course, a number of bugfixes and smaller improvements all around. Source code and builds for various systems are available on SourceForge.

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  1. After using a few years ago Realviz’s (now Autodesk’s) Stitcher, I felt Hugin was just terrible. You can’t simply take a bunch of line commands, dress them with some windows and buttons and call it a UI.

    I’ll try this new version and see how it goes, but according to what you describe, I’m not very hopeful.

  2. I’ve used Hugin many times as a part of developing apps for displaying panoramas, and eac time i use it I’m so grateful that it exists, works and takes up so little of my time to get good results so that i can focus more on developing useful interactive features for my apps. great to hear hugin is getting some updates, i look forward to checking them out :)

  3. A nice share ... I am fond of taking pics in the panorama mode. The Hugin stitcher truly simplifies the task