Autopano Pro 2 is out

The long awaited update is out, and it's pretty awesome.


It addresses many of the usability issues that come up in real-world production, and there are several big new features. This update also marks the split into Autopano Pro and Autopano Giga.

Here is a little run-down of the new features:

GPU support


Provided you have a decent graphics card, you can get a pretty substantial speed increase. GPU is used not only for rendering, but also for pano detection and faster realtime feedback.



Improved manual editor


Manually fixing a stitch has always been the achilles heel of Autopano. Not anymore. The editor has been refined and is much more usable. New History, even with Snapshots / fully customizable UI / draggable images.
My favorite new feature is the Local Optimizer: You right-click on an image and let Autopano re-align just that surrounding area, without affecting the rest of the panorama. Very useful, very fast.


Automatic pano robot support



There are several new presets for importing images from a pano robot. The images come in pre-aligned, according to the rows and columns that the robot shoots. This makes detection on Gigapixel images much faster, and for some robots even unnecessary.
Note, that this feature is available in both versions. Only support for the high-end Radeon VR head from Dr.Clauss is limited to Autopano Giga. If you have a homegrown robot, or the low-cost Gigapan, you're fine with the "Pro" version.


Flash website generator



This feature is actually so big, that it became a separate application. Autopano Tour, only available as part of Autopano Giga.

Since Apple left Quicktime VR out to die, Flash has become the dominant way of showcasing panoramas on the web. And with Autopano Tour it's easy to create such a flash presentation. A very pretty interface for drawing hotspots and linking from one pano to the another. The generated website uses krpano as player (which coincidentally is also used on my own flash gallery). Very cool.


Others


RAW import, Linux version, new Preference window that is both easier and more powerful.


Bottom line


I've had some great success with the beta versions, so I can confirm that this is indeed a worthy update. Most great features are identical in both versions, so unless you're after the Flash generator the "Pro" is all you need. Really, the name "Giga" is a bit misleading, because this is more of a "Deluxe" version that adds the cherry on top.

Best way to buy


If you're updating from a previous version, you're best off with the official Update Offer. But if you're planning on a new purchase, remember to unlock the coupon codes on my software list to get a 10% deal on the "Pro", and 15% on the "Giga" version.

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