Download of the Week: Microsoft Image Composite Editor

By on January 20, 2011, 4:47 PM
Microsoft Image Composite Editor is a neat little tool from the software giant’s research group that uses a powerful stitching engine to create panoramic photos. You can simply load the individual shots – taken from a single camera location – onto the interface and the program will automatically analyze overlaps to combine them into a high-resolution panoramic scene. The process is rather simple and the results can be impressive, as seen on the video below.

Obviously your mileage will vary depending on the photos available. The program features advanced orientation adjustment view options for planar, cylindrical, and spherical projections as well as an orientation tool for adjusting panorama rotation. The stitched panorama can be shared with friends and viewed in 3D by uploading it to Microsoft’s Photosynth website, or saved in a variety of image formats including JPEG, PNG and TIFF. Also supported is Silverlight's Deep Zoom and the HD View and HD View SL panorama viewers.

Microsoft Image Composite Editor is provided free of charge and without official support. However, if you have questions or issues with Image Composite Editor, Microsoft suggests you head to the Image Composite Editor Forum, which is monitored by the developers and provides community-based support.

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Cota Cota said:

WOW! a button to upload an image!

Just make the software =D and we will make those incredible hard tasks.

Guest said:

Nice tool but very sad workplace.

HaMsTeYr HaMsTeYr said:

Lmao, oh come now, they are just over compensating for the people who will inevitably rage "WHERE R MY UPLOADZ BUTTON"

Back on topic. I guess this kind of software may only come in useful if every one of those pictures were meticulously calculated as to borders and edges, so that they don't overlap?

Maybe even taken with a tripod all the way.

I should see if this software is smart enough to join images taken from hand, unsure of levelling and with a bit of barrel distortion. hmm.

madboyv1, TechSpot Paladin, said:

It handles leveling and distortion pretty well to a degree, as expected. As with all stitching software, they all work best when the photos are taken on a tripod, or at least where the focal plane is the pivot point. For handhelding, especially with lenses that have significant distortion, it is better to run those images through post processing to correct the distortion and then run it through the sticking software.

That being said, it's a neat, relatively mindless to use program. Sure beats a number of other freeware programs if you want it done quickly with almost no input. Other programs such as Autopano pro and the like give you much MUCH more control, but you have to pay for those. =)

oo7wazzy said:

do they have a version for 64bit ?

Mizzou Mizzou said:

do they have a version for 64bit ?

Yep, here's the link Microsoft Image Composite Editor.

Guest said:

Cota. I guess yur just more brilliant than the rest of us. I'd love to know how you upload your 10Gigapixel images to the web.

Omnislip said:

You guys shouldn't write it off so much. It's really neat especially when you can link in like 100 megapixel scans of a document into a set of pictured from a museum, for example.

Guest said:

Thanks so much for this download. I have been playing around with ICE and some old pictures and it's quite good. I can now make some cool panoramas.

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