Too good to be true!?

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james_the_first Regular Member • Posts: 313
Too good to be true!?

Do you ever mistrust something that just works - magically and without effort?

An odd question to posit on a forum of Mac users where things often work sorta magically - but perhaps not on one specialising in photography where we are used to having lots of controls to twiddle and the ability to tweak things just so...

The context... I wanted to stitch some Panos.  The canon utilities disk - with a satisfactory free pano stitcher - is useless to me as I've no longer got an optical drive in the house.  So I went browsing on the app store - lots there - picked a recent one - downloaded a free trial of one - and was bowled over

Super easy to use without reading a thing - produced perfect results without any tweaking - the tool has only about three controls.  Its quick and clever and seems to cope automatically with all sorts of inadequate base images that I give it - in short perfect.  I'll pay for the unlimited version - and not mention the tool because I'm not trying to market it.  But it raised the question which has been bugging me about things in general and software in particular

If it's that simple - if it somehow magically seems to work and get things right - am I missing something - is it conning me - am I stupid?

Or is it just the middle-aged educated male in me insisting that stuff just has to be complicated and technical to be worthy and worth it?

Any views or similar feelings of mistrust of magical stuff?

james

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kitsap2 Senior Member • Posts: 1,377
Re: Too good to be true!?

Well expressed!  I feel the same about simple solutions.  I think, when it comes to software, that one trick ponies can be very simple, small and very effective.  Probably the case with the pano stitcher you found.

Enjoy the simplicity!

Tom

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MiguelD Regular Member • Posts: 400
Re: Too good to be true!?

What you've aptly picked up on is the proliferation of image processing tools like background image removal that specialize in doing one thing well in a simple way. All the MacPhun stuff seems to be in this camp.

Though I don't use these tools, I can greatly appreciate their design elegance and utility. And cost!

M

seeblue Senior Member • Posts: 1,770
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If you prefer a pano app that is good, free, and more complicated, for the Mac, try Hugin.

http://hugin.sourceforge.net/download/

a_c_skinner Forum Pro • Posts: 13,999
Re: Too good to be true!?

Some time ago I posted a difficult to stitch pano for people to try.  Autopano and ptgui were best, APP won by luck on my test files.  Microsoft ICE was good too.  The others were not as good, including hugin.

it is worth getting a paid for program.  BTW which was this one?

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OP james_the_first Regular Member • Posts: 313
As you asked

Its simply called Panorama stitcher in the apps store

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Alexander Boltnev, Olga Kacher

It may be that even when I've just done an 'in the moment' handheld stripe without much thought that I've not challenged it much but it seems to cope well with all sorts (including inappropriately short focal lengths) and I have not yet found any edges despite looking hard

Its ease has prompted me to assemble a series of panos that I'd taken but never bothered with

I'm inspired to go out and find some more - I guess that's the highest praise I can give a piece of software - pleasure from achieving a result and inspiration to leave the computer and take more pictures

J

sglwck New Member • Posts: 3
Re: As you asked

This app is truly great. Much better then LR or PS at stitching.

Unfortunately it was not updated for two years, is not updated to be Apple Silicon native. I'm worried it is abandoned and will stop working.

robgendreau Forum Pro • Posts: 11,703
Re: As you asked

sglwck wrote:

This app is truly great. Much better then LR or PS at stitching.

Unfortunately it was not updated for two years, is not updated to be Apple Silicon native. I'm worried it is abandoned and will stop working.

Welcome to DPR. But note the date of the posts; this is what we call a zombie thread. Six years old, so not surprising the software mentioned is long gone.

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a_c_skinner Forum Pro • Posts: 13,999
Re: As you asked

MS ICE is free if you run windows and works very well.  Not as good as Autopano though which is long gone, sold to Go-Pro for some of its technical aspects.

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sglwck New Member • Posts: 3
Re: As you asked

It's not gone, it is working fine and was updated last year even to fix issues with back then newest OS. Sad it seems no longer developed and thus I'm only worried it WILL stop working some time in the future.

sglwck New Member • Posts: 3
Re: As you asked

Nope, macOS usere here.

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