Today we are very pleased to announce the Microsoft Image Composite Editor. It is a free download available today from here. This application is the best image stitching tool that we have shipped to date. The stitching technology from the Interactive Visual Media Group has shipped previously in Windows Live Photo Gallery and more recently in Deep Zoom Composer. The core stitching engine in the Image Composite Editor uses the same advanced matching and blending techniques that I described in my Deep Zoom Composer blog entry. Beyond that this application adds the following features:
- A GPU accelerated orientation adjustment tool. Sometimes the automatic stitching software doesn’t quite get the viewing direction correct, or perhaps you want to use a rectilinear projection instead of a cylindrical projection. This new tool allows you to interactively make these adjustments.
- 360 blending support. Our fast poisson blend technique now creates a seamless 360 blend.
- Output to Photoshop layers.
- Create an HD View web page.
- Create a Silverlight Deep Zoom web page, including new 360 support in our Silverlight application.
- Integration with both the Windows Shell and the next version of Windows Live Photo Gallery, so that you can quickly launch a new stitching project.
Please try it out today, and let us know what you think.
P.S. We will be giving demos at the Photokina show all week. If you happen to be attending, please stop by the Microsoft booth to see this and a lot of other great technology.