What is panoramic software?
Panoramic software refers to applications which creates panoramic images.
What is Panoramic Image?
Panoramic image is a kind of image with elongated fields of view, which is obtained using specialised equipment and panoramic software. A panoramic image covers a field of view of, approximately, or greater than, that of the human eye - about 160° by 75°. This means that a panoramic image generally has an aspect ratio of 2:1 or larger, or the width is at least twice as its height. Some panoramic images have aspect ratios of 4:1 and sometimes 10:1, covering fields of view of up to 360 degrees in horizontal line. Both the aspect ratio and coverage of field are important factors in defining a true panoramic image.
How to use panoramic software to get a panoramic image?
Wide angle lens, fisheye lens are generally used for panoramic photography. To cover about 360 degrees field of view, wide angle lens and fisheye lens can make the panoramic photography much easier than that with normal lens, because much less images need to be taken.
There are also one-shot optic that can be mounted on digital cameras, which can obtain 360 degree field of view panoramic image easily with only "one shot" and a special software unwrapping software. However, quality of the panoramic image obtained through this optic is low.
Therefore, to get a high quality panoramic imge, wide angle lens and fisheye lens are recommended. A panoramic image with 360° by 180° can be easily created with the help of panoramic software Panoweaver, the following fisheye images and wide angle images are easily stitched into either spherical(360° by 180°) or cylindrical(360° by less than 180°) panoramic image.
Use Panoramic Software to Publish Panoramic Images for Web Use.
The above panoramic images can be printed or post to websites as panoramic photos. To view them immersively, you need to publish the image in formats that are based on other players, like Flash player, QuickTime player and Java player. Panoweaver can convert panoramic images to full screen Flash, QuickTime and Java viewer. See following Flash panorama sample: