Wider panoramas on my photo blog!

I’ve just updated my custom version of the AutoFocus WordPress theme to support wider panoramas. Before the update it could handle 800 px wide panoramas and now it works with 1024 px wide!

I also removed one feature of AutoFocus that automatically embeds the last attached image instead of the complete post content. It’s a nice feature but not what I want. One drawback is that I’m getting the title above the image instead of below, so I think I’ll have to make some adjustments to it but that’s for another day!

Old version did only support 800 px wide panoramas
Updated to support 1024 px wide panoramas

Night panorama

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Five images panorama. Shot using a Gorillapod on a PowerShoot with CHDK. Stitched with automatic settings using Hugin.

Picasa Microsoft ICE Button

I have been playing around with Microsoft ICE (Image Composite Editor) some days and it’s really great for stitching several images to a panorama! The only thing missing is a way to open images in ICE from Picasa without needing to locate them in Explorer.

I created a button that you can add to Picasa that opens the selected images in ICE. It’s available for automatic installation or manual installation. If you choose manual installation copy the file to <your user folder>AppDataLocalGooglePicasa2buttons. If you want to remove it from Picasa you can delete the file from that directory. The pbz file contains two zipped files; one XML-file and one icon file. See Picasa Button API for more information about Picasa Buttons.

Prerequisites:

  • Picasa Installed. I used the version 3 beta.
  • Microsoft ICE installed. Note! It must be installed to the following folder: C:Program FilesMicrosoft ResearchImage Composite Editor

Issues / TODOs:

  • There are a hard coded path for the ICE executable. I tried to find a registry key for ICE but I found none so you must install Microsoft ICE to the following folder: C:Program FilesMicrosoft ResearchImage Composite Editor
  • The icon and text on the button doesn’t look quite alright. It works but looks a bit lame.
  • Try to send a path where ICE should save the stitched image so it defaults to the same location as the unstitched.

I’ll try to fix the above issues. See my post in ICEs forum.

If you are using Flickr you might also want to check out picasa2flickr and if your are using Gimp the Gimp Picasa Button!