Use Panomonkey.com to Stitch 360×180-Degree Panoramas

Posted by Gary Ramey on November 2nd, 2012

Join Panomonkey.com and stitch 360×180-degree panoramas for free. Well, mostly for free:

Creating panoramas can be absolutely FREE on Panomonkey. Every successfully stitched panorama can be downloaded and shared to Twitter and Facebook or embedded to your website. The FREE version of the panorama is 3000 x 1500 pixels and can be viewed up to 100 times.

Hign-resolution panoramas of up to 6000 x 3000 pixels can be purchased for $2.50 / €1.80 (that’s “one banana” in Panomonkey language) and can be viewed up to 1,000 times.

Additional views of the hign-resolution panorama can be purchased in bundles of 10,000 views for one banana ($2.50 / €1.80).

The free version of your panorama will display a watermark along the bottom of the image. I’m assuming that you have to purchase the stitched image to get rid of the watermark. I haven’t purchased an image, yet, because my tests didn’t stitch properly.

For my tests, I uploaded photographs that I had successfully stitched together using Hugin or PanoramaPlus. The results were less than stellar. To be fair, PanoramaPlus also had problems with one of the sets of images, too. Neither Panomonkey.com nor PanoramaPlus have the ability to manually add control points, Hugin does.

It takes a little while for the website to stitch your photographs together. A nice feature is that you don’t have to wait around for the website to do its stuff. It will send you an email when it is finished.

The good things about Panomonkey.com are that it is available via a browser which doesn’t require you to install any software, it contains excellent information for how to take 360×180-degree panoramas, and you can view your stitched image from within. The bad things are the watermark that it puts on the free stitched image, the stitching may not be successful, and you can’t add control points to improve the results.

So far, I’m not impressed.

Read my post about 360cities.net.

Read my post “How to Shoot 360×180 Degree Panoramas with a Panosaurus Panoramic Tripod Head.”

 

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