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Panoramatic 360

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Complex settings reward with well-rendered panoramas and a community

Panoramatic 360 is a bit more complicated to use than two of the panorama apps on the following pages, but it produces more precise results, both to help you take the correct overlapping images and to create a final picture. For those who want a high level of control, this app is highly recommended.

You start by choosing either a portrait or landscape orientation to take photos, or pick a photo from your device’s library instead.

When working with live images, choose the starting place for the panorama and take the first shot. The app helps align subsequent photos, which are added to the right. A small overlap is shown from the previous photo at the left to assist in making a good match. You can turn on an audio hinter or a set of gridlines to help out.

To keep orientation and alignment for any shot (but especially critical for 360-degree panorama), a circle with two dots aids you. A yellow dot shows how far out of alignment you are in the circle; make small adjustments in position and angle until the overlap of the image is perfect and the yellow dot is as close to on top of the blue dot as possible.

For either live pictures or those that are being built out of your existing photos, you can add pictures on either end of the panorama in a review mode. When you tap Finish, you have basic and advanced options for correcting the image. These options can be a little involved, and experimentation is useful.

The built-in help instructions provide details about the settings (including adjusting exposure and correcting for lens distortion), but help can’t be accessed while you’re adjusting settings. Tap Save Project to save the state of your work, read the help, and then use the Gallery view’s Drafts section to retrieve your project. Now you can test results by changing settings and tapping Render. Large projects can take a few minutes to produce.

The resulting images can be saved in the local photo library, emailed (at lower resolution), or retrieved over a local network using WebDAV sharing (see p. pageref xvi for more on WebDAV). You can also contribute panoramas to the app’s worldwide directory, Panoramatic World. (Tap a link on the home page to view other people’s work by name or on a map, and rate it, too.)

The Gallery view lets you review your stored panoramas, see where they were taken on a world map, and manage Wi-Fi sharing.

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