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$2.99 • Debacle Software •

Simple but effective way to create panoramas

Pano has one function: start making a panorama, advance to the right to match an overlap shown, and tap again. When you’re done, tap a checkmark and wait from about 20 seconds (for four images) to a couple minutes (for a full 360°). The results are quite lovely, and automatically saved into the photo roll.

I recommend Pano for users who want the least amount of fiddling and fuss, despite the extra dollar more than Panoramatic 360. The less expensive program rewards more time spent with it; Pano has a very shallow learning curve to achieve great results.

360 Panorama

$2.99 • Occipital •

A panorama forms as your hand moves

Wave your hands in the air like you really do care—care enough to pan your iPhone or 4th-generation iPod touch around slowly to capture a sphere that encompasses you.

360 Panorama doesn’t require aligning edges to stitch images together, nor does it render in a fancy way. Rather, the app works hard at the time it’s capturing images, which are taken continuously, to create a seamless panorama based on motion and image analysis. It’s awfully good for the difficult task at hand.

Options are few: you can choose to create a kind of overhead torus that splays out the continuous image as if you were flattening a globe (stereographic), or have a long strip (equirectangular). Images are saved automatically to the Camera Roll.

You Gotta See This!

$1.99 • Boinx Software •

Assemble photos into a loose panorama or a collection of tiles with no tapping

You Gotta See This is a quasi-panorama app: it produces panoramic-like images that aren’t perfectly stitched together, but are rather lovely in any case. Its big advantage is that no tapping is required nor any alignment of overlaps.

The results are more impressionistic than precise, but the pictures have quite a bit of charm. You have more options for how pictures are rendered than any of the other apps, too.

Tap the Camera icon on the main screen, and start slowly moving the camera around. When done, tap the Camera icon again, and a preview appears in the Light Table Collage style. That mode imperfectly but attratively overlaps photos in the rough physical layout in which they were taken. Six other styles are available, including tiled versions.

You can save the final image to the Camera Roll, share on Twitter or Facebook, or send as email.

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