Hugin-2010.0.0 release notes
Hugin is a panorama stitcher and more.
Changes since 2009.4.0
The Hugin plan is to bring you new developments as soon as they are ready with regular incremental releases. This first release in 2010 brings some new features, more results from the 2009 Google Summer of Code and many general improvements.
The Hugin Fast Preview window is where you see a rough preview of the final panorama and can edit it with a selection of tools — For example, one of several 'modes' is Drag for moving photos around the canvas, there are also single click 'actions' to do things like reset the exposure or center the view.
Now these tools have been overhauled to make them easier to find, to get a bigger panorama canvas, and to create space for new features in the pipeline such as the upcoming Layout mode. Switching 'modes' is more intuitive, with a tab for each that shows just the 'actions' relevant to that mode, the <F11> key enables full-screen viewing of the preview.
There are other usability-related changes — the Hugin main window can also be viewed full-screen with <F11>; more photo EXIF metadata is displayed in the Images tab; a list of recent projects is available in the File menu; plus there has been a general clean-up of text in the GUI and many updates to the manual.
Hugin is great for stitching hand-held panoramas, but nobody can shoot in perfect straight lines, so these panoramas need careful cropping to produce a picture with 100% coverage. The Fast Preview window now has an Autocrop button that does all this for you automatically — Just click, and the crop rectangle will be resized to use the largest possible area covered by your photos.
One of the advanced Hugin features is to merge bracketed photos using exposure fusion or HDR merging - This is done automatically when stitching when bracketed sets are detected.
However, when people or objects move during a bracketed sequence, 'ghosts' appear in the result. So another Summer of Code project has now been integrated that both enables HDR deghosting in the GUI and provides an experimental deghosting_mask tool for exposure fusion deghosting with enfuse.
With the addition of a Finnish translation, the Hugin application is now internationalized for twenty-one languages, most of the translations have been updated for this release.
This release also has the usual incremental improvements: The default size of the image cache has increased in line with modern computers, so existing Hugin users may want to check or reset their Preferences to suit; the About dialog has been extended to show a full list of Hugin contributors, and there have been many other fixes for minor bugs and annoyances.
Control point generators
Hugin doesn't yet ship with a 'Patent Free' control point generator. So you either need to pick control points manually - Not as difficult as it sounds - or install and configure one of the following control-point generators as 'plug-ins':
- Autopano freeware version
Upgrading from previous versions of Hugin should be seamless. If you do have problems with old settings, these can be reset in the Preferences by clicking 'Load defaults'.
For users compiling from source: note that the minimum version of wxWidgets supported is now 2.7.0, libpano13 needs to be at least 2.9.14, and that Hugin now requires GLEW the OpenGL Extension Wrangler Library, freeglut the OpenGL utility toolkit, and libGLU the OpenGL utility library.
Support for the legacy libpano12 library has been discontinued.
See the README and INSTALL_cmake files for more information.
Thanks to all the contributors to this release and members of the hugin-ptx mailing list, too many to mention here.
Hugin can be found at http://hugin.sourceforge.net/.
Hugin sourcecode can be downloaded from sourceforge: http://sourceforge.net/projects/hugin/files/hugin/.