Hugin-2011.4.0 Release Notes
Hugin is more than just a panorama stitcher.
Changes Since 2011.2.0
Hugin now has a vertical feature detection tool for automatic levelling of panoramas. Besides, also many bugs have been fixed and many general improvements have been made.
Vertical feature detection tool
Often a panorama, created from several single photos, is not level. In this case the experienced user adds vertical and horizontal control points to level the panorama.
With this release Hugin introduces a tool named linefind which automatically detects vertical features in the photos such as the edges of buildings and windows, and assigns vertical control points to them. This makes it easier than before to level a panorama, in most cases it works without any intervention.
- The Fast Preview window can now show composition guides such as Rule of Thirds and Golden ratio to support an easier composition of the final panorama.
- The output of High Dynamic Range (HDR) images has been modified to prevent clipping of the exposure in EXR format images. The previous versions of Hugin outputted HDR images with absolute exposure values, now with this 2011.4.0 release, Hugin uses relative exposure values. This means that the output Exposure Value (EV) of the panorama, which can be set in the preview window, has an influence on the HDR output (as already for normal LDR images) and should be set to the medium exposure value of the images. If you set the output exposure value to zero, the old behavior is restored.
- The batch processor PTBatcherGUI has been extended:
- It is now possible to directly add unaligned projects to the assistant queue for aligning and control point generation.
- Successfully stitched projects can be automatically removed from the queue, this makes the queue management easier.
- If a project was successfully finished by the assistant, it can be automatically added to the stitching queue. This now allows for a fully automatic panorama creation workflow.
- Many more improvements and bug fixes.
Most of the translations have been updated for this release.
Upgrading from previous versions of Hugin should be seamless. If you do have problems with old settings, these can be reset in the Preferences window by clicking 'Load defaults'.
It is strongly recommended to set the default control point detector to Hugin's CPFind. It is the only control point generator endorsed by Hugin. Third-party generators may be compatible with the plug-in architecture.
Users communities produce executables for their respective platforms. Executables are likely to be announced within a few days of this tarball release on the mailing list and added to the download section on SourceForge.
Known Issues and Workarounds
Panosphere Overview window separated from the content. Details.
Mac OS X Users at Tiger and Lion: this version of Hugin contains an openMP enabled enblend and enfuse. These versions don't run on Tiger and currently not on Lion either. Please use the Tiger-compatible enblend and enfuse from the enblend-enfuse-4.0 folder in this dmg. You can specify alternative "external" enblend and enfuse from the Programs pane in the preferences after installing these special version by following the instructions in the README in the enblend-enfuse-4.0 folder. Details.
OpenSuse 11.4 has a bug in a used library that results in crashes.
There is a known problem building Hugin with CMake 2.8.5rc2. Workaround: Upgrade to a newer CMake version.
An updated list of issues deemed to be critical, including discussions and workarounds, is in the Issues Tracker.
Thanks to all the contributors to this release and members of the hugin-ptx mailing list, too many to mention here.