Enticing new stuff in Doubletake

by Giles Turnbull

Photo stitching app Doubletake has been updated to version 2.0, and boasts some nice new features introduced since the last time I mentioned it here.



Most obvious is better performance. Everything the app does is now noticeably faster, which makes it all the more fun to use.



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But there's also some new edit functions; iPhoto-style head-up panels for adjusting images, and better still adjusting their geometric placement within the stitched final result. With the geometry controls, you can rescale, tilt and rotate images in situ; this is a huge help when it comes to fine-tuning the stitching of one image to another.



What's a little confusing is that there's plain old version 2.0, but also a newly-released version 2.0b17 - I've managed to get both of them side-by-side in my Applications folder without intending to. The beta has some separate release notes which detail even more new stuff; the Free Perspective mode looks particularly fun, and there's also Exposure matching and QTVR export too. Lots of stuff to play with.



Doubletake 2.0 is a free upgrade to existing license holders; a fresh license is only $16. The new version requires OS X 10.4.


3 Comments

Gary
2006-06-19 16:09:05
I do love my panoramic landscape shots! :-)


As a Canon user, I get "PhotoStitch" with each Canon camera I have bought over the years. It's not perfect and I doubt anyone would call it a professional stitching application - but it can do some pretty good work, sometimes even on full auto mode.


It appears that Doubletake has a different approach. Can anyone who's familiar with PhotoStitch and Doubletake make a brief comparison?

Henrik Dalgaard
2006-06-19 16:38:51
Hi Gary,


You must have cought me while I was releasing version 2.0 final. The b17 is a beta and a few weeks older than 2.0.
DoubleTake is both an automatic and a manual stitching application. It will allow you to stitch images which were not intended as panorama shots as you can move/rotate/color adjust the images freely with fast feedback on how the blend turns out. I have focused on making it a delight to stitch a few images, as this is most common, but should you do a 360 it does that too. You may choose to scale them down a bit if your Mac does not have so much memory. The scale down feature is not in the toolbar as a default. Control click to get it.
You can try to do a 360 with the Chambord example, and you can turn on the head to tail seam in the overlap menu. The Chambord example is also illustrative because it can be stitched the wrong way with a decent result.


I really ought to do a video and a way more appealing web site as it is simpler to show than to tell.


Kind regards,
Henrik

Gary
2006-06-19 23:44:29
Hi Henrik


Thanks for your response. I guess I'll need to give it a whirl the next time I'm tinkering with some stitched shots... :-)