Pano in Review – Love is all around you!

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I love taking pictures. When digital cameras got bit on the market, I finally felt free! And when I got the iPhone, I was stunned by the rather good quality of the photos from it and even printed out quite a few of them. Since then, I’ve been taking pictures left and right and noticed that one of my favourite shots  is the panorama – you know, the extra wide or long shot which looks great for landscapes. Well, now you can do that on the iPhone!

Pano is a simple and easy-to-use app that lets you create those amazing panorama pictures. You boot it up and just start shooting. You can finally create great panorama pictures, even without the hassle of manually assembling pictures and then trying to make them match!

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This app has one of the simplest interfaces I have ever seen on the iPhone. It literally has only 3 buttons and looks really a lot like the stock photo app. You just choose the mode you plan on shooting in (landscape or portrait) and start.  For each consecutive shot, you get a hint on the left with a semi-transparent right edge of the previous photo to help you better align the shot. And after each shot you can examine the resulting fragment and retake it if there were any problems (like that pesky head in the middle of passing stranger). After you are done, the stitching takes just a couple of minutes even on a 3G (I know this is an issue in many competitive apps). And voila, the result!

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Having said all of this, I must admit that the result is NOT always perfect. If the images were tilted a bit, artifacts or image-doubling may appear on the stitching points. And I would definitely advise to clean the lens before taking any pics (I spent some time wondering why the photos turned out to be so blurry until I did that). But most of the time, the result is probably good enough for most people. And I got a lot of good photos while trying Pano.

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I did find some features missing. For some reason, you can’t just pick the photos from the library and begin stitching – actually, you can’t check the library at all. Also, the app stitches only going from left to right, but not up or down. It would be great if you could create a spherical photo using Pano, but those are still only dreams.

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Debacle Software have done a great job with Pano. The app is extremely easy to use, works amazingly fast (especially compared to other similar apps on the market) and provides great results. In short, if you’re looking for a good panorama application for your phone, you won’t go wrong with Pano. And if you haven’t thought about grabbing such an app, just look at the resulting pictures and imagine how you could show off your phone with such an app!

With this I declare Pano officially touched!

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App Summary
Title:PanoDeveloper:Debacle Software
Price:$2.99App Size:1.6 MB
  • Very easy to use
  • Excellent speed
  • Photo aligning aid
  • Very good result quality
  • Sometimes the result has artifacts
  • No stitching from library
  • Only horizontal stitching

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