Archive for the 'photography' Category

Photo stitcher update, plus short links

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

First I must apologise for the lack of updates. All I can say is that I’ve been very busy. With that in mind, I am happy to announce two updates. First, and most important, is a new version of the CleVR Stitcher. I know that a lot of people have been having problem with poor stitching of some images. I’ve been having the same problems. Anyhow, I’m happy to say that this update greatly improves stitch quality. This is mainly down to improvements in focal length estimation and initial image warping. It’s amazing the difference that makes. I’ve also tweaked some thresholds and values to improve stitching in other ways. Let me know if it works for you.

In other matters, we now have short links implemented, using the domain Just look for the link on the panorama page. For example, see for an Apollo 11 panorama. These links are perfect for sharing your panoramas on Twitter. Once again, let me know what you think.

Share your CleVR panoramas on Facebook and MySpace.

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

I’m pleased to announce that we’ve been approved by Facebook as a multimedia Share Partner. This means that you can share and display panoramas on Facebook. You can send them as messages and post them to your profile, and they will be displayed properly in the page. Previously you could only send links to the panorama page, but now they can be embedded properly. It’s dead easy to do: just click the Facebook button on any panorama page. There is also a MySpace button that lets you do similar, which has been working for a few weeks now.

Try it out with this one of Beijing Olympic Green, the Birds’ Nest Stadium and Water Cube.

Get satisfaction with CleVR

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

We’ve just launched a new customer support and discussion community, powered by Get Satisfaction. This should be a great way for us to answer users’ questions, as well as for users to ask each other. Hopefully it can also be used for discussions about panoramic photography in general. Head over to our support page for more details, or go straight to the Get Satisfaction community.

Tucows on how to use CleVR

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

There’s a great article over on Tucows about how to use CleVR to create and share panoramas. In fact, I’d go as far to say that it’s better than our own documentation! Go and take a look, and if you like it then Digg the article.

CleVR Stitcher update fixes Sony support

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

The CleVR Stitcher uses EXIF tags embedded in the source images to calculate how the images should be warped before stitching. There is a hopeless lack of standardisation in these tags, so we have to use several different techniques to support photos from different camera manufacturers. Sony is the worst, as they do not provide enough information to enable us to make the calculation. This means that we have to use a different method to make an educated guess. However, a bug in the previous version of the Stitcher meant that Sony images would not stitch at all. Thanks to a bug report by user benbreeze this is now fixed. I have also fixed another bug in the self-updater. You can upgrade to the new version here.

Important CleVR Stitcher update

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

It’s been a while since the CleVR Stitcher was updated as I’ve been working on some other important projects. I also had a much needed holiday! Today I have released a new version that fixes lots of bugs which have been reported over the past month or so. It also makes some hopefully significant improvements to the stitching algorithms. If you had problems with poor stitches in the past, then give it another try as it should do better. The improvements are mostly related to common problems in panoramas that have been shot by hand without a tripod.

Thank you everyone who submitted bug reports. They have bee very helpful. This release should fix all of the most commonly reported problems. See below for a list of updates, and important information on installing the update.

New version of CleVR panoramic image Stitcher

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

We’ve just released a new version of the CleVR Stitcher. This uses the new version of Adobe AIR, and also adds several features and fixes lots of bugs. If you download it, please do let me know what you think and if you have any problems with it.

Major update to CleVR Stitcher

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

CleVR StitcherI’ve just pushed out an update to the CleVR Stitcher which is probably the biggest improvement yet. Loads more features, loads of bugs fixed and a much nicer interface. You will find all the details here: CleVR panoramic photo Stitcher. As always, it’s totally free. Let me know what you think.

I decided to enter it into the Adobe AIR Developer Derby. It’s hard to judge its chances, but I’d love to win that squishy stress ball. If they’re going on innovation, I’d say they’d be hard-pressed to find an AIR app that is pushing the boundaries more than this. In terms of using AIR technologies, we’re using almost all of them! We’ll wait and see…

1000 panoramas (and a couple of problems)

Friday, April 27th, 2007

A few minutes ago, we reached a small milestone: our 1000th panorama, and it’s a beaut. See it below. We’ll soon be on our thousandth user too, which is nice. We have some big news coming up over the next week, so stay tuned.

A couple of less positive things: we appear to have a bug in the stitcher which is causing problems for Mac users with PowerPC. Intel-based Macs seem to be unaffected, as does Windows. This seems to have crept in when we updated our code-signing certificates a few days ago. We’re working on it and hope to have a solution soon.

Update: The PowerPC problem is now fixed. G3, G4 and G5 users rejoice!

Likewise, there is a problem with signups for users with Yahoo email addresses. The Yahoo servers don’t seem to be playing nicely with our password emails, with a lot of them still trying to be delivered. We’re in contact with Yahoo and trying to get it resolved. In the meantime, either try to sign up with a different address, or if you use a Yahoo address and you don’t receive a mail, contact us with the username and email that you used to sign up and we’ll sort it out for you.

Bizarre lessons in virtual tour photography

Thursday, April 12th, 2007

Via 37signals SVN, I ran across this pdf book of Lessons In Virtual Tour Photography. It has to be the strangest take on the subject that I’ve seen. It’s obviously meant as a wry look at the world of real estate photography, but I don’t know if I could call it that funny, just, well..weird. But amusing enough to take a look. Beware naughty words.