For Panotour Pro 1.7.x and later I created german help screens. These help screen are available for the four default skins 2DPURE, 3DGLOW, BASIC and SKETCH. Per default only english and french help screens are included in Panotour Pro installation.
Installation (for Windows 7):
Download the zip file. The archive contains for each skin a seperat folder holding 2 files. The according two files should be plaqced into the templatedirectory of your panotour installation. You can open the template directory from inside panotour by klicking on option Edit -> Open template directory. In this directoy you find a subdirectoy themes. Put the xml files of my zip archive in this themes subdirectory. If you want to keep your original files, you have to move these files to a save place elsewere. The png images of my zip archive copy to the themes/graphics/xxx subdirectoy, were xxx stands for the four skinnames 2DPURE, 3DGLOW, BASIC and SKETCH. Finally you’ve to restart your Panotour.
In Panotour pro go to Project Properties -> Appearence. After selecting one of the four default themes select a Template including the Help screen and under option Help Screen select the img_help_de.png.
Hint: These files will be overwritten by an major panotour update…
Last Sunday I did a pano of a potted chrysanteme plant. The pano covers a FOV 60″ x 40″ and it is a planar pano with 9 x 4 image positions. The challenge was the use of a 85mm lens and to get the lens only 40cm in distance to the plant. Finally it needed 1188 images to get this pano!
Link to panorama (default created by Panotour Pro): Potted plant – Chrysantheme
How ti works: To reduce the focus point (despite the usage of f8) I had to use a 13mm distance tube between lens and camerabody. In consequence the focus distance is very small. To get one sharp image which is sharp in front to rear I had to take 11 images on each position each set with different distance. I used the distance units printed on the lens: 1.0m, 1.2m, 1.5m, 1.7m, 2m, 2.5m, 3m, 4m, 7m, 15m and infinity. And finally to raise the hyper dynamic range of the images (and to reduce differences between shadow and light parts) I took each of the above mentioned images with 3 different exposures: 1/1000s, 1/100s and 1/10s. So in total to take the 9 x 4 x 11 x 3 = 1188 images (crop 1.6) it took from 10:59 – 14:56 on sunday. To reduce the manual work of taking hundrets of images I used my merlin pano head (pattern & pano head driven by the T&C handcontroller and the HDR part was done by the promote control device – I used a step of 3.3 EV). I did shoot eleven panos with different distance values. The 3 HDR bracketed images got fused with phtomatix pro and 11 focus images got focus stacked by zerene stacker. The finally 36 images got stiched with autopano giga and the tour was created by panotour pro. The final pano is around 250 megapixel (17982 * 14591 pixsel) in size and has a filesize of 600mb (tiff 16bit). The tour online is 90mb (jpeg) in size.