PhotoStitcher is a program that automatically combines overlapping photos to produce a perfect panoramic image. I can see many uses for this but genealogists will especially appreciate the program when scanning oversized documents or pictures.
Perhaps you are scanning a document or a map that is too large for your scanner. You end up creating two or even more scans. Each time you create a scanned image of only part of the document. By using PhotoStitcher, you can later merge the different scans into one larger image that contains the entire document.
PhotoStitcher works well with cameras as well as with scanners. For instance, you might use your cell phone's camera to take pictures of documents or a statue in a park or the lettering on a very large tombstone or a memorial. You can take separate close-up photos of each segment of the item being photographed, then later use PhotoStitcher to "stitch" the individual photos together into one large picture.
NOTE: Ask anyone who owns a Flip-Pal scanner about this. However, the Flip-Pal comes with its own stitching software. PhotoStitcher provides similar capabilities for all other scanners and cameras.
You can see pictures of PhotoStitcher in action at http://www.photostitcher.com/tutorials.html.
Phtostitcher works on Windows XP or later versions of Windows. A Macintosh version works on Mac OS X 10.6 or later on all Macs with Intel processors. The company also recommends using a 1,000 MHz or faster processor which would seem to include any computer purchased in the past four or five years. A minimum of 256 megabytes of RAM memory is also recommended. That memory might be sufficient on Windows XP but later versions of Windows are much more memory hungry. I'd suggest a gigabyte or more if you want reasonable speeds of stitching.
PhotoStitcher sells for $19.99 and discounts are available should you wish to purchase copies for multiple computers. You can also download a free trial version in order to take it for a test drive before buying it.
You can learn more about PhotoStitcher or download the software at http://www.photostitcher.com/.
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