Panorama Photography Resources
Panotools and 360 Rage
The Panorama Tools, also known as The PanoTools are a free suite of programs and libraries originally written by the German physics and mathematics professor Helmut Dersch.
PanoTools provides a powerful framework for re-projecting and blending multiple source images into immersive panoramics of many types. An updated version of the PanoTools library serves as the underlying core engine for many software panorama GUI front-ends.
Helmut started development on PanoTools in 1998, producing some of the most professional and versatile software available for building panoramas and more, but had to stop development in 2001 due to legal harrassment and claims of patent infringement by a company called IPIX.
In 2003 he released some modifications to the java-based online panorama viewer PTViewer. One involved a standalone .exe version and another version could display HDR (high dynamic range) panoramas. The most recent release from Helmut is PTViewerME, a panorama viewer for PDAs and mobile devices.
After Helmut stopped developing Panorama Tools, the members of his mailing-list took over development, and began enhancing the software suite on their own. They started a sourceforge page and have fixed some bugs and developed additional functionality since.
This mailing list has grown out to an active community discussing the creation of Panoramas in many aspects, and is a source of information that has helped many to improve on their skills.
360rage.com has been (with another name) a short while a part of an intended www framework around the mailinglist but is now on its own...
Random 360 Degree Panoramas from the Panorama Gallery