Image Composite Editor Released

ICE, a technology behind Windows Live Photo Gallery advanced panoramic image stitching was released today. You can download the x86 here and the x64 here.

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We have seen this technology in Windows Live Photo Gallery for some time now and more recently inside Deep Zoom Composer for Silverlight.

Matt Uyttendaele has the lowdown announcing this as the best image stitching tool shipped to date:

  • A GPU accelerated orientation adjustment tool.  Sometimes the automatic stitching software doesn’t quite get the viewing direction correct, or perhaps you want to use a rectilinear projection instead of a cylindrical projection.  This new tool allows you to interactively make these adjustments. 
  • 360 blending support.  Our fast poisson blend technique now creates a seamless 360 blend.
  • Output to Photoshop layers.
  • Create an HD View web page.
  • Create a Silverlight Deep Zoom web page, including new 360 support in our Silverlight application.
  • Integration with both the Windows Shell and the next version of Windows Live Photo Gallery, so that you can quickly launch a new stitching project.
  • I fired up a 360 degree panorama in Vista64 and found the new application very fast and accurate. Take it for a spin yourself! Bonus points for the person that works out how to enable the “new 360 support in our Silverlight application”