Re: [PanoToolsNG] Upgrade from PTgui 6.0.3 to PTGui Pro or 7.0.0BETA11
- Peter Sale wrote:
> I wish to upgrade from my current PTGui 6.0.3Hi Peter,
PTgui licenses work so that for a bit more than a year after purchase,
upgrades are free. So if you bought your license "on or after May 1st
2006", you can download PTgui 7beta and, when it will be released, PTgui
7.0 - no need to pay for a new license.
However, if you want the recently introduced Pro version, you will have
to buy an upgrade license to PTgui Pro.
To my knowledge, the sole advantage of the Pro version over the standard
version is integrated HDR processing. If you need that, buy an upgrade.
Again, my understanding is that the upgrade will buy you all Pro
versions (beta and releases) for the next 12 months. Joost may confirm.
I used to do a few HDR with PTgui 6 and PTgui 7 Pro is an improvement
for the HDR process, though not as much as I'd like. With PTgui 6, I
used to generate one project file with one exposure and apply it as a
template for the other exposures. Then I'd use Photomatix or another HDR
tool to merge the three exposures into a single HDR and tonemap that HDR.
In the meantime, PTgui 7 Pro handles the merging internally which has an
advantage in that I can get all the exposures into one project file and
thus correctly aligns the HDR even if they are handheld or if the tripod
moved a little bit. However the output is not as flexible as I'd like it
to be, so I end up manually outputing exposures stacks to apply masks to
them in Photoshop - something that I can do more conveniently in hugin.
For the tonemapping, I prefer all the options given to me by qtpfsgui
rather than the simple, single-algorithm interface of PTgui (or two
algorithms interface of Photomatix). I wish there was an open plugin
architecture which allowed third party developers to add their tone
mapping operators as a plugin - though this is less critical for me than
the ability to output HDR in layers (with masks) of a single Photoshop
Another new feature in PTgui which I find useless is QTVR output.
Pano2QTVR does a much better job at the right moment in the process. I
seldom want to output QTVR at the stage when I am finished with PTgui.
Normally I will want to first edit/retouch the nadir and manage the
seams playing with the masks. Then I'll feed the equirectangular out of
Photoshop into Pano2QTVR.
Overall, the new PTgui 7 is an improvement over the 6, but I also feel
that Joost has ventured into duplicating features (tonemapping and
qtvr-output) that I personally prefer having at other places in the
On the other hand, hugin is making giant steps forward and has become
IMO a very viable (and free) alternative. Particularly amazing are
hugin's photometric adjustment. It can corrects automatically for