Pros: Easy to use, good value, no click charges, now works with digital SLRs with fisheye lenses as well as compacts.
Cons: Any fisheye system has limited resolution. Lenses and rotators are expensive. PanoWeaver can’t work with panoramas less than 360 degrees.
Shanghai-based EasyPano offers major competition to the iPix when it comes to panorama creation software. The program stitches fisheye lens photographs into seamless spherical panoramas. These are viewed in Web sites or presentations.
You can buy and download Panoweaver online, and unlike iPix there’s no on-going click fee to create panoramas. You need a 180+ degree lens and a special tripod rotator mount from iPix or Kaidan.
The initial release of Panoweaver 4.0 is for Windows, with a Mac OS X version due around July. Digit tested Panoweaver 2.0 early last year, which stitched pairs of fisheye images. Panoweaver 3.0 added support for three fisheye images, with more overlap for better blends.