The excellent Autostitch Panorama app is now available for the iPad, and it is as fantastic as ever. Unlike Apple’s own implementation of iOS panoramas on the iPhone 5, the Autostitch app does things the old-fashioned way, quilting together a patchwork of separate images.
This has some advantages.
Panorama for iPad lets you shoot a panorama direct to the app, or import already-shot photos, even those from regular digital cameras. This means that you aren’t limited to long rectangular results like you are with Apple’s version. To be sure, the iOS pano function is great, but Panorama (the app) still has its place.
When shooting, you see the previous pictures you took, and the current viewfinder view. These are lined up using some magic with the iPad’s gyroscopes, and there’s a color warning system to help you get the right framing – green for go and so on.
The autoexposure seems to work well, evening out discrepancies between frames at least as well as Apple’s version, and you can go back in and tweak settings after the fact.
This latest update brings sharing of projects between your iOS devices, so you can shoot with the phone and arrange bigger panos with the iPad. This seems to be done via iTunes sharing, though, which means that you’ll need a computer to do it. In 2012!
And, somewhat inexplicably, you can’t export pictures from the previous version of the app, even when the two apps are on the same device. Lame.
The app is available now, for $3. A Christmas miracle.