|PanGazer – introduction|
PanGazer is a free (and advert-free) Windows application for viewing images and panoramas, including 360° spherical and hemispherical panoramas as captured by drones.
A typical 360° panorama is shown (at reduced size) at the bottom of this page; as a plain image it is quite distorted. PanGazer lets you view that image as though you are at the camera position; you can use your mouse, keyboard, or touch screen to pan left and right (yaw) or up and down (pitch) — including straight down. You can also zoom in and out to see more or less detail.
The screenshot on the right is one such view of the 360° panorama (this ‘starter panorama’ is included in the package and will be shown when you first start PanGazer). Click on the screenshot to see a more detailed version.
Please click on ‘Getting started’ on the left for an overview of the application, or on the other menu items for more information.
PanGazer runs on a Windows personal computer (PC, laptop, or tablet, running Windows 7 or later); it also runs on Windows XP and Windows emulators on Mac OS and Linux, but is not fully tested in those environments.
Both 32-bit and 64-bit executables are included. The former will run on 32-bit Windows systems but large panoramas and images (e.g., more than 12,000 × 6,000) may fail to load due to memory fragmentation. With either executable you may have difficulty loading large images if you do not have several GigaBytes of RAM. It is recommended that you run a 64-bit version of Windows and use the 64-bit PanGazer (which also renders faster than the 32-bit PanGazer).
PanGazer lets you load and view many types of images (JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIFF, etc.). When saving an image, PanGazer uses the JPEG File Interchange Format (file extension .jpg or .jpeg) so that metadata (geolocation, camera bearing, tilt, etc.) are saved with the image.
I am currently actively developing PanGazer, so please send me suggestions for improving PanGazer (click here for contact details »).
This shows a reduced version of the plain (un-projected) PanGazer starter image, taken using a DJI Mavic Pro. The download package includes a much larger, but still ⅓-reduced, version of the original panorama.
You can download the full-sized panorama (20480×7587 pels, 43MB) by clicking here » – to view this you probably will need to use the 64-bit version of PanGazer on a 64-bit Windows system.
|PanGazer and these web pages were written by Mike Cowlishaw; Please send me any corrections, suggestions, etc.|
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and the PanGazer program, are for non-commercial use only.
This page was last updated on 2018-12-12 by mfc.