What is Image Composite Editor?
Image Composite Editor (ICE) is an advanced panoramic image stitcher created by the Microsoft Research Computational Photography Group. Given a set of overlapping photographs of a scene shot from a single camera location, the app creates a high-resolution panorama that seamlessly combines the original images. ICE can also create a panorama from a panning video, including stop-motion action overlaid on the background. Finished panoramas can be shared with friends and viewed in 3D by uploading them to the Photosynth web site. Panoramas can also be saved in a wide variety of image formats, including JPEG, TIFF, and Photoshop’s PSD/PSB format, as well as the multiresolution tiled format used by HD View and Deep Zoom.
Redesigned user interface and workflow
ICE has a new look that makes all the features more understandable and easier to use. The app guides you through the steps required to make a great panorama. And you can back up and change settings, then see the effects of those changes without having to start over from scratch.
ICE allows you to zoom in to see every detail of your stitched panorama, no matter how big, before you export. Unlike earlier versions of ICE, panorama previews are no longer limited by your screen resolution.
Built-in Photosynth uploader
When you want to share a panorama, ICE can upload it directly to Photosynth, where your friends can view it using an interactive web viewer or the Photosynth app for iPhone or Windows Phone.
Accelerated stitching on multiple CPU cores
Image Composite Editor works with 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1.
Image Composite Editor is provided free of charge and without official support. However, if you have questions or issues with Image Composite Editor, you may find help at the Image Composite Editor Forum, which is monitored by the developers and provides community-based support.