Microsoft Research Image Composite Editor

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Microsoft Image Composite Editor
Screenshot of Microsoft Image Composite Editor v1.3.5 on Windows 7 stitching an 88 megapixel panorama of a valley
Developer(s) Microsoft
Stable release 2.0.3 / February 25, 2015 (2015-02-25)
Operating system Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
Type Image stitching
License Proprietary freeware, non-commercial use only
Website Microsoft Research

Microsoft Image Composite Editor is an advanced panoramic image stitcher made by the Microsoft Research division of Microsoft Corporation.[1]

The application takes a set of overlapping photographs of a scene shot from a single camera location and creates a high-resolution panorama incorporating all the source images at full resolution. The stitched panorama can be saved in a wide variety of file formats, from common formats like JPEG and TIFF to multi-resolution tiled formats like HD View and Silverlight DeepZoom, as well as allowing multi-resolution upload to the Microsoft Photosynth site.

Panoramic view of Changi Airport Terminal 1 - Gate 5 created using Microsoft Image Composite Editor
Panoramic View of East Coast Park Coast created using Microsoft Image Composite Editor


  • Stitching algorithms automatically place source images and determine panorama type
  • Advanced orientation adjustment view allows planar, cylindrical, and spherical projections
  • Support for different types of camera motion
  • Panorama stitching from video
  • Exposure blending using Microsoft Research fast Poisson algorithm
  • Automatic lens vignette removal
  • Automatic cropping to maximum image area
  • No image size limitation - stitch Gigapixel images
  • Constrained assembly of image sets taken on a known regular grid, e.g. with a Gigapan head
  • Native support for 64-bit operating systems
  • Output in a wide variety of image formats:
  • Panorama publishing to Microsoft Photosynth
View of Rome from the Dome of St. Peter's Basilica. Taken with an Olympus Camedia C-5050 Zoom, stitched using Microsoft Research Image Composite Editor v1.4.4.

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  1. ^ Microsoft Research Image Composite Editor

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