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)
Preview release
Operating system Windows XP (only up to version 1.4.4), Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1
Type Image stitching
License Proprietary freeware
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
  • Optional automatic completion of missing image parts (helpful for sky, clouds, grass, gravel etc.)
  • 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

However, Microsoft ICE currently does not provide any anti-Ghosting-mechanism, like other panorama stitching programmes do, e.g. the open source programme Hugin (software) and various commercial applications.

View of Rome from the Dome of St. Peter's Basilica. Taken with an Olympus Camedia C-7070 Wide Zoom, stitched using Microsoft Research Image Composite Editor v1.4.4.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Microsoft Research Image Composite Editor

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