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This is the place for Gigapan.com members to offer peer-to-peer support for exchanging tips, ideas, comments, etc.

Those who need direct technical assistance with their GigaPan EPIC Series imagers, stitching software or gigapan.com membership account should contact us.

Recent Posts
Angelko Krstanovic Angelko Krstano...
Posted: Jan 20, 2012

Topic: Web Site and Forum / Website Fixes

Jan. 19th 2012

14 Google Earth placement and geolocation rehaul:
-Geolocation link added to My Gigapans list, visible only to gigapan owner.
-Geolocation button added to gigapan detail page, visible only to gigapan owner.
-Geolocation page got new language and visual styling, added Return to Placemark button and View Gigapan button
-Google Earth plugin responds to data changes in the form, KML files reworked to support this.
569 Improved visibility of interface to assign categories to gigapans. This interface is located on the foot of gigapan edit page next to Update button.
655 Reworked Camer Compatibility search
663 Updated documentation for geolocation
717 Geolocation tool (Google Earth plugin) allows viewer to enter panoramas by clicking on the GigaPan “looking glass” placemark.
764 Fixed ‘Registration and Download Request’ and ‘technical support’ links on Downloads page
782 Added new Dealers to Distributor Page
829 Snapshot notification messages now contain correct link to commented snapshot
834 Snapshot comment interface repositioned and made more responsive.
-Snapshot comment interface is activated my “mousing” over the underlined comment count next to a “bubble” icon under each snapshot on the gigapan detail page.
880 Removed large space on the bottom of search results
894 Fixed bug with latitude/longitude rounding
902 Updated SEO
939 Improved page view count consistency
942 Fixed a bug allowing some uploaded images to be of unsupported file type
947 Fixed a bug preventing “unfavoriting” of favorite gigapans
955 Fixed a bug causing the closed popups to scroll page to top
957 Fixed a bug causing “Add GigaPan to gallery” link to display incorrect text
958 Updated language dealing with embed limits
959 Fixed “terms of use link” on signup form
960 Updated positioning of “Save Reply” button on community forums
968 Added “Most Recent” and “Most Popular” View menu items, updated search filter interface for gigapans
972 Updated search filter interface for gigapans on My Gigapans page
975 Fixed gallery creation notice bug for free users
980 Fixed snapshots filter formatting bug
981 Fixed a bug preventing profile access for users whose login name contained a space
988 Upgraded jQuery to v1.7.1
990 Added CSS styles to GigaPan geolocation page
995 Fixed a bug preventing Gigatag embed wizard to generate embed URL
1057 Updated firmware download information

Angelko Krstanovic Angelko Krstano...
Posted: Jan 19, 2012

Topic: Web Site and Forum / Total Views

A fix for view counts issue has bene qued for testing, and should be in production this or next week.

Discord Schism Discord Schism
Posted: Jan 18, 2012

Topic: Special-effects Gigapans / Continuous Pan/Tilt

This is something I would be interested in as well. I have a smaller camera (A sony nex) which is a bit on the small side to warrant getting the pro (which I understand has some kind of time lapse feature now). I’d love to get this feature on the 100, the ability to set a start position, an end position, and some time of total time and picture frequency.

Marty Straub Marty Straub
Posted: Jan 18, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Groaning sound

same here

Andrew Leahy Andrew Leahy
Posted: Jan 18, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Viewing Gigapans on panoramic Liquid Galaxy systems

Hi, I’m not a pano maker, just a keen viewer!

I’m sure you are aware there is a Gigapan Photo layer in Google Earth. The Google Liquid Galaxy (LG) systems basically run multiple Google Earth instances with the view synchronised to create a wide panoramic display surface. Generally 14-16 megapixels, depending on the number and type of screens used.

Up till now LG has NOT been able to sync pano images across the displays. Which is a terrible shame because Liquid Galaxy should be a fantastic technology for showing off gigapan imagery.

This week I found a glitch in the pana/ge renderer switching that can be exploited to load up the hi-res imagery and then navigate around, thru, into the image in a free-form natural fashion… up to the full resolution of the gigapan!

See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD8Ns9ZzrWs

Pretty cool, right?

What I’m hoping from this community is help to pressure the Google Earth devs to get this style of pano loading & navigation as an option for Google Earth & Liquid Galaxy.

PS. a Liquid Galaxy is quite easy to build, you just need a bunch of PC’s, screens and some networking. See http://code.google.com/p/liquid-galaxy/

Cheers, Andrew
eResearch / University of Western Sydney

David Zakary David Zakary
Posted: Jan 17, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Groaning sound

My EpicPro does the same thing. Less than 2 weeks old.

David Zakary David Zakary
Posted: Jan 17, 2012

Topic: General Gigapanning / Database for tracking panos while shooting

I’m putting together a small database for me and that would on iOS devices in order to document stuff in the field.

Depending on how it goes I may make it available for other GigaPan’ers to download. Wanted to get some feedback on the info that I’m currently planning to record and see if

a) I’m missing anything really obvious or
b) anyone has any ideas for additional fields that would be useful.

This is what I’m tracking right now (divided into sections)….

Gear section
Item name (Nikon D300, etc.)
Item type (lens, camera, tripod, etc)
Purchase date
Purchased at
Purchase price
Serial number
Photo of item

Panorama section
Pano Name
Total photos (calculated)
Starting photo #
Ending PHoto # (calculated)
Shutter speed
Camera used
Lens use
Focal length
Thumbnail (taken with iOS device)
List of skipped photos
White balance setting

The database would run on iOS only (no Blackberry, no Android, so don’t bother asking). Database would require FileMaker Go on the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to run.

Anyone have any other suggestions for what might be useful?

Angelko Krstanovic Angelko Krstano...
Posted: Jan 17, 2012

Topic: Web Site and Forum / Total Views

Thanks for the heads up Christian. Let me see if I can find out why these counts aren’t updating…

Christian Ashby Christian Ashby
Posted: Jan 15, 2012

Topic: Web Site and Forum / Total Views

None of the ones I’ve uploaded in the last week have got any views at all, even though I know for a fact people have viewed them (who are not me!)

Sven H. Sven H.
Posted: Jan 15, 2012

Topic: Upload / Upload aborted: Creating panorama failed


check if the logfile contains a 500 error. If yes, it is a server problem, not due to the uploader or to your panorama file.

Now it is working again.

David Zakary David Zakary
Posted: Jan 14, 2012

Topic: Stitch / Creative Stitching

OK, so I gave it a shot.

Created several strips in Stitcher, saved at TIFF files and then pulled them into Aperture. Used OnOne’s Color Efex Pro 3.0 to apply the gradient. Saved them out again and brought the strips into Stitcher and created a 1 row by 7 column panorama.

Note: the gradient test is not the full width panorama and the gradient is WAY too intense. This was a test to see what would happen in the stitching process with a 1 by “x” series of images.

Things I discovered…
• The sky got a little pixelated.
• The left and right image displayed some keystoning (edges bowed in a bit).
• Top and bottom aren’t completely straight
• The Stitcher-created strips were not all the same width. Assuming this was due to the outer images not having a horizontal overlap.
• Interior strips did not display the keystone effect
• With a little care, you could do this. The exported strips are large (around 100 mb each in this test) but manageable.
• The interior parts of the image didn’t pixelate as much as I thought they might
• Zooming doesn’t appear to be affected
• It’s time-consuming to do this type of effect as you have to build the strips and then do the processing in Aperture, Lightroom or tool of choice and then re-stitch the strips into the full pano

Theoretically, you could do some semi-complex masking with each of the strips. In this example I might want to apply the gradient to just the sky and not the building. Or have everything except the building black and white. You’d need a fast computer with a lot of RAM to be able to do it effectively.

Could I have done this on a fully-stitched image instead of the strips? How does Stitcher handle a 1×1 image?

Gradient test: http://gigapan.org/gigapans/96819

Original: http://gigapan.org/gigapans/96754

David Zakary David Zakary
Posted: Jan 14, 2012

Topic: Stitch / Creative Stitching

Thought I’d ask this before spending the time trying it out…

I’ve got a pano that I’ve shot and would really like to put a gradient on it. Clearly you can’t do this to all of the individual images (20×10).

I was wondering if anyone had tried the following…
Stitch each column together individually and save it out as an image. Creating, in this case, 20 tall skinny images instead of the original 200.

Then apply the gradient (or other effect) to each image.

Bring the modified images, now 20 × 1 into Stitcher and create the pano.

Wondering what kind of effect this would have on the finished pano?

Anyone tried this?

Gregory Young Gregory Young
Posted: Jan 14, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Groaning sound

My Gigapan makes a groaning sound when moving from near bottom to near top (moving between columns). It doesn’t make any unusual sounds moving from shot to shot other than that. Is this normal??
I’m nowhere near the 10 lb limit and the camera load is balanced. Greg

Gregory Young Gregory Young
Posted: Jan 14, 2012

Topic: Upload / Formats for Upload?

I have a 60632 x
13340 Gigapan. The .tif file is 1.574GB. I tried saving as as
Photoshop .psb. That file was even larger at 2.168GB. Photoshop
will not save .PSD files this size and even if it did they are
larger than .tif in my experience. I cropped this file down to
30000 pixels wide (about half) and saved as a .jpg. It was only
60,456kb. At this rate, a .jpg (if I could save as a .jpg) would
only be about 120,000kb. This would be a small useable file size
easily uploadable and a small fraction of the size of a .tif. I
haven’t exported a panorama from Gigastitch as a raw file so I
don’t know what kind of file size that would give me. It doesn’t
matter though because I would always expect to be editing my
Gigapans and resaving. I did update my Gigastitch to the latest
So for now, I’m still stuck. Since upload speeds with our
broadband providers are a fraction of download speeds, it would
take a LONG time, if successful at all to upload 1.5GB. Maybe
I’ll give it a try before going to bed! My research shows the
.jpg format will support up to 65535 × 65535. Is that correct?
Any other program that you know of that might support this. What
are other people uploading?? Thanks much. Greg

Chris Fastie Chris Fastie
Posted: Jan 13, 2012

Topic: Embedding / Embedding with snapshots

Embedded gigapans can include snapshots, for example, the following code will include four snapshots:

<ifram* src=“h_tp://api.gigapan.org/beta/gigapans/37421/snapshots/109628,109622,109626, 109591/options/hidetitle/iframe/flash.html?height=275”
width=“900” height=“387” frameborder=“0” scrolling="no">*/ifram*>

In the good old days, the snapshots would be displayed in the order they were listed in the code. Today, they are displayed in numerical order. This has introduced some chaos into my attempts to add titles and captions to the embedded snapshots here: http://conservation.townofsalisbury.org/panoram…

Is there any way to force an non-numerical order of display for snapshots, or should I start to modify the caption code for all of these embedded gigapans?

Angelko Krstanovic Angelko Krstano...
Posted: Jan 13, 2012

Topic: Web Site and Forum / Website Fixes

We pushing the release for one more week, due to number of fixes and the time required to test them. The expected release date is Jan. 19th.

Terry Foss Terry Foss
Posted: Jan 13, 2012

Topic: Stitch / Software in other languages?

Gabriel, Stitching can take a long time, especially with a large gigapan. 1014 images is fairly large.

It’s worth the wait.

Terry Foss

José María Moreno Santiago José María Mo...
Posted: Jan 13, 2012

Topic: Upload / Formats for Upload?

I can not upload a file of 45 Gb psb, you need 90 GB free temporary memeoria C: I have not.
How I can address the temporary memory to another hard drive?
Should I turn on Raw in PS?
thank you very much

William William
Posted: Jan 12, 2012

Topic: Embedding / Non-Flash options

I just wanted to chime in an add my vote for a non-flash option. There used to be a GigaPan app in the app store, but it was removed. It’s supposed to be returning soon, though.

gabriel olivera gabriel olivera
Posted: Jan 12, 2012

Topic: Stitch / Software in other languages?

hii get gigaopan today and I’m exited with the gigapan
but how many time take the software to do the panorama i toke a panorama of 1014 pictures and start topstitch 2 hours ago and how advance i think gonna take 20 hs or more is normal ?
i work with a mac pro with 32 gigas and a grafic card nvidia quadro 4000
is possible take lot of hours is normal and sorry my english is so basic
thanks gabriel

Angelko Krstanovic Angelko Krstano...
Posted: Jan 11, 2012

Topic: Web Site and Forum / comments on new website

Tim, for the time being any thread inside ‘Website and Forum’ is appropriate for bugs and comments.

The sticky feature in the forums is not included in this particular version, however adding this and other forum features is on our list.

Customer Service Customer Servic...
Posted: Jan 11, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Gigapan hardware bugs and feature requests


To report a bug or submit a feature request, visit http://www.gigapan.com/cms/support/contact-support and click the ‘tech support’ link. Under ‘Please provide additional detail’ you’ll find a pull-down menu to report a problem, submit a feature request or ask a question. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Tim Brown Tim Brown
Posted: Jan 11, 2012

Topic: Gigapan Mechanism / Gigapan hardware bugs and feature requests

Can someone from Gigapan let us know the best place to post feature requests and bug reports for the Epic hardware? I emailed someone our GP sales rep recommended at Gigapan but never got a reply. It would be nice to know that someone is out there listening to our feedback.

Tim Brown Tim Brown
Posted: Jan 11, 2012

Topic: Web Site and Forum / comments on new website

Angelko, Is there a preferred place where we can list website bugs and feature requests? Should someone make a sticky post or should we just put them here?


Tim Brown Tim Brown
Posted: Jan 11, 2012

Topic: Web Site and Forum / comments on new website

I would add that the sort tools are broken. If I view all my gigapans, it auto-sorts by most viewed and there is no way to fix sort by say “most recent”

Although note to readers, this url works to sort your gigapans by most recent (replace the “timescience” text with your user id in both locations in the URL):