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    Hello all.
    I am in need of being able to stitch photos together.

    While I have tried the new MS ICE, it does not allow for manual stitching, which at this point seems to be the only way I'll get what I need.

    These are not regular photographs. I work for an engineering firm, and have a series of maps that were broken into components for legal recordation in a county recorder's office (the specific set I am working on now have 8 parts). In fact, the layout appears to be in two rows of four images each, from left to right. For the first row I got the four images to stitch, but on the second row I only got 3 to take, and when I further cropped the 8th image, or 4th for the second row, all the program did was to blow that image up to match the sizing of the first 3, which was totally disproportionate. I then tried resizing it, still to no avail. It still blew the last image to a disproportionate size.
    The next problem that I seem to be having is that I cannot stitch the two rows together.

    I did download the latest IFV version- 4.33, and tried the panorama tool.... while interesting-- it did not allow me what I wanted.
    Does anyone know how to do this manually-- without printing the images out, doing the stitch work on paper, then rescan them, etc.....

    And no-- photoshop/illustrator won't be happening.

    TYIA.

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    The problem with image stitching programs like ICE is that you need large overlapping areas for them to stitch successfully.

    I would do it in my page layout program, PagePlus. That offers the flexibility needed for manually aligning the different map sections. If these maps are scans, and don't align perfectly, you can also rotate them. If they are at different scales, you can resize them, but then it starts getting difficult to line things up perfectly.

    The Free Version will do it all, but it doesn't offer export as image or publish to PDF as in the paid-for version. You could either Print to a PDF printer driver, or convert the composite picture to a picture, then copy/paste that to IrfanView for saving as an image.

    This is not a trial Shareware version. It is a fully functional version with no time limits, but lacking some of the key features available in the full version, and it has a few nag screens asking if you wish to upgrade. Registration can be done online without the hassle of unsolicited emails and phone calls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bhikkhu Pesala View Post
    The problem with image stitching programs like ICE is that you need large overlapping areas for them to stitch successfully.

    I would do it in my page layout program, PagePlus. That offers the flexibility needed for manually aligning the different map sections. If these maps are scans, and don't align perfectly, you can also rotate them. If they are at different scales, you can resize them, but then it starts getting difficult to line things up perfectly.

    The Free Version will do it all, but it doesn't offer export as image or publish to PDF as in the paid-for version. You could either Print to a PDF printer driver, or convert the composite picture to a picture, then copy/paste that to IrfanView for saving as an image.

    This is not a trial Shareware version. It is a fully functional version with no time limits, but lacking some of the key features available in the full version, and it has a few nag screens asking if you wish to upgrade. Registration can be done online without the hassle of unsolicited emails and phone calls.
    Hi Bhikku.
    Well, I downloaded, and installed Page Plus. Only one problem-- I can't find it anywhere on my computer. There's no program directory, there's no desktop icons-- nothing.
    I checked another time, tried finding it via the select program to run window.... nothing.
    Thanks for the advice, but the program doesn't appear to work.

    So..... next......

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveBMe View Post
    So..... next......
    Probably you installed the optional Serif™ Toolbar, but not the program. Don't install the toolbar, don't reboot when asked, but just install the program.

    See this post on the Serif forums

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bhikkhu Pesala View Post
    Probably you installed the optional Serif™ Toolbar, but not the program. Don't install the toolbar, don't reboot when asked, but just install the program.

    See this post on the Serif forums
    Nope. I made sure I unchecked the toolbar, and Serif as home page options.

    Ok, I see what happened.... The reboot call I got yesterday threw me. It appears to be installing now.
    what's with these constant calls for reboot, if that's not what's needed? Makes me think virus.....
    Last edited by SteveBMe; 20.04.2012 at 02:17 PM.

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    wow....
    well, it appears I finally have what I wanted.
    Bhikku,
    Thank you for tolerating my frustrations.

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