PTGui 12 has been released, almost two and a half years after the release of PTGui 11, with major improvements.
PTGui is the industry standard stitching software for 360 photos for both DSLRs and 360 cameras. Version 12 adds many improvements, most notably automatic seam placement (available only in PTGui Pro 12), which adjusts the seam line automatically to avoid stitching errors. It is almost like automatic masking, and when I turn it on, I hardly have to do any masking at all (except for the tripod). It’s an incredible time saver.
Another significant improvement is the ability to adjust your photos within PTGui, including exposure, white balance, tone curve, and other adjustments. Personally, I prefer to use other software for editing my photos, but the option to do that within PTGui is now available. The complete list of improvements is here.
Although PTGui is widely regarded by 360 photographers as the best stitching software, it has a complicated interface and can be intimidating. If you want to learn how to use PTGui 12 to get the best stitching as well as other techniques to get the best quality virtual tour photos, check out Virtual Tour Edge 2.0 for DSLRs and Virtual Tour Edge HQ Method for 360 cameras. During the launch period for VTE2.0, you can get a 20% discount on VTE2.0 and get HQ Method for free.