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    Is there a free image stacking application in Linux. I do a lot of macro work and I even use stacking for larger pieces of work as well. It allows me to create a better, larger DOF than you would normally get with a Macro lens, which tends to be shallow. If you have never heard of stacking images it is like stitching images together for a panorama image. Only this works by selecting the sharpest parts of the image. The images are stacked up on top of eachother, the software selects the sharpest parts of each image and the joins them all up making your object hopefully sharper. You need a tripod to do this work.

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    Default Re: Image stacking application

    A colleague at our local LUG recommended Enblend/Enfuse - combine images with no seams

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    On 01/26/2011 06:06 PM, TonyBennett wrote:
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    > Is there a free image stacking application in Linux.


    as far as i know GIMP is the best photo manipulator that is free...i'm
    next to sure it does not have what you seek built in, but on the other
    hand that are tons of add-on magic available...but, to find it you
    need to get in with the daily users and gurus of GIMP.....this is not
    a GIMP forum but i bet you can find one..

    if there is, or soon will be a free "image stacker" i'm sure the folks
    hanging out there will know about it...

    non-free i also don't know about specificially, but i do know the very
    best video programs available (at any cost), and used by all the big
    hollywood film makers, is purpose built to run on linux, only...it is
    simply the best there is, and has been for a long long time....see
    here, and google, for more:

    http://news.softpedia.com/news/Holly...ux-45571.shtml

    if you only need to run home and hobby level wares from the likes of
    Adobe, write them and ask when they will move to support the
    professionals....

    they will whine...and while they do you can always run a licensed copy
    of MS+something in a VM running in openSUSE (at least that way you
    shield yourself from a lot of malware)..

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    I shall have ago. Otherwise I shall have to try CombineZP with Wine and see how that goes. I have a feeling it doesn't go with WIne but we will see

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    hugin is one I've used and it's done a decent job for stitching panoramas
    together.

    http://hugin.sourceforge.net/

    Good luck.





    On 01/26/2011 12:06 PM, TonyBennett wrote:
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    > I shall have ago. Otherwise I shall have to try CombineZP with Wine and
    > see how that goes. I have a feeling it doesn't go with WIne but we will
    > see
    >
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    Default Re: Image stacking application

    Quote Originally Posted by TonyBennett View Post
    I shall have ago. Otherwise I shall have to try CombineZP with Wine and see how that goes. I have a feeling it doesn't go with WIne but we will see
    Do you mean CombineZM ?

    If so, there was a Ubuntu thread a year or so ago about how to get it running in Linux: How to install CombineZM in Ubuntu ndrk I would think the technique in openSUSE would not be too different.

    ie
    1. Create a folder for the CombineZM program files in ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/CombineZM.
      .
    2. Download CombineZ-m.exe and fftw3.dll from CombineZMs website. Save them to the CombineZM folder.
      .
    3. Install winetricks which comes with openSUSE wine with root permissions:
      Code:
      zypper in wine
      .
    4. Use winetricks to install the Microsoft Visual C++ 2003 libraries by running as a regular user:
      Code:
      winetricks vcrun2003
      .
    5. Create a menu item for CombineZM that runs the command as a regular user:
      Code:
            wine ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/CombineZM/CombineZ-m.exe

    ... or something along that line. I did not try it myself, but thats more or less what I would do IF I wanted to run CombineZM (and I have never run that app in my life).

    Still, I recommend you do what you are doing, which is to try and find a functionally equivalent native Linux app.

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    Thanks for that snippet. I will give it a go. As for Huggin, I find it an unwieldy beast and could never really get the hang of it. I have let others have ago and they failed miserably. I did better than they did. Its about time Huggin had a change to be more user friendly

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    On Wed, 26 Jan 2011 17:06:02 +0000, TonyBennett wrote:

    > Is there a free image stacking application in Linux. I do a lot of
    > macro work and I even use stacking for larger pieces of work as well. It
    > allows me to create a better, larger DOF than you would normally get
    > with a Macro lens, which tends to be shallow. If you have never heard
    > of stacking images it is like stitching images together for a panorama
    > image. Only this works by selecting the sharpest parts of the image.
    > The images are stacked up on top of eachother, the software selects the
    > sharpest parts of each image and the joins them all up making your
    > object hopefully sharper. You need a tripod to do this work.


    I've played around with a couple in the past, and the one that seemed to
    work well that I looked at was called Hugin.

    If you do a search on Google of "linux panorama stitching" there's a
    couple articles on using GIMP to do this as well - there's also a plugin
    called Pandora, but I don't have any experience with that one.

    Jim



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    I have been using Nip2/vips since 2004-5
    VIPS - VipsWiki
    Nip2 is the GUI for vips
    Screenshots - VipsWiki
    it started out for joinning together multy layer spectrometer images of paintings (London Natl. gallery )
    uses tie points or "auto" setting for panoramas
    and works well with data sets bigger than 24 Gig ( currently i am working with a 24 gig data set)

    but now is much more .



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    I meant to say, Combine ZM was back in 2008, it is now Combine ZP. Although they seem to be the same thing ~~ (That is my sign for a man shrugging his shoulders)

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