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How-to setup Microsoft ICE as an external editor & easily create panoramas

2013-07-23 16:07:18 GMT

Setting up an external editor in ACDSee Pro 6 is very simple. Here we’ll walk you through setting up Microsoft ICE as an external editor and with that, how-to easily create panoramas.

First you must download the external editor from its main source. For Microsoft ICE you can download it here.

To configure an external editor in ACDSee Pro 6:
1. In Manage mode, click Tools | External Editors | Configure Editors.
2. In the Configure Editors dialog box, click Add.
3. Browse to the folder on your hard drive that contains an image editing application.
4. Select the executable file of the editing application. In this case, ICE.exe.
5. Click Open.
6. In the Name field, type a name for the editor, and then click OK.

Now for the fun part, creating a panoramic image!

1. In Manage mode of ACDSee Pro 6, select the images that will form your panorama. A great thing about Microsoft ICE is that the photos do not need to be in the specific order they need to be aligned in.

You see here, were have chosen a series of four photos taken at the Forbidden Palace in Beijing.

2. Click External Editors from the toolbar at the top and click the external editor of your choice (in this case Microsoft ICE).
3. The external editor then opens and will start to rearrange and stitch the above images into one. Click Export as jpeg or your format of choice.

At times the panoramic image may come out a little wonky around the edges but that’s nothing a quick crop can’t fix!