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Legend

  • Name: the software's name and link to official web site
  • Free: a full-featured version is provided for no charge
  • OSS: the software is provided under a free and open-source license
  • Linux: the software runs natively (or using the specified transparent emulator) under [Linux
  • MacOS: the software runs natively under Mac OS
  • Win32: the software runs natively under Microsoft Windows NT based systems
  • Align: the software can automatically align an image stack
  • Avg.: the software can reduce noise by averaging multiple images in a stack
  • HDR: the software can produce High Dynamic Range output files, either in a HDR specific format or by combining brightness levels in a standard 8bpp file
  • Sres: the software can produce super-resolution output
  • DOF: the software can perform focus stacking] to increase the effective depth-of-field
  • Moving: the software is aware of, and can remove or otherwise deal with, objects that move from frame to frame
  • 3D: the software can produce a height-map or a 3D model of the subject using images with varying focus or angle
  • Pano: the software can produce stitched panoramic output covering a wider angle than any single image in the stack
  • Stars: the software can identify the presence and position of stars and use it for alignment and/or creating a stars mask
  • Planets: the software has dedicated functionality and algorithms for planetary imaging
  • Geo.ab.: the software can correct for geometrical aberrations from the lens
  • Col.ab.: the software can correct for chromatic aberrations (such as color fringing) from the lens
  • Dark: the software can make use of dark frames to correct sensor readouts
  • Flat: the software can make use of flat field frames to correct sensor readouts and vignetting
  • Bias: the software can make use of offset/bias frames to correct sensor readouts
  • Video: the software can use a video clip as input
  • RAW: the software can work with Canon raw files

Software

Name Free OSS Linux MacOS Win32 Align Avg. HDR Sres DOF Moving 3D Pano Stars Planets Geo.ab. Col.ab. Dark Flat Bias Video Raw
Anti-Lameness Engine Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? No Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes  ? Yes Yes
AutoPano Pro No No Yes Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes  ? No ? Yes No Yes No No  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
AutoStitch No No No No Yes Yes  ?  ?  ? No  ? No Yes No No No No No No No  ?  ?
CombineZP Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No ? No Yes No Yes No No No No ? No ? No No No Yes  ?
DeepSkyStacker Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes No No No Yes Yes No  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes
GIMP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 1 2  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? 1 2  ?  ? 1  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? 1
Helicon Focus No No No Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No Yes Yes No No No No No No No No Yes
Hugin Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes  ? No  ? No Yes No No Yes  ? No ? No ? No ?  ?  ?
ImageJ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 1 2 Yes No ? No ? 1 2 No 1 2 1 2 No ? No ? No ? No?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Iris Yes No No No Yes Yes  ? Yes  ? No  ? No No Yes  ? Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes
K3CCDTools No No No No Yes Yes Yes  ?  ? No  ? No  ? Yes Yes  ?  ? Yes Yes  ? Yes  ?
NetPBM (pnmstitch) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  ? No  ? No  ? No Yes No No No No No No No  ?  ?
Panorama Factory No No No Yes Yes Yes No ?  ?  ? No  ? No Yes No No Yes No ? No No No  ?  ?
PhotoAcute No No WINE Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No Yes Yes No ? No ? No ? Yes  ?
PhotoFit No No No No Yes Yes  ?  ?  ? No  ? No Yes No No Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? No
Photoshop No No WINE Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes  ?  ?  ? No Yes No No Yes? No? Yes[1] ?  ? No Yes
Picolay Yes No No No Yes  ? Yes No  ? Yes No Yes No No No No No  ?  ?  ? No No
Qtpfsgui Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 1 Yes ? Yes  ? No ?  ? No No No No  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes ?
RegiStax Yes No WINE No Yes Yes Yes  ?  ? No  ? No  ? Yes Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes  ?

Notes

  1. Using layer blending
Photomatix Pro 3

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