Hugin is an excellent cross-platform panorama stitcher favored by many users of not only Linux, but also Windows. It’s used to stitch multiple photos taken in succession into one panorama, and includes the ability to manually align stitching points, as well as lens effects, tunnel correction, and blending of edges and colors to make the image as natural as possible.
For Ubuntu 8.10 users, unfortunately, the program fails to work properly due to an error with autopano-sift. The error comes in the form of a warning that appears upon start and won’t allow the images you’ve loaded to be aligned. The solution to this problem at first appears to be a cryptic need for a correct version of autopano-sift; that’s not the case, however, and the solution is so incredibly simple, you won’t believe it would actually work.
Step 1: Open Hugin and navigate to File > Preferences. A new dialogue box will appear. You will see a series of tabs at the top. Choose the tab that says “Autopano”.
Step 2: You will see two lines at the top that say “Autopano-SIFT. Within the top line, erase the parameters it offers and type instead “autopano-complete”. In the second line, erase what it says and enter the parameters “–points %p -o %o %i”.
Step 3: Select the “Apply” button and then the “OK” button. Restart the program and load images. This time, when you press the “Align” button, it should align the images without any errors. If you do get an error, check that the error is indeed about the autopano-sift and not a different error, and that you changed the settings for autopano-SIFT and not the regular autopano.