I came back from Antarctica with a bunch of panoramic photos made with a Sony DSC-RX100, a truly awesome point and shoot camera that, set to “green idiot mode”, produced far better JPEGs than the $3000 Canon EOS 5D Mark III. The little Sony has a nice feature for showing panoramics on its rear LCD. You press a button and the photo is expanded to occupy the full vertical height of the rear LCD and then slowly scrolls from right to left.
I’d like to replicate this interface on a Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows 8 computer, but so far I can’t find any software that does it. All of the software is either entirely (1) unaware of panoramas and has no option to set the zoom so that the height of the image matches the height of the monitor, (2) a little bit aware and premised on the idea that the viewer wants to be active with a mouse to pan and zoom.
Here’s an example of one of the photos (click twice to download the original file):