Stereogram Editors (July 2007)
Stereogram Editors are used to create images which provide an optical
illusion of depth, even though the images are simple flat, two-dimensional images.
Originally, the term stereogram referred to a pair of images (same subject matter, but
viewed from different viewpoints) which could be used to give a three-dimensional
effect. These stereograms used a mechanical device to enable the viewer to
see the three-dimensional images.
More recently, techniques have been developed which allow a single image to
contain the 3D image, but do require the person doing the viewing to learn a
technique (focusing behind the true image, similar to crossing one's eyes) to
view the image.
This review is in work. Until the review is complete, I suggest the following
application for your stereogram editing needs:
Stereogram Editor Features
These are the minimum features that I expect from a stereogram viewer/editors.
Each of the candidate programs will be ranked against how well they implement
the following features. As the review continues, the list of features may change.
- Image Viewer
- Image viewing aides (learning the viewing technique)
- Mask generation
- Text, random, and pattern imaging
- Help file
There are a limited number of programs which support viewing/creating
stereograms, particularly the many versions of stereograms which exist.
The following programs were included in this review.
User Feedback & Suggestions
I welcome any suggestions on other Stereogram Editor programs that should be considered,
or suggestions on how better to review the selected programs.