I’ve already mentioned the free Phereoshop stereo 3D photo organizer a while ago here on the blog, but meanwhile the software has been significantly improved. Phereoshop has started as a simple organizer for 3D photos and as a tool to help you easily upload and share the 3D photos you take on the Phereo.com website, but is constantly evolving and while not still as powerful as the StereoPhoto Maker (a must have free software for everyone working with 3D photos) it is starting to catch up in terms of features. The Phereoshop software supports 3D photos in the most common formats including MPO files from devices that are equipped with a 3D camera such as the Nintendo 3DS, 3D-capable smartphones and also 3D-capable digital cameras such as the Fujifilm W1 and W3. It allows you to organize the 3D photos on your computer into albums and view them in 2D and 3D format on 3D-capable devices – the software supports Nvidia’s 3D Vision as well as 3D HDTV output in Side by Side (squashed) format, Side by Side, Row Interlaced as well as Anaglyph 3D. You can also import 3D photos in one format and export them in another, you can also export 2D views from a 3D photo, so that you can share them with people that don’t yet have a 3D viewing device. The editing functionality is still a bit more basic and offers you to easily do things like swap the left and right views, do some basic color adjustments, do stereo alignment (there is auto alignment function as well) and crop the 3D photo to a specific aspect ratio or size.
There is also a PRO version of Phereoshop available, however you will have to pay for it, and it is being sold for $24.99 USD. Normally you can go without the Pro version as it only adds a few extra features that not everyone will need, such as Watermark support or batch processing of multiple photos. What is important to know is that if you edit a 3D photo using Phereoshop (the free version) you’ll get a small Phereoshop watermark inserted on your photo and that can be annoying, especially if you want to print the 3D photo. And while getting the Pro version would remove that watermark, the chances are that you’d go for an alternative such as StereoPhoto Maker for editing your photos instead of using the edit functionality of Phereoshop. Also something that I’m kind of missing in the Edit functionality of the software is the Resize function, a must have basic thing when working with photos, 2D or 3D ones. Sure there is a Resize functionality when you export a photo from Phereoshop, but that function is not very well implemented (no info about the actual width and height for proportional resize). So there is definitely more work to be done on the software, but the good news is that we are seeing an improvement, so if you haven’t yet tried it or have tried an older version you might want to check it out to see what the latest free version 1.8 of Phereoshop offers.
Imagen3D is a a free photo editor developed from the start to enable the adjusting and editing of stereo 3D photos, supporting multiple popular formats such as Anaglyph, Side by Side, Top/Bottom, Row Interlaced and so on. The application offers most of the basic tools used by other programs for editing and photo retouching, but they have been adapted for use with stereoscopic 3D images. The program is free and works quite well, it has a portable version as well as an installer, so you can have it handy even on an USB flash drive. It is intended for use on non stereoscopic 3D capable displays and you can preview the photos you are editing using a pair of anaglyph red-cyan glasses or with the cross-eye viewing method. And you can of course export a 3D photo and then open it inside a photo viewer supporting 3D Vision for example, but you cannot run the 3D photo in stereo 3D mode with 3D Vision right from the application itself.
With this program you can do most of what you are usually doing in a normal photo editor with 2D photos, but with 3D ones instead as there are actually not that many stereo 3D photo editors available yet and doing even some of the most basic things like cropping a 3D photo can be problematic if you don’t have the right tool. Of course there are some specific things required to be done only on 3D photos and the pretty much the only drawback is the inability for direct full-screen preview on a 3D-capable solution such as 3D Vision. But Imagen3D can be quite useful in cases when you need to do some adjustments on a 3D photo, but you don’t have a 3D display at the moment, you just need to have a good old pair of paper anaglyph glasses lying around and you are ready to go.
CMSoft Stereoscopic Editor is an interesting free piece of software with a simple and easy to use interface that allows you to easily convert .MPO files to .JPS and as separate left/right stereo pairs, as well as doing some quick and simple adjustments to stereoscopic 3D photos. This editor has been developed for use on non-stereo 3D-capable displays and thus it only supports cross-eye and wiggle viewing methods for the 3D photo preview. You can also adjust parallax manually, although there is also an auto adjustment function that may not always provide the best results and there is the capability to use some basic filters such as Gaussian Blur for example with the ability to even create your own custom filters for the application if you are good with OpenCL programming.
CMSoft Stereoscopic Editor can open .MPO files from a 3D-capsble camera and import separate left and right views taken with dual camera setups and can directly and easily export them into single file .JPS stereo pairs or save them in separate .JPG left and right files. It also supports batch conversion of .MPO files, so no need to individually convert the files one by one, just have in mind that the Convert to MPO menu does not work with the currently opened file, but requires you to select the file or files you cant converted. I’ve had a bit of trouble with loading the OpenCL filters that are provided with the software, but other than that the program worked quite well, so it might turn out to be a handy tool for some of you. Of course it is not as powerful and as feature rich as the StereoPhoto Maker, but can be handy for some quick edits.