Zerene Stacker has several advantages over other commonly used stacking programs:
· Highest quality output images, especially in difficult cases
o Accurate and robust alignment and interpolation
o Advanced stacking algorithms
§ Clean handling of hairs and bristles -- no halos or contour lines
§ Preserves low contrast detail and avoids "stacking mush" with deep stacks
o Fast and flexible retouching makes it easy to combine the best features of multiple algorithms as well as original frames
· Supports 8- and 16-bit input and output files
· Designed to fully utilize modern multi-core processors and multi-processor computers
· Can generate stereo and 3-D rocking animations from a single stack, even for difficult subjects with structural overlaps and bristles.
Can I see some examples?
Absolutely! Please browse our gallery of challenging high-magnification subjects, and check out the online documentation for some screenshots of the user interface.
How do I get it?
Zerene Stacker is currently available as a series of no-cost public beta versions. Each beta version is time-limited and will expire after a few weeks, having been superseded by an updated beta version. In late September 2009, the public beta series will be replaced by a conventional purchased license with free trial. In the meantime, you can use Zerene Stacker as much as you like, at no cost.
Licenses are also available for purchase right now, for the benefit of users whose budgets have schedules. Full details are posted at Purchasing Licenses.
What type of computer do I need?
Microsoft Windows, Macintosh OS X, or Linux, and it doesn’t make much difference which one you have. The code base is about 98% identical. We recommend using a computer with a modern multi-core processor (e.g. Intel® Core™ 2) and at least 2 GB of memory. The software will run correctly on older and smaller machines, but processing will take longer and you may be limited to something less than the full resolution of your camera.
For Windows and Linux, separate installers are available for 32-bit and 64-bit versions. For Macintosh, the same application bundle runs in all environments.
If you need Zerene Stacker in another environment, please contact us.
How big of a stack can it handle?
Zerene Stacker is designed for deep stacks. There is no intrinsic limit on stack depth. Our standard test suite includes numerous stacks containing more than 150 frames.
Zerene Stacker can handle most modern cameras. 15 megapixel images are routine. Most 32-bit machines can handle 21 megapixels. 64-bit systems have no practical limit except physical memory.