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Welcome to Papywizard project


Papywizard is a panohead control software, mainly developed for the Merlin/Orion? astronomic mount, but usable for other panoheads with small effort.

Papywizard is entirely written in python and, although developed under linux, successfully runs on PC/linux, Nokia/maemo, PC/windows and MacOS.

This project is developed in collaboration with Kolor company, which develops Autopano Pro/Giga/Server, a great stitcher softwares suite. Thanks to Alexandre and his team for their support!

Papywizard is not a commercial project: I develop it on my free time, because it is fun. So, I don't make support for professional usage. This does not mean that it can't be used by pro photographers, but be aware that things can go wrong while shooting, and neither my responsability, nor Kolor one, can be engaged is such case.

Note: the 1.6.1 stable release is the last one of the 1.x branch. Papywizard as reached a level I never expected; thanks to all users and contributors! But there are still many things we can do with such project, and Papywizard needed a deep code review to implement them in a correct way. So, here it is the version 2. The first step was to switch from !PyGTK to PyQt toolkit. This dropped the support for the Nokia 770, which don't run Qt/PyQt? (no problem for the N800/N810), but added support for other platforms, including MacOS.

The Papywizard team

Latest news

  • 2009-05: plugins now fully operationnal (>= 2.1.5)
  • 2009-04: first plugin implementation in version 2.1.1.
  • 2009-03: version 2.0.0 is out! This is the first stable release of the branch 2.x, using PyQt. This release does not add many new features to 1.x branch, but developement will now be easier.
  • 2009-03: Papywizard 1.9 now runs on MacOS (10.5 only for now). Thanks to Jeremy!
  • 2009-01: first dev. release (1.9.0) using PyQt. This is the 1.6.0 version using PyQt instead of PyGtk (graphical shooting area missing). New features will come later.
  • 2009-01: version 1.6.0 is out. Introduce a simple timer/intervalometer feature, and alternate shooting view. This is the last release of the 1.x branch; time to start v2 ;o) See ChangeLog for all new features.
  • 2008-11: Bluetooth now works under Windows!
  • 2008-11: version 1.4.0 is out. Main improvements are FOV and number of pictures as input params, preview positions in shooting dialog, and rewind/forward shooting feature. See ChangeLog for all new features.
  • 2008-11: version 1.2.0 is out. A lot of improvements for this release (custom user presets, Windows installer...); see ChangeLog for all new features.
  • 2008-10: Openmoko seems a good candidate, as Papywizard runs on it out-of-the-box (simulation mode). More tests to come.
  • 2008-09: Papywizard runs again under Windows (svn version), except for bluetooth. Hope to fix this soon.
  • 2008-09: version 1.0 is out! See ChangeLog.


All Papywizard files and documents are released under CeCILL, a french free license, based on and compatible with GPL.

You can read the complete text of the license here.

The project started on the Autopano Pro forum, where someone has bring the idea to use an astronomic mount for panoramic shots. The very low price of the Merlin/Orion? mount made it the perfect candidate. The only things to do were an electronic interface, and a little software to drive it!

Use the forums for questions, bugs reports, or to ask for new features.




See this page.


Stable versions

Branch 1.x

This branch uses PyGTK.

Branch 2.x

This branch uses PyQt.

Previous stable versions

Developement versions

All versions

You can browse the entire archive here.

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Main developement

  • Frédéric Mantegazza (aka fma38 on APP forums)


  • Jeremy Pronk (aka jeremyp on APP forums) -- MacOS packaging
  • Jones Henry Subbiah (aka sjhenry on APP forums) -- EOS Utility plugin developement
  • Jo Lutum (aka Paul on APP forums) -- German translation
  • Maciej Dworak (aka DrSlony on APP forums) -- Polish translation
  • Antonio Bruno (aka AmdAntonio on APP forums) -- Italian translation
  • Juan Carlos Andres (aka joni on APP forums) -- Spanish translation
  • Hubert Pawlowski (aka hub on APP forums) -- Icon design


  • Andrew Stephens (aka mediavets on APP forums) -- Beta tester