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GBIC >> Software Reviews >> Stereogram Editors
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.

Review Results
This review is in work. Until the review is complete, I suggest the following application for your stereogram editing needs:

  • 3DMiracle
    3DMiracle provides features for beginners and professional stereogram artists.

    3DMiracle is available for $25.

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.

  1. Image Viewer
  2. Image viewing aides (learning the viewing technique)
  3. Mask generation
  4. Animation
  5. Text, random, and pattern imaging
  6. Examples
  7. Help file

Candidate Programs
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.

  1. AbSIRD Project
  2. Bigle 3D
  3. Keith's Absird Package
  4. RaySis
  5. RDSDraw
  6. SIRDS
  8. Stereogram Creator
  9. Stereogram Lab (?)
  10. Stereogram Maker
  11. Stereogrinder
  12. TStereogram 1.0
  1. !Magic 3D Images Screen Saver $11
  2. Easy Stereo $19
  3. 3D Maker $7
  4. 3D Miracle $25
  5. 3D Monster $20
  6. Stereo Magician $19
  7. Stereogram Explorer $20
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.