Microsoft Research have released the Image Composite Editor (referred to as ICE by some, including the installer). It is ‘an advanced panoramic image stitcher’. It’s only 3MB and does a very nice job. It’s also very fast.
Here’s two photos from our trip to New York that I stitched together. Plus I used the perspective tool to add some interest.
Just for fun I tried to stitch together two completely unrelated photos. Here’s the result:
And here’s 3 shots of Grand Central Station that it stitched together beautifully.
The only thing missing is a copy to clipboard button. Currently you have to export everything to a file and then open it in another program in order to copy it into a document.