Comparison of selected photo mosaic applications

Photo mosaic also known as photo montage or photo collage or photographic mosaic

Standard photo mosaic applications are based on similar (don't read the same) process. Applications are different in implemented recognition/selection algorithms (most are unique) and built-in functions for control/enhance mosaic rendering process.

This comparison shows main features for selected mosaic software. I don't score applications only divide it to groups and add some comments (may be subjective). You can easy evaluate and decide what program is really usable for you. As author of Mosaic Creator, I understand minimal requirements for generating quality mosaics. All basic required functions are evaluated for each application. All listed software is directly oriented for rendering photo mosaics, except Mosaic Creator which has built in ability for creating Web thumbnails and video animations. If you find some bugs or you want to recommend some other application, send me e-mail.

Best shareware photo mosaic products


Program name

cell
image database

large mosaics

cell
size

control cell filling

non-
rectangle cells

color enhance

cell borders

cell repetition control

unique

miss

price

comment


Download free 30 day trial

 

transpa-
rent for user,
file and memory cache

file, unlimited

user

user

user

(more than 80 patterns)

user

user

user

print, mosaic and thumbnail wizard, pattern editor, pattern shapes, clickable thumbnails, alpha masking, color masking, rendering video mosaics, image watermarking, calculate tile mosaics, text mosaics, ASCII art as HTML and more then hundred options

-

Version

Lite $29

Professional $99

Register NOW

not only photo mosaic software, full featured thumbnailer
Mazaika

 

yes in memory, unlimited user user - - - 1 or more really quality mosaic output, change cell image in mosaic manually options for rendering hard to understand $49.95  
ArcSoft PhotoMontage 2000

 

 

yes

in memory, max 1.000 cell images

user

-



-

 

off/auto

user

user

scan, print, user interface, treasure box, signature box, CD image collection

limited number of cell images, no additional options relative to mosaics

$39.99, upgrade $24.99 no trial available, not tested
Best feeware/postcardware products


Program name

cell
image database

large mosaics

cell
size

control cell filling

non-
rectangle cells

color enhance

cell borders

cell repetition control

unique

miss

price

comment
AndreaMosaic program 3.13

 

 

yes

in memory

only
total number
of cells

user

-

yes

black line

-

Filling - flip horizontal/ vertical/ Exponential, movie image cells

not user friendly, missing cell size control, one output format,
no manual

Free

Very fast, but for version 3.13 very poor interface and no manual
but intuitive and free
Other shareware products


Program name

cell
image database

large mosaics

cell
size

control cell filling

non-
rectangle cells

color enhance

cell borders

cell repetition control

unique

miss

price

comment
2gether1 Mosaic Tool

 

??

in memory

max 8000x8000 pixels, up to 8.000 cell images in Pro version.

user user - yes ?? user Windows and Macintosh versions

use movies as source for cell images

Over 7.000 images
no trial available, limited result image image size and number of used cell images $39 or Pro version $279

Not available in USA, Japan and Australia due US Patent 6,137,498, entitled 'Digital composition of a mosaic image.'

 

Image puzzler

 

yes in memory portrait
or landscape
- - - - - - no additional options $19  
Easy Photo Mosaic Maker

 

yes in memory user - - user - - - not user friendly $35 or $99
or $149
 
DISCONTINUED projects


Program name

cell
image database

large mosaics

cell
size

control cell filling

non-
rectangle cells

color enhance

cell borders

cell repetition control

unique

miss

price

comment
PhotoTile

 

 

yes

in memory

as database, user in assembler

user

-

user

user

user

image panning, assembler for additional $20, image conversion utility $20

-

$20
(+$20 assembler)

DISCONTINUED 05/2006

"Closed as of 5/28/06"

Centarsia

 

 

yes

in memory

as database

user

-

source opacity

-

user

Channel Dominance, Queue then Image Method

not user friendly

postcard-ware

DISCONTINUED 05/2006
"We regret to inform you that we are no longer supporting or distributing Centarsia, due to the threat of legal action by Robert Silvers, the holder of a patent related to the technology that we used in Centarsia. We do not necessarily believe that the patent is applicable in this case but we have neither the time, interest, or money to pursue a legal "hashing out", so we are complying with the cease and desist request. "
Photo Puzzler

 

yes in memory, max 5.000 cell images - - - - - - - very crippled, support only for BMP $15 DISCONTINUED
Photo-mosaic

 

file list in memory user user - source opacity - - grayscale option no additional options, install OCXs to system $12 DISCONTINUED
Mosaic Studio
 

file list

file, unlimited

user

-

-

auto

user

user

preview, user interface

no help, price

$70
up to $9985

DISCONTINUED
Picture Image
 

-

in memory

user

-

-

-

-

-

print, scan

no rendering options

$49.95

DISCONTINUED

Legend

  • cell image database - application create mosaics from prepared image database, this can speed-up rendering process of result image
  • large mosaics - ability render large mosaic (>128MB), if is result image rendered in memory, there can be problems with high resolution images
  • cell size - user can set cell size for mosaic
  • control cell filling - user can control accuracy of cell filling, for example minimal distance of the same images
  • nonrectangle cells - can render mosaic with other cell shapes as rectangle (hexagon, triangle, puzzle, ...)
  • color enhance - modify color of cell images to opacity of source image
  • cell borders - borders for cell images
  • cell repetition control - control number of duplicates

 

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