> You notice ICE failing when taking panorama pictures where people are walking by
I don't think that this is correct. You may have run into a failure case but in general we do as well if not better than CS3/CS4 on this. I feel pretty confident about saying this, because the technique that both products use was born out of a collaboration
between Microsoft Research and University of Washington. You can read more about that on my blog: http://hdview.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!1AD33AA162CE96C2!506.entry
I did notice that it happens primarily in cases where you didn't rotate around the camera axis, so hand shot instead of on a tripod.
I've done some exports to HD View.
You can see them on http://peterf.mine.nu/panorama
Can't wait to ssee the many improvements Research is still working on.
Too bad ICE doesn't allow you to create a panorama with zoomed in pictures, so with a tool like HD View you could zoom in to some portions of the picture and have them with better detail , like with Photosynth. Also one day I hope to see an easy application
where you can truefully walk through a recreated 3d environment based on your pictures, so like Photosynth but with all pictures visible.