Jim Watters


Full-time position as VR Guru where I can utilize my knowledge of
programming, imaging, panoramic photography, and VR cinema


  VR video

► Panoramic photography (20 years)

► Capturing and processing 360 video (11 years)

► Designing custom VR camera systems

► Directing and staging 360 video capture


► Software Development (12 years)

► C / C++ , C#, .NET, Visual BASIC, and Assembler

► HTML, SQL, ActiveX, COM, DCOM, and XML

► CMD, Perl, Ruby


► VideoStitch, PTGui, and Hugin

► Photoshop, Premier, and After Effects

► Corel Draw, PhotoPaint, KnockOut, KPT, Bryce, & Paint Shop Pro

► Visual Studio, Code Warrior, Eclipse, Qt Creator

► MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Access, PowerPoint)

► Oracle

► Clear Case, SourceForge, Source Safe, Subversion, CVS, Mercurial, & Git



Analytical, Innovative, Creative, Adaptive, Dedicated, and Team player


   Aug 2016 to


Systems Analysts, VR Guru, Chief Futurist

Orah, Santa Clara, Califoria

►     Design camera for live 360 streaming

►     Ensure best user experience

►     End to end quality control of camera system

   July 2010 to

   Aug 2016

Imaging Software Engineer (Self employed consultant)

Clients include: Garden Gnome Software, EyesisCamera, 360cities.net, and Do It Yourself Streetview

►     Improved online spherical panoramic photo stitcher

►     Developed batch stitching process

►     Help design a multi-camera rig for capturing panoramic video

►     Provided expertise as panorama processing guru

   Oct 2012 to

   July 2013

Technical Support Engineer (tier 3 backbone support)

Innovatia, Saint John, New Brunswick

Technical support through trouble shooting, documentation, and training

►     Research and resolve complex technical issues

►     Root cause analysis of resolved problems

  Oct 2005 to

  May 2010

Software Engineer

JFL Peripheral Solutions Inc, division of Visioneer Inc., Ottawa, Ontario

Document imaging, TWAIN, and related custom software development.

►     Design and implement complete TWAIN driver scanner solutions

►     Developed and maintained the TWAIN 2 DSM for Windows, Linux, and Mac

►     Member of the TWAIN Working Group

►     Major contributor to the TWAIN Specification

►     Implemented low level scanner drivers

   2004 to

   Oct 2005

Computer Software and Peripheral Helpdesk Support

Sitel Kanata, Ontario

Call center support and customer relations company

►     Resolve technical issues over phone

►     Educate customers on better computer practices

►     Received 100% satisfaction from customer survey


Software Engineer

Diffraction Ltd. Ottawa, Ontario

Scientific imaging software engineering company

►     Developer OOM in C++ using Visual Studio

►     Added functionality to microscopy imaging processing software

  2000 to 2002

Software Engineer

Corel Corporation Ottawa, Ontario

Creative and technical design software company

►     Developer in C & C++ in Visual Studio and Code Warrior
            for simulations release on both Windows and Mac

►     Designed, Implemented, and tested Stitching in Photo-Paint 11

►     Designed the Spot Filer effect in Photo-Paint 11

►     Redesigned the Layers and Mask interface in Painter 7

►     Lead team evaluation of code changes

 1997 to 2000


Software Developer

geoLOGIC Systems Ltd.Calgary, Alberta

GIS data provider for Oil and Gas companies

►     Created applications to interact with a Geographic Information System

►     Researched and developed interactive graphic database applications

►     Created geoCORE application from concept

►     Developed many reusable classes for displaying data


System Analyst

sysGOLD Ltd. Calgary, Alberta

Provide total computer system support to clients

►     Resolved computer software, hardware, and network problems

►     Provided technical support for clients

►     Researched and evaluated information systems for clients

►     Proposed changes to computer environment

 1995 to 1996

Computer Lab Monitor

S.A.I.T.Calgary, Alberta

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

►     Provided technical support for students

►     Prevented theft of hardware and software

►     Responsible for opening and closing lab


Computer Analyst

NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd.Calgary, Alberta

Distributor and transporters of natural gas to North America

►     Evaluated and recommend of software solutions

►     Created and maintained internal WWW pages

►     Created schema design for X.500 directory services

►     Updated department standards documentation to current technology

 1991 to 1994

Photography Lab Technician

Time Photo Calgary, Alberta

Photofinishing lab for professional and aspiring amateurs

►     Custom professional enlargements using video analysis

►     Maintained and colour balanced a daylight enlarger

►     Provided technical support for staff and customers

►     Added professional products & services to integrate the use of computers


  2003 to Present

Software Engineer & Project Administrator

Panoramic Tools on SourceForge

Imaging software for creating panoramas ( originally developed by Professor Helmut Dersch )

►     Developer C & C++ using MinGW 

►     Maintaining source code and documents using CVS

►     Update and distribute Panotools plugins for Photoshop


  1998 to 1999

Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology

Majoring in Information Systems Development

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

Calgary, Alberta

  1995 to 1996

Computer Technology Diploma

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (Co-operative Education)

Calgary, Alberta

  1987 to 1990

Diploma of Fine Craft in Photography (Valedictorian

New Brunswick College of Craft and Design

Fredericton, New Brunswick

►     Minor studies in compute

►     Top 4 in school three years running (Director's list)

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