|Posted on Wednesday, December 01, 2004 - 1:58 pm: |
I just downloaded the trial version, and am trying to use it (Also, have to admit I am not that computer-inclined)
I made a 360 degree panorama, and I believe I added a hotspot. Now I want to view it locally on my pc.
Is there a way to do this? Do I have to add it to a web page to view it?
Do I have to save the image in a special way to preview it??
Post Number: 144
|Posted on Wednesday, December 01, 2004 - 3:17 pm: |
In general, you should create a web page. You can do this easily with the Web page controls when you save your image with the Save Image As dialog box. This dialog box runs when you click the Save final image... button on Wizard step 6. You can also run it with the Save current image as... command (File menu).
The Web page controls also let you select automatic preview in your computer's web browser.
The complete answer to your question depends upon the output format you are using. For example, QTVR format images can be viewed without a web page. To view a QTVR file without a web browser, follow these steps:
1. Save the image in QTVR format (.MOV file).
2. Find the .MOV file using Windows File Explorer.
3. Double-click the .MOV file. It will open in Apple's QuickTime viewer.
Othe other hand, certain formats, e.g. PTViewer, require a web page for viewing.
The simplest method is to always use the Web page controls on the Save Image As dialog box. Then you don't have to worry about whether the format supports stand-alone viewing.
I hope this helps!
|Posted on Wednesday, December 01, 2004 - 4:56 pm: |
thanx for the quick response!!
I fumbled around and got the .mov file to work locally (Quick Time popped up, and it worked like a charm)
When I was in the "save image as.." pop-up box, there is a web page section. I decided to click on "no web page"; as i do not have a web page to update. I am not sure about creating a web page. Can I do this locally, and with no previous web site access????
Ultimately, I would like to have a web site with links to different panorama views. I assume this can be done with The Panorama Factory; that it can be embedded into a web site, so others can view the different panorama images. Or is TPF only used to create the images with hot spots, and a different application is embedded into the web site?
|Posted on Wednesday, December 01, 2004 - 4:58 pm: |
I am also confused as to the thumbnail & index.
Do I need this for the web site? What specific applications is the thumbnail used in??
Post Number: 146
|Posted on Thursday, December 02, 2004 - 11:08 am: |
1. About web pages
Under Windows, you can view web pages stored locally on your PC. You do not need to load them to a web server. You can view a web page in a local .HTML file simply by clicking it in Windows File Explorer.
This is the same method used by the Web page preview feature of the Save Image As dialog box.
After you get your web pages the way you want them, you can load them to a web server if you wish, or you can just keep them for viewing from your local disk.
2. Making web pages with The Panorama Factory
The Web page controls of the Save Image As dialog box are intended for creating web pages that contain panoramas. You can build a complete virtual tour using these controls.
The Panorama Factory is not, however, a complete web site creation tool. It is useful for creating the portion of your web site that contains panoramas. However, if you want to create other web pages you'll need a separate application whose purpose is web site creation (e.g. Microsoft Frontpage). You can also use this separate application to edit the web pages that The Panorama Factory made if you want a different look or want to add additional information to them.
3. Thumbnail indexes
A thumbnail index is one way to organize a set of images that makes up a virtual tour. It is not a requirement. You make a thumbnail index page only if it fits with the design of your web site.
For an example of a thumbnail index page, visit the virtual tour example at The Panorama Factory web site. The opening page of this tour is a thumbnail index page made with The Panorama Factory. Clicking on a thumbnail takes you to a page with a VR image of the individual room. Each VR image contains hotspots that take you to adjoining rooms.
All of the web pages in the virtual tour example were created by The Panorama Factory, including the thumbnail index, the individual rooms and the pages with simple photos like Cinnamon, JB the Giant Affenpinscher, Mina the Affenpinscher, Entrance Nook Window Detail, etc.
4. For more information
For more information about creating web pages, thumbnail indexes and complete virtual tours with The Panorama Factory, please refer to Chapter 7 Making a virtual tour in The Panorama Factory's online help.