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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 1:53 pm 
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I've been experimenting with 360 180 panoramic pictures and the SPi-V (Spiffy) on line viewers from FieldofView.com and was wondering if you all would like to help me make a 3D virtual tour of your premises using this free software and specially shot pictures?

The QTVR pictures in the gallery on your site are similar to what I have in mind but the Spiffy viewers are simpler to make (I think), don't need Quicktime, and can used to better effect with more functionality. I've worked out, for example, how to replicate and adapt the functions of the Gallery Viewer which could be a very useful toy.


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Sounds good. I'm on Linux just now, so can't enjoy the Shockwave experience. Can one get more than a single point of origin with these things? Are you saying that you have developed a tool similar to the one offered by FieldOfView, so we wouldn't have trouble with the license?


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I hadn't considered using anything but the free version available to download from their site. It has a little branding on it but it's not intrusive, at all. The quicktime branding with QTVR is more overt than field of view's.

As far as I can tell a paid licence only takes the branding off the player and I don't see a need to have that.


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Does anyone else have an opinion on this offer?

On the plus side, it could be a fun addition to the site, letting new people see us in 3D. I can't find the QuickTime virtual tour stuff on the site, so I don't know what we have at the moment. And I don't know if it is well used or appreciated.

On the minus side, there would be some branding or the cost of a license. We prefer to use free software and don't like other people's brands on our material. And this implementation uses Shockwave, and Adobe doesn't make a plugin for Linux, which a lot of us use.


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would be sort of cool...but is it really worth it? Whenever I've used one of those things the pictures are crappy and you can't really make things out.
but then again...it aint gonna hurt anyone is it.

Do think it would be better to setup web cams in the place though so people can watch events from home....as many ex forest dwellers are all over the world and I'm sure would like to see whats going on.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2008 12:10 pm 
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I didn't realise, when I started experimenting with 'spiffy' viewers, that the Linux OS wouldn't run them. I don't have any specialist knowledge about these sorts of things and I'm wondering how big a problem that's likely to be? I tried viewing an on line example with the computer in the forest cafe front shop but they just don't make a compatible plug in for the OS it uses. Other than that and my own computer, which runs Windows XP, the only other machine I've tried to run 'spiffys' on was from a CD ROM on another XP one which has never been connected to the internet and, so, doesn't have the necessary shockwave plug in either. That was another washout, which is a shame.

Anyway, as regards the branding on the free version of spiffy viewers, I've made another on line 'live' demo of where I'm up to in figuring out how to customise and adapt the viewer to original content. This one has two discretely linked scenes as well as some 'gallery' links integrated within the scenes. You can see how obtrusive or unobtrusive you think the Field of View branding on it is HERE: ROOMS DEMO


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thats actually very very cool!!!! :D

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For those using the Linux OS and can't see the spiffy viewer, this is what you're missing: ROOMS DEMO page on YouTube


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It would be much better to use an applet based on Flash rather than Shockwave. Shockwave is very poorly deployed compared to Flash, even my Windows system came up needing the plugin installed (manually, the auto install failed), and I've been browsing for 2.5 years on that install. There is also no Linux version or even a version for Intel-based Macs.


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swithun wrote:
I can't find the QuickTime virtual tour stuff on the site, so I don't know what we have at the moment. And I don't know if it is well used or appreciated.


Here it is:

Forest QTVR Gallery


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