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Building a Tour

A tour can be built with both Pano2VR and Pano2VR pro. However, the pro version is better suited for the task. The Tour Browser is only found in Pano2VR pro and provides the quickest and easiest way to build interactive panorama tours.

Follow the instructions below to learn how to make the most out of the Tour Browser.

The Tour Browser is opened by default when you first start Pano2VR pro. However, if you need to open it, you can do any of the following:

  • Click the Tour Browser button in the toolbar.

  • In the Menu Bar, go to Window and choose Tour Browser.

  • Use the keyboard shortcut, Alt+Shift+T.

Download Project Files

Import the Images

Import all tour images by doing any of following:

  • Select all images or a folder in Explorer or Finder and drag them into the Tour Browser or Viewer.

  • Click the Input button and then select all the tour images. Click, Open.

✭ TIP: When you drag a folder in to Pano2VR, the name of the folder will be added as a Tag.

Set up the Images

Once the images are added to the Tour Browser, you can then modify the image order (click and drag), change the default views and add geolocation data.

  1. Set the starting panorama.

    The first image that is imported into the project will be automatically assigned as the starting panorama. You can change this order by rearranging the images or by right-clicking on a thumbnail and choose, Set as Start Panorama. The starting panorama is indicated by the number 1.

    Starting panorama indicated by the number 1.

    The following steps (steps 2-8) are all optional and are not required in order for the tour to function. However, they help to make a better user experience.

  2. Set the default view.

  3. Set North in Viewing Parameters if you know where North is:

    1. To help set North precisely, select the Center Marker in the Viewer Settings.

    2. Line up North in your panorama with the black vertical line, and then hit, Set in Viewer Parameters.

    ✭ If you do not know where North is, you can use the Pick Landmark feature in the Tour Map

  4. Add general information (meta data) about the image in User Data (if not already added from Exif data).

  5. Add location information in User Data (if not already added from Exif data):

    1. Open the Tour Map.

    2. Find the image’s location by doing one of the following:

      Enter the location or address in the Address field and click the magnifying glass. A green flag will be dropped. To confirm the location, click the flag and a pin with a radar beam will be dropped.
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      Right-click to set the position.

    Return to the User Data window and the Latitude and Longitude fields have been updated.

  6. In User Data Add Tags to the image by typing in the field and then hit the spacebar to add the tag.

  7. Select the next panorama and repeat steps 2 - 6. Continue to do this for each panorama.

Linking the Images

After setting up the images, you can start linking (or pointing the image nodes).

You can either manually or automatically link the images. If you have a small tour, linking the images manually is a fine option. However, if you have a lot of tour images, you might want to opt for one of the automatic options.

If the images have location data, then you will see ghost hotspots in the Viewer. You can then double-click these gray hotspots to activate them. The images will be linked.

You can also drag images from the Tour Browser to the Viewer using Auto Place.

  1. Add a point hotspot or activate a ghost hotspot.

  2. Drag a node to the Viewer.
    In the upper right corner, there will be two drop zones where you can drop the node.
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  3. Drop to one of the following drop zones:

    Auto Place – This will link the node to the current node.
    Auto Place Both Ways – This will link the node to the current node and the current node will link back to the placed node.

Automatic Linking

This method of creating a tour is the fasted way to link the panoramas. There are two automatic linking options and both require the images to have location data and North to be set. See Setting up the Images.

Sequential Linking

This links the images based on their order in the Tour Browser. The target pointing directions are set to point in the direction of the next link, allowing the user to quickly click through the tour.

Choose Sequential from the Tour menu in the Menu Bar. Output the tour and test it. It could be you might need to fine-tune the hotspot’s placements. This is easy to do in the Viewer.

Closest Node

Closest Node links the images according to their location data.

Manual Linking

The manual linking method is recommended especially when the images are not geolocated or the precise location is not known. A good place to start building a tour is at the beginning, the start panorama.

  1. In the Viewer, double-click to add a point hotspot to the start panorama.

  2. For Type choose Tour Node.

  3. Give the hotspot a Title. (optional)
    If you’ll be using a skin with a tooltip (popup text relating to the hotspot), the title will be the tooltip.

  4. For Link Target URL choose Tour Panoramas and then select the panorama that will be linked to.

  5. Select a Target View for Target, by clicking the target button to the right. In the window, drag the image to the correct view and click OK. This is where the linked panorama opens up to.

  6. Follow steps 1-5 for the remaining tour images.

  7. Save the project. Output it and test the tour.

✭ Tip: Use the keyboard shortcuts, Command-] (Mac) or Control-] (Win) to move to the next panorama and Command-[ (Mac) or Control-[ (Win) to go to the previous panorama.

✭ Tip: If you’re working with a gigapixel tour or even a large tour and use Node Images, press Command or Control while opening the project file to disable Node Images from loading and to prevent the rendering of new nodes images and/or tiles so you don’t have to wait for all the images and tiles to load before editing the project.


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