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Panotour Pro User's Guide for Pano2VR

For those who have transitioned over (or are still thinking about it) to Pano2VR Pro from Panotour Pro, we have put this together to help you find Pano2VR’s equivalent features of Panotour Pro and to help you get around the interface.

While Panotour Pro has a system of tabs which create different workspaces, Pano2VR has a single workspace with panels. This allows for customization of the workspace. Pano2VR’s Viewer will display your currently selected panorama and you can add hotspots, sounds, videos, lens flares, etc. directly in the Viewer, on your panorama.

See: Video: Panotour Pro and Pano2VR comparison (DE)

Home Tab

Panotour’s Home tab can be likened to Pano2VR’s Welcome Screen. In that, from it, you’ll find your latest projects, links to documentation, and our latest blog posts.

Tour Tab

Panotour’s Tour Tab holds the main workspace for building a tour, while Pano2VR’s main tour building workspace is its interactive Viewer, Tour Browser, and Tour Map.

There are many ways to connect nodes to build a tour. The simplest is to drag a node from the Tour Browser to the Viewer to create a connection. If the node has GPS, then the hotspot will be correctly placed automatically. But, if you have a large tour, you would probably find the Automatic Linking feature to be a huge time saver.

Floor plans are added in the Tour Map for placement of map pins. If you want the floor plan to be visible and interactive on output, you would add a Map element in the Skin Editor. The Skin Editor is Pano2VR’s overlay creator. This is where you build controllers, hotspot images, and add floor plan images.

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Main Workspace Tour Browser and Viewer
Floor Plan Hotspot Editor Tour Map, Skin Element
Web Map Hotspot Editor Tour Map
Hotspot Editor Viewer


Organizing in Pano2VR is quite powerful. Panotour Pro uses categories, but Pano2VR uses Tags and they can be filtered in the Tour Browser. Some tags are added automatically (has GPS, has Title, etc.), but you can add them manually, too, in User Data or in the Tour Browser. You can also create groups of panoramas using tags and then use the tags to target specific skin elements.

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Quick Search Filter in Tour Browser
Groups Tags


Style Tab

Panotour’s Style Tab holds a lot features found in Pano2VR’s Viewer Modes. The Viewer Modes are accessible from within the Viewer. There is a drawer that slides out from the left side and in that drawer, you’ll find Point Hotspots, Polygon Hotspots, Images, Videos, Sounds, Lens Flares and Patches. All of these are “pinned” to the panorama. Meaning, that they will move with the panorama (except for the sound type, Static). All kinds of images are supported, along with support for YouTube and Vimeo videos. Directional Sound can also be added to your project.

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Lens Flare Lens Flare Mode
Point Hotspot Point Hotspot Mode
Polygon Style Polygon Hotspot Mode
Picture Spots Pinned Image
Video Spots Pinned Video
Sound Spot Sounds


One useful and popular feature of Pano2VR is how you can extract a portion of the panorama in its undistorted form and then edit that extracted patch. This is used most often for nadir caps. Add a patch to the Nadir (it will snap automatically there if you’re looking down) and then, in its settings, extract the patch using the format PSD. Whatever editor you use to edit PSD files will open. Edit that patch and save it. Pano2VR’s Viewer will immediately update itself revealing your edited nadir.

Panotour’s popular feature, Livepano, can also be done in Pano2VR. We never gave it a proper name; we just call it, “pinning and aligning video”. You can see an example here. You create it using Patch mode and a stitcher like PTGui to match the patch to the video frames. Here is a tutorial for how to do it (note: it was was written for version 4 and we are working on a new tutorial).

Panotour also has a feature called, Parallax. This is something that can be done in the Skin Editor. Add your elements to the skin editor and then apply modifier actions to create the parallax effect.

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Parallax Hotspot Templates and Modifiers
Livepano Pin and Align Video


Plugins Library

Panotour’s plugin library can be equated to Pano2VR’s Skin Editor and Components Toolbox. The Component Toolbox is found within the Skin Editor and holds pre-made skin elements. It ships with some already created and you can add your own to it. You can also share them with other Pano2VR users.

Every skin element can be given a set of directions, for example, to react (or not to react) to a mouse or touch event. In Pano2VR , these are called Actions. You can create more advanced actions by adding logic blocks to certain settings (like, to the Visible setting, you can set an element to hide when using a mobile device is detected). The skin editor is extremely powerful and does have a learning curve but don’t shy away from it. Check out our tutorials in the documentation, on the forum and in Facebook for ideas and help.

What Panotour calls Deep Linking is what Pano2VR calls, Direct Node Access. This allows you not only to address each tour node individually using its internal ID (node1, node2, etc.), but you can also create custom node IDs (kitchen, bedroom1, etc.) and define the node’s opening view and projection.

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Control Bar Built-in Skins
Gallery Skin Component
Image Zone Image Element
Colored Area Rectangle Element
Loaders Built-in Skins or as Component
Maps Map Element
Menus Skin Component
Text Zone Text
Thumbnails Skin Component
User Input Sources and Actions
Social Share Skin Component
Deep linking Direct Node Access
Web Video Box Pinned Video, Video Element
Website Box Skin Component


Build Tab

The Build tab in Panotour is similar to Pano2VR’s Output panel. Here, you can export the project as an HTML5 interactive project, export a reprojected version of an image for print using Transformation, and export a video of the tour from the animations created in the Animation Editor.

When you export the project using HTML5, Pano2VR will automatically open your default browser and will display your project using the Integrated Web Server. This is just like Panotour’s Viewer, except it is not a separate application. Pano2VR simply has a built-in web server so you can immediately see your outputted projects.

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HTML Template HTML Template
Multiresolution Multiresolution
Panotour Viewer Integrated Web Server
Languages Skin Component
Scale Logic Blocks in Skin Editor
Project Summary Overview


Notions

Panotour Pro has a notion called VR Mode. You can create an output for VR in Pano2VR for using in Cardboard and GearVR. But if you need more we recommend using the app and/services provided by VR Tourviewer.

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VR Mode For HMD, VR Tourviewer


Features Not Supported by Panotour but Supported by Pano2VR

There are some features that Pano2VR has that were not supported by Panotour Pro. Here is a short list of features we could find: