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    I was wondering if anyone is using WordPress to publish interactive panoramas, and if so, which Plugins they would recommended.

    I have tried PanoPress (www.panopress.org) but am having difficulty in getting it to work satisfactorily, so I am currently using SwfObj by Matt Carpenter.
    This gives a good result, but does not appear to support hot-spots to other panoramas.

    Any suggestions would be welcome .

    Thanks, Hugh.
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    What problem did you encounter ? I use it with a lot of success on my own wp blog (http://www.skivr.com). Did you try to post in Panopress forum ? Sam is always fast and helpful for problems ;)



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    Thanks Vincen and Andrew,

    As you both recommend PanoPress I'll persevere and take Vincen's advice to post on the PanoPress forum.
    I guess I was looking for an endorsement as this is the Plugin to use as my experiments with it show that it does giving a more pleasing result.

    Seeing your site Vincen convinces me that my problem is "user error" as I have not been able to work out how I can have a thumbnail that opens up the panorama when clicked in the same way as the Lightbox Plugin works, although I have ploughed through the PanoPress forum and found some related articles..
    By the way I enjoy visiting your site from time to time as I was in Les Gets a year ago and very much enjoyed the area.

    Best regards, Hugh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh View Post
    As you both recommend PanoPress I'll persevere and take Vincen's advice to post on the PanoPress forum.
    I guess I was looking for an endorsement as this is the Plugin to use as my experiments with it show that it does giving a more pleasing result.
    yep it's pretty nice and now it includes some little arrows at bottom so you can pass from a pano to an other one directly without closing the popup and going back to the blog

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh View Post
    Seeing your site Vincen convinces me that my problem is "user error" as I have not been able to work out how I can have a thumbnail that opens up the panorama when clicked in the same way as the Lightbox Plugin works, although I have ploughed through the PanoPress forum and found some related articles..
    it's just a thumbnail of pano you put in same directory as all tiles and you indicate it in post code so he knows where to find it ;)
    Code:
    [pano file="http://www.skivr.com/wp-content/plugins/panopress/xml/France/Isere/7_Laux/Pincerie_depart/pano.xml" preview="http://visites.skivr.com/panoramas/France/Isere/7_Laux/Pincerie_depart/preview-carre.jpg" width="500" height="250"]
    and it supports to get xml and swf on a different host of the tiles itself I host xml on same host as my blog, but all tiles (which means a lot of storage and high speed needed for quick load of panos) is hosted on a CDN on Amazon S3 !

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh View Post
    By the way I enjoy visiting your site from time to time as I was in Les Gets a year ago and very much enjoyed the area.
    Thanks looks like you love snow panos

    Vincèn



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    Thanks for the advice Vincen,

    I'll have another go in the near future.
    I guess my real problem is I am finding WordPress quite a steep learning curve although I know it is supposedly easier to use.
    I having been using Frontpage for many years for www.hugha.co.uk and switching from steam driven software to the modern age with WordPress for www.360hugh.co.uk is proving challenging.
    (Did someone mention something about teaching old dogs new tricks? )

    Yes, I do like your snow panoramas.
    Unfortunately traveling to all the beautiful parts of the world is not practical, but I think interactive panoramas of such places is the next best thing and possibly a catalyst to actually getting there, or a nice reminder of a previous visit.
    I know that Dennis's panoramas of Yosemite make me wish to visit for real some day and I am sure I will visit your region again.

    Best regards, Hugh.
  6. #6

    Quote Originally Posted by badders View Post
    Hi Hugh

    Panopress is the way to go and Sam's the man!
    Quote Originally Posted by Vincèn View Post
    yep it's pretty nice and now it includes some little arrows at bottom so you can pass from a pano to an other one directly without closing the popup and going back to the blog
    <snip>
    Code:
    [pano file="http://www.skivr.com/wp-content/plugins/panopress/xml/France/Isere/7_Laux/Pincerie_depart/pano.xml" preview="http://visites.skivr.com/panoramas/France/Isere/7_Laux/Pincerie_depart/preview-carre.jpg" width="500" height="250"]
    Vincèn
    thanks guys :)

    Omer Calev deserves some credit here too, as he has basically written all of the code for panopress at this point :)

    Vincèn, you probably want to store your panoramas & xml outside of the plugins folder, this folder (and other plugin folders) can be over written by future updates, especially once we move panopress to the wordpress plugin repository & updates will be handled by the wp admin

    better to store oyur panorama files in wp-content/uploads or create wp-content/panoramas etc

    hugh, wp is easy to learn, unlearning how confusing older methods of maintaining a website are can be the hard part, there are many many wp tutorials online on just bout any subject, just google "beginning wordpress tutorial" etc & also check youtube for more

    thanks again :)

    sam
    Last edited by Sam Rohn; 02-13-2012 at 09:56 PM.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam Rohn View Post
    thanks guys :)
    Hey Sam,

    Thanks for jumping in

    Quote Originally Posted by Sam Rohn View Post
    Vincèn, you probably want to store your panoramas & xml outside of the plugins folder, this folder (and other plugin folders) can be over written by future updates, especially once we move panopress to the wordpress plugin repository & updates will be handled by the wp admin
    Thanks for the info Sam, so I know now that I should not update my plugin ! Why do you want to remove that feature ? it's a shame as it's so useful, it allows to store all panorama contents on a CDN to get quick speed loading and low charges for storing these big size contents

    Quote Originally Posted by Sam Rohn View Post
    hugh, wp is easy to learn, unlearning how confusing older methods of maintaining a website are can be the hard part, there are many many wp tutorials online on just bout any subject, just google "beginning wordpress tutorial" etc & also check youtube for more
    and don't forget not to add too many plugins in wp, it can be quickly a source of issues with some poor coded plugins, keep it at strict minimum and check comments on wp website before installing any plugin and check it's compatible with your version of wp, it'll save you lot of pain

    Vincèn



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    Hello Sam,

    Thank you for your input.

    Yes, I recognise that you and Omer have done a great job and I really need to get my head around the subject, but as you say "unlearning how confusing older methods of maintaining a website are can be the hard part".
    This is so true in my case.

    I guess this is progress, but many old skills go by the wayside with technology - I have rebuilt car engines and gearboxes as a young man, but with modern cars I would not know where to start!

    I am going through the tutorials and slowly getting there, but I will probably need to go on to your forum for advice at some stage.

    Best regards, Hugh.
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    Hi Hugh

    Panopress is the way to go and Sam's the man!



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