What is Panorado JS?
panorado JS enables you to design websites and web applications with
interactive panoramic pictures or other kinds of large pictures.
A picture tells more than a thousand words - this also applies to websites. And a
panoramic picture tells more than an "ordinary" picture.
Panoramic pictures are a means to present locations in 3 dimensions - and thus
adding attraction to your website.
|< Internet gallery with a popup viewer
What is unique about this viewer?
- The panorado JS viewer makes a large image visible within a
smaller window. You can use your mouse or your keyboard to move the visible portion.
- For zooming in and out, you can use the mouse wheel or the keyboard.
- The viewer has a very appealing, smooth appearance, using SoftStart,
SoftPan, SoftZoom, and SoftFading effects.
- Source images can be in JPEG, GIF, or PNG format.
- Control buttons for the most important functions can be overlaid automatically.
- Alternatively, you can create customized controls outside the viewer using HTML elements.
- Optional: A compass scale on the lower edge of the image.
- There are 2 projection modes available now, for different purposes:
fast - flat rendering with unprecedented fast and smooth movementes even on large area viewers
spherical - spherical rendering of panoramic images.
- The viewer supports Hotspots. Hotspots are represented by small
symbols which are optionally displayed above the image, providing a textual description when the
mouse is above it, and linking to another page when clicked.
- New in version 2.0: The viewer supports touch control on tablets and smartphones -
as far as this is supported correctly by the respective browsers.
- Integrating the viewer: The viewer is represented by a HTML5 <canvas> element
There are lots of programming options for controlling the viewer, specially if you are a
See the Tech page for details.
Panoramic pictures can contribute to:
- Touristic websites: Hotels, apartments, touristic facilities
- Real estate websites
- Websites of museums, art galleries, and image archives
- Documentation of industrial sites
- Maps of all kinds
- Virtual tours, using the viewer's hotspot option
Maybe you have some other ideas?
^ Touristic page with integrated viewer
Which system environment is required?
You certainly need a web browser for displaying HTML pages.
Panorado JS requires some HTML5 features which are supported by the current browser implementations.
But absolutely no plugins or add-ons: No Flash, no Java, no Silverlight!
Thus, it runs on all popular browsers and on all popular platforms!
We tested 16 different OS/browser configurations. Currently, we get best results with these configurations:
- Windows with Firefox 15, MSIE 9/10, Opera 12, Chrome 21
- Android with Firefox 15, Opera Mobile 12
- iOS with Safari 5.1
Currently, as HTML5 features are relatively new, canvas and touch event implementations differ significantly between browsers.
For example, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera Mobile browsers provide WebGL (hardware graphics) implementations of the canvas element,
whereas MSIE provides the best 2D implementation but explicitly rejects WebGL. (Panorado JS 2.0 supports both 2D and WebGL.)
There are also significant differences in touch event handling on tablet and smartphone devices.
We expect further development in the near future.
You want to try the viewer?
You have to perform these steps:
- Take pictures. You can use an ordinary digital camera, if you
take care of some details. Click here for more about it.
- Assemble single pictures to form a panoramic picture
There is special stitching software; see the details in the background
article. You'll find short descriptions of stitching tools and links to manufacturers on
the Links page.
Download Panorado JS.
Simply click here and save
- Write and test the HTML frame.
On the Tech page, you'll find two HTML code examples from
which you can copy-and-paste to your own HTML page.
With some HTML knowledge in mind you can certaily modify and extend the code according to your needs.
- Upload all components.
Copy the HTML document, the image file(s), and the Panorado JS script to your web
server, test again. Your're done now!
You want a panorama on your private website?
The use of this viewer is free on private (non-profit) websites!
Please place the panorado logo or a text link next to it, referring to our
website. You are encouraged to copy-and-paste one of the code snippets below:
<a href="http://www.panorado.com" target="_blank">Panorado image viewers...</a>
target="_blank"> <img src="http://www.panorado.com/Download/PanoradoJsLogo.gif"
title="Panorado image viewers..." style="border:none"></a>
Download product logo
You are considering a commercial application?
You have some special requirements?
You need development support?
You are planning to use a panorama viewer as a part of a complex web server application backed by a database?
Please don't hesitate to contact us!
The use of the panorado JS script is free on private non-profit websites.
The use on all other kinds of websites or publications requires a license agreement as soon as
the pages containing the viewer are published. This applies for example to corporations, shops,
advertising, enterprises, organisations, schools, universities. We summarize this as
Please contact us if you are interested in a special
agreement for a non-profit organisation.