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Virtual tour of a historic woollen goods factory

Launch of a page within the Tuchmacher Museum Bramsche website containing a complete 3D documentation of a historic production site.
The Panorado JS viewer enables interactive viewing of panoramic images which are mutually linked and contain detailed descriptions.


Panorado JS 2.6 Update

Complete refactoring using JS class architecture, according to ECMAScript 6.

With fullscreen mode and various improvements for mobile devices.


Panorado JS Online Configurator

There have been multiple requests from users who want to use Panorado JS without heavy HTML and JavaScript coding.

This has become a lot easier now. You can start the design of your pano web page by interactively selecting images, setting parameters, and just clicking the position of overlays/hotspots instead of bothering with coordinate figures.

The result is a very simple HTML page including the JavaScript code.

Since the viewer has a well documented extensive programming interface, and you certainly will want to add more to the page than just the viewer, there's a lot of space for your own refinements.

Don't worry about privacy. When editing, all of your content remains on your local computer; no data will be uploaded to the web server.

I always appreciate your feedback!


Panorado 5.0: New program version

Unlike previous versions, Panorado 5.0 can be used now free of charge, and doesn't require any registration.
Some legacy issues have been removed. This applies to some functions which required access to a Google Earth client; Google doesn't support that any more.
Instead, you can now view the locations of your photos on an interactive map powered by OpenStreetMap.


Panorado Flyer support discontinued

Google has closed the support of the COM API of its Google Earth client some time ago. That's why we don't support the 'Panorado Flyer' geocoding tool any more which relied on that API. Instead, you can now use our free Panorado 5.0 application to view the locations of your photos on an interactive map powered by OpenStreetMap (see also the previous blog entry).


PanoradoDoc 1.0 - Panoramic image documentation system as a web application

Development and testing has been completed; the app has been deployed on the customer's site for productive use.
The app uses an SQL database on the server side for storage, and interactive viewers (PanoradoJS and a map viewer) on the user's side.
Currently, it is used for photo documentation of a nuclear power plant deconstruction project. Due to its flexible configuration options, the app can be specifically useful for large construction projects.
Requests are welcome!


Panorado JS 2.5: New version with improved device orientation support

Visit the gallery page with your tablet or smartphone and try the VR glasses option!
Note that everything happens within one browser window - on any platform. There's no special hardware involved (except - optionally - some passive VR glasses).


Panorado website moved to HTTPS completely

SSL/TLS transport encryption is now state-of-the-art (Thanks to the Let's Encrypt campaign). It should be applied to any web pages with non-public content.
Panorado JS has been configured accordingly - update recommended!


Responsive design for Panorado website

The new flexible layout equally fits for large desktop screens and smaller displays used by tablets and smartphones.
It is designed for mouse and touch interaction - much like the Panorado JS viewer.


Panorado Applet: Support terminated

The Panorado Applet was the predecessor of Panorado JS. It required a Java VM to be installed on the client's computer, and a browser supporting Java applets. This technology is considered as deprecated now, and, practically, is not used any more.
All licensees have been offered a free change to Panorado JS, the state-of-the-art HTML5 viewer.
The module contains a Java class that still makes it suitable for Java applications.


Panorado JS 2.4: New version with overlays

Overlays are similar to hotspots, but allow to define complex HTML elements like <div> which pop up when the overlay symbol gets clicked or tapped. User interaction is optimized for touch input.
A new demo page illustrates some of the effects of this new feature.


Panorado 4.0 Win64

The newly published 64-bit version of Panorado 4.0 requires a 64-bit Windows installation. It allows to open really large images (let's say, more than 200 megapixels). On smaller images, you won't notice the difference.


Panorado FOV: A field of view display element for Panorado JS

This very simple free-of-charge script can be attached to a Panorado JS viewer, displaying its current orientation and field of view on top of a background image (like a map).
There's also a new demo page about it. See the details...


"Get Location from Google Earth"

Google has discontinued its support for Google Earth's COM API as of 2014/12/12. This seems to apply to version 7.1.4+.
As a consequence, Panorado 4.0 and Panorado Flyer now check if the API is available and offer a "Get Location from Clipboard" option.
Thus, you now need to call "Copy View Location" in GE first and then make Panorado paste the coordinates form the clipboard to your image.


Panorado JS 2.3: New version with focus on mobile

Various improvements resulting from extensive tests with browsers on Android 5.01: touch control, device orientation control.
Clearer distinction now between use on private websites (displaying a small product logo) on the one hand and commercial websites (with registration key) on the other hand.
A new Demo page has been inserted to show the versatile features of the HTML5 viewer.


Panorado JS 2.1: New version supports video redering

Since HTML5 browsers support more and more video formats directly, it's an obvious idea to combine this with a pano viewer. Ok, the new version of Panorado JS comes with video support!
This applies to video files (MP4, WebM, Ogg) and video streams from built-in or attached cameras.
Flat or spherical projection, like the former still video formats, with zooming and panning within an animated image. Nice effects can certainly be achieved with high-res, wide angle or even 360° videos.
More features: New design for control buttons and hotspot popups, and a lot of minor improvements.


Panorado JS: high-speed viewing on all Windows browsers

The current MS Internet Explorer v.11 closes up to Firefox, Opera, and Chrome, now also supporting WebGL technology for hardware rendering, and doing that even a bit faster than the competition.
Recent browser versions for Windows also brought some improvements in touchscreen support.
And there's even been progress in some Android browser versions coming up lately.
We are periodically testing our viewer with new browser versions and do adjustments if required.
See the browser compatibility list...


Panorado JS supports device orientation control

Mobile devices are normally equipped with orientation sensors, which brings up the idea to use the way you hold your device to set image orientation accordingly. This is what Panorado JS does now.
Due to varying quality of current mobile browsers, this feature should currently be regarded as experimental. But it's fully documented on the Panorado JS tech page, and you are encouraged to experiment with it!


Interactive Graphics with HTML5

This new background article describes the state of the art of HTML5 features like canvas elements, touchscreen input and motion detection. This applies as well to traditional desktop computers as to current smartphones and tablets.
This is of course a by-product of our Panorado JS development.
Read the article...


Panorado JS 2.0

supports WebGL hardware graphics and touch screen input!
This makes our web-based panoramic viewer still faster and more comfortable. Basic features are available on all computer systems, while advanced features make use of new browser-specific implementations which are steadily improving. Thus, an interactive viewer gets even available for tablets and smartphones!


Panorado goes HTML5: Panorado JS 1.0 viewer released!

It's time now to change web components to the current HTML5 standard. Our new web viewer runs immediately on all current browsers, without requiring any plugins like Java, Flash, or Silverlight!
Like the predecessor, the Panorado Applet, it is free of charge on private websites.


Panorado Flyer 1.2: New 64-bit version!

Since the "Flyer" is implemented as a Windows Explorer extension, it runs, in a technical sense, within its process space. Thus, a 32-bit Explorer requires a 32-bit Flyer, and a 64-bit Explorer requires a 64-bit Flyer, which is available for free download by now.


Panorado 4.0: New geocoding feature retrieves location names!

Panorado's geocoding functions which so far were focussed on the Google Earth service have been extended by an option to insert location names automatically into an image, given that location coordinates are known. Panorado queries the GeoNames database for city, province, and country names of an image's location. This public database is available over the Internet; it is permanently updated.


Panorado Applet

now supports spherical projection with unaligned horizon!
Generally, panoramic photographers take care to get the horizon exactly in the center of the image. But in case you couldn't achieve this or had to handle existing photographs, you had to use tricks like adding black space in order to get an acceptable spherical presentation. This applied to almost all viewers available.
The Panorado Applet v. now offers to define the distance between the horizon and the center of the image by a parameter, thus enabling asymmetric images to be presented without distortion.


Panorado 4.0: New Version!

Panorado now supports viewing of HDR images (High Dynamic Range) which get more and more important in professional imaging, with some extended viewing options. File formats: Radiance HDR and OpenEXR.
Numerous camera RAW formats are also supported now.
The Organizer has been redesigned, providing a collection pane for easy finding, selecting and arranging of images which can subsequently processed by an extended number of batch jobs (new: scaling, copying metadata).
The transformation tool has been revised. And there are lots of minor improvements.


HDR Imaging: Background article.

Storing images with a high dynamic range in a HDR aware format offers some exciting new options. This backgrounder anticipates one of the new features of Panorado 4.0 - more about that in the near future!


Berlin.Eye 2009: panorama calendar with interactive CD-ROM.

Circular panoramas offer a surprisingly new perspective on urban environments. Plus all the images on CD-ROM for interactive viewing!


Panorado Flyer 1.0

Geo-coding is hip - since Google Earth and Google Maps are spreading really fast. Panorado Flyer is a small, yet very usefull tool which enables you to link image files to locations, using geographical coordinates. It's free! More...


Panorado: New Version 3.3

- View and edit EXIF and IPTC metadata.
- Powerful image finder tool.
- "Fly" to image locations with Google Earth.
- Lots of minor improvements.
Click here for details!

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