Panoramas, HTML5, local storage & mobile devices - market research
- I've been exploring HTML5 webapps recently, and wondering about the
possibilities for panoramas/tours.
If you've not been following this stuff, web pages can be set up so
that Webkit-based browsers such as Mobile Safari on Apple's devices
and Chrome on Android can bookmark the page in a special way -
downloading the HTML/media/CSS/JS files and storing them locally so
that the pages/webapp can be launched and viewed offline without a net
Combine this with 3D CSS panoramas on Apple devices and hopefully
Canvas-based equivalents on Chrome at some stage and a website could
offer the end user something like a 'download this pano to your
device' link. Even if you don't want end users to store panos locally,
it could be useful for our own portfolio use, especially with a way to
browse through multiple panoramas. As HTML/CSS it would be
configurable to use your own branding rather than using PangeaVR or
another third-party pano viewer.
I assume that the KRPano license model wouldn't be able to work with
these kind of local files, so I'd need to expand the 360Cities viewer
to get it working on iPads and a bit more fully-featured.
Is there much interest in a commercial authoring/skinning tool for
this kind of thing? Obviously it would be specific to viewing on Apple
devices at this time.
P.S. I'll have a go at preparing a proof-of-concept in time for the
PanoTools meeting in August.
- Ian Wood schrieb:
> Is there much interest in a commercial authoring/skinning tool forYes, there is, at least on my side of the screen. ;-)
> this kind of thing? Obviously it would be specific to viewing on
> Apple devices at this time.
- On 30 May 2010, at 17:36, "Tom! Striewisch" <tomptlist@...>
> Ian Wood schrieb:From the deathly silence I'd been wondering if it was worth doing
>> Is there much interest in a commercial authoring/skinning tool for
>> this kind of thing? Obviously it would be specific to viewing on
>> Apple devices at this time.
> Yes, there is, at least on my side of the screen. ;-)
even a proof of concept. ;-)
Not that the subject line helps.
To take a specific example and show how this could be useful, let's
look at hotels. You've shot a series of panoramas (after persuading
them that Google Hotelview won't be good enough). They can be added to
the hotel's website as normal, but visitors with an iPad can visit a
sub-site where they can browse nearly fullscreen with text overlays/
panoramas/maps/fancy animations/videos etc.
So far so normal.
Now they see the 'save me' link and discover that they can bookmark
the whole branded subsite onto their home screen where it will act
like a native app. No net connection, it can be viewed on the plane on
the way or kept as a keepsake of the trip etc.
- Sometime around 30/5/10 (at 19:15 +0100) Ian Wood said:
>From the deathly silence I'd been wondering if it was worth doingSorry about the silence from my end - I think it is (a) a superb
>even a proof of concept. ;-)
idea, and (b) inevitable that *someone* will do this at some point.
Sooner rather than later, I hope.
It will rely on browsers being up to the job, but it does seem that
this is the way things are going.