Apple dropped QTVR
- Don could you please expand on what you said about Apple "dropping"
QTVR? As you probably know, I have been creating and making a living
from selling DVDs which feature scenic VR imaging at the National Parks
such as Grand Canyon for quite a while now. I have computerized
interactive kiosks in visitor centers throughout the Southwest. I use
Director to create the interactive movies that are displayed on the
kiosks. Even though the panoramas on the DVDs themselves are in Flash
now, I have to use Quicktime in the kiosk movies because Adobe has not
updated Director, which they orphaned after purchasing Macromedia, to
integrate Flash VR.
If you want to spend a frustrating day, try calling Adobe and telling
someone that they need to add Flash VR to Director's list of media
types. Adobe "doesn't know or care" about Flash VR is pretty accurate.
Our friends in India have no idea of what anyone is talking about when
you mention Flash VR. And it is nearly impossible to describe to someone
who does not speak American dialect English, it seems.
Apple still supports QTVR in the latest builds of Quicktime though,
doesn't it? A friend of mine who had taken a panoramic photo on her
recent trip to Antarctica sent me the pano as a rectangular jpeg and
claimed that there was no version of Flash that would work on her "64
bit" computer when I sent her a link to a Flash VR I created from her
image. I don't think she was right about there being no version of Flash
for her Windows machine, but I then went to Pano2VR and output a version
of her image in Quicktime VR and it worked pretty well.
Anyway, your comments concerned me when I read them and I hope you will
expand and clarify and tell us more about where you see VR going and
perhaps write a bit more about why you think "VR is a marginal media type."
> We have to recognize that VR is a marginal media type - Apple dropped QTVR,Don Bain
> Microsoft never had a VR player, Flash is what we use now but Adobe doesn't know
> or care. We need to be nimble and look ahead if we want people to see our work.
> Big players like YouTube were iPad-ready from day one. We should stop
> complaining that new devices don't play old sites and start preparing for
> whatever comes next.
- My opinion is that we need to be exact with the use of terms. We know many types
of panoramas from the geographical point of view, as social, economic, cultural
panoramas. My daughters study music so they are familiar with musical panoramas…
I am working with the physical geography and GIS and panorama means for me a
visual perception of a landscape or a region. It is true; term panorama became
popular when geographers started with crocs which represented the surrounding
landscapes, often with 360°. That sketches were named panorama. Panorama is
truly worldwide expression and recognizable in most of the modern languages.
From that point of view I have no problem with using that term even in small
rooms (even not logical in some cases of use…). So… panorama (not a vista as
insitu view) is a flat 2D picture, photography of the landscape (urban or rural)
or »other« scapes. Interactive panorama is something what we can move or is with
hotspots. That what we do is the presentation of that flat 2D: paint, image,
sketch, photography which represents panorama, on the screen. That presentation
is with the projection algorithm which makes a mental illusion of the
surrounding image like to be there. If someone say 360° panorama I can't be
sure: is that a print or screen projection? Same is with interactive panorama –
is it only interactive picture or is the illusion of the surrounding? With term
Spherical panorama is same…is it a print, projection? What about cylinders?
(Most of my panoramas from mountain tops are cylinders).
But all is with the agreement and the consensuns with the use of terms. Let’s
use something what is already recognizable but be exact: flat is flat and
projection is a projection… Last decade I used term 360° panorama for a flat
image like prints and Virtual Reality panorama for a projection of that same
image on the screen.
From: Don Bain <dbain@...>
Sent: Sat, February 5, 2011 3:52:33 AM
Subject: Re: [PanoToolsNG] Re: Future of VR Panoramas - WAS: Apple dropped QTVR
> VRPIP is in use - it stands for Internet Protocol, as well as Intellectual
I use pano all the time also, but only when conversing with someone already
familiar with the concept.
Virtual Tour is also in use - follow a few links and you will find mostly
collections of still images, only a few VR panoramas.
To me, it isn't a tour unless it is linked nodes, with hotspots or a
floorplan/map. How can it be a tour if it is just from one place?
VR panorama, 360 panorama, interactive panorama - they all work.
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