Panorama Tours allows you to create a walkthrough of your 3D space by linking between multiple Podium panorama presentations.

Podium panorama tours - Example

Undermountain House by O'Neill Rose architects.

A pano tour in this space might consist of four separate Podium panorama renders, indicated by the green circles on the image.

So you would create a panorama render in each room you want to link—in this case the kitchen, the bedroom, the living room, and the covered porch, and then use the Pano Tour function to place hotspots in the Pano VR, which link to a connected panorama when clicked.

This lets you interactively showcase an entire project without any significant workflow changes or computational overhead (compared to a Podium Walker animation, for example.)

Examples:

Take a look at the following panorama tours to see how the feature functions. Note: The entire tour is loaded at once, please wait for progress bar to finish before clicking hotspots.

How do I create a pano tour?

  1. If you're not already using the Pano server, create an account and login here. If needed, additional information on how to upload panoramas to the server can be found in the videos here.
  2. Click the "Tours" Tab and create a new category. Click into that category, and the "Create New Tour" button should now be visible as pictured below.
  3. Click the "Create New Tour" button to create a new entry. Rename the tour and then click "Edit Tour" to open the Pano Tours dialog. The following interface will open:
  4. Select images from the "all panoramas" box and move them into the tour using the right arrow icon. Use the up/down arrows to reorder your selected panorama list. The first listed panorama will be the initial view when someone opens the panorama tour.
  5. Select the first panorama in your tour and the pano will be shown in the preview window on the left side of the UI. Our next step is to place "hotspots" which link between the two panoramas in our tour. Left click anywhere in the preview window to place a hotspot, which will appear as a red circle.
    Positioning can be changed by clicking and dragging the hotspot to a preferred location. You can also modify the width, height, and depth of the dot using the controls in the bottom right of the UI.
  6. Adding an action: Use the "action" dropdown in the UI to select the target panorama for your hotspot. The panorama you select in the action dropdown is the view that will be opened when the hotspot is clicked by a user.
    Tip: Give your images descriptive names to make this step less confusing.
  7. Repeat the hotspot process for every image in your pano tour. You can create as many or few links as necessary, but make sure you place at least one hotspot on every image so that the user doesn't get "stuck" in a camera view.
  8. Here is a very simple example that links between the two panoramas from the example above:
    Pano tour example - Modeled by Jamie Wood.