iPanorama – Adding a Compass

Still playing around with the iPanorama plugin for Word Press. When reading about the features on the web site I noticed it said there was a compass to help keep you headed in the right direction!Since I do mostly 360°’s of nature preserves and trails, I thought a compass would be nice. I never could find out how to make it work, and so wrote in the support forum to see what was the secret!

Turns out, it was turned on in the program, one of those many little things that get missed during a major update. No problem, the author soon restored it, and I was off to the races!

It was nice, but I thought it lacking, at least for what I wanted.

Figure 1: The default compass

As you can see, it was quite small, and being black and white was not easily noticeable. While some people may like the fact that it is unobtrusive, it wasn’t for me.

I wrote the plugin author and asked about if, and how it could be changed. He replied promptly that yes it could be easily done in the “Custom CSS” section. Unfortunately as much as I wish I was able to program, I can’t.

He was very accommodating and sent me some sample code. I tried it, and it works so good! And while I can’t write original code, I can often hack up what is there to tweak it to my tastes.

So, if you have an interest, and want to add, or change the compass. Here are my hopefully simple directions.

Figure 2: iPanorama Compass activation and offset.
  • (1) In the scene you want a compass to appear in first make sure it is enabled.
  • (2) In the settings, turn the “Compass” slider on.
    • Note that you must do this for each scene in which you want the compass to appear.
  • (3) There is a field for “North offset”. Nothing to do now, but you may want to come back here later. If your compass does not point north correctly change the degree offset here.
    • Tip: clicking on the compass points it due North. If the image is not showing North at the top rotate the image so North is “Up” then note the current angle and estimate the degree change needed.
  • Save the tour, then if you use the preview button you should see the default small arrow. Where it appears depends on the widget (Theme) you are using. It should look like Figure 1 above.

But you don’t want that plain old compass do you! First you need a good compass image. Then to change the default to your custom image, copy this code into the “Custom CSS” window:

Figure 3: Custom CSS code

(4) Make sure you enable styles!

(5) enter or paste the code and modify the URL for your compass image.

.ipnrm .ipnrm-widget .ipnrm-compass:before {
display:none;
}
.ipnrm .ipnrm-widget .ipnrm-compass:after {
display:none;
}
.ipnrm .ipnrm-widget .ipnrm-compass.ipnrm-active {
width:64px;
height:64px;
background-image:url(https://Your.url/ipano/pics/Compass-North-Red-1.png);
background-size:contain;
}
?
Figure 4: The custom compass

You can further tweak the size using the “width” and “height” parameters.

It looks okay on a mobile phone also!
iPad with widget – Note location of compass
iPad with widget – Note location of compass

Playing with embedded Fonts

The Web Font Test Page is located here.

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This is new text I added using p1 Times New Roman. ====
This is new text I added using p2 Courier New. ====
This is new text I added using p3 Lucida Console. ====
This is new text I added using p4 Tahoma. ====

h I Non specified font.

h II Non specified font.

h III Non specified font.

This is new text I added using p (only).

This is new text I added using pV Beyno.

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THIS IS Beyno. This doesn’t work.

THIS IS LOGGER. color:#805a46

THIS IS LOGGER. color:#d2691e

THIS IS LOGGER. color:#35281E

THIS IS LOGGER. Best color:#7b3f00

FASTER ONE THIS DOESN’T WORK

This is Caveat! This Works!

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This is new text I added inside a plain div statement. But it seems no div is required.

Ipanorama using Tour iframe URL+Name and URL+ID

  1. Making 360° Tours
  2. Specify opening scene in iPanorama.
  3. Creating a Border and Specific Window Size
  4. 360 Pano Test using Short Code and Sceneid.
  5. Ipanorama using Tour iframe URL+Name and URL+ID
  6. Playing with Borders

Above uses iframe with Tour ID: *iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.kasdorf.name/wordpress/ipanorama/virtualtour/2” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen* */iframe”*

iPanorama-using-iframe-Tour-ID
iPanorama-using-iframe-Tour-ID

Above uses iframe with Tour Name: *iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.kasdorf.name/wordpress/ipanorama/virtualtour/test-after-upgrade-to-pro” frameborder=”0″* * allowfullscreen /iframe

Replace the * with appropriate < or > I would suggest using caution with the use of the tour name in case you ever change it in the future I am not sure what will happen!

360 Pano Test using Short Code and Sceneid.

  1. Making 360° Tours
  2. Specify opening scene in iPanorama.
  3. Creating a Border and Specific Window Size
  4. 360 Pano Test using Short Code and Sceneid.
  5. Ipanorama using Tour iframe URL+Name and URL+ID
  6. Playing with Borders

First is a link using the default ipano id.

iPanorama-Shortcode-Scene-1
iPanorama-Shortcode-Scene-1

  You can use the same id, but append the Scene ID.

iPanorama-Shortcode-Scene-2
iPanorama-Shortcode-Scene-2

Using the shortcode for the tour (ipano id=”2″), appending the sceneid (for scene 2) above: ipano [id=”2″ sceneid=2e9372d9].

Note the small difference in the two scenes. In the first the Scene One button is highlighted, while in the second the Scene Two button is highlighted. (Highlit?)

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.kasdorf.name/wordpress/ipanorama/virtualtour/1" sceneId=4d8f28b9 frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>