Flat picture with Video Introduction using iPanorama.

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series iPanorama

The above window uses “Shortcode” to put on post.

The following window uses iframe settings to display. Both use the exact same iPanorama tour.

<iframe width="780" height="555" src="https://www.kasdorf.name/wordpress/ipanorama/virtualtour/23" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe>

For fun, I saw the code to add a movie “Splash Screen” at the beginning of the tour. I need a better video to use though, I just grabbed the first one I came to!

Either way works, but using iframe allows you to easily adjust the size of your window.

Quick Steps to add ToolTips to iPanorama.

Open iPanorama 360 Project
In “General” (1) make sure “Enable” (2) is selected.

Select “SCENES” (3) Select the specific scene you want to work in. (If you have multiple.) (4) Make sure it is enabled (5). This assumes you have already made at least one scene at this point.

Go to “Markers” (6) (either add a new Marker, or make sure you actually select an existing marker (7) in the left pane. It will be blue if selected.

When you add the Marker, an icon will appear in the preview. Move it around with the mouse to where you want your ToolTip to show up.

Above the right pane you should see the “ToolTip” button. (8) (Below)
Click on it.

NOTE: The “ToolTip” is associated with whichever “Marker” you have selected. You will only see THIS “ToolTip” if you select the same Marker later.

Each Marker can have one ToolTip, (and PopOver) but as far as I know you can have unlimited Markers.

Make sure you “Enable it” (9)
(11) Type in your text here. i.e. the name of the room, what you are pointing out, etc..
(10) In the preview window will be the “target” to allow you to move the ToolTip where you want it. i.e. on the door to the room you want to enter, or an interesting items in the panorama.

Sometimes I need to zoom far out so I can find the ToolTip target, then move it to the correct area, then zoom back in. Best way is to pan the top view until you see where you want the marker to be placed, then create the ToolTip.

Below that click the “Additional” button.
Then click the “Trigger” button, select the action you want to happen.

Experiment to see what they do.

If you now go to “Save”, (16) and then “Preview” (17) you should get a new browser window with the iPanorama project you made appear. This is what your ToolTip should look like now. Depending on “Action” you used when you click, hover, etc. the text you entered should appear.

If you want to go another step you can add “PopOvers”. They are great for showing additional detail in your scenes.

Continue with the Scene-Marker that you want. Then create the Popover (12).

Remember like the ToolTips, they are dependent on the Scene-Marker you select in case later you cannot see this ToolTip/PopOver, you are probably in the wrong Scene.

Make sure you enable it. (13). You can add more simple text, but pictures make it happen! Click “Add Media”, then select the photo you want. You can still add descriptive text if you like.


Save everything, and preview it. Click on your ToolTip and you should see your close up photo! (Or whatever you added into the PopOver.)

In the main 360 view, the rock is seen, but you cannot really tell what it is. The Popover can show this in better detail. (But my photo isn’t so good because you cannot really tell the scale of this thing. It’s actually fairly large!)

iPanorama Window Size Using “General” Settings.

In a prior post I went through changing the size the 360 is displayed using the “Embed code with ID” settings. Some people may find it easier to use the “General” settings in iPanorama to set the desired size of the displayed image. Just insert the “Standard shortcode” and you are done.

Leaving all settings at their defaults, and using the “Standard Shortcode” I get the following for my #9 iPanorama tour.

So, it appears that the “default” ends ups 543×269… why, I have no clue.

Note: You MUST add the units, in this case it is pixels, so make sure you put “px” after the number!! Or you will get really frustrated trying to figure out why it isn’t working!

Now, to experiment, in “General” settings, “Container”, Turn off Container “Auto width” and “Auto height”, then set them to another value. I used 300px by 100px here.

Not so useful at this size! Unless you just wanted people to see the controls!

The actual image comes out at 269×89, maybe to preserve aspect ratios? Allow room for borders? Maybe padding? Again, I don’t know, but it does change the displayed image size. You can tweak the sizes to get closer to the actual display size you want.

Changing the Container size, but only using the Width setting while leaving the height set to “Auto”.

Again, we can see it has changed size, to match the width entered into the Container settings. Not sure where the height comes from!

This is mostly to show that in fact these settings work, and how to make basic changes to them.

iPanorama Window Size Using Short Code

I see questions on the WordPress support size about changing the size of the window a tour is displayed in. Thought I would demo it, just for fun.

To do this I normally just use the “Short Code” section “Embed code with ID”.

I’m not sure, but you may want to leave the settings in “General” checked for “Auto height” and “Auto Width”, but this may over ride them anyway.

Default window size
Default General Settings for Window Size.

You can see this defaults to a window width of 560 pixels by 315 pixels. That makes the window look like this:

Inspecting the page shows that indeed it is a 560×315 size.

Changing the Embed shortcode to now be 760×215 we can see the effect on the display size.

Again, we can confirm the actual display size in comparison to the first window.

So, I think it is about that easy to set the initial display size.

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();
background-size:contain;
}
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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

Ipanorama using Tour iframe URL+Name and URL+ID

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series iPanorama

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!