1. Extract files from the Flash Panorama Player package:
2. Copy file pano.swf to a new folder.
3. Copy your panorama files (cube faces, equirectangular images) to the same folder:
Notice: file names have standard format [pano name][side suffix].jpg (most of stitcher programs using it), where [pano name] is a panorama name and the [side suffix] can be one of the following: _f - front side, _r - right, _l - left, _b - back, _u - up, _d - down.
If your files have the other widespread name format with _0, _1, _2, _3, _4, _5 suffixes, use pano0.swf file instead. Use panoStripe.swf if you have a single image with six cube faces within ("stripe" format).
4. Now rename pano.swf player file to [pano name].swf. For example, the panorama name is "nature", so the player name should be nature.swf:
Actually, this is it. We linked panorama pictures with the Flash Panorama Player application with only several clicks!
5. Double click nature.swf or drag it to your favourite browser icon:
Your browser should have Adobe Flash Player 9 plugin installed. This is the only requirement. Right-click the flash movie to check your player version.
How does it work?
The idea is simple. If the player application does not get any external parameters, it tries to load default images (their names are composed of the player name and the side suffixes: _f, _r, _b, _l, _u, _d). All appearance params take on a default values. This default system makes the usage of the Flash Panorama Player fast and easy.
6. The last step. Now we need a couple of clicks more to publish the panorama to the Internet
Copy images and the player file to your web hosting (by ftp protocol or any other way known to you):
7. Now make a direct link to the swf file: http://www.flashpanoramas.com/player/test/nature.swf
It works despite the fact that we have not written any HTML code line and param value! This is why the Flash Panorama Player is very simple to use.
One more benefit to recommend this technique is user care:
- no noisy pop-ups,
- no forced full screen (user can open his window as wide as he wants, the Flash Panorama Player is optimized for the dynamic window resize and can occupy any available area)
- no hidden links (user can add this link to favorites or send it to a friend).
Continue to read the tutorials to get to know:
- how to pass additional parameters to Flash Panorama Player,
- how to show your panorama if the user has an old version of Flash Player,
- how to add hotspots and create interactive virtual tours,
- how to embed the panorama to your HTML or Flash web-site,
- how to create offline panoramas using Flash Panorama Player.
*The full tutorial set is available in the Flash Panorama Player package. Purchase it now.