Tour of Facilities

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Tour of Facilities

Post by SFraney » Fri Mar 08, 2013 1:00 pm

Hi All, I have a tour here;

http://homepages.lboro.ac.uk/~acsf2/pan ... tudio.html

When you click the thumbnail button ( one on left ) a grid of images pops up.

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Re: Tour of Facilities

Post by Hopki » Fri Mar 08, 2013 2:20 pm

Hi Stuart,
Shots look good, whats your hardware set up?
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Re: Tour of Facilities

Post by SFraney » Fri Mar 08, 2013 3:04 pm

Hi Hopki, I am using a Canon 5D with 25mm lens and a very old pano head.

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Re: Tour of Facilities

Post by 360Texas » Fri Mar 08, 2013 4:56 pm

Hmm you are quick - now getting Err 404. Page must be down for the moment
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Re: Tour of Facilities

Post by RobM » Sat Mar 09, 2013 7:44 pm

Seems to work fine here. Looks good
I like that thumbnail popup idea too. I was going to try a thumbnail based interface next, I might give this a go too.

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Post by 360Texas » Sat Mar 09, 2013 8:58 pm

Thanks for the followup.

I really do like the 4 x 5 thumbnail grid menu... very useful and gets the visitor to the panorama they need to see.

As an outsider looking in... is there constructive logic to the thumbnail arrangement ? Mold shop, photography ??

If I were actually visiting the site location... I would think... main entry in lobby, then walk through the photography / wet lab area, then stroll through the mold /pottery shop then walk through the ...??? back to entry/ lobby - Close the loop ??

Maybe text entries added to thumbnail menu sense of function, place and time.

I did something like this .. only using city map -

http://360texas.com/services/izamalcity/index.html

But I like your approach to helping website visitors get a feel of the work areas using a 4 x 5 thumbnail links.

Your panorama work is exceptional... did not see any stitching or lighting issue.
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Re: Tour of Facilities

Post by RobM » Sun Mar 10, 2013 3:13 pm

I just tried a similar thumbnail idea in a test UI.
All works sweet. BUT. When viewed on the iPad the thumbs hang round a little too long once you have clicked them.

I can only think that this is to do with the change element scale function working slower than the hide element once clicked.
My test pano has this problem and I just tried this one on the iPad and it does the same.

I did a similar set but with a mouse enter/leave frame around the selected thumbnail. This gives no lag on the iPad.

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Post by 360Texas » Sun Mar 10, 2013 5:00 pm

You might try revising your scale factor by 1/2 ... eg if current 0 scale to .80 change scale to only .4
Should give you the mouse over scale jump a shorter distance.. [read less ipad/iphone reaction time]
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Re: Tour of Facilities

Post by RobM » Sun Mar 10, 2013 5:58 pm

360Texas wrote:You might try revising your scale factor by 1/2 ... eg if current 0 scale to .80 change scale to only .4
Should give you the mouse over scale jump a shorter distance.. [read less ipad/iphone reaction time]
I used a scale of 1,05/1,05 and then return to 1/1 So only a very small scaling operation.
then I tried using a close button to actually close the thumbnail grid after the selection was made. I still saw the same problem with previous selections remaining visible for about half a second after the grid was closed.

In the end I have abandoned the image 'swell' on mouse over in favour of a border that displays around the mouse in/out thumbnail. This works with no lagging at at and therefore is ideal for a clean UI operation on both desktop and iPad.

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Re: Tour of Facilities

Post by SFraney » Wed Mar 20, 2013 12:19 pm

Hi, we ended up not using the thumbnails on the site. There is no logic to the order of them but as they are linked to directly from facilities pages;

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/sota ... weave.html

there are descriptions on the link page.

Thanks for the comments, especially 360texas describing the panorama work as exceptional. I did spend a while on some of them.

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Re: Tour of Facilities

Post by 360Texas » Wed Mar 20, 2013 4:37 pm

Yes I agree. Providing a narrative [read/see/remember] about the shop picture is more effective. Now you might want to add a note just above the flat panorama.. saying "click me to see more". Otherwise, you see the flat pano.. and not realize its actually interactive.

I often use all or portions of the flat pano as a clickable link to engage our rotating panoramas.

Good job.. very informative. Makes me want to fly over and see it first hand. LOLLLL please send tickets.
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