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== Plugin based Viewers ==
 
== Plugin based Viewers ==
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* [[Quicktime]] is available for Apple Macintosh and Windows. Requires panorama in [[QTVR]] movie format. ([[PanoCube]] or [[Pano2QTVR]] convert from equirectangular to .mov on Windows)
 
* [[Quicktime]] is available for Apple Macintosh and Windows. Requires panorama in [[QTVR]] movie format. ([[PanoCube]] or [[Pano2QTVR]] convert from equirectangular to .mov on Windows)
 
* [[SPi-V]] is a very sophisticated and smooth viewer based on Macromedia [[Shockwave]] that handles panoramas completely in graphics card memory (free version with logo).
 
  
 
* [[freepv]] is an open source cross-platform viewer for [[QTVR]] and other panorama formats.
 
* [[freepv]] is an open source cross-platform viewer for [[QTVR]] and other panorama formats.
  
 
* [[DevalVR]] is a windows plugin for viewing panoramic content.
 
* [[DevalVR]] is a windows plugin for viewing panoramic content.
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=== Commercial ===
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* [[PangeaVR]] is a viewer for Mac OSX only that displays both cubic QuickTime-VR panoramas in [[QTVR]] movie format and equirectangular (spherical) [[JPEG]] panoramas by Brian Greenstone. See http://www.pangeasoft.net/pano/plugin/pangeavr.html for details.
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== Flash or Shockwave based Viewers ==
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=== Free ===
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* [[SPi-V]] is a very sophisticated and smooth viewer based on Macromedia [[Shockwave]] that handles panoramas completely in graphics card memory (free version with logo).
  
 
* [[fspp]] is an open source, Flash 9 based player for panoramas in equirectangular format.
 
* [[fspp]] is an open source, Flash 9 based player for panoramas in equirectangular format.
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* [[PanoSalado]] is an open source Flash based player for cubic panoramas, see http://www.flashpanos.com/content/welcome-forum-discussion-regarding-panosalado-and-papervision-3d-flash-panorama-delivery
  
 
=== Commercial ===
 
=== Commercial ===
 
* [[PangeaVR]] is a viewer for Mac OSX only that displays both cubic QuickTime-VR panoramas in [[QTVR]] movie format and equirectangular (spherical) [[JPEG]] panoramas by Brian Greenstone. See http://www.pangeasoft.net/pano/plugin/pangeavr.html for details.
 
  
 
* The [http://flashpanoramas.com/player/ Flash Panorama Player] is a cross-platform viewer that displays [[QTVR]] movies as well as equirectangular (spherical) and cylindrical panoramas. Cube faces and stripes can also be handled. It supports SWF-plugins to extend its functionality (for example to integrate distorted FLV-movies as hotspots).
 
* The [http://flashpanoramas.com/player/ Flash Panorama Player] is a cross-platform viewer that displays [[QTVR]] movies as well as equirectangular (spherical) and cylindrical panoramas. Cube faces and stripes can also be handled. It supports SWF-plugins to extend its functionality (for example to integrate distorted FLV-movies as hotspots).
  
 
* Pano2VR (former [[Pano2QTVR]]) creates Flash 9 SWF files with included spherical viewer.
 
* Pano2VR (former [[Pano2QTVR]]) creates Flash 9 SWF files with included spherical viewer.
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* [[krpano]] is a flash 9 based panorama viewer, see http://krpano.com/
  
 
== Stand alone Viewers ==
 
== Stand alone Viewers ==

Revision as of 21:53, 13 June 2008

There are basically three types of viewers for spherical panoramas:

  • Java based Viewers run on any platform that supports Java.
  • Plugin based viewers require a plugin (Quicktime, Shockwave) to run and might be platform specific.
  • Stand alone viewers that are executables for a specific platform.

Java based Viewers

Free

  • Panorado Applet - a free java viewer applet - "flat" view, but very fast, thus suited for larger images.

Commercial

There are some commercial Java based viewers. Most of them are either a PTViewer clone or less functional.

Plugin based Viewers

Free

  • Quicktime is available for Apple Macintosh and Windows. Requires panorama in QTVR movie format. (PanoCube or Pano2QTVR convert from equirectangular to .mov on Windows)
  • freepv is an open source cross-platform viewer for QTVR and other panorama formats.
  • DevalVR is a windows plugin for viewing panoramic content.

Commercial

Flash or Shockwave based Viewers

Free

  • SPi-V is a very sophisticated and smooth viewer based on Macromedia Shockwave that handles panoramas completely in graphics card memory (free version with logo).
  • fspp is an open source, Flash 9 based player for panoramas in equirectangular format.

Commercial

  • The Flash Panorama Player is a cross-platform viewer that displays QTVR movies as well as equirectangular (spherical) and cylindrical panoramas. Cube faces and stripes can also be handled. It supports SWF-plugins to extend its functionality (for example to integrate distorted FLV-movies as hotspots).
  • Pano2VR (former Pano2QTVR) creates Flash 9 SWF files with included spherical viewer.

Stand alone Viewers

  • panoviewer is an Open Source stand-alone viewer now superceded by panoglview (Windows, Linux).
  • PTViewer, the original standalone viewer created by Helmut Dersch in C for X-Windows available from one of the mirrors (Linux) or the 3.2 version in compiled Java from his page (Windows).
  • Quicktime also works as a standalone viewer (Windows, Mac).
  • DevalVR has a stand alone version, too (Windows).
  • freepv is a standalone hardware accelerated QTVR viewer as well as a plugin.
  • Panorado is a full-featured image viewer/browser supporting panoramas (JPEG & QTVR). Shareware. (Windows)