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== Plugin based Viewers ==
 
== Plugin based Viewers ==
 
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=== 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)
 
* [[Quicktime]] is available for Apple Macintosh and Windows. Requires panorama in [[QTVR]] movie format. ([[PanoCube]] or [[Pano2QTVR]] convert from equirectangular to .mov on Windows)
  
* [[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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* [[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).
 
 
* [[SPi-V]] is a very sophisticated and smooth viewer based on Macromedia [[Shockwave]] that handles panoramas completely in graphics card memory.
 
  
 
* [[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.
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* [[DevalVR]] is a windows plugin for viewing panoramic content.
 
* [[DevalVR]] is a windows plugin for viewing panoramic content.
  
* The [http://flashpanoramas.com/player/ Flash Panorama Player] is a commercial cross-platform viewer that displays as well [[QTVR]] movies 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).
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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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* 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).
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* Pano2VR (former [[Pano2QTVR]]) creates Flash 9 SWF files with included spherical viewer.
  
 
== Stand alone Viewers ==
 
== Stand alone Viewers ==
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* [[panoglview]] is an Open Source hardware accelerated stand alone viewer for [[Equirectangular Projection]] images (Windows, Linux and OS X).
 
* [[panoglview]] is an Open Source hardware accelerated stand alone viewer for [[Equirectangular Projection]] images (Windows, Linux and OS X).
  
* <strike>[[panoviewer]]</strike> is an Open Source stand-alone viewer now superceded by [[panoglview]] (Windows, Linux).
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* <strike>panoviewer</strike> 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).
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* [[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 for Windows  from [http://webuser.fh-furtwangen.de/~dersch/ his page].
  
* [[Quicktime]] also works as a standalone vewer (Windows, OS X).
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* [[Quicktime]] also works as a standalone viewer (Windows, Mac).
  
*[http://www.panorado.com Panorado] is a full-featured image viewer/browser supporting panoramas (JPEG & QTVR). Shareware. (Windows)
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* [[DevalVR]] has a stand alone version, too.
  
 
* [[freepv]] is a standalone hardware accelerated [[QTVR]] viewer as well as a plugin.
 
* [[freepv]] is a standalone hardware accelerated [[QTVR]] viewer as well as a plugin.
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*[http://www.panorado.com Panorado] is a full-featured image viewer/browser supporting panoramas (JPEG & QTVR). Shareware. (Windows)
  
 
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Revision as of 20:37, 12 February 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)
  • 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.
  • DevalVR is a windows plugin for viewing panoramic content.

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 for Windows from his page.
  • Quicktime also works as a standalone viewer (Windows, Mac).
  • DevalVR has a stand alone version, too.
  • 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)