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* <strike>panoviewer</strike> is an Open Source stand-alone viewer now superceded by [[panoglview]] (Windows, Linux).
 
* <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 is an Open Source stand-alone viewer now superceded by [[panoglview]] (Windows, Linux).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) or the 3.2 version in compiled Java for Windows  from [http://webuser.fh-furtwangen.de/~dersch/ his page].
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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 from [http://webuser.fh-furtwangen.de/~dersch/ his page] (Windows).
  
 
* [[Quicktime]] also works as a standalone viewer (Windows, Mac).
 
* [[Quicktime]] also works as a standalone viewer (Windows, Mac).
  
* [[DevalVR]] has a stand alone version, too.
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* [[DevalVR]] has a stand alone version, too (Windows).
  
 
* [[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.

Revision as of 20:38, 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 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)