Panorama Viewers

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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


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


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

Plugin based Viewers


  • 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.


Flash or Shockwave based Viewers


  • 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.


  • 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  • panoviewer is an Open Source stand-alone viewer now superceded by panoglview (Windows, Linux).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)