What to use for full screen
I need your advice.
I want to make a change in my product portfolio so that it is possible to maximise every panorama to see it as a full screen pano (link to full screen). This will be a standard solution when choosing my services. I feel that this will provide my customers with an added value, and it will give them an impression that they get a lot more for their money and it should therefore make it easier for me to charge what I do witout the customer falling back down of the chair. It will enphasize that I produce high quality panoramas and it will help me differentiate my self from my competitors.
Now for the tricky part. I can't decide wich format to produce the full screen panos in. Should it be Java and the G2 viewer from ImmerVision, should it be as quicktime or should it be as an .exe file?? It is my experience that the customer gets confused if they get to many options. Therefore I have to decide what to use and then find the propper arguments why this is the best solution.
It is very very important to both me and my customers that it is as userfriendly as possible.
I have never used this viewer so I really don't know much about it. I know that many people use it due to its capabilities to produce full screen panos in JAVA. I would prefer a JAVA solution as it would be the most userfriendly in my eyes. I am sure that the viewer can see the image in full screen without a problem. But what about the quality of the pano and the file size needed??
I know that most of you will moste likely recommend that I make the full screen panos as QTVR, and I know that it is the best for full screen work. BUT. only 46% or so have quicktime installed. That is just not a very favorable percentage. More then half of the viewers will therefore either not be able to see the pano (and thereby it looses all value that I provide this service) or they have to download and install quicktime.
The problem is that often if people have to download a plug in of any kind most people loose interest. Especially if they are just surfing the net not really looking for anything particulary.
An other problem is that it is a large program and it takes some time to download. This will again scare off a lot of people.
The last main issue with Quicktime is that I know that a lot of people are surfing the net from their work place and a lot of companies have restrictions so you are not allowed to download anything.
I have heard that a QTVR viewer exist that is a lot smaller in file size. Is this true?? And could I somehow make it so it installs automaticately when trying to view a QTVR pano??
Also if I have to start producing a lot of qtvr full screens is the program Pano2Qtvr the best option??
Easypano have a program that allows me to make a full screen pano as an .exe file. It is extremely fast and easy to use. This is a big plus for me.
I know you will porperly argue that the quality it produces the panos in is not very favorable. But some of the tests I have made have showed that I can get acceptable results with file sizes under 1mb (including the build in java viewer at about 200kb)
I know that there is a lot of issues with .exe files. A lot of people fear them. But my previous customers have not complained about it, so it is apparently that big an issues for me.
What are your thoughts on the above?? I really feel that it is important that I decide on 1 solution an go with that. It is also important that the quality is good. But it must not compromise how easy it is to use. I know that if the file size it to large or the pano is moving to slowly and not very smooth it will be a bad experience for the viewer.
I am looking forward to all of your comments.
- a newbie trying to improve