Just for the record, I looked further into the Flash template that Virtually-Anywhere is using and it\s nothing fancy. In fact, if you want to buy it - it's roughly around $63.00 Why they charge that much is because it's all coding, much like Immervision and SPi-V. If any of you are really good at programming Flash with just a dash of XML, this is probably the code you wanna learn. A basic GUI will be released in a few months so watch for it. You can find info about this Flash Pano Engine at http://flashpanoramas.com/ I've been working on it for a few days and it took that long just to wrap my head around it.
Well I am just a little bit excited about the news that Tourweaver 3.0 is coming out in a month. Firstly well done for listening to all your customers and providing a fully Flash output virtual tour from the next installment of Tourweaver.
However I am going to add here that PLEASE do not release the TW 3.0 until it is ready and has been fully tested! I am sure that everyone will agree with me that it is better to take a little bit of extra time to thoroughly test the software and iron out all the bugs before releasing it to us. We don't mind waiting. We do not want another repeat of TW 2.0 now do we?
I am also going to add my opinion that Tourweaver 3.0 should be a free upgrade for users of TW 2.0 regardless of when a user purchased their license. I have been a very long standing supporter and power user of your software applications for more than 5 years and I gave you my input and bug fixes for TW 2.0 when it was released. After using TW 2.0 since it was released I have become more and more frustrated with the application and in my opinion it certainly didn't justify the $700 I paid to upgrade to it. I am just warning you now EP that if I don't recieve an offer for a free upgrade then I will loose faith in you company and products. If you don't look after your customers you won't survive in business for very long!
I eagerly await the decision on price and whether I will be recieving a free upgrade or not.
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Have anybody else tried the Demo Tour? At my computer - that is a pretty fast one - the player is lousy. It is not smooth at all and shimmers both in normal mode and flash mode.
I really hope that EP have listned to all of us and have made it possible to use seperate images for the full screen pictures. Otherwise I feel that the fullscreen mode is useless.
Also I strongly hope that the release of this new version will be without all the bugs that was reported - but not fixed - in TW2. If that is the case I do not mind paying an extra small fee. Otherwise I will be very dissapointed in Easypano.
- a newbie trying to improve
This way there is a chance the Tourweaver 3.0 could be improved by the final release in august. We could all speed up the improvment process and avoid a 3.1 upgrade.
I am sitting on a line that currently have a 1mb connection and it is still slow.
I know that I will never use tw3 if this will be the case when it is released. Then I would rather continue using tw 1.3 and start looking at the competitors.
- a newbie trying to improve
I agree fully with Nick,
I personally spent an enormous amount of time working through the premature release of TW 2.0 professional. I will be tremendously disappointed if EP gives a special deal to new buyers and neglects the dedicated loyal customers that have given EP their base. EP needs to change their ways and truly take care of their current customers.
EP, please look through the forums to remind yourselves of what you put the TW 2.0 early adapters through. You owe it to us to give a free upgrade to TW 3.0. Anything less will be a slap in the face!
Are you rushing the release of 3 because you do not want to deal with all the bugs that are present in TW2? Was TW2 just a $700 dollar beta for TW3.
I bought TW2 Pro for the ability to create custom virtual tours that would hopefully help put me ahead of the competition in my area. While this software has the potential... due to it's bugs and instability I have been hesitant to offer my services to all but a very small few.
You are the first software company I have seen sell a high value ($699.95) piece of software with the bugs and stability issues that TW2 has and turn around less then a year later an come out with another version... that could have just as many bugs or more and expect TW2 customers to pay for it.
Working in the advertising field, I have found that certain industries much like this one that have a very active internet based community (panoguide so on and so forth) can have a large influence on potential profits due to their loyalty, positive recommendations and word of mouth... not to mention outstanding examples of the software in use. This "word of mouth" can also have a very negative effect... and Because of this, maintaining customer loyalty through outstand customer service and products should be a companies biggest focus.
From what I have read on this forum and on others.... the issues with TW2 and the soon to be released TW3 has soured many loyal and possible loyal customers.