I have been researching a little on the whole issue of java and stuff.
Firstly the date for the new release of Tourweaver to publish virtual tours as html, exe, vt, ppt and mpg, etc.. cant come soon enough.
Whether it will be released on the said date remains to be seen. In addition i feel the people, like myself got a raw deal and were not properly informed of the major drawbacks with Win. XP/ Java compatability.
When and if the new TW. release comes into being, the existing customers should be compensated in some way.. A free upgrade would be the least to be expected.
With regards downloading the j2sdk1.4.2 and running all files through the 'HtmlConverter.exe', i dont recommend this solution.
Though this offers a solution to guiding visitors to download Java to their Operating System easily (XP in particular!), It has certain drawbacks.
Besides the fact the download is a whopping 14 megs., if you have a version of java older than j2sdk1.4.2., this 'Html Converter' sniffer/java detector will download the j2sdk1.4.2. version anyway, even though some older & already installed java versions would have played the tour. So whats the point if everybody ends up having to download it.
The purpose was for those with NO java.
In addition i have heard of cases where the tour has slowed down and become jittery after running it through 'Html Converter'.
Therefore i would stay away from this and alternatively do as Easypano do.
'It requires Java Virutal Machine to view the virtual tours. Please make sure you have installed Microsoft JVM or Sun Java before viewing.'
I was also considering the idea of running java from a server so the client/user would not need to download java at all but the licencing issue would be too complicated and costly.
Perhaps a solution to be offered by easypano.
By the way, dont bother contacting easypano about the XP/Java issue.
I sent an email to them twice and heard nothing back.
If anyone has anything to add or if my points are in anyway invalid please let me know.
Good Luck All!!