First of all, I would like to thank Rainman, phoenixrising, 360VRE and any other people who have been involved in this discussion. We can not make better products without your care and feedbacks, no matter whether the feedbacks are positive or somewhat negative. I do not blame RainMan for his words since he might not know all the aspects of applications of virtual tour software.
Here I would like to answer RainMan's questions. We guarantee that every customer We list in the website are truely our customer. It is not our philosophy to provide fake information to cheat customers. As you know, we have been in this business for more than 4 years. We would have been out of business if we do this kind of things.
Virtual tour software are used in many areas, not just web site presentation. Let me take some examples, Seimens use our software to document Power Plants all over the world and use it as a new way of asset management. The virtual tour are used within their company only and it is not necessary at all for them to put virtual tours online. FBI and some police stations use our softwares to document crime scene and also the virtual tour is used in forensic case discussion and documentation, so it is not necessary either. Boeing, Harvard University and Los Alamos Lab are all in similar situations. We also have some real estate investment company customers use virtual tour as real estate asset management, which is not necessary to post virtual tour online too.
Framestore CFC use Panoweaver, Maya and other tools to combine and create beautiful scenes in Troy, Harry Potter and other films. Here virtual tours are used as a way of get beautiful scene and it is a intermidate step in making films. For more info, you might visit http://www.easypano.com/product/pw_story.htm to get to know more.
To summary, Virtual tour softwares are used in many areas in addtional to real estate virtual tour, so do not take it for grant that everyone make virtual tour must put it online. Sometimes it is used as a way of present the house, while in many other cases, it is used within a company as communication, documentation and asset management.
We do not like to argue on the things of patent issues, since it is useless to waste our valuable time on this kind of thing. Maybe only time will tell who is right or who is wrong. We do not believe that patents will keep a company in a secure island. What we believe is customer needs and customer satisfication, so what we do is to listen to our customers consistently and seriously, develop upgrade version and new products to satisfy customer's needs with our creativity, which is why Tourweaver comes out, and also which is why we provide toll free phone number even we are in China and there are 12 hours between here and U.S.. We believe it is the right thing we should do and we have been and will continue to do this day after day. We cherish any of your feedbacks and comments, bug reports, feature suggstions and new product ideas. We believe only in this way can we work with our customers together to have a double-win or multi-win situation. So please, please let us know if you have any comments and ideas.
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