For my taste a somewhat aggresive stance that u take here... especially as you don't know if any of your accusations are factual or not.
I'm interested in Tourweaver and know about it well enough and also doesnloaded and tried virtual tour 1 and 2 demos. As I said I find tourweaver has the direction featrure to know where you're looking , something which I cannot see in the demos on the ipix website. So if you ask why do I am more interested in Tourweaver its because I don't have to pay each year 1700$ like in Ipix. To explain further for me to beleive that easypano is legal or for me to believe that ipix will not email me about using panoweaver for stitching.
If u like Tourwever... use it. As it's a viewer and not a sticher... no problems.. no "perceived" infringement. You can import spherical and cylindrical panos.
I'm concerened also if I make adds all over the internet about my virtual tour solution and some of those ipix guys see it. I'm worried that they might call me and say blabla.
As I mentioned before, Realtor.com have allowed TW tours to be loaded to there site... now whilst this does not mean that a PW stiched images is used, it does mean that TW is very OK to use. As far as the ipix patents are concerned... I gather they have patents for 2 images stiches and not for 3. This should, as far as my limited understanding goes, therefore bypass any possible patent issues. I also mentioned that you resaerch into Ford Oxall who actually won a law suit against ipix which meant that they had to get licencing from him.
So again sorry but all your replies don't answer my questions. If you want customers to beleive you must show the links to the virtual tours on all the sites you mentioned using your software. I mean they have to have at least one panoweaver 360 or virtual tour.
I take your point, however, I don't believe that Easypano or their customers are under any obligation to show u anything. Maybe they are lieing to make themselves look good. So what?? If they had a link to these customers tours... well what would that prove... or rather why would that make u more likely to buy the product?? If you like the product buy it. If not don't.
It would be convincing more to see a panoweaver applet than a tourweaver applet on those sites. This reminds me of another question. ipix can still email us that "what did you use to stitch the panoramas in tourweaver" ? I'm sure they have a customer database. They open the database and don't find your name ?..
There are no PW appelts... there are however pt viewer applets... These are for the viewer to show the image, just as in TW. As to being emailed... well u could say that u took the images on a mirror ball or even with film scanned the result and handplotted the images so that they'll eventually turn into an equirec image. At the end of the day... it's going to be pretty tough for them to prove otherwise. Don't forget that image doesn't say how it was made.
Anyway lets just hope we get an answer to the first major question and that would be enough; links to the virtual tours or panoweaver tours of those big companies and organizations mentioned on the first page ....
It's one thing to be unsure about the ip*x patent issues... and without doubt there'll be various view points (depending on whos perspective) which may still keep u unsure. Ip*x will obviously insist that they're the only ball game around and maybe they are. Easypano won't get dragged into the equation... I know as I had the same concerns. Being in Europe... I don't care. Doesn't effect me. However it's another thing altogether to bang on and demand that other companies should disclose the reasons why they purchased Easypano software (if at all), what they're using it for and that they should disclose their work jsut to appease one potential customer. If you feel so unhappy about Easypano possibly praising themselves with fictisious clients... I'd advise you to write an email to those concerned and they'll ensure that these "untruths" are removed. You could also demend that they show you their work. Yeah sure... Then again it really isn't any of ur business and u don't have any rights to see anything they might have done.
Personally I don't quite understand why ur "ranting" the way you are. If you don't like the software, are unsure of the patent issues, believe that Easypano is lieing about their customers... well just don't buy it. I for one am going back to be productive with my tools of the trade.
If I only had an hour to chop down a tree... I'd spend 45 mins sharpening the axe.