Are there panorama viewers out there that are not Flash, Silverlight, Java or Quicktime based? Is anyone on this list working on one of these or using one? :)

I want to be able to program hotspots into the panorama so that it can trigger other media such as audio, video or perhaps another panorama.

We're trying to think of a panorama viewing solution that is not plug-in dependent.

I did some initial search and here's a javascript solution. But the performance is not that good, and I don't know if it support hotspots. Here's a list of pano players, all of them are plugin based...one is actually Shockwave!

  • I would say that this is the sort of thing that belongs on StackOverflow, not here. Sep 26, 2010 at 4:53

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You could use Google Street View with a custom panorama. Another example showing how it can be standalone. Note you can customise what controls are there etc

  • Cool! This gets me really close to what I need. Now I need to figure out how to deal with hotspots and such. Any ideas Julian?
    – milesmeow
    Sep 22, 2010 at 19:56
  • I didn't take a close look at the code for how the panorama is done, but you might be able to take advantage of image map: w3schools.com/TAGS/tag_map.asp Sep 22, 2010 at 22:09
  • milesmeow yes streetview has an event api that tells you when things change. See for instance Expedia Hotel View expediahotelview.com for 2D overlays and The Editors for 3D integrated overlay (see the red arrow they add) editorsofficial.com
    – Julian H
    Sep 23, 2010 at 9:55
  • @Juian - that looks really promising. I can't seem to find the red arrow on editorsofficial.com.
    – milesmeow
    Sep 23, 2010 at 14:38
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    IE6? You're kidding. Who does that any more? Not even Microsoft. Try google.com/chromeframe
    – Julian H
    Sep 24, 2010 at 7:27

Microsoft's Seadragon project includes a fairly sweet JavaScript-based viewer.

Unfortunately, Zoom.it, the rebranded "production-ready" version of Seadragon only supports a Silverlight viewer (as far as I can tell). Worse, Microsoft never opened up the Seadragon format and required a web API or a Windows utility to create images.

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