FAQs Interactivity

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  1. How can I connect different (media) elements of my virtual tour? What is a hotspot?
  2. What kinds of Hotspots can I integrate in 3DVista Virtual Tour PRO?
  3. What is an info window and how can I customize it?
  4. What is a tool tip?
  5. What is the interactive video feature?
  6. Can I add photo albums and slideshows to my tours?
  7. Can I add floor plans and make them interact with my virtual tours?
  8. What is the radar effect on floor plans?
  9. Can I preset a specific path with waypoints in my panorama in order to have an auto-guided visit?
  10. How can I show and hide elements when entering or exiting a media?


1.- How can I connect different (media) elements of my virtual tour? What is a hotspot?A hotspot is an interactive area within a panorama. By clicking on it, your users can trigger a behavior, such as moving to another panorama, playing a video, showing a photo, displaying information, listening to an audio, entering a website or showing and hiding elements of the interface - depending on what action you as the author assigned to the respective hotspot. When creating your virtual tour you can add as many hotspots as you want and assign any of the aforementioned functions.


2.- What kinds of Hotspots can I integrate in 3DVista Virtual Tour PRO?You can add five different types of hotspots:

  1. A polygon, whose geometric shape you can draw freely. The entire chosen shape will be an active area on the panorama that will trigger an action when clicked on.
  2. A Projected Polygon, which will adapt to the projection & deformation of the 360º scenery.
  3. Interactive text, which could act as information signs (i.e. EXIT) and where the text itself is the clickable area.
  4. An image, icon or animated GIF to represent the hotspot area itself. You can choose from our extensive icon library or import your own images
  5. A Video Hotspot, which allows you to integrate a piece of video into your panorama. This is used for Animated Panoramas, where, when clicking on the hotspot area the video will start playing and thus the area begins to "come to life".


3.- What is an info window and how can I customize it?An info window is a certain type of hotspot that pops up and displays extra info to your customers when clicked on (or rolled-over). The info window can contain text and/or media, such as videos or images. It is ideal to give extra details about a certain point or object within your panorama. Integrate an info window by creating a hotspot on your panorama and selecting the "info-window" option. You can customize the information window by changing colors, size, font, transparency etc.


4.- What is a tool tip?A tool tip is a short descriptive text that you can assign to some points of a panorama. A tool tip appears when the user rolls over an area, therefore it is quick and effective, yet not too intrusive. It is the perfect tool for brief info that you might want to give your audience, such as what an element in the panorama is. To integrate a tool tip you create a hotspot and select ‘tool tip’ as the action to perform.


5.- What is the interactive video feature?The interactive video feature is a unique and spectacular trait of 3DVista software. It allows the author to trigger actions in certain points of a video. This gives you a new level of interactivity by allowing you to show thumbnails of places to visit in 360° whenever they appear in the video or display links to online shops for things appearing in the video. No more flat, lineal videos - welcome to interactive movies.


6.- Can I add photo albums and slideshows to my tours?Yes, you can create photo albums, which can include effects such as ken burns. Your photo albums can either be a virtual tour by themselves or be combined with immersive panoramas and videos. You can define the level of fade, duration, panning and zooming for your slideshow.


7.- Can I add floor plans and make them interact with my virtual tours?Yes, you can add as many floor plans as you want to your virtual tour. Import a floor plan created with any CAD program and add interactive areas to it if you wish. These interactive areas function like hotspots, but instead of placing them on the panoramas, you place them on the floor plan. By clicking on these interactive areas, your users enter the respective area, similar to taking a shortcut. Thanks to the radar-effect, users can see at all times where they are ‘standing’ (i.e. which part of the scenery they are currently seeing) and in which direction they are looking. This way, your floor plans are interlinked with the virtual tour and help your users orientate. Your users will be able to rotate the floor plan and zoom in or out.


8.- What is the radar effect on floor plans?The floor plan’s radar-effect refers to the indication of the visitor’s current location as well as direction and field of view within a panorama. By enabling this function, your user will be able to see on the floor plan at all times in which part of the scenery he is, in which direction he is looking and which field of view is covered on his screen.


9.- Can I preset a specific path with waypoints in my panorama in order to have an auto-guided visit?Yes. In order to do so go to the path tab and define the waypoints that you want your guided visit to have. Add actions to these waypoints if you want them to be interactive. You can add the exact same actions as to a regular hotspot (show pictures, play music, play video, open URL, display info, tool tip etc.).


10.- How can I show and hide elements when entering or exiting a media?This is a very useful tool for authors of a virtual tour. Imagine you want to display a text when your viewers enter a panorama, hide a toolbar when they enter certain media, display some information whenever your viewers reach a certain point of a video etc. You can show and hide elements previously created in the skin workshop by selecting the show and hide action in the behavior list.