Hi Klaus - thank you!! No, swoody just nickname. Thanks! Sara
Ooh dear, now I am terribly confused, however. In the Beta 11 Tour app, I see nothing about being able to choose cubeface size (?).
I also am not able to change anything in my "cutting size" - it is grayed out (I have full license, BTW - so that should not be a variable), nor do I see any reference to "Equirectangular", only Spherical or Planar (??)
Are these settings one uses when FIRST creating your panorama, in AutoPanoGiga, perhaps? If so, unfortunately it does not help me now, as i have no time or desire to recreate all these panos.
Yes, clearly I am a newbie, so please forgive any ignorant questions.....
The Panorama properties/Pictures parameters dialogues are different for 360x180 and partial panos.
Autopano Tour (APT) and Panotour/Panotour Pro (PT and PTP) can accept and handle images with two types of image projection as input - spherical and planar. You will no doubt have seen these as projection options in APP/APG.
Stitched pano images can have different pano fields of view (FOV) the largest pano FOV is of course 360x180 which using a spherical projection produces an equirectangular image with an aspect ratio of 2:1.
A pano with a FOV of less than 360x180 is termed a partial pano.
For most stitched panos the spherical projection will be most appropriate.
By default APP/APG automatically limits the stitched pano image to a FOV for which there is image data, but you can force the pano to 360x180 regardless of whether there is image data to cover the entire 360x180 pano FOV; areas for which there is no image data will appear black in the rendered pano. If you import this sort of 360x180 spherical projection pano into APT/PT/PTP you can use the 'crop' tool to restrict the area of the pano that the user can view so that users will not see the black areas. So it may be simplest in many cases to force the pano FOV to 360x180 and then 'crop' to the area that users can view in APT/PT/PTP when constructing your virtual tour.
However if you choose to render a partial pano such that it has a pano FOV of less than 360x180 then you will have to 'tell' APT/PT/PTP what the pano vertical FOV and horizontal FOV are, and what the vertical offset is.
IF you have created your partial pano witha pano FOV of less than 360x180 using APP/APG then those programs will add a Kolor User Comment EXIF tag in those image formats that support EXIF which describes the pano including the vertical FOV, horizontal FOV and vertical offset. This data will be read by APT/PT/PTP to set the appropriate values in Panorama properties/Data field of view automatically in APT/PT/PTP.
BUT if you process your stitched pano with an image editor between rendering and using it as input for APT/PT/PTP then there's a good chance that the Kolor User Comment tag will be stripped from the EXIF by your image editing software; in this case you will have to enter values manually in APT/PT/PTP in Panorama properties/Data field of view to ensure that your partial pano is displayed correctly when viewing your virtual tour.
If APT/PT/PTP do not find the Kolor User Comment EXIF tag data then the program will display a yellow triangle warning symbol on the bottom right corner of the input pano image, and either set the pano horizontal FOV to 360 or set the vertical pano FOV to 180, and scale the other dimension according to the aspect rato of the pano image. These values will of course be incorrect and require manual overide, but you need only set one accurately as the other can/will be calculated by the software.
This may sound complicated but it's actually far more simple than it sounds - just 'play' with some different sorts of pano image and APT/PT/PTP and you will soon grasp it.