Before I start a steep learning curve on APT, can the above VT (or any on my website, for that matter) be recreated as easily / quickly in APT with all the interactivity?
The short answer is 'no'. The longer answer is you cannot recreate all that intercativity using APT without some hand editing/additional coding of the XML.
But APT does not
have a steep learning curve.
I assume then that this amount of interactivity can be acheived, but only with hand-coding the XML file? This I suspect would take considerably longer than using Pano2VR Skin Editor. And time to me is precious as my commercial clients don't dig that deep into their pockets (well, to put it a better way, my immediate competitors charge way too little for similar VT's they create in Pano2VR!).
The reason I am looking seriously at APT / KR Pano is the support & development of this very powerful app. Thomas is very good at updating Pano2VR, and the forum support is excellent, but, like others, I like the features of KR Pano / APT such as Google maps, multi-res, etc, and would prefer to use one app, not spread across 2 or 3. I even considered (and own licences for) FPP & FCC, but the support from Denis for FPP makes me think APT has overtaken on its ability, and is more 'future proof'.....
I suppose I could commission someone here to create me a 'master' XML file that I can tweak the necessary parts to, but even with that 'leg up', I suspect it will take longer than the Pano2VR Skin Editor to amend and bespoke each of my tours. Phil Warner on here kindly designed my KR Pano multires skin (http://www.360imagery.co.uk/VT/aerial/jubilee/index.html
) and I've managed to tweak this a little with borders, lens flare, building outlines, etc - but all very basic! And I know he has successfully 'jumped ship' from Pano2VR.
I know the Color Team are constantly updating and adding to APT, and I wonder how long I would have to wait until they add all the similar features to APT that Pano2VR Skin Editor has....that would be a deciding factor to me.