A italien compagny Tourmake makes it possible to enhance the Google tour in a way that it almost looks like a virtual tour. Menu, popup-offers, text windows. In the video i see even possibilities i cannot make with Panotour. I think what i saw a lot of business people will like the tours.
Is it not possible for Kolor to make such an program. There are ten-thousands of Google tours. It would be perfect if we could enhance them and make money of it. The Panotour users are experienced enough.
I didnt use any of them, because they are paid on a yearly abonnement only. And i dont like abonnement for software, that is evil.
And i dont see business view as concurrent systems to autopano and panotour, i see both as a good supplement to the other. What can´t be done with apg/ptp, i´ll do with business view, and what business view can´t do, i´ll do with apg/ptp. In a way, they complete each other.
And yes, the idea that there might be something like "panotour pro for business view" that makes combinations of panotour and business view to look like one monolithic piece (oops, right word? Wie aus einem Guß / aus einem Stück) sounds great. I would be glad to be the first customer of such a software product.
Thanks for all the links, didn't know them all. I posted this because kolor can maybe get new ideas for PTP. Some things in the Google enhancements tours are the automatic popup info windows. They look good. A user looks around and get information automatically without additional clicks on info hotspots.
I mean i work with PTP en stil are unable to have html text in a description window. (yes it works but is unreliable) i know that tourdask is made by 1 person. If he can make this kind of functionality why on earth is it for kolor not possible to make a robust piece of software without crashes and with a lot more functionality?
Sometimes it seems that kolor is not at all listening to all of us. Some really important functions are still not there after so long developing time.
I think that the google society is a fast developing group and customers will more and more buy Google tours and others wil enhance them like a virtual tour. At this moment there is more functionality in PTP tours, but for how long?
@diax: i know about 4 add-ons, nobody knows how much really exist, and i am sure that there are some more still under development.
But when restricting object types to a common intersection (Schnittmenge) that can be described in both worlds, my dream of a crossplatform panotour pro would be possible.
Once the starting problems are solved, i am sure such a crossplatform ptp will be easy done.
As a GTP myself having the ability to directly enhance a Google Business Tour would make things a lot easier and I welcome that type of flexibility. Until that happens we offer two packages:
1) Google Business Tour 2) Premium Tour with all the "bells and whistles" (aerial panoramas) which includes Google Business Tour. Clients get two tours. One served on Google and one served by themselves. For Premium we shoot to Google specifications and import them to AGP & PTP. We don't bother with nadir shots because we just patch it with a business logo.
The way Google Business Tours is set up now, it is impossible to directly enhance Google Business Tours (which are actually served by Google) with anything but the basic interaction of "click to next scene". You would have to use that third party service (TourMake) and have them serve the files themselves for a subscription fee. That in itself is a huge burden. Small businesses don't want to have to pay a subscription fee, especially when they can pay a 1 time photography fee and have the Google Business Tour served indefinitely for free!
The other question is that are the "enhanced" tours by "Tourmake" as SEO friendly as the actual Google Business Tours?
I can see where Tourmake is headed though. Build a large enough interest and client base and then sell their business to Google for a huge profit just like Nik Software did.
For now I would rather sell the two types of tours and not have to mess with a subscription model. People don't really like their hands tied like that here in the USA. They want to "buy" it and then "own" it not having to worry someday it will disappear.