My Super-Simple Panorama Viewer

Click on the links under the picture to change the picture. Most are about 1 megabyte though so if your connection's slow you'll need patience. Scroll horizontally with the scrollbar.



Driveway
Patio
Field out front
A knoll west of the house
The nearest intersection
The Back Yard
Heath Center East
A nearby blue house
East side of this mountain
Woods to the east
Road where I live

I remember having a lot of fun with VRML, QuickTime and panoramas in the mid 1990s so I looked into doing it again. Only everybody got bored with it, even QuickTime doesn't do it any more. So I went looking for alternatives, found a few, including one that works with css, javascript and WebGL built into recent browsers that do HTML 5. Can't make it work yet. There are dedicated programs and some browser plugins, but I wanted something where people didn't have to install anything. So these are are big wide pictures made by taking 10 or so pictures while rotating a camera around on a tripod then I stitched them together. When you scroll horizontally it's like turning your head. These and the original concept give more of a "feel" of being in a particular location than one small image, I think anyway. Oh, and no plugin needed. The picture inside the frame is about 3 times as wide as even my screen.

This version as of 8/4/2016 doesn't even use Javascript or CSS. When you click a link on a web page and it opens a window (usually a popup) that's because the target of the link is set to a window name that doesn't exist yet. The target of these links is the iframe above so clicking them just changes the contents above. Very simple, no 2 megabyte Javascript library for lazy programmers. I used parts of Hugin to align the images and stitch them together.

The strips have different heights because this sort of stuff happens. The algorithm stitches pictures together by matching up control points in the pictures and then trims off the top and bottom. Things like not having the tripod level cause more to be thrown away. Also my one to the east I'm looking uphill on one side, downhill on the other so it only shows what's in common between the two. I bought a level and carefully levelled my tripod for this one.