Archive for April, 2007

1000 panoramas (and a couple of problems)

Friday, April 27th, 2007

A few minutes ago, we reached a small milestone: our 1000th panorama, and it’s a beaut. See it below. We’ll soon be on our thousandth user too, which is nice. We have some big news coming up over the next week, so stay tuned.

A couple of less positive things: we appear to have a bug in the stitcher which is causing problems for Mac users with PowerPC. Intel-based Macs seem to be unaffected, as does Windows. This seems to have crept in when we updated our code-signing certificates a few days ago. We’re working on it and hope to have a solution soon.

Update: The PowerPC problem is now fixed. G3, G4 and G5 users rejoice!

Likewise, there is a problem with signups for users with Yahoo email addresses. The Yahoo servers don’t seem to be playing nicely with our password emails, with a lot of them still trying to be delivered. We’re in contact with Yahoo and trying to get it resolved. In the meantime, either try to sign up with a different address, or if you use a Yahoo address and you don’t receive a mail, contact us with the username and email that you used to sign up and we’ll sort it out for you.

Bizarre lessons in virtual tour photography

Thursday, April 12th, 2007

Via 37signals SVN, I ran across this pdf book of Lessons In Virtual Tour Photography. It has to be the strangest take on the subject that I’ve seen. It’s obviously meant as a wry look at the world of real estate photography, but I don’t know if I could call it that funny, just, well..weird. But amusing enough to take a look. Beware naughty words.

Launch day plus one – new users, new panoramas

Thursday, April 12th, 2007

Well, it’s been a busy 24 hours. I’m pleased to see how popular CleVR is proving to be, so welcome to our hundreds of new users. There’s some great panoramas being posted too, which is even better. I’ve posted one of my favourites below the fold. I’ve fixed quite a few bugs and added some new features. Once again, thanks to everyone who has given feedback and reported bugs, however small. The most visible (and simplest) fix is to the fonts, which were messed up for some users on IE 6. One feature I have added is view counts: you can now see how many people have viewed your panorama, wther embedded or on the CleVR site. It only counts once per IP address, so multiple viewings won’t be counted. Finally, we now seem to officially have some notability, as there’s a wikipedia article on CleVR which has links to some of the articles featuring the launch, as well as some history of the site.

Panorama below.

We’re all go! Finally, an easy way to share panorama images.

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

Today I committed the latest load of updates to CleVR in time for our official launch. Tell your friends, tell your family, tell your enemies! I’m happy to see that our launch has already been picked up by several sites, including MetaFilter and my favourite photography blog, Photocritic. I’m rushing about like crazy at the moment fielding feedback and trying to patch up bugs as they appear. Please bear with me as we get into our stride as we get our first load of heavy traffic. One issue that has come up is the Hotspot Editor, which has a few strange bugs which I’m trying to fix. I’ll get the update out ASAP, but in the meantime most of them can be fixed by reloading the page.

Lexus offers panoramic “blind corner” video

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

Gizmodo reports that Lexus has been demoing a very cool panoramic video application. It stitches together video from cameras in the rear-view mirrors, to produce a panoramic view. This is to help when pulling-out of places with low visibility such as garages.

Updated panorama software

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

It’s finally happened! Earlier today we released a new version of CleVR. The will be several more updates following this week, on the way to our big launch.

The biggest change is the addition of groups. A group is a collection of panoramas, usually in nearby locations. An example would be several panoramas of one house or school. You can now easily navigate between panoramas. For example, see the open-top bus tour of Bath. The interface for adding your own panoramas to a group still needs a little work, but that should be fixed tomorrow. We’ll also be adding groups to the search, which should deliver more useful results. There are also a number of updates to the stitcher, mostly bug fixes.

The viewer has a few small updates, the most visible of which is the fact that panos now slowly auto-rotate when they first load. This is especially useful when the panorama is embedded in your own page, as it helps viewers see that it is more than just an image.

Thanks to everyone who has given us feedback. This has been really useful, and helps us make CleVR the best panoramic photo stitching and virtual tour software around. And it’s still 100% free!