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General Discussion / IVRPA Belfast 2019
« on: June 05, 2019, 00:03:39 »

I will be visiting the annual IVRPA (International VR Professionals Association) conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Monday, June 10th.

Really looking forward to meeting other VR enthousiasts, so if you happen to be there that day as well and would like to meet, drop me a message!

Announcements / VR Tourviewer for Oculus Quest coming soon!
« on: May 05, 2019, 19:19:46 »
An Oculus Quest VR headset is currently pre-ordered from Oculus. As soon as it arrives at the office I'll work on making a version of VR Tourviewer for Oculus Quest. Since the Quest functionality is similar to the Oculus Rift it could be pretty straight forward.

I'll post here again if I have any news on the subject.

Greetings, Ruud

Beta / Guideline for reporting bugs and issues
« on: April 22, 2019, 10:17:18 »
When reporting an issue or bug in a beta version, please include the following information:

Device type: Oculus Go, Rift, Gear VR, Cardboard, Windows pc, MacOS pc
VR Tourviewer and/or VR Tourviewer Remote version number: in the startup splash screen or in VR Tourviewer Settings. It's in the format: 1.0.123 where 123 is the version number.
Please describe the bug as detailed as possible to make it easier to try and replicate the problem. If possible please send a tour showing the issue with WeTransfer to and refer to your forum post here.

Announcements / VR Tourviewer 1.0 build 227
« on: April 22, 2019, 09:58:22 »
VR Tourviewer and VR Tourviewer Remote version 1.0.227 have been released on Februari 5th, 2019.

Complete changelog here.

Recent changes:

1.0 Build 227 (2019-02-05)
fixed: playback issue with monoscopic 360 videos

1.0 Build 226 (2019-02-02)
added: option to always show/hide hotspot title
fixed: stereoscopic 360 video display
fixed: minor issues

1.0 Build 225 (2019-01-16)
added: support for links to other tours (online and storage!)
added: option to show tour dialog using back button
added: option to customize the Remote waiting screen
fixed: connection issue with Remote when VR device returns from standby mode
fixed: a few minor issues

1.0 Build 222 (2019-01-04)
added: choose which menu item to show when starting the app (licensed only)
added: Guest Mode setting: you can now limit the visible tours to Favorites only (licensed only)
added: Guest Mode setting: disable editing/adding/removing tours and hide the settings button (licensed only)
added: support for links to pdf files
added: you can now add flying butterflies to your panorama
added: hidden image overlay can be made visible when focus or laser pointer hovers over it
added: ability to show node hotspots as 3d arrows
added: ability to mark already visited panoramas
added: description textbox for info hotspots (hotspots without a link)
added: mini icons to hotspots to recognize audio, image, video and info hotspots
added: hotspots for sound with play/pause function (automatic for sounds that are not set to autoplay)
changed: hotspots are now slightly pulsating to make them stand out better, easier to recognize
fixed: video support, direct links to mp4 files will now play correctly
fixed: direct links to mp3 files supported, adds play/pause hotspot
fixed: some directional and surround audio issues
fixed: background audio, will now play uninterrupted between panoramas
fixed: connections issues with VR Tourviewer Remote after running for a long time
fixed: MP3 now also supported on Remote for Windows
fixed: minor bugfixes, compatibility issue with Pano2VR 6.0

General Discussion / Re: Question about functionality
« on: November 12, 2018, 14:50:17 »
Image and video overlays have a 'Click Mode' in Pano2VR, VR Tourviewer can handle those.

But not only navigational hotspots are supported for Pano2VR tours, you can use hotspots with a direct url to a jpg or png image or an mp4 video.

General Discussion / Re: Question about functionality
« on: November 09, 2018, 09:50:32 »
You can switch between day and night shots just like switching to another panorama, so there's some loading time in between with the black screen with the progress indication.

This was done to prevent having to keep images of two panoramas in memory on mobile, since loading images from web with Unity (the program used to create the app) is a lot less streamlined than with a browser.

I'll reevaluate this and will see if I can load a second panorama without discarding the first one so transitions can be supported and the experience is more seemless.

About the hotspots: currently there's only one default hotspot icon in VR Tourviewer, custom hotspots aren't supported. Adding a predefined set of hotspots is planned, those can then be chosen to be linked to a certain Pano2VR skin-id.

General Discussion / Re: Question about functionality
« on: November 08, 2018, 17:46:11 »
Hi Jan, welcome to the forum!

- can i create tours with pop up images and videos visible in oculus go?
yes, overlay images and videos are supported

- is it possible to make transitions between two panos with same view (day / night effect)?
Transitions (fading etc.) aren't supported yet, but you can use a hotspot to switch between different panoramas.

- pano2vr is the editor for all these features, right?
Yes, VR Tourviewer focusses on supporting Pano2VR tours, only very basic krPano tours are supported.
Note that skins, maps, animation and menus aren't supported yet.

General Discussion / Re: Most wanted features
« on: October 20, 2018, 12:29:11 »
The technique you mention is called App Linking or Deep Linking.
Unfortunately that doesn't seem to work in the default Oculus VR browser or the new Firefox Reality browser yet.

As soon as this is available, I'll add support for it.

General Discussion / Re: Using VR Tourviewer Remote
« on: October 17, 2018, 15:12:24 »
Glad you like it!

If the tours are completely identical the images should load just like on the Oculus Go.
Running a lower resolution version of the tour for the laptop is not necessary, it might even fail due to not being identical to the tour on the Oculus Go.

Please double check if all files (including the panorama xml file) are identical on both the Oculus Go and the Remote local storage folder.

General Discussion / Re: Most wanted features
« on: August 18, 2018, 00:31:09 »
Thanks everyone for their suggestions!
The following items requested here have been added (as of version 0.5.182):

- Support for GearVR and Oculus Go controllers as laserpointer
- Use true north
- Polygonal hotspots

- Ability to choose hotspot icons from a predefined set for each Pano2VR skin-ID.
If you have suggestions for hotspot icons to include in this set, please post an example!

Announcements / VR Tourviewer for Oculus Go now available
« on: June 11, 2018, 15:26:13 »
Oculus has released it's new flagship of wireless VR: the Oculus Go. With this very affordable solution you're getting a high quality and high performance VR solution.

It performs better than Galaxy S6 and S7 phones and is on par with the S8 regarding performance. The Oculus Go has a bigger battery than any Gear VR phone so it will offer a longer VR experience. The built-in speakers offer better quality sound designed for spatial audio. The Oculus Go uses 1280x1440 pixels per eye, which is even better than what an Oculus Rift currently has to offer: 1080x1200 pixels.

VR Tourviewer supports the Oculus controller as a laser pointer to navigate the menu and the tours.

With the Oculus Go and VR Tourviewer you've got what it takes to impress your clients with awesome VR tour experiences.


General Discussion / Re: Using OGG files in tours
« on: March 30, 2018, 22:26:01 »
No problem, glad it's solved.

Have a great weekend!

General Discussion / Re: Using OGG files in tours
« on: March 30, 2018, 21:57:44 »
Thanks for reporting!

The streaming issue on Windows is only with MP3 files, streaming MP4 should not be a problem.

The 'Featured' tour 'Panoramic video' from Panedia is also using MP4 files. It runs fine on the Windows VR Tourviewer Remote here, does it work for you?

Could you share your tour or a part of it with the video so I can see if I can recreate the issue?
Please send using WeTransfer to

General Discussion / Re: Most wanted features
« on: September 06, 2017, 12:51:48 »
Thanks for the input! I've added Gear Remote pointer integration to the todo list.
Hope to have some time soon to add/finish a few planned features!

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