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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

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.


Announcements / VR Tourviewer 0.4 build 89
« on: April 23, 2017, 22:09:13 »
A new VR Tourviewer update is available, you can download it here:;sa=downfile&id=14

0.4 Build 89
- upgrade to Unity 5.6
- fixed: single panorama without <tour> tag in the XML file didn't load
- fixed: manually added tours didn't play if they didn't point to an XML file directly

If you notice any issues, please post them on the forum.

General Discussion / Most wanted features
« on: April 15, 2017, 21:33:13 »
Post your most wanted features here!

Features requested here can be added to, or moved up on the priority list.
Let us know what you'd like to see with VR Tourviewer!

This message means that the needed Oculus Signature for your device isn't included in the app yet.
This is a restriction by Oculus for the use of the Oculus VR Utilities in Unity.

How to solve this:

General Discussion / How to use VR Tourviewer
« on: March 19, 2017, 21:56:40 »
Information about the use of VR Tourviewer can now be found here:

Today a new update of the VR Tourviewer app is released, with some nice feature additions:

0.2 Build 78:
- support for overlay images and video, like in this example:
- support for hotspot popup images, videos and text
- 3D scenery effects: snow, rain and leaves, to use this, add a Userdata tag in Pano2VR: effect=snow / effect=rain / effect=leaves
- use normal webaddress as url instead of path to xml file, the index.html will be scanned for the needed xml file

I've also developed a VR Remote Tourviewer for Windows, to be able to see what a GearVR user is seeing on a laptop or big screen. With normal screencasting applications, a videostream of the screen has to be transmitted. Due to the high CPU/GPU and traffic intensity of this technique, this results in lag in both the VR experience and the casted result. I strongly advise not to use such apps to avoid ruining the VR experience.

With VR Remote Tourviewer this has been solved by running an identical (non-VR) tour on the Windows computer, and only synchronizing the camera movement and user clicks. This results in a very high quality, low latency, synchronized view of the tour on a big screen.

Try the free demo to see for yourself. Check the installation instructions on the download page. The demo is limited to Featured tours only, but a full version can be purchased together with the app soon. If you need it sooner, please contact me.

Announcements / VR Tourviewer 0.2 build 53
« on: February 23, 2017, 00:34:05 »
A new build is released for testing, version 53:;sa=view;down=9


- Added support for Multi Resolution tours!!!

This means that now almost any Pano2VR 360 panorama tour can be watched with VR Tourviewer on GearVR.

Note: the level width is chosen closest to 1536 pixels, but no larger than 2048 pixels to avoid memory problems. If you see a very low resolution panorama, then make sure you output to a level with a width of 1536 in Pano2VR 'Image' settings. Level tilesize ideally is 510 with 1 pixel overlap (= default in 'Advanced').

Please let me know what you think of it!

Best regards, Ruud

Announcements / VR Tourviewer 0.2 build 49
« on: February 17, 2017, 19:32:55 »
A brand new release!

For me as developer it's a major milestone, what started as an idea is now really becoming a fully functional application for the Gear VR. With this release the development stage is moving from alpha to beta. A big thank you to everyone who has reported bugs and shared ideas and suggestions, please keep it coming!

With the current addition of the VR keyboard to add your own online tours (finally), the majority of the final (menu) functionality is now present. Development will soon focus on adding more features inside the tours themselves: adding support for links to other tours, polygonal hotspots, image hotspots, video, surround audio.

I hope you like this release, and looking forward to your feedback, ideas and bugreports!;sa=view;down=8


- added: VR keyboard, use the + sign in menu to add your own online tours, added tours are stored in 'Viewed'
- added: functionality to add/remove favorites and viewed tours
- added: show reason when tour from storage is found but can't load

- add more functionality to panoramas: link to other tour, image hotspot, video, surround audio
- add functionality to modify titles/subtitles of favorite and storage tours
- allow more than 9 tours in each menu section, currently no more than 9 can be displayed
- add ability to parse html files to find the the xml file, so easy urls (to index.html files) can be used to add tours
  for example: use instead of

Announcements / VR Tourviewer 0.2 build 46
« on: February 12, 2017, 21:36:34 »
There's a new version available: VR Tourviewer 0.2 Build 46


Beta 0.2 build 46
- app should now be using the right path for external SD card on S7/S7 Edge. Tours can then be stored on the external SD card in: Android/data/com.vrtourviewer.vrtourviewer/files/VRTourviewer
This folder should exist after running build 46 at least once, and should contain the file 'log.txt'. Feel free to use subfolders to organize tours.

Beta 0.2 build 45
- several bugfixes
- better debug messages for storage location determination on S7/S7 Edge
- application errors are collected with Loggly (external logging service) for more efficient bughunting

General Discussion / VR Tourviewer development
« on: February 10, 2017, 14:59:28 »
Use the VR Tourviewer app for GearVR to immerse yourself in complete 360 degrees panoramic tours created with the excellent Pano2VR tour creation software from Garden Gnome.

VR Tourviewer supports monoscopic and stereoscopic 360 degrees panoramas, and can load online tours from the web, or load them from your device's sdcard. Point hotspots, audio and lensflares are supported.

VR Tourviewer is currently still under development. You can download the free beta version here.

Best regards,

Ruud van Reenen

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