VR Tourviewer Cardboard is an Android app, to watch complete (mono- and stereoscopic) 360 degrees panorama tours, with Google Cardboard or a compatible headmounted device.
Note that there’s a dedicated version for Samsung Gear VR & Oculus Go which uses the extra sensitive motion sensors, has lower latency and higher image quality.
You can download it here: https://www.vrtourviewer.com/download
Currently tours created with Pano2VR are supported, basic krpano support has been added and will be extended further.
- The app uses gazing/staring for 2 seconds at a hotspot, clicking on the Gear touchpad is used in the menu area.
- A short press on the ‘back’ switches between menu and the loaded tour.
- To add an online tour, use the + in the menu area, it will show a VR keyboard to enter the address to a Pano2VR tour
Create your own tours with Pano2VR:
Use Pano2VR to generate a tour, you can add a second HTML output if you want to keep one project file and use it for both web output and VR output.
- If you have a stereoscopic tour, in Pano2VR add a Tag called ‘stereo’ in User Data in at least one panorama (best practice to use the 1st panorama for this). VR Tourviewer needs this tag to display the tour in stereo
- Use output to HTML5, with the cardboard.ggsk (or stare.ggsk) skin
- in ‘HTML’ settings click the Tools icon and check ‘Nodes are stereo pairs’ if your tour is stereoscopic, always uncheck ‘Embedded XML’
- Use Single resolution output (for fastest loading times): In HTML Output ‘Image’ use ‘Single Res’, for optimal results use a Cube Face Size of 1536px
- For Multi resolution output: In HTML Output ‘Image’ use ‘Multi Res’, for optimal results use a tilesize of 510, and make sure there is a level with width of 1536px
- The generated XML file will be used by the app to find the images to load and to show the tour
The following features aren’t implemented (yet): polygon hotspots, skins, auto rotation (would cause instant nausea), auto change, transitions (nausea alarm too), context menu, control, preview. Please keep these limitations these in mind when creating/generating the output for VR Tourviewer.
Add tours on your device for offline viewing:
- For offline viewing: the app creates a ‘VRTourviewer’ (case sensitive) folder. Copy your complete tours (including subfolders) to that folder, you can use subfolders to easily organize them.
When connected through USB, the folder to copy the tours to is the following:
For Android 4.4 KitKat: root of ‘Phone’, in the folder VRTourviewer
For Android 5.0 Jellybean or higher: on ‘Phone’: Android/data/com.vrtourviewer.vrtourviewer/files/VRTourviewer
Storage on external SD Card is not supported yet, due to Marshmallow/Samsung limitations. Storing on the phone’s internal storage does have the benefit of being faster than the external SD card.
- Setting initial view of panorama (<view> pannorth and/or <view><start> pan)
- Support for additional lensflare types, now only one type (a default Asset in Unity) is used
Note that you can purchase a white label version with customized splashscreen, logo, launcher icon, hotspot colors, and even a custom panorama as the background of the menu area, tailored for your business, project or product. For more information, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
2017-10-16: Updated to 0.5 build 131 – beta version for Cardboard