Publishing Your 360º View on the Web

Javascript and HTML 5

You’re done editing your great-looking 360º images, and now you need to display them on the Web. This is where you must leave the world of photography and enter the realm of HTML5 and JavaScript (or in some cases, Flash).  Yes, that’s right – software integration!

If you’re like me, then you are better at photography than coding in JavaScript.  That poses a big problem though.  You can make the best 360º images in the world, but they’ll be totally ruined with half-assed software.

About a year ago, there was no good alternative.  The extremely tech-savvy photographers, who also owned web consulting companies, seemed to flourish the best in the 360º view market. I needed to put my carefully-made 360º images in a mobile-friendly 360º view player (which I didn’t have), and then I had to help my clients integrate the 360º view software into their website (which I wasn’t very good at).  So for a little while I made due with a half-decent Flash player, but integrating it into a client’s website was a headache.  I couldn’t keep this up forever, especially with the popularity of Flash-incompatible mobile devices on the rise.

I had to evolve in a big way, so I made a “dream list” of all the things I wanted and needed.  With the help of a trusted friend, Jasper, we began to build it.

Jasper started by building a simple website with a password-protected database that my clients could use to access their 360º views.  Next, he set everything up so the 360º view software and 360º images would be hosted on Amazon S3 Cloud Servers.  That meant my clients would get a simple link that they could paste anywhere into their website.  Now I didn’t have to fuss with software integration anymore (sweet!).  While we were at it, we designed and built a brand new 360º view player from scratch in JavaScript + HTML5; that way my 360º views would work on mobile devices like the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

It took a year to build.  It was worth though, and my clients loved it.

Aside from my clients, nobody else knew about it so I showed it to some friends and colleagues. They asked if they could use it too. Slowly but surely, this shifted from a private project to a public platform.

And now that’s where it is today!

I designed it to take all the tech stuff off of my hands, so I could spend less time integrating software and more time doing what I love – photography! Check it out, we hope you like it!  Leave a comment on this blog or drop us a line to let us how you like it… don’t worry, we don’t bite ;-)