In my last post I shared the custom virtual tour that I built for Irons Brothers Construction. Now let’s take a look at the Google Street View tour built with the same imagery.
Check out the new Google Street View Virtual Tour!
So now you are wondering what is the difference right? There are a few interface elements in the Google tour that might detract from the experience you want your visitor to have.
The filmstrip or carousel of images at the bottom of the screen not only shows your images, Google might show your competitor too!
The navigation arrows are sometimes difficult to use. If you don’t know the layout it is very easy to skip over important parts of the tour.
In locations where people are allowed in the tours, we have to blur their faces.
Custom 360° Virtual Tour
This month Joseph & Melissa Irons, owners of Irons Brothers Construction, hired me to rebuild a virtual tour that was not mobile-friendly and to make a Google Street View tour of their Design + Build Center in Shoreline, Washington.
Check out the new mobile-friendly HTML5 capable virtual tour!
They use the custom virtual tour on their website (link coming soon!) and to auto-play on a big screen at trade shows.
Virtual tour features & design considerations:
- The tour must function well on mobile devices.
- The tour interface toggles between the Design+Build Center, and projects completed on location.
- The Blue in the button was picked to exactly match the Irons Brothers logo.
- The left side thumbnails make navigation clean and intuitive and the blue button at the top toggles between the two groups of images.
- All navigation can be hidden.
- The tour autoplays and autorotates, but both can be stopped using the controls.
- The Design+Build imagery was also used for the Google Street View tour.
- The Project images were produced by another photographer.
So now that you have seen the custom virtual tour you are ready to compare it to the Google Street View tour with the same imagery. Stay tuned!
Pit Stop Bottle Shop is the only Burien full service beer and wine shop with 18 taps to fill your pints and growlers. Wine and Cider too! Join Joey & John Hops on the new beer garden deck to celebrate summer in Burien.
Just click on the image to take the virtual tour!
As a Google Trusted photographer I love working with businesses to make beautiful interactive images. It’s even better when we can create a simple but elegant interface to view them in. Here we see the Chown Hardware Google Maps Business View tour enhanced with a basic menu overlay. This menu allows you to navigate right to the area of the tour you want to see. No need to use the navigation native to Google Maps.
Just click the image to open the tour in a new window!Are you ready to make a Google Street View Virtual Tour for your Showroom? Just fill out this form to tell me about your project!
On Monday the Frye Art Museum in Seattle launched their virtual tour of the crowd-curated #socialmedium exhibit.
The exhibit was crowd-curated by over 4000 people with votes on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, etc. and has received attention from the Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, and most recently, the New York Times’ 36 Hours in Seattle piece.
The tour, produced by Soundview360, allows guests from around the world to view the artworks without leaving their desks! I love that we were able to contribute to the Frye’s vision and the evolution of social media technology and the arts!