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Advantages of a 360 Virtual Tour On Your Site

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A List Of The Advantages From Adding A 360 Virtual Tour On Your Web Site

With the advancement in technology, services are improved and they get better. Probably, you are not quite familiar with virtual tours namely panoramic virtual tours and a 360 degree virtual tour. A virtual tour is a useful tool for website owners as they able to provide a graphical presentation of certain property to website visitors or internet users. Typically, this process involves the simulation of a certain location that really exists and this may consist of moving or still images, virtual models of actual locations and videos.

Virtual tours are used by webmasters to make the sites look attractive and they also add narrations, animations, music or texts. Because many of the sites don’t require plug-ins or downloads, the virtual tours are easy to use. The real estate market has benefited much from these virtual tours and they are using these widely. With these, the web visitors can have a glimpse of buildings, homes and other properties at varied angles. These days, many industries are employing this type of technology as a marketing strategy for endorsing their products and services.

One of the many fantastic things about employing virtual tours when utilized for promoting real estate is convenience since potential buyers can examine the properties without being in the actual location. Just by simply clicking the maps, they can easily navigate the floors and transfer from one room to the other and take a good look at the featured property with clarity. These days, the real estate market brokers are making good use of the panoramic virtual tours and 360 virtual tours in their websites. In order to lure other brokers and potential buyers, they make sure that their sites look attractive to the visitors.

Nowadays, the online users and visitors have benefited from the virtual tours. Moreover, owners of websites benefit a lot from these as there are more than 50% of the online viewers who prefer to see the real location after viewing the virtual tour. Also, the buying decisions of prospective customers can be influence through these virtual tours. An increase in traffic and recall-value of potential buyers is also achieved. Furthermore, the retail industries can gain more revenues as they display their showrooms. The real estate brokers that used the virtual tours in their websites were able to attract different buyers and because of this, they have improved their sales.

These virtual tours are really great for both entrepreneurs and customers so that they can save more time and they can use the site comfortably and conveniently. These can turn images to a flat 2-D world into a full 360 virtual tours to represent the real look and appearance of a property and the website visitors can take a look at the properties online as if they were actually there. Thus, virtual tours have can be very useful for companies, firms and businesses. The virtual tours have also been used by other markets aside from the real estate since the virtual tours have been very useful for the Internet users.

Enhanced by Zemanta Unveils New World Record-Sized Photo

Prague, Czech Republic, March 28, 2011 – A newly published photo of the ancient Philosophical
Library at Strahov Monastery takes the crown as the largest interior photo in the world. The
image of Strahov Philosophical Library, at, has a total resolution of 40
gigapixels, or 40 billion pixels.
Shot by photographer Jeffrey Martin over a period of five days, the image reveals the highestresolution
view of any interior space that has ever been captured. In the image, thousands of
priceless, ancient books are visible, in detail down to the worn leather on the spines; the fresco
on the ceiling of the library is captured down to the brush strokes and cracks in the plaster. In
short, this photo captures the details of room in a way that has never been done before.
Previous attempts at world record gigapixels include Martin’s 80-gigapixel image of London,
a 26-gigapixel image of Paris, a 70-gigapixel image of Budapest, a 26-gigapixel image of
Dresden, and Martin’s previous record holder from 2009, an 18-gigapixel spherical image of
Prague. This new Strahov 40 gigapixel image, if printed at normal photographic resolution,
would be 23 meters long and 12 meters tall.
Martin, a panoramic photographer and the Founder of, created the Strahov 40
gigapixel image from 2947 high-resolution individual photos. These photos were then stitched
together into one single image using a powerful workstation PC.
Further information about the making of this image can be found at
About 360 Cities
360 Cities is dedicated to promoting geo-located, high-resolution spherical imagery by providing
the best- anywhere platform for publishing panoramic photography on the web.
is the web’s largest collection of spherical, map-based panoramas, and through its partnership
with Google Earth, this content is introduced to an even wider audience worldwide. 360 Cities is
a Netherlands limited company with a subsidiary in Prague, Czech Republic.
Jeffrey Martin – Founder, 360 Cities
email: [email protected]

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The Russian Museum launches virtual tours

Virtual tours of museums

World’s largest museum of Russian art located in the former Mikhailovsky Palace in St. Petersburg has launched a special website for virtual excursions around the museum’s premises.

Now any visitor of the Russian Museum’s new web page can take a “walk” around all the buildings of the museum complex, including the Mikhailovsky, the Stroganovsky, the Marble and the Summer palaces.

All the interiors have been reproduced using panoramic images. Each hall available for exploring online, along with other significant elements of the museum, is accompanied with a text description.

As the Museum’s press-service reports, visitors of the website, unlike usual visitors, can also see the Summer Garden, which is now partially closed due to reconstruction works.

The site of virtual excursions is available in three languages – Russian, English and Finnish. In the near future, Chinese and French versions are planned to be added.

In February, 2011 Google launched a similar project, having opened 17 major museums of the world for virtual tours. Two Russian museums – the Hermitage and the Tretyakov Gallery have entered this list.


Virtual reality – museum gives web users a real tour

Virtual reality – museum

A new museum in Belgium is offering you the chance to take a real live tour of its exhibits – without ever leaving the comfort of your chair.

Visit the website of the MAS Museum in Antwerp and a tour guide carrying a camera will show you around the place in real-time as though you are really there with them.

If that already sounds cool, wait until you hear the best bit. You can control your tour guide’s movements using the directional arrows on your keyboard.

What you will see is not a recorded video but a real person who will receive your instructions on a PDA and take you round the museum’s artworks and masterpieces in the direction of your choice.

Guides can be booked during the museum’s real opening hours – 10am to 5pm from Tuesday until Friday and upto 6pm at weekends. These ‘virtual’ tours will be running until 5 June.

You can have a go here.

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