December 14th, 2006
Last Tuesday ImmerVison Released Pure Player for Flash. ImmerVision is a company that develops software for displaying interactive panoramas. Up until last week there panorama viewing software was based on Java called Pure Player for Java. I’ve been using Pure Player for Java ever since they released it a year or so ago to create tours for all our listings. Here’s an example. The Gallery page on the ImmerVision site has a series of panoramas that you can display with either Flash or Java for comparison. As you can see Flash still not quite as smooth as Java but it’s very close.
Up until recently displaying full-screen spherical panoramas has been beyond the capabilities of Flash. Back in September I did a post on a breakthrough Flash spherical panorama player by Thomas Rauscher. This was the best Flash player for spherical panoramas I’d seen to date. The movement in full-screen mode was still noticeably jerky. This jerkiness prevented some virtual tour developers I talked to from using it. Real spherical panorama aficionados are use to the silky smooth movement of QuickTime panoramas.
The important feature of Immervision’s Pure Player for Flash is it is much smoother moving than previous players. I think the reason for this is that Pure Player for Flash only works with the Flash 9 player. Flash 9 has some new graphics rendering technology that makes it possible to make panoramas move much smoother than with previous versions of Flash. To date Flash 9 only has around 40% or less penetration because it hasn’t been out for very long.
The impact of these recent Flash panorama developments for Realtors, real estate photographers and virtual tour developers for the real estate market is that we are getting very close to having full-screen spherical panoramas that will work on all machines without any downloading of players.