Ever since I started shooting 360s in 2000, I've been on a quest for the ultimate, elegant real estate 360 tour design. For a long time I worked at designing my own. This was my last effort, but I'm not totally happy with it so I've never got around to converting it to Flash.
Within the last year, do-it-yourself hosting providers have started to provide inexpensive do-it-yourself hosting for 360s and stills. Tourbuzz.com is an example. This is a tourbuzz.com tour I've built by just uploading my stitched panoramas. I've talked to several other hosting providers that will be providing mixed 360 and still DIY tours in the very near future. They look very promising. If you shoot 360s for real estate these kind of hosting services make your life easier. All you have to do is upload stills and 360 images and you have a tour.
But what do you do if you need to tailor a tour for a particular customer, or you want your tours to have a unique look? Sylvia Guardia a photographer and PFRE reader has this need and showed me two tours that she created using 3dvista.com products. One is for and the other is for . Notice that the Grupo Kativo one has links to still photos (click the little cameras). The Cala Luna tour links together a number of 360 images with hot spots. For these tours Sylvia used the 3dvista Show and Publisher products. I like Sylvia's results on these tours. It looks like 3Dvista is a very flexible frame work that allows you to build unique, elegant tours that combine 360s, stills, floorplans and video, all without coding. I'll have to say that 3Dvista products are the closest thing to what I've been looking for.
After seeing Sylvia's work on these, my inclination is to jump right in and start using 3Dvista.com but their software is Windows only. I get all cranky when I have to turn on my 5 year old HP Windows machine. Oh, well I guess my quest continues. All this talk is getting me interested in updating some of my old 360 tours to Flash.