Tourbuzz.com just started a public beta of their new Flash player and time-line based tour controller. I tried it out on some of my demo panoramas and I like it a lot. Tourbuzz is making the player available to customers as a beta version so they can get input from users.
As Alan Pinstein of Tourbuzz describes some of their goals for the new player and controller:
This beta version of the player does not have the branding graphics that a normal Tourbuzz tour has on it. The final version will embed this player into the branding box.
I really like the simple elegance of this controller and the idea of combining stills, panoramas and eventually video onto a time-line. It eliminates the necessity of dedicating a bunch of the screen to thumbnails to implement the navigation.
Tourbuzz is wanting your feedback on this design. To give them your feedback go to their forum.