In Part 1 of How to Create a Virtual Tour With Whitepoint, we covered some of the basic first steps in gathering content for a smarter virtual tour using Whitepoint. In this installment, we’ll walk through the steps in using the Authoring Panel and making your tour available on both desktops and mobile devices.
First, A Bit About Authoring Accounts: Here’s How You Create a Virtual Tour for Free With Whitepoint
Think about it: A museum, like the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco shown here, could be a scape, a scene, or a whitepoint when you create a virtual tour.
Our Basic Authoring is free and provides more than enough features to meet the needs of those looking to create a virtual tour. Sign up for your free account at our Authoring Panel. Just follow the instructions for account setup.
We offer advanced account options for additional features and capabilities if you find that you need them. Regardless, everyone starts with a free Basic Authoring account.
Starting a Scape In the Authoring Panel
Remember the scapes, scenes, and whitepoints we discussed in Part 1 of this series? You’re going to want to have at least that scape image handy.
When you log in to the Authoring Panel, you have a number of places you can go. But, for our purposes here, we’re going straight to “Start a New Scape.”
Among the first questions, you’ll be asked if your scape is to be public (available to everyone) or private (available only with a password). Most are public.
You can always change “public” vs “private” later. And, later, you’ll see that no scape goes live until you say so anyway.
Previewing Your Smart Tour Content
One helpful trick is to set your scape to private until you’re ready for the public to view it. This is helpful if you’re building your scape over a longer period of time and want to do so in privacy while maintaining the ability to preview it during construction.
Uploading Your Image Content
Next, you are prompted to upload your scape image. Once you do that, you will be moving on to uploading scene images.
You will be asked if your scene is a new or existing one. Most scenes are new if you’re building a new scape. Later as you manage your smart tour content, you will see how this question helps you save time by incorporating content you’ve already created.
Once a scene image is updated, you will be prompted to plot a whitepoint on that scene image. Most scenes have whitepoints, so you simply click where you want to plot your whitepoint.
However, if your scene does not include a whitepoint, that is OK – just click “cancel” on the left hand side of the screen, and return to the main authoring screen.
You will see your new scape listed under the “Personal Scapes” or “Team Scapes” menu item.
Don’t Forget Your Texts
Key content opportunities exist under scapes, scenes, and whitepoints. These texts can be added / edited under the “Details” tabs of scapes, scenes, and whitepoints.
To access the details tab for scapes: Click “Edit Scape Details” in the scape’s main tile view.
To access the details tab for scenes: Click the pencil icon in the desired scene’s tile in the scape’s main tile view.
All of the descriptive information that appears for whitepoints is handled via the “Details” tab for that whitepoint.
To access the details tab for whitepoints: First, click the “View Whitepoints” button in the desired scene’s tile.
You’ll see a menu of available whitepoints for that scene on the right of your screen.
Discovery and Going Live
The “Details” and “Visibility” tabs for scapes (just click “Edit Scape Details” in the scape’s main scene tile view) include all of the information you need to make your scape available to and discoverable by the public.
Under the menu item “Discovery” via the “Details” tab, you can add key search phrases as well as categorize your scape.
The availability of your scape as well as public versus private access of your scape is handled via the scape’s “Visibility” tab. Your intentions for visibility are critical when you create a virtual tour.
Under the “Visibility” tab, you can change the status of your scape – available (active) or not available (inactive) – as well as manage public access of your scape.
There you go. That’s how you create a virtual tour with Whitepoint that’s smarter and able to be delivered via tablets, iPads, phones, and desktop.
But you might not want to stop there. Anything in a scape can be edited and updated at any time in the future. When you return to your scape, you’ll see the scenes displayed in their individual scene tiles in the main scape view. They can be re-ordered if necessary, and each can be edited or deleted by simply clicking the pencil or trash can icons respectively.
The key area you may find yourself revisiting most is the whitepoint dialog accessed by clicking “View Whitepoints” at the bottom of each scene’s tile. You’ll see a list of associated whitepoints appear on the right of the screen.
Do you still have questions about any of the above? Have you run into any problems? Let us know – we want to hear about your projects and help when you create a virtual tour. Comment below or reach out at our contact page.