Graphics for Linking Online Tours

As mentioned previously, there are many reasons to link to your online tours, photo galleries, and slideshows from your web site. How to do it and whether to use a graphic to snazz it up a bit are the usual questions.

Whitepoint’s strength is as a free framework for building online tours. There are occasions where it is a great answer to other more basic needs as well – such as photo galleries or slideshows.

We’ve posted a graphic or two in the past. We thought we’d provide more here that speak to the different uses that your Whitepoint scapes may be serving: whether online tours, photo galleries, or slideshows.

Online Tours

Image for Whitepoint Online Tours

This free graphic for your online tours is also available by linking to http://whitepoint.mobi/img/scape-supporting-images/Whitepoint-Scape-Tour.png.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo or Image Galleries

Graphic for Whitepoint Image Gallery

This free graphic for your Whitepoint image gallery can also be linked at http://whitepoint.mobi/img/scape-supporting-images/Whitepoint-Scape-Image-Gallery.png.

 

 

 

 

 

Slideshows

Image for Whitepoint Slideshows

This free graphic for your Whitepoint slideshow can also be accessed by linking to http://whitepoint.mobi/img/scape-supporting-images/Whitepoint-Scape-Slideshow.png.

Linking Your Scape

If you haven’t yet read our blog article on linking multiple scapes from your web site, take a look. It will answer questions you might have about getting it done.

Remember that by linking a scape, you’re providing image rich content to your visitors. Access on mobile devices is great, but richer content on your web site helps means you’re even more likely to get attention. Make sure the link to that content is easy for users to find.

Online tours are one of the best ways to provide an engaging experience for new users. And, with the Whitepoint framework and resources, you don’t have to be a web design guru to make it happen.

Matthew White

Matthew White blogs on all things related to virtual tours, mobile touring, and tour apps as well as how they relate to web design, SEO, and content marketing. There is also of course helpful information on using Whitepoint - the framework for smarter virtual touring and mobile-friendly tours.

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How To Build a Creative Portfolio for the Mobile Web

One interesting use for the Whitepoint mobile touring framework is as a content manager for basic slideshow functionality. And, the jump to a creative portfolio isn’t far given the Whitepoint platform’s flexibility.

For artists, designers, interior decorators, and architects, this is good news. The mobile web has changed the way that creative portfolios are managed and presented.

Obviously, there are a number of slideshow solutions available out there. But, Whitepoint provides unique advantages for pushing content across iOS, Android, and via your web site if you want. This is perfect for those art fairs, meet ups, or conversations over drinks.

Furthermore, this includes simultaneous distribution of your content – meaning that you update the content in one place, and it is immediately available across each of those vehicles.

Getting Started

If any of the below doesn’t make sense to you just yet, remember that getting started delivering content with Whitepoint is easy, and we offer YouTube tutorials to help get going with authoring. And, in the event you’re a creative who doesn’t have graphic design experience or access to expensive graphic design tools, we provide some graphic design tips for building Whitepoint tours and guides as well.

Showcasing and Highlighting Work

There are several ways to share a portfolio using Whitepoint and provide more information about specific aspects of images. But, the fastest path forward is by building a basic slideshow:

  1. Take each of the images for the portfolio and add any necessary text to them. These are your scene images.
  2. Design one introductory – or overview – graphic and use this as the main scape image.

This approach will work for galleries who wish to offer slideshows of available work, artists and students who wish to build and distribute a free portfolio of their work, and in any other situation where a portfolio of existing jobs is needed.

Don’t forget the resources mentioned above to help get started. Happy #whitepointing.

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Don’t Worry. You Don’t Have to Be a Graphics Wizard.

We’ve had questions about making fancy graphics for Whitepoint scapes, because some scape and scene images are cropping up with text on them. And, sometimes they’re otherwise edited for a presentation-suitable style.

Don’t worry. You don’t have to be a graphic designer or photo editing wizard to author with Whitepoint.

As mentioned in an earlier post about scape and scene tour graphics, images for scapes and scenes usually work best in jpeg (if photos are included) or gif (if it is a pure graphic with fewer colors) formats with dimensions of 950 pixels wide by 550 pixels high.

But, what if you’re not a graphic design genius, and you just want to add some text to your photos? Do you have to buy and learn an expensive, time-consuming graphics program? The answer is no.

There are a number of free and easy-to-use programs that will help you get the job done and make more compelling scape and scene images:

  • Gimp – Best for power users or those with some graphics editing experience.
  • Skitch – Very easy-to-use. Best for very basic graphic manipulation and text editing.
  • Phoxo – Better for beginners and novices. Windows-only.
  • paint.net – Built on the old Microsoft Paint platform, so some graphics experience is good. Windows-only.
  • PhotoScape – Windows-only.

And, finally, since the above list was Windows-heavy, one more software package for Mac is worth keeping in mind if you’ll be doing a repeated – but basic – graphics work for your scapes. It does have a small cost though.

  • Acorn 4 – Better for power users on Mac. Not expensive, but not free.

There. That should be enough to keep you busy, huh? If you’ve got an idea of a program you like that isn’t listed here or another method for getting the photo editing job done, please comment or tweet us @WhitepointMobi.

Happy #whitepointing.

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Recommended Scape, Scene, and Whitepoint Image Sizes?

As a rule of thumb when authoring, bigger images work best for scene and scape images. The user experience tends to be best when they are rectangular – something like 960 pixels in width by 640 pixels high. It doesn’t have to be exact.

Because the display is big enough, photographic images taken with DSLR cameras can look very nice as scape and scene images.

Rectangular whitepoint images can also work, but because they have more limited constraints for display, square images will usually work best. Tall rectangular images can also work as whitepoint images. You can limit the width of whitepoint images to about 500 pixels and get great results. At 500 pixels wide, shoot for at least 500 pixels in height.

And, because of the smaller display area, camera phone shots work just fine as whitepoint images. They can also work in scape and scene images, but you may not get the effect desired. It really depends on your subject. The good thing is that Whitepoint authoring makes it easy to switch out and update images at any time now or later.

Finally, for all images, 72dpi will likely suffice – high resolution is not only unnecessary, it may even produce adverse effects in your display. Test and take a look at your subject on different displays. Don’t be afraid to test an image and switch it out or update it later.

Happy #whitepointing.

 

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JPEGs Versus PNGs as Whitepoint Images

Based on testing of PNG images used in authoring whitepoint images, we can recommend that you instead use JPEGs.

Here’s why: Because there are different opacities and transparencies at work in the display of whitepoints, there is no guarantee that PNGs will display as desired. We’ve seen  transparencies display as black, and greys do really weird things. Add to the equation rendering of the images across different mobile devices, and you’re better off going with JPEGs.

The same goes with GIFs – watch those transparencies. If you’re authoring and seeing strange behavior in the whitepoint image displays, try GIFs or PNGs without transparency if it is a logo or the image has a limited range of color. For more detailed photos – such as landscapes – use JPEG.

Nothing against PNGs. They’re great – just not always the best for whitepoint images.

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