Serious panorama photographers make 360º panoramas, or even 360x360º shots. A single panorama with medium resolution can consist of 64 or more single images that require specialised equipment to shoot and are stitched together with professional software.
However, an iPhone is all you really need to take panorama shots of your client's offices or studio.
Last week, Yuzool released Panorama 360, a stack that can display 360x360º shots. Michael is obviously a fan of panorama photography too and Panorama 360 answers my requirements fully. Not only that, but the original stack has been updated too and can now display a complete 360x180º images. Perfect.
Both stacks are very simple to use; just drop your image into RW's resources, link it to the stack and publish. That's just about all there is to it.
Panorama2 is now a free addition when you purchase Panorama 360 and all three of the stacks that were published last week are available at a 30% discount with the code HOTSUMMER. The offer expires on 31st July!
Here are two examples that I've put together. The 360x360 view has not yet been retouched: I quickly spliced the images today, as all of my other '3d' images were prepared for QTVR.
Only one thing troubles me with this scenario – I'm in a hurry and now I have to waste time swapping out stacks instead of simply adding the text and copy that was just supplied?
The copy is the simplest problem to solve – instead of using placeholder stacks that generate dummy text, use the original Header and Paragraph stacks that you intend to use and paste in your own dummy text. But what about the images? We want to show the client a layout, but cropping dummy images to fit??
Wait!! Marathia just released UltimateImage – a stack that will allow you to generate dummy images of any size and then – when the client finally condescends to supply the content – replace the dummies with the original images.
The dummy images are loaded via one of five servers – the first two place a coloured background with a text displaying the pixel size of the image, the remaining three load random images from their servers.
When the final content is ready for publishing, you set UltimateImage to Local Image, or Warehoused Image and add in your images saving yourself a couple of minutes with each image when compared to other placeholder stacks!
Image Source – Default: Local Image. Options: Warehoused Image, *Ipsum Image, Placeholder.com, **LoremPicsum, LoremFlickr, PlaceIMG
Force Fluid Image
Depending on the chosen placeholder server…
*Image Size – Width, Height
*Colours – Background, Text
**Specific Image – number – "-1"=Random
11 further settings to Flip, Rotate and add filter effects to the images.
I've used dummy content stacks to knock up a quick layout before, or to build a style template for suggested fonts and colours etc. UltimateImage helps save production time by reducing unnecessary actions.
The name SVG stack is slightly misleading. The stack will also load warehoused jpg, png and gif files and can display an alternate image on hover. The latter function is interesting especially as it allows you to mix formats.
SVG Image – Set Link
Alternate Text – Default 'Missing Image'
On Click – Do Nothing, Link To URL
On Hover – Do nothing, Show Alternate Image
Max Width – Desk, Tablet, Mobile
Position – Left, Centre, Right – Desk, Tablet, Mobile
Breakpoints – Standard, Custom
The fact that SVG has an option to display an alternate image on hover is a neat trick, which many will find useful.
CutOut is a stack that allows your text to gracefully flow around your image instead of the standard rectangular float that we have become used to. Check out the screenshot below:
The left half of the image displays a regular floating image. The right half of the image displays a floating image when using CutOut. Notice a difference?
CutOut makes use of the new 'shape-outside' CSS definition which is supported by all newer browsers (If you wish to know exactly which browsers take a look here). Shape Outside allows a text to flow around a pre-defined form. The form can be circular or polygonal. Polygonal shapes are highly experimental, but 0% 0%, 100% 0%, 50% 100% for instance, will create a triangular shape. CutOut degrades to a regular floating image on older browsers.
You can drop any Square (i.e. with equal length sides) image into CutOut and your image will automatically be displayed as a circular image which your text will flow around. If you require a more complicated shape, you'll need to search the web for shapes, or experiment.
How it works. Drag Cutout into a stacks page and you'll be presented with a dummy text. Replace the text with your text and drag your image into the image well in the stack settings panel. It's that simple. Of course, CutOut wouldn't be an S4S stack, if it didn't support warehoused images, but you'll also notice that it also has a setting for WebYep CMS images [Teaser]. WebYep2 is nearing release and CutOut already supports the new CMS system (as will a number of other S4S stacks).
Image Source – Drag & Drop, Warehoused, WebYep CMS
CutOut Shape – Circle (default), Elipse, Inset, Polygon
Image Float – Left, Right
Apply Border Radius – Default 50%
Spacing – Space between image and content below breakpoint
Image Width – px
Image Margin – Top, Bottom, Left, Right
Image Width – Below breakpoint
Content Type – HTML, Markdown, Text (default), WebYep Short and Long
Content Padding – Top, Right, Bottom, Left
Zoomy is the new name for a simple stack that enables an attractive magnification effect for RapidWeaver images. Magnification can take place on mouseover, grab, or click. There are also a couple of other settings built in to change aspects such as the zoom amount, animation speed and mouse cursor.
Zoomy will work either with images you drag and drop into RapidWeaver or images stored in a warehouse location. Compatibility is offered with all major web browsers. And Zoomy is responsive.
Image source allows you to add either Dragged and Dropped Images, or Warehoused Images.
Mouse Cursor gives you the option of seven different cursor styles.
Zoom Trigger has the options Click, Grab, Mousover, or Toggle – Grab is my favourite.
Duration sets the fadeout time once the cursor leaves the image.
Magnification is a percentage of the original size for the enlargement.
Looking for further settings? You'll be hard pressed to find any, the above are all that's needed.
Zoomy is a neat little stack that does exactly as it says on the tin and has the advantage of being both responsive and free.
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