Some of the noteworthy enhancements include:

Introduction of 3D Models as a new media type, which supports GLTF and GLB formats (upgrade). 

Provision of two distinct camera options, namely, 3D OBJECTS or FLY-OVER.

This novel media type features multiple tabs for customization, namely:

  • Settings: For modifying basic settings.
  • Hotspots: For adding image hotspots.
  • Panoramas: For linking panoramas to the model and creating hotspots and Open Panorama actions automatically.
  • Environment: For adding a floor and different backgrounds (color, image, or panorama).
  • Lights: For adding directional and ambient lights.
  • Camera: For configuring the initial view, field of view, speed, and camera limits. Also, it allows users to add spots and sequences for actions and pathways.
  • Animations: For configuring sequential animation in the model if autoplay is enabled.
  • Objects: For hiding objects in the model at startup or adding actions to them.
  • Variants:For selecting a different variant in the model.
  • FX:For adding vignette and ambient occlusion effects.
For an in-depth understanding of this section, we invite you to refer to our blog post.
  •  Added new 3D Model actions (Upgrade).
            – Open 3D Model
            – Show View
            – Sequence
            – Animation
            – Light
            – Change Environment
            – Change Material
            – Show/Hide Objects
            – Measurement
  • Added "From 3D Model (fix)" option to the "Open Panorama" action (Upgrade).
    This will load the 3D model and play a 3D Animation transition towards the panorama. The panorama must previously be linked with a 3D Model in the 3D / Panoramas tab.

Another important additions:

  • Added a new "Screenshot" icon in the thumbnail which lets you capture the current image in the preview to save it as a thumbnail (Upgrade).
  • Added "Fullscreen at startup" option in the Standalone publication (DEVELOPMENT SPONSORED by David) (Upgrade).
  • Added "Use a Kiosk App" option in the Standalone publication (DEVELOPMENT SPONSORED by David) (Upgrade). So that users cannot close the tour. Useful for museums, fairs, events, etc.
  • Added "On Start" event in Audio actions.
  • Added "Unload When Hidden" option in the WebFrame component for the Skin Editor.
  • Added "Show Hotspots" and "Hide Hotspots" in the "Media Control" action.
  • Added "Toggle Skin Component" option in the "Text To Speech" action.
  • Added "Padding" and "Height" options as percentage in the Loading / Global Settings / Edit Progress Bar.
  • Added "Padding" and "Height" options as percentage in the Project / Video Settings / Edit Playback Bar.
  • Added "Force Play at the beginning" option in the Audio action.
  • Added "Include Current 3D Model Measurements" in the Social Share action.
  • Added "Make Window Closable" option in the E-Learning/Finish action.
  • Added new {{}} and {{tour.description}} variables in the Skin Editor to show Tour information.
  • Added new {{photo.title}} and {{photo.description}} variables in the Skin Editor to show individual Photo information for an Album.
  • Added new {{viewer.VIEWER_NAME.VAR}} variable prefix for {{title}}, {{subtitle}}, {{photo.title}} and {{photo.description}} variables. These variables take the information from the Main Viewer by default. Using this prefix, you can show the information from a different viewer. For example: {{viewer.floorplanviewer.title}}. The VIEWER_NAME shouldn't contain dot characters; spaces are valid.
  • Added new "Actions Group" action to add several actions where only 1 action is possible (for example E-Learning Question event, close popup event…) (Upgrade).
  • Added "Enable Camera Movement", "Disable Camera Movement" and "Toggle Camera Movement" in "Media Control" action, applied to Panoramas and 3D Models.
  • Added the "Help / Tools / Restore Panoramas from Published Tour" menu. You can recover lost panoramas using the tiles published by VTPro (DEVELOPMENT SPONSORED by Vinicius) (Upgrade).
  • Reduced the script size and loading times in the published tour.
  • You can insert several tags using the "+" character as separator.

Want to try it?

This is an update available to all 3DVista users, although some of the features will require a valid Upgrade plan (what's that?).

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