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Understanding Virtual Tours

July 25th, 2013 | Comments Off | Posted in Computers

Virtual tours allow you to see a complete space. They give you a 360 degree view so you can see everything that is included in the image. Users can look above and below as well as all the way around and are able to zoom in and zoom out as needed to get a good focus of a specific area. Virtual tours are created by many different photographs that are melded together to create a complete image.

Real estate agents use virtual tours of homes in order to give interested potential buyers a good view before they actually view the home in person. Businesses that want to use virtual tours for any purpose should ensure that they are receiving a high resolution and high quality image that can easily be viewed at full screen. Businesses can a 360 virtual tour in a number of different ways. They can be linked to the floor plan so that consumers can determine themselves where they want to move in order to view a particular space. Property developers and architects use this option often.

Google Maps interfaces can help those viewing the images to see tours that are linked together using a map and many providers allow for integrating hotspots or special links within the tour. Soundtrack and audio script can also be implemented in order to make the tour a bit more exciting and informative.

In order to implement a virtual tour on a website, files will need to be uploaded that contain the images that will be used. These files allow web designers to create the virtual tour and there are a number of plugins that can be used to allow viewers to see the tour. Flash, Shockwave and QuickTime are among the most commonly used. Flash normally has a 97 percent penetration rate which tends to make this the common choice but there are other plugins that will work well. Those wanting to implement a virtual tour may simply need to speak with the provider to determine which plugin is best.

Choosing a virtual tour provider depends on a number of issues as well. Businesses want someone who will provide them with quality images and who can work with them to ensure that those images get uploaded to their website properly. It may be necessary to hire a website designer to get this done properly. Designers can work with the specific codes required to input the images and ensure that they are viewable and offer a good look at the specific area to be viewed.

Virtual tours are becoming a very popular way for many businesses to entice customers. With a 360 degree look at a specific area, potential customers will be able to get a really good idea of what the business is offering so they can basically determine if what they are seeing is what they want. A properly set up virtual tour with good images will enhance a site user’s experience and allow for repeat visits and increased traffic.