Standalone Virtual Tours are ideal for :
- Real Estate Virtual Tours – Ideal for Properties for Sale or Rent
- Prize Home Virtual Tours – Great way to showcase prize h0mes
- Temporary Virtual Tours – Tours of temporary spaces -such as markets or special events
- Dynamic Website Navigation – a dynamic and original way to incorporate navigation into a website
One advantage of Google Virtual Tours is their connectivity to Google Search and Google Maps, but there are a variety of rules and regulations defined by Google which restrict some tours being added under their Street View | Trusted Program.
In particular it is simply not possible to include ANY Residential Premises as a Google Virtual Tour… This covers any property that people live in (or may live in) on an ongoing basis and includes Display Homes and Prize Homes which will (or may) have permanent residents in the future. Businesses or locations that are only temporary can also not be added as a Google Virtual Tour.
Here is an example of a Standalone Virtual Tour with Navigation menus and auto-rotation :
Photography, Processing & Publication
Standalone Virtual tours are (mostly) photographed in the same way as standard Google Virtual Tours but the way they are processed and published is different. This requires specialist software to stitch together the panospheres, to develop the connections between panospheres, and to publish the tour in a format (usually HTML5 or Flash) suitable fro viewing online.
Standalone Virtual Tours would typically be embedded into a website or social media (and would not usually be directly accessible from Google), but they also can offer a wealth of extra features such as :
- Video/Audio Overlays
- Popup Notes
- Enhanced Navigation
- Map Overlays
- and more…