How 2 Hot Spot a Pano

1. Without QTVRAS using free software

Note this does not work for an object movie. Object movie is a sequence of separate picts, converted to movie, made into qtvr with make qtvr object. Also, the free tools aren't all available anymore. See the QTVR links page under "Tools" for suggestions.
  1. Have a source PICT file for a pano, rotated CCW. (Called panoCCW.pct in this list.)
  2. In VRL choose File|New
  3. In VRL choose File|Import| and browse to choose your background image, panoCCW.pct.
  4. For each hotspot: Click type of shape, create, shape, and in Tag: text box, enter URL to link to. (Are # anchors OK or not? Seems like not. Also, indirection might not work, ../../ might not work.)
  5. Save the VRL file so you can reopen it.
  6. Export an objText file for the html tags
  7. Export an objPict file for the Make QTVR Pano
  8. In HTML editor, add tags to Embed statement
    See example at Wrinkle2
  9. In Make QTVR pano, open the source pict. Also under hotspots, open objPict file from VRL.
  10. In MoviePlayer 2.5.1, save as self-contained and make playable on non-Apple computers.
    That is one way to create a QTVR 1. If you don't need to support people with early versions of QuickTime, use the latest version of MoviePlayer.

2. With QTVRAS

See the manual.


In March, 1998, I created and tested panos using method 1. At that time I did not have QuickTime 3 on the PC. The hot spots worked. In Oct, 1998, I created and tested panos using method 2. Everything I did works on the Mac with QT3, even the QT 1.x solutions. However, no hot spots work on the PC with QT2 with Netscape 3. The ones that worked in March do not work now. The only known difference is that I installed QT3 for the version 4 browsers.