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EPIC 100: Explore and Share

Explore and Share

Enjoy thousands of brilliant gigapixel panoramas from around the world. Share, discuss, snapshot and more.

4.1 View and Share

At GigaPan.com, you can:

  • Explore thousands of GigaPans from around the world, take snapshots, comment and share.
  • Discover amazing ways GigaPans are being used to communicate, promote, document and provide an amazing new vision.
  • Learn how to create your own GigaPans, groups and galleries
     

4.2 Embed your panorama

You can easily embed your panoramas on another website with all the functionality of the
GigaPan Viewer to pan and zoom.
  1. Log in to GigaPan.com, and select ‘My Home’ then ‘My GigaPans’ to view your panorama.
  2. Choose a panorama, and click on the ‘Embed’ link below it to access the Embedding Wizard.
  3. Copy the HTML code paste it into your website or blog.
NOTE: To embed a panorama owned by someone else, please contact the author for permission and a copy of the embed code. Click on the author’s name to view his or her profile, and select ‘Send a message’. You must be logged in to your GigaPan.com account to send a message.

4.3 Place your panorama on Google Earth

Share your panoramas with the world in Google Earth. There is a GigaPan layer where you can explore GigaPan panoramas from around the world. Recording your panorama’s location using GPS will make it easier. You’ll need Google Earth 4.2 or higher to share your panoramas. You can download Google Earth from http://earth.google.com.

  1. Log into GigaPan.com and go to My GigaPans from the top menu (under My 1. Home).
  2. Click “Geolocate” underneath the panorama you want to place on Google Earth.
  3. To share your gigapan on Google Earth, click the “Share using Google Earth”  option under “Sharing.”

    Share Button
     
  4. There are three ways for you to specify the location of your panorama: a. If you recorded your coordinates using a GPS receiver, enter them in the text boxes below “Location”. There are two systems of notating latitude and longitude: Degrees Minutes Seconds (DMS), and decimal notation (DD). Our software uses DD, as does the majority of software out there. If you have only have DMS available, here is a conversion tool: http://transition.fcc.gov/mb/audio/bickel/DDDMMSS-decimal.html

    Address Field to retrieve Latitude and Longitude Coordinates

    b. You may also find the coordinates with an address by clicking “Find coordinates using an address or a ZIP code. Enter the address in the text box, and choose “Go.”
    Enter Your Latitude and Longitude
     
  5. If you have the GPS coordinates or the address, click and drag while holding down the alt key the map till the crosshairs are directly above the spot you took your photo from. Use the + and – buttons to zoom in and out of the map respectively. The coordinates will automatically populate in the longitude and latitude fields.
  6. Click “Save Changes” when you are done editing.
  7. There are two ways to view your panorama in Google Earth Application a. Click the “View GigaPan” button from the the Google Earth Placement page and from the gigapan page Click “View in Google Earth”.

    View GigaPan Button
    View in Google Earth

     
  8. You will be prompted to download a file. (Some browsers will download this file automatically)
  9. Save the kml file to your hard disk.
  10. Open the downloaded KML file in Google Earth. You will most likely see your GigaPan hover in mid air. To appropriately position your panorama go back to step 6., but before saving go ahead and modify the positioning values such as Heading or Elevation. As you are making the changes, you will be able to preview them on the Google Earth plugin that is a part of the placement page. Once you are satisfied with the positioning, save your changes, and continue to the next step.

    Panorama in Google Earth