Moving panorama hosting to 360cities

It has always been annoying that the Microsoft HDView tool relies on silverlight and forces users to install a plugin. Not to mention that I started embedding the panoramas in my page and that led to problems … crashes and lack of 360 deg awareness. So I took another look around at free hosting tools, and gigapan and 360cities emerged as two good options. Gigapan is picky in that they reject panoramas that are too small. They REALLY mean giga. 360cities has some restrictions, but not as severe.

For now, I am moving to 360cities. While my panoramas are not good enough for them to include publicly, they will host them so I can show them here.

My 360cites profile can be found at

Sebago – Cabin 6 – Kitchen – 2011

This is the start of a series of pictures I took of the insides of the cabins at Sebago. I am doing high-resolution (zoomed lens) and HDR in a cramped space, so the limitations of the camera do show, and it is really hard to get it perfectly. So it isn’t perfect.

Kitchen Interior of Cabin 6, Sebago Resort in USABy the way, the HDView panorama is the best way to see the cabin, but if we look at one picture, we have to choose which distortion we least dislike. The above image is hemispherical, and is used for the HDView panorama. Below is the panini projection, which tries to keep straight lines as straight lines. Better in some ways; worse in others.