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Topic: Using 2 embeds on the same page problem?

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jrvip1 (Over 1 year ago)
When embeding two Virtual Tours on the same web page, the top VT displays a thumbnail to the right which when selected resets the VT back to the home position, but the bottom VT does not have this thumbnail. Is this a bug, a feature or something that can be controlled with more code?
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
jrvip1, if you are talking about the 'Highlights' feature, you can add highlights by: 
1:: signing into the account that the synth or pano was uploaded with, 
2:: opening that synth or pano, 
3:: clicking the [ Edit this Photosynth ] or [ Edit this Panorama ] button below the lower edge of the viewer, 
4:: clicking on the 'Highlights' tab in the editor, 
5:: navigating to the spot that you wish to add a highlight to, 
6:: clicking the [New Highlight] button, 
7:: resizing the highlight box to frame your subject as you wish, 
8:: clicking the [Add] button, and 
9:: clicking the [Save] button when you are through.

You can add a title and short description for each highlight, if you wish, as well as adding as many highlights as you want (though a moderate amount is wise), reordering the highlights you have already created, or removing some if you decide you don't like them. Just be sure to save when you're finished editing.
jrvip1 (Over 1 year ago)
The problem is when embedding into a site: See
http://barryallsuch.co.uk/~barryall/selling/360-tours/park-cottage and the thumbnail is shown against the top image but not the bottom image
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Yes... this is because you have not added any highlights to the 'Park Cottage drive view' panorama yet. To add one click here: http://photosynth.net/edit.aspx?cid=861ed30a-692e-453e-9b48-95507ba69784 and follow my instructions above from step 4 onward.

On a side note, if your only purpose for highlights is to return the viewer to the home position, you can inform users that they can do this by pressing the [Enter] or [Return] key on their keyboards after touching or clicking on a panorama.
jrvip1 (Over 1 year ago)
Yes - this works now and its a very nice way of presenting. Thanks for the instructions
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
No worries. Glad I could help.

By the way, on your embed code for those two panoramas, you might consider customizing their width to be a bit bigger, so that they fit the page on your site better. If they end up looking a little too short, you could also alter the height a bit as well.

If you'd like the panoramas to load as soon as the page loads, instead of waiting for your visitors to click the panorama first, you will notice that in the embed code it has two true/false switches. 

The first is the 'delayLoad' flag and is set to 'true' by default and results in people having to manually click the pano before it starts to load. If you simply replace 'true' with 'false', the panoramas will load as soon as the page loads, just like they do here on the Photosynth site.
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
The second flag is the 'slideShowPlaying' flag and it is set to 'false' by default. This means that when the pano loads, it will just sit there. If you switch 'false' to 'true', then the slideshow will begin playing as soon as the panorama loads.

One note about the slideshow is that a panorama requires a minimum of four highlights in order to have a slideshow. Alternately, if it views an area that is at least 180 degrees wide, then the pano will pan from side to side if no highlights have been provided. You can read more detail on this from Jonathan Dughi and Tony Ernst of the Photosynth team here: http://photosynth.net/discussion.aspx?cat=6b63cb81-8b57-4d5d-a978-41d5509bf59a&dis=75626ad7-9c0a-4380-95b8-18a91d0c5c09 from when Ariel Dolan asked about it last year.
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Here is an example of a synth that I embedded with delayLoad set to false and slideShowPlaying set to true: http://natelawrence.tumblr.com/post/3007930593/ 

Notice that it loads + plays on its own without you needing to touch it and that I have changed its width and height to fit my tumblr page better.
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
I also meant to mention that highlights play a slightly different function in panoramas, compared to photosynths.

For an explanation, see my conversation with TheMink here: http://photosynth.net/discussion.aspx?cat=ceca0f30-0f7c-4468-811a-32b623ea8563&dis=54b2b035-a700-4c4f-a838-9a0a080c9999
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