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Updated on June 14, 2016

Create interactivity, hotspots...

Apart from the always spectacular effect to be able to immerse oneself completely in a panorama and turn to all directions, WITHOUT SEEING THE CAMERA, a virtual tour is also interesting because of the fact that sensitive zones, called hotspots, can be emphasized and will allow to interact with the different panoramas, switch from one to the other with an almost movie-like transition, display a photo, a video, etc.

In this page dedicated to hotspots, I'll show you how to place hotspots, under different forms, place a flare effect on one or several luminous points, photos, video footage in a TV screen, etc. The interactive success of your virtual tour thus depends a lot on this tutorial page.


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Logo Panotour ProCaution! Most of hotspots options described in this page are only accessible with the Panotour Pro version.

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Hotspots editor

For the virtual tour to be interactive, which is what mostly makes it interesting, hotspots zones must be created. This will enable to switch from one panorama to another, to open a photo and so much more! The hotspots editor is at the bottom left by default in Panotour Pro.


Hotspots editor of Panotour Pro 1.8

The hotspots editor, as the 3D editor, can be separated. It can also be enlarged or put in full screen mode.


Menu bar of the hotspots editor

Menu bar of hotspots editor Panotour Pro 1.8

Bouton choisirThe button Choose enables to move into the panorama to make it slide for instance. It also enables to select an existing hotspot to edit it.

Bouton agrandissementThe button Enlarge of the hotspots editor enables, as you would have guessed, to enlarge the hotspots editor to a full screen mode. This allows to place hotspots more accurately.

Bouton poligoneThe Polygon button enables to draw a hotspots zone in the form of a polygon with three to more of four sides. It thus allows to create complex shapes.

Bouton agrandissementThe rectangle button enables to draw a hotspot zone of four sides only, but very quickly because once chosen the three first sides, the fourth automatically closes.

Bouton agrandissementThe Interest point button of the hotspot editor enables to place hotspots in the form of interest points that can possibly be opened, enlarged like a photo. Multiple use.

Bouton agrandissementThe Flare button enables to apply a flare effect, well known of photographers when the sun is in the field of their lens, on a luminous spot to exaggerate the effect and make it dynamic.

Bouton agrandissementThe Sound spot button now allows to add a sound localized into the panorama. The sound is at its maximum volume when you're in front and it lowers down when you're getting away. Nice and funny!

Bouton agrandissementThe Reframing button not only allows to reframe on one part of the panorama only when we don't want the user to see specific parts of the original panorama which lack interest, like the floor for instance.

Bouton précédentThe Previous button of the hotspots editor enables to choose the previous panorama from the main window without minimizing the editor if it's in full screen mode. Very convenient!

Bouton suivantThe Next button of the hotspots editor enables to choose the next panorama from the main window without minimizing the editor if it's in full screen mode.

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Draw a hotspot

Start by selecting a panorama from the main window by clicking on it. It's shown in the editors at the bottom, naturally, including the hotspots editor. As for the 3D editor, I recommend you to enlarge the hotspots editor zone on a secondary screen or on your main screen, the drawing will only be more accurate. Then follow the steps below:

Draw a polygonal hotspot

Hotspots editor of Panotour Pro 1.8


Bouton poligoneSuits drawings of complex shapes - Display the zone of the panorama where you want to draw your hotspot with the button "Choose" - Then enlarge this zone à with the wheel of your mouse in order to be able to draw accurately. Click the icon "Add a polygon" in the menu bar of the hotspots editor. You only need to draw your lines directly on the panorama with your mouse and not forget to close it. It is possible, once the polygon closed, to move each corner of the polygon by a click-and-drag to improve your drawing. We'll see later how to edit the display properties of each hotspots zone as well as the creation of links in itself.

Draw a rectangular hotspot

Hotspots editor


Bouton poligoneSuits a four sides outline like a window or a door or to play a video on a TV screen for instance - Display the zone of the panorama where you want to draw your hotspot with the button "Choose" and use the mouse to enlarge the panorama where you want to place your rectangular hotspot. Click the icon "Add a rectangle" in the menu bar of the hotspots editor. You only have to draw your lines directly on the panorama with your mouse knowing that, unlike the polygon above, the hotspot will close automatically when you've placed at least three sides. Here again, it is possible once the rectangle is closed to move each corner of it again by a click-and-drag to improve your drawing. We'll see later how to edit the display properties of each hotspots zone as well as the link creation in itself.

Set a spot of interest

Hotspots editor of Panotour Pro 1.8


Bouton point d'intérêtIs used to add a photo, a link to a site, etc. - Display the zone of the panorama where you want to place your hotspot with the button "Choose" and enlarge the panorama with the mouse where you want to place your interest spot. Click the icon "Add an interest spot " in the menu bar of the hotspots editor. You only have to place your spot wherever you want. Here again, it is possible to move this spot by clicking-and-dragging in order to refine the position of your spot. We'll also see later how to edit the properties of this interest spot - what can be displayed, the links that can be created, as well as link creation in itself.

Note! This also works for geo-localization. See later...

Place a flare on a luminous spot

Editeur de hotspots


Bouton flareDisplay the zone of the panorama where you want to place your flare effect with the button "Choose" and use the mouse to enlarge the panorama. Click the icon "Add a flare" in the menu bar of the hotspots editor. Then you just have to place your flare wherever you want. Here again, it is possible to move this spot by a click-and-drag in order to refine its position. This effect can't be edited as other hotspots. Only put one per panorama because its effect can be good on the sun or an halogen spot but it would be ungracious and invasive if there were several.

Place a localized ambient sound

Editeur de hotspots


Bouton sonDisplay the zone of the panorama where you want to place your ambient sound with the button "Choose" and use the mouse to enlarge the panorama. Click the icon "Add a sound" in the menu bar of the hotspots editor. Then you only have to place your ambient sound wherever you want. Here again, it is possible to move this sound by a click-and-drag in order to adjust its position. We'll also see later how to edit this ambient sound properties.
Caution: make sure it doesn't double an overall panorama or virtual tour sound. Indeed, this sound doesn't turn off the sound of the panorama nor of the project. So beware of cacophonies!


Delete a Hotspot

You might need to delete a hotspot. To do so, you just have to click the small icon representing it - little white square in the example below, ON the panorama and IN the main window. Then, you need to right-click it to open a contextual menu. In this same menu, click "Delete the spot(s) ".

Delete a panorma

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Hotspots properties

It is now time to create links between hotspots zones and the different panoramas, to edit interest spots, sounds, etc. We'll detail the tab "Hotspots properties" in the Properties zone, at the top right.

Properties hotspots

This window changes aspect depending on the type of hotspot selected. Here, it's an image or photo link.

Polygonal or rectangular hotspot

Links between panoramasWhen you've drawn a polygonal or rectangular hotspot before in this page, the zone was drawn on the original panorama, in the hotspot editor, at the bottom left, and a small white triangle or square appeared at the center of their location in this panorama, but this time, it's in the column above, the main window. You still had to create the link to another panorama. That's what we'll do now. To create a link you just have to:

  • Draw a link from the first spot - a white triangle or rectangle - to the panorama to link - here on its right -,
  • Either choose the name of this same panorama in the unfolding list "Panorama" of the "Link" zone, here of three panoramas, of our project and of the tab "Hotspots properties". An arrow then appears between the two panoramas linked. We could have chosen to open an URL, an HTML page, an item (video, photo...) but it's less common, except for the video we'll see later. When the link is created, new menus appear below.


Hotspots porperties : links

  • Panorama - The name of the panorama linked appears now.
  • Choice of transitionTransition - Choose from the unfolding list the type of animated transition effect you want. This gives movement, like a camera movement, between the two panoramas. No such thing like trying even if I like the transition "Zoom-in - from the spot to the panorama or the next". Nowadays, there are nine effects of animated transitions.
  • Lace, tilting and field of view - When you've created a link to a panorama, it appears in the 3D editor, at the bottom right. You only have to rotate the panorama as you Vue du hotspot want, zoom in or out when you like the final angle of view in this panorama, to make a right click of the mouse to open the contextual menu "Use as view for the hotspot" or click the icon in the menu bar of the 3D editor "Use as view for the hotspot".
    Piece of advice! Make sure that the final view is different from the default view for this panorama. Coupled to the transition evoked before, the virtual tour becomes more lively!

Then, you need to edit the display of this hotspot in the virtual tour. This is done via the menu below. It allows to set the colors of the hotspot, the information balloon and if the hotspot zone should be displayed permanently or only when hovered.


Link editor

  • Item - You can choose to display an item above the hotspot zone, an image for instance, but I don't find it really aesthetic.
    Caution! this option is invisible when you drew a polygonal hotspot.
  • Button only visible when hovered - If you check this option, the user only knows that there's a hotspot here if, during his tour, he hovers it with his mouse.
    Piece of advice! I'd rather not check this button, moreover, it is now possible to edit the colors of this hotspot zone and make them very discreet as we'll see now.
  • Choice of colorsColor - As in outline color - that can thus be different from the filling color (1) . You have the possibility to choose among all the colors of the rainbow thus to adapt it to all the projects but, more interesting, it is possible to modify the luminosity (1) of each color and above all the opacity (2) with the right cursor. I generally choose the same color for the outline and the filling of my tour but I choose an opacity of about 50 % for the outline.
  • Filling color (1) - This is the background color of the hotspot. I often choose a good ol' white with a 20 % opacity to see through it anyway.
  • Information balloon - The link can be described in this information balloon. Note that it will be possible to choose the font, the size and the color later.

Interest hotspot

Lien point d'intérêtWhen you placed an interest hotspot earlier in this page, it was placed on the start panorama, in the hotspots editor, at the bottom left and a white circle appeared in its place on the panorama but this time in the column above, the main window. You still needed to create the link to another panorama, an item, a website, etc. That's what we'll create now. To create a link you just have to select this interest hotspot by clicking on it, having chosen the tool "Choose"Bouton choisir previously in the menu bar of the hotspots editor. Then, in the tab "Hotspots properties", at the top right, you can choose to link this point to a panorama but it's not very "logical", to open a URL (writing the address in absolute value: http://... ), an HTML page, an item (often a photo...) selected from the hard drive. It will be displayed in a lightbox hence above the virtual tour and thus mustn't be too big. It mustn't exceed the size of the user's screen! Then, you need to edit this hotspot label thanks to the following menus:


porperties hotspots

  • Item - Panotour offers quite a number of items icons, that will superimpose to the virtual tour to draw the user's attention. It also allows to differentiate a hotspot allowing to change panorama - a zone - and a hotspot allowing to enrich THIS panorama - a button.
    Caution! The buttons offered depend on the choice of models of navigation buttons in the tab "properties of the project".
  • Specific color button - If you check this button, you'll be able to change the color and opacity of the button which is neon green by default.
  • Width, height - It is possible to change the size of the button.
    Tip! If you leave it on 0, the button is displayed with its default values. If you choose pixel values, your button will have this size. So be careful about proportions and pixelation if the original button isn't big enough.
  • Information balloon - It is possible to describe the interest hotspot by a short text. The text's size, color and font can be modified in the properties of the project.

Video or photo hotspot

Hotspot videoIt's always surprising when you can play a video on a TV screen into the virtual tour, when there's a TV of course! It's very easy with Panotour Pro.
Caution! You have to place a rectangular hotspot. The order of the points matters. Start by pulling the four sides at the top left of the screen then go clockwise. Then, click with the tool "Choose" on the little white rectangle symbolizing this hotspot in this panorama in the main window. Then, go to the tab "Properties of the hotspots". Then, you just have to search your hard drive for the video (or other items...), or the photo that must be integrated here, in the "Item" line of the category "Display". That's it!


Select a object


About color setting for the hotspots zone in the virtual tour, I'll let you read the paragraph about it, before in this page.

Sound Hotspot

Hotspot soundIt is now possible to set an ambient sound not only to one panorama but localized in one part of the panorama. The sound will be heard only when the user goes past the sound hotspot. The volume will be turned up when he gets closer and down when he goes away. In the opposite direction of where the sound hotspot is placed, the sound is turned off. So once placed, the sound hotspot is selected as always with the tool "Choose" on the panorama in the main window. Then, you classically go to the tab "Hotspots properties". Here, in the only possible field, you select your sound file from your hard drive. It is not possible yet to choose the before/after angle of the central point of the hotspot son where the sound will be turned off in the hotspots editor. The sound surrounds the hotspot at 90°. For those who know, it can be edited with XML files.

Reminder! This sound is always superimposed to the sound of the panorama and to the sound of the project.

Here is how this long part dedicated to hotspots settings in Panotour Pro ends. In the next step, we'll finish and export the virtual tour suivre

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