I'm just getting into doing sites for real estate agents that want virtual tours of the properties that they are trying to move, as well as apartment complex rentals. I've seen a few virtual tours here and there online, Im not altogether sure if this is a growing trend or not.
What would you guys suggest? What have you had success with so far?
The two I've seen used are QuickTime VR, which I have no experience with... But it looks really cool, and allows you to put "hot spots" in your room panoramas, so if you click on the door, you "walk through it," etc...
And another seemingly more beginner friendly, but not as nice looking package... (hang on a second, I'll go look up a site to find the name...) called iPix. They have different "purchasing levels" for what you want to do with the software, last I checked, and the virtual tour licensing was among the most expensive.
QuickTime VR creates very nice panoramas, but you must use a tripod and shoot a 360 panorama for it... iPix uses a fisheye lens attachment with the tripod, allowing you to use (I think) two shots per room, but everything swims and warps I'm-standing-inside-a-bubble style when the viewer pans the "camera" around the room.
Are there any other virtual tour packages out there?