What is Flashificator?
Flashificator is a Graphical User Interface (GUI) for Flash Panorama Player (FPP) by Denis V. Chumakov. With Flashificator, users are able to do most of their FPP work without having to know anything about coding, using only their mouse and a few keystrokes. Works considered as complex by professionals, can be made in a few minutes with Flashificator, rather than in hours, days or weeks through manual coding.
Why use Flashificator?
As a panographer, you probably want more time to do your job (taking pictures) and less time sitting in front of your monitor, trying to figure out why this or that doesn't work in code you borrowed from the FPP example files or from other FPP users' projects. A single "typo" in the code can be hard to spot, yet it can delay a project for days or even weeks. Flashificator delivers error free xml files along with the other project files, ensuring functionality every single time, and that alone saves you enormous amounts of time. Iif you don't know coding, and have no interest or intention of learning how to code, Flashificator will be your salvation. All you need to know, is how to operate your mouse and how to read.
Most importantly though, is the fact that time is life. Lost time can't be bought, won or worked up again.
Now that you have purchased Flashificator, you are eligible to get all updates and upgrades for free.
At least for the time being, updates have to be done manually. All files and folders under the Flashificator installation folder will be REMOVED on Macintosh puters, while on PC‘s, it only replaces the installation, and doesn‘t delete personal folders containing your private lensflare designs, music, dashboard buttons etc. That is why Mac users have to be careful NOT to place their customized buttons etc, in any subfolder of the Flashificator installation path.
To get the free updates:
- You need to become a member of the FLASHIFICATOR FORUMS
- Once you have joined the forums, you need to send me (Trausti Hraunfjord) a Private Message(PM) in the forums, containing the following information:
- Purchase order number
- The email you used when you purchased the program.
- Without providing the above information, you will not be granted access to the updates.
- Your email and purchase order number will be checked against the data from the online store.
- Keep your purchase order information safe.
- Only one membership access to the update section will be granted per purchase order.
The panorama slowly rotates itself without the interaction of the user.
Autorotator can be enabled/disabled, Quality, Speed, Pause and Interval settings can be adjusted, or (FPP) Default settings can be applied
Borders can be set in real time with a single click
Include all the buttons for rotating, zooming etc.
Dashboard consists of following navigation buttons: Infoscreen, Move Left, Move Right, Move Up, Move Down, Zoom In, Zoom Out, Auto Rotator, Fullscreen, Contrast up/down, Brightness up/down
The position of the buttons can be changed with simple dragging and dropping in the toolbox of Flashificator.
Buttons can be enabled/disabled
3 standard placements are provided: left lower corner, central bottom, right lower corner
You can provide your own customized buttons to be used with Flashificator at the click of the mouse.
Tooltips are provided for the buttons and can be enabled/disabled.
Glow color is also available, where you can change the colour.
Smartscale is present in the Dashboard as well.
Change the size of images you intend to use for the panoramas. For instance, if you have a image 400x200 pixels, you can resize it to 100x50 or 50x75 or any other size you like.
Preloader will load other tours in the background, having them ready for the user (cut waiting/loading times). Also known as pre-cache plugin.
Simultaneous loads (decide how many files are loaded at the same time)
Once the Tourificator's problems have been solved, all panos in the tour would appear in the list, where you can decide which images/mov's/mp3's/videos/xml's/png's/jpg's/swf's etc. would load first and in which order.
Using this in combination with Poorificator is absolutely possible, and you can provide the URL to the images/files you want to preload.
This enables next pano to load in the background, while the user is viewing the first pano, cutting short the time people have to wait before the next pano is ready.
Able to link several different panoramaimages using hotspots.
Set constrains for the view the user will be able to rotate the panorama within.
MP3 Msuic Player:
Add music to your panorama.
Choose between 2 different mp3 players.
Select the source (mp3 file)
Add online radio station
Add another mp3 (as many as you want)
Lock position of the music
Sound Settings: Radius, Volume, Pan, Repeats can be adjusted
Sound Panning, Autostart, Show Controls can be enabled/disabled
The MP3 Plugin is made for Flashificator and is highly flexible
Drag&Drop mp3 files into the playlist and manage the list by moving songs up or down or delete them from the list
Change the mp3 button
Browse for the new button
Enter URL of an mp3 song to use
Add Radio station
Sound Settings: Volume
Enables you to make a preview jpg image with a "Load" button. When you click the "Load" button, the panorama will be displayed in the preview image place-holder. If your preview image is 300x300 pixels, the panorama will be displayed in the 300x300 placeholder.
Select Button - to load the preview
Preview Changes (you will see how it looks)
Use original size of the image or change the size with Width and Height measured in Pixels
This plugin may require of you to change your Flash security settings locally, while everything will work well online without any Flash security settings being changed.
FLV Video Player:
Add video to your panorama.
A new video player was made for Flashificator. The interface for controlling it consists of the following:
Add a lensflare effect.
Select one or more lensflares from a collection of 9 lensflares
Lock Position of the lensflare
Add Another Lensflare
Blend Mode options to choose: Normal, Layer, Darken, Multiply, Lighten, Screen, Overlay, Hard Light, Difference, Alpha, Erase
Change flare colour and adjust the strength of the colour
Change the blinding colour and it's strength
Add a compass (foreground and background).
Enable/Disable Frames Per Second.
A slideshow plugin for images (change image upon timer-intervalls).
Add more menu alternatives when you rightclick the panorama.
Go into fullscreen-button.
Enable/Disable Fullscreen plugin that comes with standard FPP "Open/Close" button
There will come a replacement for this plugin, where a preset will be made, enabling users to use their own "Open/Close" button images.
Those are the loadmeters indicating how many kb or % (percent) of the panorama have loaded.
FPP Normal (displaying percentages)
FPP Circular (displaying percentages)
FPP Glass (displaying progress bar with KB loaded)
FFC Glass (displaying progress bar with KB loaded and info on this being an interactive panorama with basic info on how to move and zoom in the pano
Text Denied (for changing the "Denied" message)
Text Failed (for changing the "Failed" message)
Bandwidth can be determined for the load of the pano
Loading attempts can be determined if loading fails
Text colour for the Normal loader can be changed
Loading background can be changed (from the standard green/red/grey)
Pano loading background can be made transparent
Loading of pano can be enabled/disabled
Consecutive Load can be enabled/disabled
Streamed Mode can be enabled/disabled
With Poorificator you can make hotspots that open a URL (could be a website, panorama etc).
Poorificator (the poor-mans version of Tourificator which encountered problems with loadPano inside of the AIR platform Flashificator is built on)
This is a tool to link a hotspot (or many) to another pano or a website
First you make a hotspot and assign an image (or transparent png file) to it
Then you type in the name of your function. For example "Google"
You type in the url that should open when the hotspot is interacted with (example: http://google.com)
Click "Create as Function"
Go to "Functions" tab and decide how the hotspot should be interacted with (on Click, Load, Over, Out, Press, Release)
Click once on the function named "Google"
Click an arrow button to move it to the "Functions Attached" list
Refresh the panorama and that's it. Clicking the button in the pano will open Google in your browser.
Add a tooltip to a hotspot.
Select the hotspot you want to add hotspot to
Type in the text
Choose the font you desire, with all fonts on your computer available
Set the size of the text
Fade tooltip in/out ... or not
Position your tooltip on x and/or y axis
Select stroke, font and background colour for the tooltip
The best file format to use with FPP (therefore also Flashificator) is cube faces... but unfortunately PTGui doesn't offer a simple way to create cube faces, but it is possible, as you can find out here: http://flashpanoramas.com/forum/showpost.php?p=11914&postcount=15
Flashificator only needs ONE of the cube faces, and it will automatically take the other 5 images.
If you have a .mov (QTVR) file, you just drag and drop it into the FFC interface at the beginning, right after you have given your project a name.
If it does not show up, it may contain too large images (Adobe introduced a limit on how big an image could be for being displayed in Flash... 8191 pixels). Another issue could be compressed headers of the .mov file... that's an entirely different issue over in Denis' courtyard. If you have older QTVR projects, this might be an issue, but if you are making your QTVR (.mov) files with PTGui now, it should not be a problem.
Say that we continue from where we left off. So that we have 2 hotspots at the bottom of the userinterface. For instance the hotspot with the large text-image is called textHotspot and the little hotspot that triggers and shows textHotspot is called showTextHotspot. Also be sure that textHotspot is showing at the screen at the moment (in other words, that the text-image is present for the user to watch).
Now you should be done. If you want you can (when Functions tab is still active) switch between textHotspot and showTextHotspot down at the userinterface and see when the function in the right box is changeing, one should have the function showImage and one should have the image closeImage.
This may seem excessive work in order to get things done, and I agree that it IS too much, and it is also limited due to one not being able to record both "onPress" and "onRelease" (or other combinations of 2 events) into the same function. That will be corrected, since it was an error in design. To achieve the "onPress" and "onRelease" (or onOut ... or some else) one would have to make a second function to attach to the hotspot.
The paste from clipboard button available if you click "Make another function" will paste in texts you have copied (possibly from a xml you have from another document.
That is to be improved upon and made much more complete... and clearly I have to assign some days for making video tutorials, showing how things can be done.
The functions area will be improved, and even though it's impossible to save a function for later use (except through the xml you get when you flashificate the project) then such a save function will be constructed later on, and a complete "save project" (with all settings applicable to other panos) will also be available.... but it's something that will take time to make... a lot of time... but we will get there.
I hope this will help you guys to get started.
Go to the mapper tab
Rename the default map
Add a new map
Switch between maps
Set another map as the first one
Delete a map
Change the description of a point
Set a new image
Change the size
Change the x position
Change the y position
Other way to change x and y
Add a new point
Switch between points
Set another point as the first one
Delete a point
Set a function to a point
Select a map image
Change the size
Change the opacity
Change the x position
Change the y position
Change the alignment
Select a radar image
Disable the radar
Draw a path
Make a straight line
Make a free-hand path
Change the seconds that takes to draw the path
Replay a path
Remove a path
This will show you how to make one hotspot appear in ONLY one pano, while the other panos won't have it. You CAN have hotspots to appear in 2 or more panos as well, by moving more panos to the right hand list in the tourificator toolbox while the hotspot in question is selected.
By default, the dashboard buttons appear in ALL panos in a tour. It is possible to remove the dashboard from a pano. To do that, you have to individually select each button, select the pano in which it SHOULD appear in, and move that pano to the right hand list. Without multiple hotspot selection this is will take around one minute for one pano.
Note: Steps 31-35 can be eliminated in the latest version (2.016) of FFC. With a single click on "Auto-Attach Function" button, the hotspot will be ready (for on-click action).
Plugins>Loadmeters>Logometer>Options... and there you will get to the graphical creator for any kind of a loadmeter you may dream of.
The working wall clock
Equirectangular to 6 cubefaces with PTGui (versions prior to 8.2)
What you need is just 6 project files from PTGui with preset for generating the cubefaces.
I have made a set you can download here.
What does the name mean? It means that this needs an Equirectangular as source with the name 24.tif and it will make cubefaces of 1600x1600 with compression 79 which BTW is about the same as 50% in CubicConverter.
The 24.tif in the folder is just a very small one for demo.
Here what you do:
1. copy your panorama (which should be a TIF) to the folder and name it 24.tif
The size should be around 6000-7000 pixels for 1600 cubefaces.
2. Open PTGui and open an empty window, choose the Batch Stitcher from the Tools menu and click + and navigate to the folder. Choose all 6 pts files and open.
The conversion will start at once. Takes only 1.30 on my old G5 PPC Mac.
The namings of the cubefaces will be 1_f.jpg, 1_r.jpg etc. This is the default for the pano.swf.
You need of course to rename the files if you have several panos. I always name my cubefaces 1, 2, 3 etc so that I can use a template which have these names in the XML.
If you need to convert to another size you have to open each project file and change the output size.
Easiest is to make duplicates of the folder and edit them. You can make sets with different cubeface sizes or compressions so that you can easy make any size. You can also of course generate tifs for using them to edit Nadir and Zenith.
If you need to extract a nadir just use the D.pts as atemplate.
I am not an admirer of Pano2VR for doing these things, To get the same quality as using PTGui or CubicConverter you have to choose one of the slowest interpolators and doing the same conversion takes 5 minutes instead of 1,30.
The interface for converting panoramas to cubefaces in Pano2VR is just simply weird and very slow to work with.
Additional Buttons & Graphics
Some Basic Flash Functions
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