Panotour and Google Analytics: Explanations

With release of new Panotour 2.5.0 (Beta 3) by Kolor, we expect, as always for beta releases large list of bugs correction ! But it also includes a nice and long time expected surprise, Google Analytics plugin has appeared ! But what’s the use of that ?

  • What interest ?:

Google Analytics is free tool offered by Google to generate statistics of visits on websites. Just by adding few lines of code in each webpage (invisible for visitors), you’ll get very detailed statistics of visits. Few exemples: you can know how many times each page have been loaded, but also geographic origin, browser used, Operating system, language,… Few samples below of stats you can get and that all marketing guys among others really appreciate 😉


Browsers used


Real-time stats of visitors on your website and Language


Operating system used by visitors

  • Use for virtual tours: Use of Google Analytics for your virtual tours will allow you to track precisely which panoramas (scenes) are most or less viewed (the one never viewed might be an alarm for orphan scenes or cul de sac in your tour…). The plugin tracks each change of scene. You’ll get then graphic like this one:

User Flow in your tour

Drop-offs on graphic are visitors that left website or tour at that level and didn’t go further.

  • Get Google Analytics account:

That’s really simple and straightforward ! You just need to go on this website and to create an account. GMail or Gapps (Google Apps) account is needed for this step. Once done, you go to Admin -> Account -> Create new account. For virtual tours, you’ll select “Website” and fill the form. You don’t need to change settings of “Data Sharing Settings” section. Once done, just click on “Get Tracking ID” and to accept Service Conditions. It displays then all explanations to integrate Analytics code in your website but we don’t care about that ! We just need the tracking ID that is listed this way: UA-12345678-1

  • Use Analytics code in virtual tour:

Now that we have our Google Analytics colde, we just need to add it at our virtual tour. In Panotour, Style tab -> Plugins Library -> User input -> Analytics. You just need to fill code we got at previous step. If your virtual tour is hosted on SSL website, tick the “Force SSL” option to avoid to break security.

Done !! Now, each time visitor of your virtual tour will click on a hotspot going to an other scene, it’ll be recorded in Google Analytics.

Important point: You must generate an unique code for each website ! You can generate as much codes as you need in Google Analytics !

Prague 2015 it’s now !

Prague 2015 logo Prague 2015, THE event for photo and video panoramas, it’s next week in Prague ! Don’t search for a ticket ! All seats are gone and your only choice now is to follow event through social medias 😉 As usual, special 10% discount on whole shop (non usable with existing discounts, special prices and onjy one voucher per account) during the event :) To enjoy it, just use special code PRAGUE2015 when you pass your order, and see you in Prague for the lucky guests.

Lens ring migration V1 -> V2 in progress !

As previously discussed in this post, Nodal Ninja continues progressive migration of lens rings to V2 ! Right now we sell latest articles still in stock of V1 lens rings for Sigma 8-15mm both in Canon mount version and Nikon/Pentax mounts, and then only V2 will be avalaible for sale.

Short update about current status of V2: as of today V2 rings exist for Canon 8-15mm, Sigma 8/15 both in Canon mount and Nikon/Pentax mounts.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions !

Panoramic Video kit for rent (now with GoPro Black 4)

Now, in addition to existing GoPro 3 rig kit, we offer similar kit for rent with GoPro Hero 4 Black. It allows everyone to test easily and without financial risk record of panoramic video. You can also rent if for some specific projects without the burden and cost to buy the whole setup !

Kit PanoVideo GoProKit version Go Pro Hero Black 4 includes:

-> Freedom 360 rig, best product avalaible on market to shoot easily panoramic video

-> 6 GoPro 4 HD Black cameras compatible with HD formats and their batteries

-> 6 memory cards SDHC 128Go so you can shoot lot of videos without problem of storage

-> 1 USB charger that can charge the 6 cameras in same time and quickly

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KRPano 1.18 with panoramic video has been released ;)

Klauss, KRPano software editor, just announced release of so waited 1.18 release with bunch of new features for video panoramic fans 😉 Here are main new features and enhancements:

  • Handle panoramic video in HTML5 (more efficient and better quality most of time than Flash), and support mobile devices with WebGL (iOS8, Android Chrome, Android Firefox) and specific handling for iPhore due to usual stupid multiple restrictions you can expect from Apple !
  • New video interface (direct seek, change of video quality, mobile support, projection menu, flat view for move and zoom if WebGL is handled by device).
  • Able to display now both spherical and cylindrical panoramas in HTML5, and dynamic transitions between spherical and flat views.
  • Contextual customisable menu for touch devices.
  • Gyroscope compatible with Android Chrome, Android Firefox and Windows Phone.
  • Customisation of language and controls with Google Maps and Bing.
  • Numerous enhancements both with performance and rendering.

Now you just need to update your KRPano to enjoy all these new features 😉 If you already own KRPano license or one of Panotour Pro, you just need to download latest release from website editor and start coding :)

Froide Pisse’s Waterfall in Summer

Spherical panorama shot near Saint Christophe en Oisans on June 22nd 2012 with direct view at Froide Pisse (Cold Pee in english 😉 waterfall.

Technicals details:

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Cascade de la Froide Pisse 44.952588, 6.176562


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Panotools in less than two weeks now !

Here we are, less than two weeks for Panotools 2014 that will take place in an unique place in Paris at Cité du Cinéma 😉 It’s an unique opportunity to meet Panophotographs community, using Panotools, PTGui, Hugin and others VideoStitch, and to discover latest techonology innovations !

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Special offer: Autopano Giga offered with each iStar !

To celebrate release of update 3.6 of Autopano Giga, that includes now dedicated import plugin for iStar, SkiVR offers you one free licence of software for each iStar bought for a limited time !

So now, you’ll be able easily and quickly to stitch your panoramas and also to do it in industrial way if needed with batch stitcher included in Autopano Giga.

And if you decide to build virtual tours with all these panoramas, you’ll be eligible also for a very nice discount on Panotour Pro, best on market virtual tour builder, based on world famous engine KRPano !



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