Creating interactive objects

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Summary

  1. Enter editing mode, select “Create overlay”
  2. Select type of interactive object you would like to draw, press on the surface you want it to be
  3. Use right mouse button on overlay to move, scale or rotate the object
  4. Use left mouse button to edit overlay properties or add actions, images, videos. etc.
  5. You can copy or delete object using right mouse button dropdown menu

Full guide

Overlay is an interactive 3d object which exist in the same space as 3d model of a tour. Thus it may follow the geometry of underlying 3d model, react to camera movement and interact with 3d objects.

Every overlay has two distinctive parts. First part is a visual options (whether it is text or image, its size, position, how it will react when mouse hover will happen, etc.), second part is an action which will happen when you interact with overlay. You can use overlays to showcase furniture, open images, videos, websites, etc.

Start with entering editing mode (you can learn more about editing mode in this article). Press “Create overlay” icon in the toolbar, you will see dropdown menu of available overlay types:

Select type of object you would like to draw and place it on the desired surface. Different overlay types will have different visual properties, most of them are very straightforward, like text color, line width, etc. All overlay types share the same settings for adding Actions.

It is best to show how it works with an example you may try within your own tours. Let’s say you want to connect your interior 3d tour with 3d tour of a lobby to create an immersive experience for a customer. Let’s start with drawing an image on the apartment exit:

By default you will see a “Target” image when drawing an image overlay. Press left mouse button to access overlay options. Let’s change image with something more appropriate and add some guidance for tour viewers:

From this menu you can access such options as:

  • Add hover hint - text tooltip, that will appear when mouse hovering on the overlay
  • Change image type with some templates we provide or upload your own image
  • Change image size
  • “Enable perspective” flag (image will stick to the surface when disabled, behaving like 2d object. It will behave like 3d object, when enabled)
  • “Face to camera” flag (image will always face the camera, when enabled, it will rotate and adjust to the viewer location)

When uploading custom images you may upload a second image to be displayed when mouse will hover over it. In our example “Door” template already have second image, thus icon will show opened door, when mouse cursor hovers over an icon.

After we’ve changed the image and tooltip, let’s change image position as well:

Press right mouse button on overlay to access dropdown menu. From this menu you can move, scale and rotate the object with different transform helpers. Press Save when you are satisfied with the result or press cancel to discard changes.

You can also delete or copy an object from this menu. You can draw a leg (arrow) from overlay to any object in the scene, leg options will appear in Editing image menu. To remove the leg, remove “Show leg” flag in the menu.

Finally let’s add an action to the overlay. Click on the overlay with left mouse button and select “Action” tab:

Press “Add new” to create a new one, than press pencil icon to start editing this action. First, type action name and select it’s type:

Each type of action has its own set of settings, most of them are quite straightforward. Here is a quick description:

  • Go to another tour\Go to another multitour:

    Allows to travel to existing tour\multitour located in your account. Select a tour from the list, select starting point and where in browser to open a new tour (current window/new window). You can set flag “keep camera position” to preserve initial camera direction

  • Open link

    Opens any http link, specified in action settings. Paste the link, select where in browser to open it (current window/new window/parent window)

  • Go to point

    Opens specific point in a tour. Press “Set”, travel to required location in a tour and press save. When action will play, viewer will move to the specified point.

  • Open popup

    Opens new popup window, which may contain any kind of information - new tours, embedded web pages, text, etc. Select popup type, visual options, header and add embedded content. Commonly used to add media content from other websites, without directly uploading the content to the tour.

  • Play video/Play audio

    Use to upload video or audio content to the tour. Upload file and select popup window size for video.

In our example we want to travel to a different tour by pressing interactive object. This is what action settings will look like:

This is just a single example of what you can do with an overlay system. Use these tools creatively to get the most out of your 3d scenes.