We are a geological non-profit and have recently started using Gigapan images to highlight geological sections and specimens for educational purposes.
The Gigapan software is somewhat limiting and the company itself has not completed any developments since 2014. Other software options do not seem to work with what we are looking to achieve.
Our images can be of entire landscapes right down to individual fossils. At this time, descriptions of the images sit within the text on the website, but we would like to find a way to incorporate and make it interactive. For an example of one of our images, see here: [login to view URL]
Gigapan images stitch individual pictures together in order to make a high-quality, zoomable panorama that records some very fine details in a big scene.
What we would like to see if we can do:
- Hotspots: create a clickable point on the image that allows information to 'pop up' about that particular point. The pop ups should host text, images and links.
- Drawings: It would be great to be able to add simple lines to an image to highlight features, such as geological structures. This could be presented as an overlay that the user can turn on or off.
Our website is hosted through Wordpress, and we are currently uploading the original GigaPans to the GigaPan website, then embedding via a link in an iFrame. We are very open to finding a way to host the GigaPan images on our own server in order to have more control over them, in case the GigaPan company declines further and perhaps disappears.
We are also wanting to keep this as accessible as possible - some work arounds have included Flash but obviously this is not ideal as it would exclude some users.
We are looking for ideas here to see if it is even possible. As we are a non-profit, we are keen to keep costs relatively low.
This project will only be awarded if we are confident that the developer can deliver what is requested, although we are open to discussions about other options or workarounds, even finding a way to annotated the image files in Photoshop and then reloading them to a server. Any examples of similar programming work appreciated in your bid.
We are generating data at this time for a Heritage Project, and so are keen to have a working program as soon as possible to enable us to share the data!
We have some examples uploaded on our website at [login to view URL] to give you an idea of what we are producing.
Looking forward to hearing ideas!