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A few questions on HDView and hdmake

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  • I recently found out about HDView Photoshop Plugin and hdmake utility, and greatly appreciate them

    I have a few questions

    • When I generate an HDView output from ICE, the resulting Web page opens up without any warning.
    • When I generate and HDView output from the PS plugin or hdmake, when opening the resulting Web page I get an Active X blocked content warning, and I have to manually accept the blocked content.
    • Is there a way to change the output of the HDView PS plugin and hdmake to avoid that warning ?
    • Is there a plan (or a way) to add the possibility inside ICE of creating hot spots in an HD View panorama, so that when clicking on that spot in HD View, it would launch another HD View sequence.

         Like have an HD View of the outside of a home, click on the door, it launches the HD View of the Inside, Click on the backdoor, open the HD View of the Garden...Similar to what exist in quicktime VR, allowing to create Virtual tours

     

    Things that would be nice to have:

    • hdmake does not seem to be multithreaded (maxed at 50% on dual core), is there a plan for it ? (would be nice given this is most useful on large compositions which can take some time)
    • I tested hdmake on a 40k by 40k composition made of 2025 (45x45) images. Unfortunately, probably because of argument length limit, I could not go above 45x20 (900 images) after that it would return an error.
    • It would be nice to add an option to -srcgrid, that would allow to use a txt file with the list of images to use, so we would not be limited by the number of images to assemble in a grid.

     

    Congratulation for an amazingly efficient piece of SW.

    Thanks

    Saturday, July 25, 2009 10:45 PM

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  • Thank you for this detailed feedback.  Let me try to answer what I can ...

    > When I generate an HDView output from ICE, the resulting Web page opens up without any warning.

    There is an option when you click on "HD View Settings" you should deselect "Open browser to preview panorama after export completes"

    > When I generate and HDView output from the PS plugin or hdmake, when opening the resulting Web page I get an Active X blocked content warning, and I have to manually accept the blocked content.

    By default IE will generate this warning (i'm not sure what the other browsers do).  If you want to disable this warning - in IE navigate to Tools>Internet Options>Advanced Tab and select under the Security settings "Allow active content to run in files on My Computer"  

    Of course the IE team disabled this by default for a reason, so if you enable this setting you may be more susceptible to malicious software.

    > Hot Spots

    Sorry, but there is no current plan to add this directly into HD View.  However, we do work closely with the Photosynth team, so perhaps this feature will come in a future integration with Photosynth.

    > hdmake does not seem to be multithreaded 

    you are correct it is not multi-threaded.  we hope to address this in an upcoming release.

    option to -srcgrid

    wow you are really pushing this option to the limit.  i didn't know if anyone was using -srcgrid, i believe that you are the first person to provide feedback on it.  the text fle option is a good suggestion, we can certainly look at adding this.

    Thanks again for the feedback.  

    -Matt
    Monday, July 27, 2009 3:17 AM
  • Thanks,

    I can change the explorer settings, but my point was why does the page generated by ICE output does not create the warning. I am not using the option "Open browser to preview panorama after export completes". If I manually launch the page that was created by ICE, I get no warning, if I manually open the page created by hdmake, I do. So I was thinking there must be something different in the way they are generated.

    Apreciate the help

    PS: regarding srcgrid, this is a key option. Very large composition (which hdmake is the only utility able to handle) usually have to be broken in pieces both from file size limitation (like jpeg), and convenience of editing before assembly (like with Photoshop). So it is essential to have the ability to break down a large composition in pieces, and then assemble it into one HDView page with srcgrid. The ability to have a text file for large file list wuld be one big help, and eventually you could also add some more elaborate way to assemble images via command line :) Discovering hdmake, I was finally able to create an HDview page for an 8.1Gp mosaic (112kx73k) assembled from 15 pieces !
    • Edited by scrambler Monday, July 27, 2009 6:26 PM
    Monday, July 27, 2009 5:13 AM
  • The difference is ICE adds the "Mark of the Web" to the HTML:

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms537628(VS.85).aspx

    namely, the HTML comment right below <!DOCTYPE>:

    <!-- saved from url=(0014)about:internet -->

    That gets rid of the IE warning, but it also disables popups (e.g. "Save Specific View") when running locally.  So, we took it out by default, but feel free to add it back in if you're not running locally.

    --Howard

     

    Thursday, July 30, 2009 7:47 PM
  • Great, this is the info I was looking for
    Thanks
    Thursday, July 30, 2009 8:37 PM