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Google Analytics is a great tool for tacking website performance. There are plenty of parameters and behaviors you can track in order to understand how users interact with websites and individual pages within websites.

Now you have the opportunity to add your Tracking ID to your 360Cities account (only for PRO and Company users) and start getting the stats of your panorama pages in your Google Analytics account.



  • What Google Analytics can do for you?

Google Analytics provides you with data and statistics about viewers who visit your panoramas. You will be able to see how many people view your panoramas, where they come from, how long they stay on your panorama pages and much more.

  • How to get your Google Analytics ID?

Access your existing Google Analytics account or create a new Google Analytics account. > At the top bar, select Admin.

There are three columns: Account, Property, and View. Go to the Property column, select the dropdown menu and then click on “create new property”.

You will have to answer some questions:

  • “What would you like to track?” -> Website
  • “Website Name” -> Whatever you want
  • “Website URL” -> Select https, enter
  • “Industry category”, “Reporting Time Zone” -> Whatever you want
  • Click on “Get Tracking ID”

Scroll up to the top and you will be given an ID in the following format: UA-19566883-3

Copy and paste the ID you receive into the box on the page.

More info here. 

I was going to show Airpano for some friends but after trying it I had to give up. The settings for flash are screwed up and the performance very bad. Sergey Semenov please check. I am on a new imac 27. I also installed last flash to be sure that this is not the problem. See More

What’s your favorite rig for video 360′s? Anything decent for $1,000 or less? Those GoPro mount rigs seem a little steep considering they don’t include the cameras…

On back from ‪#‎ivrpa2015‬ – My take of the Prague Astronomical Clock – Pražský orloj. Don’t forget to bring your cell phone! | Astronomical Clock
An interactive panoramic photo of Prague Astronomical Clock – Pražský orloj, Prague, Czech Republic


Jaime Brotons Cano via PanoramicasAereas

Some panoramas from the land of Don Quijote
Panorámicas aéreas de los molinos de Consuegra y Castillo de la Muela, Toledo

I spent the weekend at a fly-in on a friend’s private airfield. Had a great time! Took this panorama and a bunch of other photos you can see here (also a larger version that you can zoom and pan around in):…/Grignons-2015-Flyin/1 row, 22 columns, 467 megapixels, Nikon D810, Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm, f/11, ISO 250, 1/400 shutter speed. Stitched and blended with PTGui.

Aaron Priest's photo.

inside an inflatable art instillation at a music festival. It would have been easier but the colors kept changing and I was shooting it hand held. its about 300×180º view. Brian Drourr Photography

Brian Drourr's photo.
I posted a picture taken with the Theta S on reddit. Best viewed with a Google Cardboard or Oculus Rift.
1 points and 1 comments so far on reddit

Sunset over a cinder cone out in the Mojave Desert on Route 66

A 360 panorama of the sunset and moonrise at Amboy Crater Amboy Crater National Natural Landmark is out on Route 66
in the Mojave Desert. You can hike to the top of the 250′ cinder cone, but we just ate sandwiches in the parking lot…


Paul Footleg shared his photo.

Finally converted my cave panoramics virtual tour to HTML using the updated krpano viewer and got it all working on touch screen mobile devices. So how can hopefully be viewed on most devices. Jump straight in via this link: or find links to specific images in the comments in my caving album

Paul Footleg's photo.

Paul Footleg with Peter Clewes

Paul Dold and I were rather excited when we discovered this beautiful bit of new cave in July this year.
It is just a pretty looking the other way too, but you … See More
Getting up close with a couple of Little Planets from Banksy’s Dismaland Tour I’ve got coming down the line.
Matt Kaye's photo.
Matt Kaye's photo.
Google views now integrated in Google maps. Implementation not terminated still a lot open to desire, but sure a boost in views numbers is visible. Here my graph, daily views are now between 100000 and 200000
Willy Kaemena's photo.
I have a question regarding Google Trusted photographers – do they set their own prices for panoramas or are they somehow “prescribed” by Google? I was just wondering because I tried several times to join the program but never really got a response (except the automated one – we received you request and are looking into it.) So I thought perhaps there are too many in the area (unlikely in North Wales but possible). There are some – and on one of the web sites I saw the offer … See More
Anyone used this software? Had a client’s client ask for images in Skybox format. Skybox format is simply cube faces, but a branding name perhaps to confuse buyers. I don’t really see anything here that would justify the high price or could not be done without this. Am I wrong?
360/VR Plugin Suite for After Effects. *To upgrade from SkyBox-select from dropdown menu below.


Chicago, earlier in September. Who else likes the challenge of crowds?
Tom Lassiter's photo.


Stefano Gelli shared Panoramiche sferiche e 360‘s photo.

Guinigi Tower in a very windy day. I have had some problem with leaves … Enjoy!
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I just noticed that the last model of my Sai custom made panohead is with rotator very usefull for cha cha method of shooting stereo with invisible tripod

Here are my panoramas from Norway tagged with Norway by the way, captured by the way smile emoticonAs an electrical technician in mobile communications I have the opportunity to travel a lot (sometimes more than 2000km per week) and take a photo of some interesting landscape. A lot of my panoramas are handheld, some not, because business is first than pleasure.


Vladimir Kushnarev

The Eshtykkel trakt. One of the most beautiful places on the route of our expedition. Panorama stitched with10 vertical frames.
Vladimir  Kushnarev's photo.
Eclipse tonight
Total eclipse of the moon over Lake Erie
Portuguese Only / sorry smile emoticon – Quick 360º tour of a small fishing village in Algarve, Portugal, called Salema. 2 Versions, Desktop and VR / Smartphone Version . Enjoy and Relax smile emoticon For Travel and Leisure is one of best Secret Beaches on Earth smile emoticon I confirm…/best-secret-beaches-on-…/6
Segundo dizem, é uma das praias mais secretas do mundo
This “stuff” ( ) is going to stereo and VR goggles ready … can’t wait the season to start…yeah! (now a ‘hunt’ for people to help me… suffer, pain, hunger, thirst… and no paid job … Avanti Popolo! )
Boštjan Burger's photo.



Tom Poole

Can anyone recall an online website where the menu was a panoramic image? Few years back, you had all the hyperlinks in effect on the inside of the sphere and could click into the article. Can’t find it frown emoticon

Backstage photos of the MINI BMW stand at the IAA. 24 hour project. more details down.
Visual Solutions 360's photo.

Visual Solutions 360 with Jann Lipka and 4 others at IAA Frankfurt

I share with you some of the backstage photos and experiences of the shooting of the BMW Mini
stand at the international car show at Frankfurt IAA: After waiti… See More

Hello, even if I do 360° photography since years, I’m a total newcomer to 360° video. As I’m in testing phase, I have to start on low budget. I’d like to know if it’s possible to start with a config of 6 Xiaomi Yi Cam + the rig showed here :…/pp_230439.html or do you think it’s a wast of time ?

I like this. Do you think I should buy it?
Test shooting pano using iPhone 6s, resolution is 62MP (
Moafaq Jamal Ashshareef's photo.

Ali Zareiee shared his video.

Amy Chmelecki in Redbull Air Force smile emoticon Spectacular scenes.

Someday, all webcams will be this awesome.
See Seattle in surroundview! #spaceneedle


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Honda USA site has launched panorama tour of the Honda Collection Hall. I took the panorama at the end of the last year. There are a lot of contents such as the inside of the car and running scene. There is also a giga pixel panorama in racing motor cycle on the third floor. See More


Honda Collection Hall – Virtual Gallery – Honda

Journey through a 360 degree view of Honda’s museum gallery, the Honda Collection Hall. Browse restored vehicles, power products and racing…
My last Flying Willy. From the top of a building. I’ve made 8 pictures, but stitched only 7 to complete the panorama. The nadir got a little unreal, but I think it is “ok enough” smile emoticon and didn’t need a cap. VR Ready with new krpano 1.19-pr3. Sorry for not sending the direct link nor a link to an english post, but I think that you might be interested in other things published there, like the equipment used, a little planet version, the picture of the building from wh… See More
Oi pessoal, começo explicando o “quase” no título. Essa foto não é aérea, foi tirada de cima de um prédio, sem sequer um mastro.
O truque está em como foi fotografada e na montagem, que faz o prédi…


360Cities, the world’s largest collection of high resolution, beautiful 360-degree panoramas, is showcasing our unique library of hundreds of thousands of interactive 360-degree images on the Oculus platform. Many of our most engaging panoramas, created by a growing community of thousands of expert panorama photographers all over the world, have already been unveiled in the Oculus 360 Photos app on Samsung’s Gear VR Innovator Edition, and the number is increasing weekly.


In addition to the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition, viewers will be able to experience 360Cities’ panoramic imagery on the consumer version of the Oculus Rift, slated for release in Q1 2016.


360Cities has been the publishing platform of choice for serious VR photographers since it was founded in 2007. We’ve managed to amass a unique library of awesome high-res 360 spherical photos from virtually every country on the planet. Our growing community of expert VR enthusiasts welcomes the opportunity to have their work appear on the Oculus virtual reality platform.


Matthew Rogers does unholy things with Canon and Nikon 

Matthew Rogers's photo.

Thierry Lechanteur in Liège, Belgium

September 13 at 11:34pm: My first test of directional sound with
L’Abbaye Saint-Jacques. 1000 ans d’architecture, d’art et d’histoire.

Kay Bin Kow says,

Hello fellow friends, I made this virtual tour recently for my client, comprise of 30+ scenes.
Take our virtual tour from the comfort of your own armchair to get a sense of what it is like to study at IMU. If you like what you have seen, come and visit in person to experience the campus for yourself.

Jerome Boccon-Gibod says,

360 panoramas controlled by Leap Motion!
Jerome Boccon-Gibod's photo.

Zeljko Soletic says,

Yesterday at 11:54am: I was shooting this handheld, and I noticed that it might be better to shoot panos with panohead, as it is not possible to stitch in all stitching programs -
Evening at Valamar Lacroma Resort

Rui HerrPedro says,

16 hrs · Lisbon, Portugal: Instalation de feu. Fire art @ Lumina 2015 , Light Festival in Cascais, Portugal
Instalation de feu, Lumina 2015, moat of the Citadel, Cascais -

Luca Vascon asks,

kodak sp360 anyone? Is it good or crap?


Kodak licensee JK Imaging has introduced the PixPro SP360-4K camera, a variation of its PixPro SP360 Action Camera model that includes a 4K resolution option for still images and video. The camera comes with desktop software that… DPREVIEW.COM

Carlos Cartola says,

A small tour at Egypcian area at NY MetMuseum 2014 with my kids.

4 or 5 images at each pano. Minor post editing in all of them. Cam: Canon 5D mk III…

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Herman Desmet via Brusselsfromabove

Yesterday at 10:12am: Flying Willy from the outer gallery at the rooftop of the Palace of Justice. 16 photos stiched together with Autopano Giga, corrected in Photoshop, rendered with Panotour pro.
360 degree panoramas from the rooftop of the Palace of Justice in Brussels

Gumir Jamil reveals Canon’s new VR headset

Canon’s VR periscope lets you peek into other worlds in high-definition.

Gerald Donovan suggests making some rules about how we count the pixels

September 12 at 7:26am:I think it’s about time this community established some “rules” about how to count pixels when making claims for gigapixel images. I see from the latest Kolor email circular that there’s 100GP image of Hamburg recently gone live - Now let me get this out of the way right up front. There’s no questioning that this is a really nice piece of work, so well done to the team behind this. It’s great to see such high quality in a gigapixel. See More
Entdecke die schönste Stadt der Welt aus ungewöhnlicher Perspektive – Hamburg anders erleben!

John P. F. Warkentin says,

September 14 at 8:09am: Testing out the Nodal Ninja Travel Pole on FF at 135mm using the tripod mounting kit.

1/320th and no vibration issues. See More

John P. F. Warkentin's photo.

Tom Poole says,

September 14 at 10:12pm: Just spotted this cool project
“Apollo: The Panoramas” Hardcover Book of stunning photos

Sam Rohn says,

September 6 at 2:14amNew Kodak Pixpro SP360-4K
JK Imaging has announced the latest version of its 360-degree-shooting Kodak action cameras, the Pixpro SP360-4K. As those last digits in the name suggest, the new model makes the jump to recording its spherical content in 4K.GIZMAG.COM

Alf Randell says,

Yesterday at 12:32am: Panoramic of Castle rock with the Priest and Nuns. Shot with sony nex 7 and 105 mm f2.8 smc takumar lens.
Alf Randell's photo.

Ali Zareiee brings out another helmet-mounted vr camera video

Shot with Nimbus VR YOUTUBE.COM

Gregg Katano via Unofficial Cardboard

September 14 at 2:45pm: Flickr wants you to explore photos in VR
Flickr is planning to implement a VR experience for its photos.

Boštjan Burger shared The World Wide Panorama‘s photo.

August 20 at 4:44pm: Just a notice that the September 30th is very close – “Peace”. Keith Martin wrote a nice essay about the upcoming event:…/…/NextEvent.html
The World Wide Panorama's photo.

We have now made it possible for you to easily access all of your panorama details. By downloading a .csv file, you will see an overview of all of the data of your panoramas. This will allow you to keep better track of your images, their status, and their metadata. At a glance you’ll be able to check if any of your panoramas is unpublished, if descriptions, titles or tags are missing. All you need to do is click on “Download .csv summary”.


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Note this feature is only available for PRO and COMPANY users.

  • The annual PANOTOOLS MEETING has finally been announced, only days in advance of the actual event, but hey, better late than never: It will be held August 24-26 in lovely Ljubljana Slovenia, and hosted by the great pioneer VR Photographer Bostjan Burger.


  • Zeljko Soletic complains that shooting panoramas from a pole is too complicated (I tend to agree, actually) but comes out with a nice result:

  • Tom Sharpless, the mad tinkerer, proposes his own pole solution, which is a surveyor’s pole:


Tom Sharpless continues his experiments using dual Sony NEX-5n to make stereo panoramic photos. Do you have a Gear VR? Check it out.

You can also join the discussion on Facebook.


Ariel Mikel presents his new site, Ciudad Esferica, with lots of beautiful 360 photos from Argentina:


Szymon Madej makes his first Milky Way Panorama:


Zeljko Soletic publishes more “Mcdonalds” panoramas (i.e. shot and processed very quickly) which always erupts into a big fight on Facebook, :-)


Florian Knorn publishes some panoramas he shot in Cesky Krumlov, at the tail end of the IVRPA Prague meeting. I had a great time with Florian, meeting him in person for the first time after communicating with him for many years online.


Ivan Pedretti publishes an amazing photo of the Aurora on 500px


Google Views, the Google platform for sharing 360 photos, is being folded into Google Maps. More on the Google Maps G+ page.

Advertising agencies, digital publishers, mobile and VR developers among others all use 360Cities to search for and license panoramas for use in campaigns, publications, games etc. You can increase the chances that your images will be selected for licensing by our customers by asking the following questions:


  1. Are your images enabled for licensing? It’s easy to do – here’s how.

  2. Have you added tags to all your images? Our customers often do searches specific to the type of image, or image content, and not simply geographic location. Adding tags helps them find your images.

  3. Have you entered your metadata correctly? Correctly spelled titles, a good description, and proper map placement all increase the chances of your images being licensed. Read all about proper metadata here.

  4. Have you published any panos recently? Probably the single most important thing you can do to increase your chances of licensing panoramas is to publish lots of beautiful, well-executed images of remarkable and interesting places and events – wherever you are!

If any of your images have been licensed in the past, you will have received a royalty payment from 360Cities via Paypal. Now you can review details of your licensing history in your account page by clicking Settings / Licensing.


The images here are all 360º Panoramas. Click to open them.

CLICK IMAGE TO OPEN 360º PANORAMA. Photographed by Harbert F. Austin Jr. from the roof of the Kodo elementary School October, 1945. Location: Nekoya-cho. Distance from hypocenter: approx. 760m. The start of restoration work by the citizens in the aftermath of the bomb can be observed as people cross bridges, ride bicycles, and walk about.

One day last year, a friend of mine stumbled across one of these images. Knowing that I am always interested in seeing historical 360º photos, he sent me the link. Panoramic photography has existed for more than a century, but I had not seen these before.  Looking at these images, turning them around in a circle, is the strongest reminder I have had in a very long time of the real power of photography. The image above, even more so than all the other ones, is one of the most heartbreaking images I have ever seen.

I contacted the man running the site where the image was located. His name is Steven Starr, and he teaches at the University of Missouri. His website,, is a resource for anyone who is interested in the danger of existing nuclear arsenals currently held in the world.

Steven directed me to Mari Shimomura of the Hiroshima Peace Museum. I explained to Ms. Shimomura of my desire to publicize these images more widely, and she was kind enough to send me high-resolution scans of photos comprising five different 360º panoramas shot about 6 months after Hiroshima was destroyed. The images were shot by three different American photographers, and one Japanese photographer.

The Japanese photographer, Shigeo Hayashi, said this:

On October 1, 1945, I stood at the hypocenter of the Hiroshima atomic bombing and made a slow revolution. In that instant I had a difficulty grasping that this city had been felled by a single explosion. Nothing in my experience had prepared me to conceive of that magnitude of destructive force.

Working as an army engineer for three years, I had dealt with explosive materials on a daily basis, and I thought I knew their power. Standing there, I simply could not accept at an emotional level that a single bomb had done all this.

(taken from Shigeo Hayashi’s “Approaching Ground Zero” in Hiroshima and Nagasaki: the Atomic Bombings as Seen through Photographs and Artwork, Nihontosho Center.)

The panorama below was shot from a watchtower of the Hiroshima Prefectural Commerce Association. The building you see in this image still stands today:

CLICK IMAGE TO OPEN 360º PANORAMA. Photographed by Shigeo Hayashi from a watchtower of the Hiroshima Prefectural Commerce Association, October 5, 1945. Location: Moto-machi. Distance from hypocenter: approx. 260m.

(You can also see more recent photos of the above place on Google Maps.)


CLICK IMAGE TO OPEN 360º PANORAMA.  Photographed by Shigeo Hayashi from the roof of new Chugoku Shimbun building.

The following two images were taken by American photographers (one of them is anonymous)

CLICK IMAGE TO OPEN 360º PANORAMA.  Photographed by H. J. Peterson in November 1945 from the roof of the Fukuya Department Store. Distance from hypocenter: approx. 710m.


Here is Ground Zero (the Hypocenter)

CLICK IMAGE TO OPEN 360º PANORAMA.  Ground Zero. Photographed by US Army. from the hypocenter area – Shima Hospital October, 1945


Special thanks to the Hiroshima Peace Museum.

Special thanks to Steven Starr /

The Curiosity robot created by NASA landed on Mars three years ago. It has been sending images to us and our Maestro photographer, Andrew Bodrov, has been using them to create these amazing panoramas from out of this world. Andrew has even created a gigapixel of the Martian surface.

We have compiled these three years of Martian images on Enjoy the view of the red planet!

NASA’s Mars Exploration Program (source images: NASA/JPL-Caltech)


Mars Panorama – Curiosity rover: Martian solar day 2

With its rover named Curiosity, Mars Science Laboratory mission is part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the red planet. Curiosity was designed to assess whether Mars ever had an environment able to support small life forms called microbes. In other words, its mission is to determine the planet’s “habitability.”


Mars Panorama – Curiosity rover

This panorama was released 23.08.2012 and updated 30.08.2012. I have enhanced colors to be corresponded with colors used by NASA. This is very hi-resolution panorama 30000×15000 pixels. I used to stitch it 138 source images (1200x1200px) from the 34-millimeter Mast Camera on NASA’s Curiosity rover.


Mars Gigapixel Panorama – Curiosity rover: Martian solar days 136-149

4 billion pixels panoramas of Mars. The images for panorama obtained by the two rover’s Mast Cameras:

  • Narrow Angle Camera (NAC), which has a 100 mm focal length
  • Medium Angle Camera (MAC), which has a 34 mm focal length

The mosaic, which stretches 90000×45000 pixels, includes 295 images from NAC taken on Sols 136-149 and 112 images from MAC taken on Sol 137.


Mars Panorama – Curiosity rover: Martian solar day 177

Curiosity Rover’s Self Portrait at “John Klein” Drilling Site: This self-portrait of NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity combines 66 exposures taken by the rover’s Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) during the Sol 177th of Curiosity’s work on Mars (Feb. 3, 2013). The rover is positioned at a patch of flat outcrop called “John Klein”, which was selected as the site for the first rock-drilling activities by Curiosity. The self-portrait was acquired to document the drilling site.


Mars Panorama – Curiosity rover: Martian solar day 437

The images for panorama obtained by the rover’s 34-millimeter Mast Camera. The mosaic, which stretches about 30,000 pixels width, includes 101 images taken on Sol 437.



Mars Panorama – Curiosity rover: Martian night

Digital Art Compilation

  • Curiosity Rover’s Self Portrait at “John Klein” Drilling Site NASA’s Mars Exploration Program (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)
  • VISTA telescope: 9 billion pixel photo of a Milky Way European Southern Observatory (Image credit: ESO/VVV Consortium, Ignacio Toledo, Martin Kornmesser)


Mars Panorama – Curiosity rover: Martian solar day 613

Curiosity Rover’s Self Portrait at “Windjana” Drilling Site. Everybody’s doing selfies: Curiosity’s Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) took frames on Sol 613 (April 27, 2014).

Windjana is a possible target for drilling on a sandstone outcrop at Mount Remarkable. The rover’s robotic arm is not visible in the mosaic. MAHLI, which took the component images for this mosaic, is mounted on a turret at the end of the arm. Wrist motions and turret rotations on the arm allowed MAHLI to acquire the mosaic’s component images. The arm was positioned out of the shot in the images or portions of images used in the mosaic.

The images for full panorama obtained by the rover’s 34-millimeter Mast Camera. The mosaic, which stretches about 30,000 pixels width, includes 138 images taken on Sol 610.


Mars Panorama – Curiosity rover: Martian solar day 739

The images for panorama obtained by the rover’s 34-millimeter Mast Camera. The mosaic, which stretches about 30,000 pixels width, includes 133 images taken on Sol 739. Curiosity has almost reached an ingress point into Armargosa Valley. To get into the valley, Curiosity will have to cross some fairly rough terrain, but this also provides an opportunity to analyze the bedrock as we go.


Mars Panorama – Curiosity rover: Martian solar day 868


Curiosity Rover’s Self Portrait at “Mojave” Drilling Site. This panorama combines 65 exposures taken by the rover’s Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) during the Sol 868 of Curiosity’s work on Mars (January 14, 2015).


Mars Panorama – Curiosity rover: Martian solar day 952

Chapter 14: Pahrump Hills. The images for panorama obtained by the rover’s 34-millimeter Mast Camera. The mosaic, which stretches about 30,000 pixels width, includes 135 images taken on Sol 952. The Curiosity Mars Science Laboratory rover just passed the 10 kilometers (6.214 miles) mark for total driving since its touchdown in August 2012. The panorama was acquired at the end of a marathon “Artists Drive” en-route to “Logan Pass”.


Mars Panorama – Curiosity rover: Martian solar day 1065

Curiosity Rover’s Self Portrait at “Buckskin” Drilling Site. Curiosity Rover have reached milestone 3 years on Mars! As of today, Sol 1065, August 4, 2015, Curiosity has driven some 11 kilometers and taken over 256,000 amazing images. This panorama 92 exposures taken by the rover’s Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) during the Sol 1065 of Curiosity’s work on Mars (August 4, 2015).