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Jan Dolk is the first photographer to publish a free tour offered last week to 360 Cities PRO account holders.

The “Cala Mayor and Surroundings Virtual Tour” is taken in Mallorca and contains 10 panos including a couple of hotels and the smallest beach in Mallorca. Check it out. Jan, where are you going to embed the tour so we can add a link to the website? :)

Who is going to be the next PRO account? We want to blog about your tours!

Cala Mayor and Surroundings Virtual Tour

Here’s a deal we’ve cooked for our new PRO account holders. Free virtual tour embedding!


- All 360 Cities PRO account holders can apply

- The offer is valid from now till the end of July 2010. You must submit the URL of your virtual tour during this time via the contact form (select I want to order a virtual tour there). You can also contact us directly.

- Virtual tour is a group of panoramic images that can be interlinked with arrows.

- You can add business information, address, phone number, logo, floor plan, etc. to your tour

- If can be an existing tour or a new tour you create before the offer expires

- Maximum 10 panoramas per tour, please

- 1 tour per PRO account

- The tours can be commercial or not (in another words: you can create a tour of a hotel or of your favorite walk in the forest, we don’t care), we encourage you to create a commercial one though

- We will activate the the embed code for 2 years. After two years, you can decide to extend the embedding or not (for 9 EUR / panorama / year).

- You can embed the virtual tour in a website of your choice

- If you want us to feature the tour on this blog (we’d be happy to!) it must look reasonably nice

How to build a virtual tour?

Read a complete guide for building virtual tours.

Happy tour building!

Here’s our newest update on upcoming PRO accounts. If you are currently using 360 Cities for showing business panoramas or if you are planning to do that in the future, this should help you to synchronize your plans with ours. If you don’t want to pay or if you don’t see value in PRO accounts for you, don’t worry. We will always have a free account for you, so you can skip this article completely.

PRO Account Features

Business Pano Publishing

When you pay for a pro account, you can publish your business panos to 360 Cities. There is no additional fee for publishing individual images.

Entrance Hall in South Africa

Business Pano Embedding

The benefit of embedding a panorama is that we have a proven system of publishing a panorama that works in all major browsers, is super-fast and is reliable. When you view a pano, it only downloads data it needs need for your current camera orientation and zoom which saves viewer’s bandwidth. The owner of the website can insert the pano easily like a youtube video with no special technical skills and more importantly - quickly.

Virtual Tour Publishing

Unlimited publishing of virtual tours is included in PRO your account. The changes from our current model are that all virtual tours will have their own public URL so you can send a link to the tour to somebody. Our current business pages will be merged together with virtual tours to simplify the offer.

A screenshot from a virtual tour by Greg Panayotou

Virtual Tour Embedding

All virtual tours that you build will be available for embedding for a new simple embedding pricing

The roadmap (features we are working on):

Embeddable businesses: Our business objects will be renamed to virtual tours to simplify the matters and will be embeddable.

Quick virtual tours: They will be basically our current business pages embeddable into websites. With this tool you will be able to publish awesome embeddable virtual tours in seconds.

Improved tour builder: For more advanced tours, you can still use our Immersive Tour Builder We are planning to improve its user experience.

Preview version of virtual tours: Even though your virtual tours will be published, you’ll have a chance to create a new preview version and the changes won’t be seen live before you commit the changes to the live virtual tour. This will be useful for tweaking virtual tours without affecting the live tour.

Better statistics: Pro accounts will have far better control on where their panorama images and virtual tours are embedded, viewed. We’ll offer a good per-domain stats and embedding setting for virtual tours.

Better integration of virtual tours: Virtual tours will be much more visible on the main site, with links from regular images included in the tour, etc. (more on this later)

More to be announced soon…


360 Cities PRO account will costs 179 EUR / year (that’s about 15 EUR a month).

We’ll have online payments when we officially launch the PRO accounts. Until then however, you can sign up immediately to get access to the new embedding pricing or to support 360 Cities team. Please use the PRO upgrade form to sign up. We’ll send you a PayPal payment order or wire transfer instructions and an invoice if you sign up. For all early adopters we guarantee that the PRO account will expire 12 months from when we officially launch them (not 12 months from the day of the payment).

360 Cities founder and CEO Jeffrey Martin gave a talk at the Tucson 2010 Panoramic Photography Conference on April 15th and unveiled our new and improved offer to the professional panoramic photographer community: 360 Cities PRO accounts.

We will still have free accounts and we’ll keep the ability to publish an unlimited number of panoramas on and on our Google Earth layer (if approved). 360 Cities PRO accounts will be a new addition. PRO accounts are designed for panorama photographers who not only want to publish their general panos, but also want to use 360 Cities as part of their paid work for customers.

The launch date will be announced in the near future. When we launch it we’ll have two kinds of accounts:

  • Free accounts for sharing panoramas with the world, putting them on the 360 Cities map and (if approved) also on Google Earth. Free accounts let you publish any general pano that’s cool or interesting or simply important to you or your friends.
  • PRO accounts have all the functionality of free accounts with the added ability to publish commercial / business panoramas and virtual tours, i.e., of hotels, shops, restaurants, etc.

To sign up for a free account, go to the 360 Cities homepage and click Sign Up or Join.

PRO Accounts: Publish All Your “Business” Panoramas

360 Cities PRO accounts give you the right to publish an unlimited number of “business” panoramas on What is a business panorama? It’s an image of, for example, a restaurant, hotel room, shop, museum, club, bar, etc., that clearly promotes the business it shows. (But a pano of you and your friends having a party in a bar or restaurant probably wouldn’t be considered a business pano.) We will publish a more detailed definition soon. If you’re a free account holder and you upload a business pano, it will remain in your unpublished queue. If you decide to purchase a PRO Account later, your unpublished business panos can then be published.  IMPORTANT: The new definition applies only for panos published after we launch the PRO accounts product — commercial / business panos that have been published before now will remain free.

EXAMPLE BUSINESS PANO: Spa - Hacienda El Carmen in Mexico

PRO Accounts: Publish Your Virtual Tours

All tours published by PRO account members will be included in our new virtual tour hosting layer on 360 Cities. As a PRO account member, you will be able to publish any number of virtual tours that you’ve created using our Immersive Tour Builder. URLs in the new tour layer will look like this: Our current “business pages” will be renamed to virtual tours for the sake of simplicity. Free account members will need to purchase the PRO account if they’d like to publish virtual tours.

EXAMPLE BUSINESS PANO: Seaforth Country Lodge Dining Room in South Africa

PRO Accounts: Embed Your Virtual Tours

As a PRO account member, you’ll be able to embed your business panos and virtual tours into your clients’ websites for a small fee for each embed (prices coming soon). The embedding price will cover one year instead of three years and will be lower than our current price. It will still be possible to embed non-business 360 Cities panoramas in non-commercial websites for free.

Is my panorama a business panorama?

If the main or obvious purpose of the pano is to promote a business, yes. We’ll provide a more detailed definition with examples soon.

When are you going to launch PRO Accounts?

In June 2010 (stay tuned for updates).

I’m currently using 360 Cities to show my portfolio. Do I need to purchase a PRO account?

No. You only need to go PRO when you want to publish “business” panoramas or virtual tours.

What’s the price of a PRO Account?

We’ll reveal the pricing soon, but the cost of a PRO account plus the cost of embedding a virtual tour in a website will be lower than we currently charge for embedding (in some cases much lower). In fact, we think you’ll like the change a lot. If you are really interested in getting started with a PRO account even before we officially launch, contact us to find out more.

Some other Questions?

Ask them below this blog post, we’ll answer them either immediately or in our next blog post about the new PRO accounts.

Update April 29th: Discuss PRO accounts in the forum

To learn more about 360 Cities PRO accounts, keep reading this blog.