Which is the best virtualtour software? In this video I’ll compare not just one or two, but 15 of the most popular options, both free and paid as voted by you guysin the virtual tour Facebook groups. The contenders are, Pano2VR,Matterport, Cupix, Kuula, My360, Google TourCreator, Panoskin, Gothru, 3DVista, Krpano, VeerExperience, Theasys, CloudPano, Marzipano and Orbix360, that’s a lot. And there are actually waymore so apologies to thesoftwares that didn’t make the cut. Some of these include popular softwaresof the past like Kolor Panotour Pro, which is no longer available for saleand Roundme who appeared to be no longer active. So this comparison will give you anoverview of who the main players are right now and what the maindifferences are between them. This is a free video for my brandnew video course, Virtual Tour Pro. So if you got value from it, then it’s not even 1/100th of whatyou’ll learn in the full course. So follow the link in the descriptionto get your copy of the course today. Now the features and prices of theseplatforms are going to change and update a lot in the future, so use this videoas a guide to what they offer today. Then check their individual websiteswhich I’ll link in the description if you’re watching this video in the futureand want to see what they’ve added. Now I can’t compare every single featureof every platform because that would make things extremely complicated, but instead I’ll focus on the mainthings that stood out to me from my time using them, I’ll also sort them into categoriesand give them each ratings out of 10. And here are the factors I’m goingto judge them by. Firstly, price. How good is the priceand more importantly, how much value does itdeliver for that price? I’m also going to include hosting herebecause with some of them it might seem like a great deal at first, but then you have to pay a lot more downthe line to add new tours as well as keep the existing onesonline. Next, is features. How many great features does it havethat will increase the professionalism of the tour? Ease of use. How intuitive is the software to usewithout having to go through hours of tutorials to fully understand how itworks and what the workflow is like? Also, how fast is the overall process fromstart to finish? Photo playback. How good do 360 photos lookwhen uploaded to the platform? This includes not onlydisplaying them at full quality, but things like the ability tocolor correct and fix imperfections, adding photo effects and what theend viewing experience is like, navigating around the 360 photos aswell as the transitions between shots. Interface and graphics. What dothe navigation buttons look like, how professional do the skins look? And skins are essentiallycustomizable menus. How much can you customize other thingslike logos, texts, hotspots, and so on? Finally, the end result. How professional does the tour look whenall of these things are put together into the end user experience? Now I’m going to start by grouping theminto four categories. Beginner free, beginner paid, intermediate, and advanced. Here’s how I see them fitting into each. Now I’ll go through them one by oneand give each software an overall score based on the categories I just mentioned. Then at the end of each section you’llsee a completed table of how each software ranks compared to othersin its category. Spoiler alert, as the video goes on, the scoreswill get better and better,
as the video goes on, the scoreswill get better and better, so be sure to hang around until theend so you can make a fully informed decision and see what all the options are. As well as seeing which of theseplatforms is my personal choice and why. I have my photos from the apartment herethat I edited earlier and I’m going to upload the exact same tour to all ofthese platforms to see the differences. Now let’s get started. The first free software is Google TourCreator and this is made by Google and it allows you to create a super basicvirtual tour. So if we click new tour, we give it a title, we can give it a description anda cover photo and hit create. One interesting thing about this softwareis you don’t actually need your own 360 photos to begin with, you could make a virtual tour of photosthat are already uploaded to Google street view. But it doesn’t really help us becausewe want to create a custom virtual tour using our own images, so we’ll hit upload. And this software is about as simpleas it gets. You import your photos, you do a basic edit within30 seconds and you’re done. However you have to uploadyour photos one by one, which is quite annoying and you only havethe most basic level of customization. We can add audio, we can add a point ofinterest, and this isn’t even a hotspot, it’s just an information card, we can’tcreate hotspots in between photos. All of your photos willshow up down the bottom, then when you publish yourtour, it shows up as a carousel. I don’t really like howmy photos look here, I can tell the quality has beenreduced a bit and when published, it’s even worse than this. It adds this weird nadir for no reasonand this tour just feels so beginnerish, I would not really want to do anykind of virtual tour in this software. If it had a redeeming quality, that would probably be freeGoogle street view upload, but it doesn’t even havethat, I don’t think, I couldn’t see any option here to doit. So I’m sorry Google tour creator, your features are just too basic, this isn’t really usable so Ican’t even give you a 5 out of 10. A much better free software to usewould be Veer Experience and Veer are an established VR company who are nowspecializing in just 360 video content. However, they made this tour a year ago and it’sstill active and you can create some really decent virtual tours in it. What I like about it is that it’s oneof the few platforms to support both 360 photos and videos, as well as 3Dor stereoscopic photos and videos. This is what the editor looks like,it’s really minimal and easy to use. You have all of your photos at thetop and your editor on the left, it’s super easy to add hotspots. Yes,you only have a basic amount of options, but you can add a custom hotspotif you wanted to add a logo. You can add information cardswith videos, photos, and links. You can also add text and imagesthroughout your tour. It’s easy to use, you just click and drag the elements andyou can actually make a halfway decent tour with Veer Experience. Another great feature of Veer is theyhave their own app in the Oculus store, so you can connect your account up in aheadset and download and view your tour in virtual reality, this is especiallygood for 360 video and 3D content, it really comes to life within the Veerapp. And it’s one of the only ones, if not the only one on this entirelist that has its own dedicated VR app. So while I probably wouldn’t useveer experience professionally, I would definitely use it for personaluse because it’s professional enough, it looks good,
it looks good, it looks like you know what you’re doingand is potentially going to be one of the better platform to use if you’remaking a virtual tour made of 360 videos. So definitely do consider VeerExperience, it’s a good software, it’s not great, but it more than doesthe job for a free beginner software. Next is Marzipano and thisis an interesting one becauseone of the more common questions I’ve been getting is can youdownload a tour and host it offline? And this is the very firstsoftware I found that could do it, it’s completely free, you haveto build your tour online, but once it’s built you download it, you can view it offline or youcan upload it to your own server. This is what the editor lookslike, it’s pretty basic, but it does allow the adding of hotspotsand most other things we saw in Veer Experience. As far as I can see, youcan’t customize your tour very much, so we can’t add customhotspots, we can’t add logos. You just upload your photos,you set the initial view, you create a basic hotspotto another part of the tour, you can also add other info hotspots. From looking at some ofthe samples on their site, it looks like you can actuallydo a bit more with hotspots, however you need to code them. So you can’t just drag and drop like alot of the other softwares on this list. So that’s actually a reallycool effect and so is this, but this isn’t an option to dragand drop, you have to code that in. And for someone like me who strugglesto speak the English language sometimes, coding is a no go. Oh that’s cool.Marzipano is definitely a great option and one of the top contendersfor free virtual tour software. The key feature that I think is both ablessing and a curse is the ability to download and hosts offline. That’s a great feature for people whowant to do that, but if you don’t, they don’t offer the option tohost your tours on their site. So basically you’re forced to downloadthe tour and host it elsewhere. So if you want a really fast workflow, then this probably isn’t goingto be the software for you, but if you want to watch back yourvirtual tour directly from your desktop without needing an internet connection, then Marzipano is goingto be your best friend. And I’d suggest using it whenyou specifically need that, you don’t have to use it for every tour, but only when you want offlinetours I would suggest Marzipano. I think Marzipano is a great softwareand it’s really raising the bar for the kinds of tours you can makewithout having to spend a cent. The next free option you shouldconsider is called Orbix 360. And again, this is a super simple dragand drop virtual tour editor. Here’s my tour of the apartment,the dashboard is super simple, we just click editor and straight awaywe’re into it just like the others, we click and drag to move around and wecan position our hotspots anywhere we want. I would say this is a slightly moreadvanced version of Google Tour Creator. With both of them, you could turn arounda virtual tour in under five minutes, I reckon. Again, the customization is only really basicwith only basic hotspots and the graphics are also really basic. One feature I really like about Orbix isyou can add a custom nadir and it moves when you move to photo. Notmany of these softwares do that, so that’s actually a really cool featurefrom a software you don’t have to pay a cent for. Moving around the photosis a little jerky, personally, I prefer a smooth navigationexperience. And yes I’m being picky, but I’m allowed to be because we’ve got15 softwares and some of the others have
free game download app for pc but I’m allowed to be because we’ve got15 softwares and some of the others have
but I’m allowed to be because we’ve got15 softwares and some of the others have super smooth navigation that actuallymakes the photos feel higher quality because you’re having asmoother interactive experience.Here’s the final tour, it looks okay, not amazing, but again, this is going to be goodenough for personal use, I wouldn’t use thisfor client work though. It just doesn’t have enough professionalfeatures and also it doesn’t have too many unique selling points abovethe other softwares on this list. Orbix is a decent option for completebeginners who want a super simple interface, however, there is one more free platform I wantto show you and it’s called Theasys. When I first discovered Theasys, I went to their website and took a lookat some of their sample tours and I thought, damn, that looks good. I saw this sample tour of Shipwreckedbeach and I had a play with it and I thought, wow, this actuallylooks quite professional. Are you sure this software’s free?The navigation is really nice, the hotspots look good, the overall interface lookslike a legit paid software. So then I uploaded my photos andI got the same result. Firstly, they’ve got hundreds of great iconsto choose from to use as hotspots. You can do a whole bunch of cool thingswith the hotspots. Like in this example, the viewer clicks the map on thetable and up comes a map of Barcelona. You can customize thesmoothness of the viewer, you can make it hard and fastlike that or soft and smooth, just the way I like it. It’sgot panorama backlinking, you can add sound and music, you can addpitch and zoom limits for your photos. You can adjust the leveling ofyour photos. How good is that? In most softwares thiswould be a paid feature, but Theasys offers it completely free.The navigation looks really professional, the photos look crisp and clear, and you have a high degree ofcustomization of your hotspots. So with this map on the table,I changed the X, Y and Z axis, so it looks like it’slaid flat on the table. This means you could put hotspotson walls and they’d look realistic, on the floor, on the ceiling,change the size and scale. And you can really do so muchwith your hotspot customization, including adding yourown image if you want. You can add 2D and 3D text to yourtours, You can add a lens flare, you can add custom shapes that you canturn into hotspots and you can save presets. So if you like your hotspotsa certain way, like I did in this tour, I saved it as a hotspot. Sothen I just drag and drop. So every time I add a new hotspot,it shows up exactly the same way. You don’t have to changethe size and scale, it’ll be exactly the same each time. Another thing I love about Theasysis it has a device emulator, so if we want to see what our tour lookslike on desktop, tablet and mobile, it’s as simple as clicking the icons atthe top and you can see what it looks like on each device. Not only that but it has a high levelof customization with your export settings, to do with autoplay, addinglogos, choosing the starting panorama You can patch the Nadir, you can add a menu and did I mentionedthis is all completely free. Yeah, I think it probably did, but stillthis is free. Can you believe it? That’s incredible, I don’t knowhow they offer it for free, but seriously take advantage of it. It may take a little bit more timeto build the tour than the other free platforms, but as a result you get a much moreprofessional looking tour in the end.
but as a result you get a much moreprofessional looking tour in the end. Theasys is the only one of the freevirtual tour softwares that I’d be happy charging clients for.It looks professional, you get a high level of customizationand will be a perfectly fine option for small to medium sized businesses. If you want to share your tour theyhave all kinds of options to do so. And the only paid feature they have isthe ability to download the entire tour for $10 if you want tohost it on your own server. Otherwise the tour will be hosted onthe Theasys website completely free. So there you go. Theasys beats the other four by quite abig margin and the obvious choice if you have no money to spend and you want toget started with virtual tours. However, we’ve got some softwares to come thatwill give Theasys a run for its money. The first paid beginnersoftware is Matterport, and Matterport is one of the more widelyknown virtual tour softwares and it kind of has the reputationof, Ooo, Matterport. As in being super fancy and only forelite photographers who buy the expensive Matterport camera set up. The good news is they’ve now opened itup for use with regular 360 cameras and you can now create an entire virtualtour with certain 360 cameras. Not all compatible yet, but some are and I’m sure manymore will be in the near future. Matterport is actually much moresimple to use than you might think. One of the things Matterport is wellknown for is the dollhouse effect, where you essentially 3D scanned anentire house and it presents it to your viewer exactly like a dollhouse. You can move it around as if it was aminiature house and it’s just a really cool, unique and fun viewpoint to view a location from. It also has this amazingwalkthrough effect, where the transition between two photosfeels really real and you can set automatic camera movements to movethroughout several points throughout the location and it basicallymoves around on autopilot. Where it’s currently limiting is inthe fact that you can’t manually upload photos, you have to use the Matterportapp when you’re there on location. Then the photos process in the cloud andyou’re emailed a link to edit your tour in a few hours. Which is great and all, but it takes away theability to shoot manually, as well as do any kind ofediting on your photos, because it has to be donethen and there in the app. And while the Matterportapp is really good, you can’t do any photo editing orchange any settings on your camera. I’ve actually reached out to theMatterport team and they’ve told me that they’re working on this and they willallow manual uploads probably within the next year, so while I seethis as a big barrier for now, it won’t be in the not too distant future. Here’s what the Matterport dashboardlooks like and due to the issue I just mentioned, I can’t manuallyupload my Spain virtual tour, so I’m going to have toshow you one I shot earlier. This is of a gym around the corner fromme. I shot this in around 10 minutes, it was super fast and the result wasreally good, the client was really happy. The actual tour editor is so easy, a complete beginner could pickit up within an hour or two. You’ve only got a few options here onthe right hand side and you can do some pretty advanced things with them. Where Matterport is lackingis in its customization. All Matterport tours look basicallythe same because you’re using the same hotspots, you’ll have the sametexts in the top left hand corner, and usually it’s just reallyobvious if it’s a Matterport tour. Now this isn’t a bad thing, but it means that this takes away theability for the tour to have a more personalized feel. If you wantedto use, say your client’s colors, you couldn’t do that, you can’t add theirlogo, you can’t even change the nadir. They blur the nadir because they don’tallow manual editing and the tripod is going to be there, so that’stheir solution, but it’s not good, I don’t like having a blurred nadir. I think my tour looksprofessional for sure, but after using it with a paid client, it made me realize Matterport is reallybetter optimized for real estate, virtual tours. Having the dollhouseeffect and the floor plan, these are all things that areal estate listing would have. When you’re trying to sell a house,you don’t really need custom branding, you only need basicinformation about the house, basic hotspots and the amazing 3Deffects overpower what any kind of custom branding could do. The biggest issue I have with Matterportis with their pricing and their hosting. Once you start yourMatterport subscription, you have to keep it going or your toursare going to be taken offline and even the most basic paid package allowsyou five tours and that’s it. If you want six, you have toupgrade to the next subscription, which is way more expensive. And this kind of pricing model makesit really hard to build up a library of virtual tours withouthaving to take some down. And ideally with most virtual tour shoots, you want your tour tobe there for a while. Which again is why I think Matterport isbest suited to real estate because you might make a Matterport tour, youput it online to help sell the house, then the house sells and you don’t needthe tour to be online anymore and you take it offline. That’s how mostMatterport photographers do it, and while it is workable, if you’reshooting exclusively real estate, if you want to make any other kind oftour, I’d say you should forget it. Because the ability to keep your tourshosted online forever is a really important thing for businesses,for personal virtual tours, basically any other kind of virtualtour other than a real estate tour. I have to give Matterport a 10 forits amazing 3D features, however, for its overall ability it’sgoing to be closer to seven. The next paid beginners software isCloudpano and this is one of the newest softwares to enter the market. And I see these guys as one of thebest up and coming platforms out there. Firstly, their pricing is really good, but when you start an accountit’s so user friendly. I love the graphic design of theirdashboard and when you edit your tour it’s really simple and user friendly. I reallyliked the way the editor is laid out, everything is really big andit’s easy to find what you need. The customization elementsare basic for now, this is what the hotspots look like. Youdo have a basic level of customization, you can make them black or white oradd this weird Christmas bauble looking thing. This is what my tour lookslike, I added a logo up the top, it’s got a carousel down the bottom. I’mnot the biggest fan of the navigation, it’s a little bit too sensitiveand you can’t customize it. I’m just making very small clicks anddrags here and it’s moving quite a lot and it’s quite jerky. So while the photos dolook good and they’re relatively sharp, I think this is something theyprobably will need to improve. So along with adding basic hotspots andinfo spots, you can add a floor plan, you can add a lead capture form, if you want to collect people’s emailaddresses within the tour and you can also download your Cloudpano toursand upload to your own server. They’ve also got a white label option, so if you don’t want theCloudpano URL to show up, you can enter your own custom URL. I’d definitely feel comfortable usingCloudpano professionally and in while it might not be the obvious choice,it’s a really nice simple experience. I love how user friendly they’ve made itand it’s one of the few tour makers on this list where you can create a tourfrom start to finish in under five minutes. I really like Cloudpano a lot and Ican’t wait to see what these guys do with it, because it’s evolving really quicklyand I know it’s going to become an intermediate software prettyquickly with way more features. So I would definitely keep a closeeye on Cloudpano in the future. The final beginner virtualtour software is Kuula. And I remember discovering Kuula two orthree years ago and what really stood out to me with these guyswas their 360 photo player. I remember it was just so smooth and niceto drag the 360 photo around and every time I go back and browse some of theiruse of photos, I’m reminded of that. I really loved the subtle slow movements, I think it makes the 360 experience muchmore enjoyable and less intimidating. And in that time since starting, they’ve moved their branding towardsvirtual tours and they now offer a paid virtual tour option. Firstly,what’s great about it is the price. It’s one of the cheapest virtual tourplatforms out there and I think you’ll be amazed at what it offersfor that price. Firstly, you can make unlimited toursand host it on their website, but also their editor is one of thebest and most user friendly editors out there. As you can see their smooth photo rotationalso applies to the virtual tours and it just makes them look so good. It’s funny how the exact same photo canlook good with some softwares and really bad with others. Adding hotspots issuper simple, just click that and bam, you’ve got yourself a hotspot, you can customize it byputting your own photo there, or you can use one of their builtin icons. One of my favorite effects withinKuula is the lens flare effect, you just click this buttonhere and now it adds a hotspot, and we’re going to position it where thesun is and it creates an automatic lens flare that will move around as theviewer navigates around the photo. This really makes the 360viewing experience evenmore realistic and how cool does that look? I lovethe lens flare effect. It’s not the onlysoftware that can do this, but it’s one of the best that I’ve seen. You can add custom hotspotslike this and this. See what I did there? I found a photo of a map and I positionedthe orientation so it looks like it’s sitting on the table. Then when youhover over it, it comes to life, you click it and you seethe map in full screen. You have a good amount ofcustomization here of your photos, you can add filters to them, and this is one of the onlysoftwares so far that allows this. Where you can actually changethe colors and what not, once the photos are in the software. And you’re not going to do all of yourcolor correction in your virtual tour software, but it’s good to have the option ofturning up the saturation 10% or so You can also customize thezoom settings and pitch limit. Another cool feature isthe horizon correction, you just drag the slider leftand right and, there you go, you’ve got a straight horizon. I’m reallyhappy with the tour I made in Kuula, it looks super nice and I would definitelyuse this software with a paid client. It gives you enough customization alongthe way to get a really specific looking tour. There you can seeI’ve added a floor plan, I can customize the transition type.They’ve even got walk through mode, which means you set ahotspot once in one photo, then when you go to that photothat’s linking to and turn around, the hotspot will be therein the opposite place. I like Kuula so much that I even use myKuula virtual tour on my Virtual Tour Pro website. And it looks reallycool embedded on a website like this, with my logo up the top left, I’vegot the carousel down the bottom, access to the floor plan and there I’vegot hotspots within the floor plan. For me though I’ve got to comeback to it, I love this viewer, it’s such a nice experiencelooking around these photos. And I would say it’s probably one of thebest platforms out there for actually moving around the 360 photos. And yeah, I’d be really happy using thisfor paid jobs, it looks great, I know clients would be happy withKuula. So for the the price you pay, Kuula way over delivers especiallyif you’re shooting virtual tours professionally. Maybe you’re just starting your virtualtour business and you want to start contacting small to mediumsized businesses for jobs, Kuula will give you the best overallresult of all of the platforms we’ve covered so far. Congratulations Kuula, your officially the best virtualtour software for beginners. Okay, moving on to the intermediate softwares, there are four of them and thefirst one on the list is Cupix. For those of you whofollow my YouTube channel, you’ll know I’ve made a few videos aboutCupix, and I really like Cupix a lot. It’s a great software and it’s been oneof the leaders over the past few years. However, that does notmean Cupix is the best, it’s simply the one I’vebeen using the most, but by the end of this video I can tellyou that’s probably going to change. So Cupix is a really good platform, you can use a 360 camera with itand it really is feature packed. There’s so much you can do with it andit seems to be targeted towards the construction industry, towards architects, there are so many great features fordocumenting and visualizing a space in the form of a virtual tour. The pricing is good and you should onlyneed their most basic package to get full usage out of it forbasic virtual tour creation. And here’s what the virtualtour editor looks like. It does come across as a bit intimidatingand it’s the kind of software that you need to spend a few days to fully getyour head around it and understand everything it can do. Connectingyour photos up isn’t super easy. It’s the kind of software where youneed to shoot your photos in quick succession of each other for it to beable to link them up automatically. So this tour, I have 11 photos total throughout theentire apartment and it’s just not enough for Cupix, it wasn’t ableto see where they link up, and now I have to do them all manually. Here’s a sample tour made with Cupixand while you can get a basic level of customization, so they’ve got theirlogo up there and at the nadir, and they’ve added theseicons around the restaurant. As you can see on the left you can adda floor plan with interactive hotspots, and they’ve also added a highresolution photo and a video here. I mean this is a decentlevel of customization, but I still feel like I’m walkingaround an architect’s floor plan. The graphic design isn’tgreat, the hotspots are verygeneric and to be honest, I don’t know if I would use it in thiscontext. If you’re shooting a restaurant, you want some better custom branding, which is okay because I don’t thinkthat’s what Cupix is really made for, Cupix seem to be targetingconstruction and real estate. I’ve seen heaps of samples where someonewill walk around with a 360 camera attached to a helmet, they’ll walk around a constructionsite taking photos every few feet. And what I’m doing hereis a really cool feature, it’s a side by side comparison, so I think Cupix is greatfor documentation purposes. Because you can do cool stuff like this, this is showing two different stages ofthe build and this is a really powerful tool for anyone in construction orarchitecture that needs to document a location, add notes, do measurements, any kind of technical stuffyou can do with Cupix. They really do have a lot of featuresthat help with this, for example, I can measure point A to B. You cansimulate new additions to the space, so if you wanted to puta painting on the wall, or if you wanted to put in the dimensionsof say a piece of furniture you were thinking of adding to the space, you can basically include all themeasurements and put a simulated piece of furniture in your space. That looks goodby the way. I really liked Cupix a lot, it’s highly packed with features. However, it’s also kind of complicated and notgoing to be the most user friendly software if you want to turn aroundvirtual tour as quickly and easily. So if you’re shooting for documentation,construction or architecture, Cupix is the number one choice by far. For custom virtual tours like mine though, I just think it’s overkill and is morecomplicated than what I need and overall won’t deliver as good of a result as theprevious software Kuula would give you for everyday business type situations. I’ve got a bunch of Cupix tutorialson my YouTube channel already, so I’d definitely suggest checking themout and overall I’m giving Cupix a 7.3 out of 10. It’s good, but it is a niche software and you can’tuse it for all types of virtual tours. Next is Panoskin, and Panoskin isa great software and a great price. So Panoskin seems to focus aroundGoogle street view. Right now, when you build a tour, you haveto start it as a street view tour, and then you’re able to customize itwith your own branding and hotspots and whatnot later on, this is somethingthat will be changing pretty soon. To get started making aPanoskin virtual tour, first you need to add aclient to your database, and I just put a dummy client inbecause I’m not ready to add that yet, but it does require you to dothis before you get started. That’s not ideal, but it’snot a deal breaker. Firstly, you start by pinpointing your location,then you upload your photos. By the way, gives you the ability to blur your photosif you have faces or anything else you want to blur. Next you build the tour, and this is done by dragging anddropping one photo over another to add a hotspot and basically you’relinking up the photos first, then you’ll add custom branding later. One thing that initially scared meabout Panoskin is when I did this, I saw my straight lines turn into wavylines in my photo and I thought, WTF, and then I asked about it and thenit turns out this is just for preview purposes, so it’s essentially creatinga super low resolution version here, which makes it muchfaster and easier to edit, then everything will look normaland high quality in the final tour. I’d say the overall interfaceisn’t super easy to navigate. For me it’s not obvious whatthe next step might be like. Do I have to publish to Google?Do I click one of these? There’s no instructions about whatis what and what I need to do, so it does take a bit of time to learnPanoskin. Once it’s all connected, that’s when you customize it, so you can choose custom colors and alogo and here’s what the custom builder looks like. Now that we got here, it’s now feeling a lot easier to use andit has a bunch of really cool features like adding an interactive floor plan tothe top left hand corner of the image. And you can customize your tour quitea bit even more than all of the virtual tour platforms that we’ve coveredso far. So as you can see here, I’ve added an openinggraphics, so this will show up, then the viewer will click, start 360tour and we’re into it. Down the bottom, I’ve added a carousel, on the right we’ve got someoptions for our viewer to pick. They can look at a map of the location,they can book to stay at this apartment. We can add a full screeninfo card like this, and then finally there’s a contact option. I would say probably my favorite featureof Panoskin is the floor plan at the top left, that looks so cool. And asyou navigate around, it moves in sync. By the way, I had the actual designof the floor plan done by a designer, this is not a featureof Panoskin, however, you can add the custom radar and youcan set it to follow you in the right direction. It’s features like this that give youa reason to charge more for your tours because you’re adding that extraprofessional element to the tour. You’re also able to add in aflat image gallery to the tour, so if you want to include photos thatmight already be on your company or businesses website, you can do thatwithin the virtual tour player. This is what happenswhen you click a hotspot. it’s a proper menu that shows up onthe left and same with the info spot. Here’s another Panoskin example Ifound, and this one is really good, and to me this looks like ahighly professional virtual tour. It’s the next level upyet again from Kuula, and it has features thatgo beyond just beginner. It also integrates really nicelywithin the hosts websites. So if you see this bar up thetop, this is their actual website. now down here is Panoskin, and then downthe bottom we’ve got the website again. I bet you thought this was all onedisplay, well it’s not, so no question, Panoskin has great websiteintegration. I rate Panoskin highly, and I think you could do some highlyprofessional tours with this for big businesses and get paid good money whenusing it. It’s not super easy to learn, but once you do, you’ll be ableto make tours relatively quickly. Another reason the price is so good is, that includes 20 Google streetview publishings per month. This is probably the best you willfind it on any of these platforms. Oh and by the way, all platforms in the intermediate toadvanced categories also have a Google street view upload feature. Next is Gothru and I see Gothru as beingsimilar to Panoskin in the fact that it bases its tours aroundGoogle street view upload. As you can see that’s howthey’re branding themselves here, and if you’re a photographer who intendson uploading to street view a lot, you should definitelyconsider Panoskin or Gothru, here’s what it looks likeinside the dashboard. And when you start a project thisis what it’s going to look like, you’ve got your various options hereand when you click one it opens a new window and you do one specific thingabout that tour. So this is the moderate, window where we connectup all of our photos. Basically you move them from theright hand side into the middle, you line them up and thenthey go to the left hand side, which means they’ve beenconnected. Once that’s done, you close that window and goback to the previous screen, where we can now do other thingslike edit the tour in more detail. Gothru has features tostraighten and center images, and some other nice features like easilybeing able to add multiple levels. You can add multiple levelswith the previous twosoftwares as well, by the way. Now that we’re in intermediate territory, I’m noticing a trend of how easy it isto pick up the software without having to look it up, with Gothru again,just like the previous two, I’m finding myself a bitconfused about what to do next. It’s not super easy and intuitive likethe beginner softwares we saw earlier. Once you learn it though, you can actually do some really coolthings within Gothru and get a high level of customization. It’s prettyeasy to add a menu up the top, you can add custom branding,custom colors, custom hotspots. Here’s a sample tour I found using Gothruand this looks really professional. The hotspots look nice, the menu on the left looks really goodand down the bottom you can see it as a Google street view box. You can also add a logo to any corner andadd yourself a menu wherever you like. I’m not the biggest fanof the Google arrows, which seem to show by default inGothru. You can replace them though, they just haven’t here. The menu design does look good and itallows you to navigate around your entire virtual tour pretty quickly. I have noticed though from seeing a fewsamples that they’re all laid out in a similar way, where it’s a box up thetop, you’ve got multiple options here. You can change a bit of the graphicdesign and the font and the colors, but it’s basically the samebox that does the same thing. Gothru has heaps of other great features, I simply don’t havetime to cover them all, but I would say it’s one of the moreGoogle street view friendly softwares. Would I say it’s better thanPanoskin? I don’t know about that. I see Panoskin as being a better priceand having slightly more features, especially in terms of customizing thegraphic design and the overall look. It’s this design, compared to this design, and I just prefer the graphicdesign elements within Panoskin. Once you really get to know GoThru, I’m sure you can customizethe design a lot better, but for now I’m goingto give go through an 8, it’s a great software andI know it will get better. The final intermediate virtualtour software is My360. And something funny I found aboutall of these softwares so far, is when you go to their website, the way their website is designed isusually going to be an indication of what the experience is going to be like andwhat your end virtual tour is going to look like. And I can safely say that’scase with My360. When you log in, this is what you see. I have no idea whatto do right now. Do I scroll down do, I read articles, do I click oneof these things? Dashboard? No, I’m already in the dashboard.What about this one MM management? My account? It’s really not clear.So you can click create first tour, but first you need to addyourself as a photographer, which is done in this menu here. So again, this is a software where you have tofill in all kinds of forms before you’re able to get started editing yourtour. Okay, let’s try again. So this is how the editor starts, what they call 360 photos are spheresand you click this really small button on the right hand side to add yourphotos. I mean, to their credit, they do have a video tutorial thatteaches you the ins and outs of My360, but at the same time I just wish theyhad more intuitive elements where you could pick it up, startediting straight away. And this is what the editor looks like. Remember when I said the graphic designof the website is an indication of what the editor is going to look like. Thistop menu looks like it was made in 1989, the year I was born. And this isthe process of adding a hotspot, drag this little bluecircle into your image, now I’m going to click the arrow andthis will link it up with the photo outside. Now it’s getting better,I gotta give it credit for that, I’m going to press save and now whenI go to that photo and turn around the hotspots there, albeit on the ground. Taking a look at some of thesample tours on their site. I’m seeing better resultsthan what I just got. As you can see there’s a carousel andthere are basic buttons for navigation. There’s a contact form, that’snice. Info, that’s good, I like this flashing icon heretoo. So just like with the others, you can add basic hotspotswith images and texts, there they’ve added a videoof a fireplace, that’s cool. I’d say the graphic designelements though are just too basic. I’m not the biggest fanof these transitions, that loading texts and it justfeels a bit too simplistic. You can add a custom logo and text inthe top corners and you can also add your own custom nadir, that stays putwhen you move the photo around. You can enable or disable thegraphics pretty easily, that’s good. But to be honest, I just see nounique selling points with My360. All of the other editors offer thesefeatures and more, and at a better price. The previous three softwaresin the intermediate categoryare literally half the price of My360 and they do more overall. So while you can get a decent result withMy360 and get your tour published onto Google maps, it’s just not as good as the others andI can’t justify paying that price over the others for more orless the same features. So overall in the intermediatecategory, Panoskin is the winner. Congratulations. You can do a lot with it and it alsohappens to be the cheapest of all four options. With that said, I think all four of them are goodsoftwares and you can use all of them professionally and startearning money with your tours. And I’m not just talking small businesses, but medium size and evenlarge size businesses, you could probably get away with editingin any of these for those customers. Okay. Now I want to give you a reallyquick look at three advanced softwares. Now I’m only going to scratch the surfacebecause there have been entire Udemy courses made about these softwares, but I want to try and give you a quickoverview of what they are and what they do. The first one is Pano2VR, and I’d say this is one of the mostwidely used softwares among professionals. It was the most popular software when Idid that poll on Facebook and so many of my friends who are high endvirtual tour shooters use Pano2VR. The biggest differencebetween the beginner andintermediate softwares and the advanced softwares, is all three of these advancedsoftwares are downloadable programs. So you don’t access them online,you need to download them, enter your license key andopen it within your computer. The others are software as a service, which means you can accessthem online any way you want. Both have pros and cons, but there’s nothing wrong with agood old fashioned desktop software. The first thing I’m going to say aboutPano2VR is the price is extremely good. You can buy a license starting at 149Euros and this is the equivalent of say, 10 months of subscription feesfrom most of the other softwares. So with Pano2VR, you buy itonce and you own it forever. There are two different licenseswith two different prices, but even the most expensive price isstill very affordable given you’re buying it outright and you don’thave to pay ongoing fee. Especially when you see what this softwarecan do and the kinds of clients you can work with using it. I think you’ll find it verycheap considering how muchmoney you could make with it. Here’s what the softwareinterface looks like. I’ve imported my 360 photo into the mainwindow here and you’ve got settings on either side. Pano2VR allows youa high level of customization, there isn’t much you can’t dowith virtual tours using it. Even though the interfacelooks relatively simple, it still does take a bit of learning toproperly understand the workflow of the software. Now I want to show you somesamples that were made in Pano2VR. So this tour looks great, it’sgot custom branding up the top, I love this little icon.The menu looks really good, we have a logo in the top right. There’s a menu on the side that pops outand you can click through to the next photo, we’ve also got options to clickin every single corner of this viewer. I think that’s really cool and it’s whatseparates lower end tours with higher end ones. When I hover overthe hotspot, look at that, that looks highly professional.Then when I click through, to look around inside this ship,we’ve got the same kind of hotspots. The images look really goodinside of Pano2VR. Firstly, this was shot with a DSLR, whichis why it’s such high quality, but also the player is really niceand smooth. Here’s another example, with this one they’vegot a welcome screen, you click the button andit takes you into the tour. There’s more custom hotspots herethat move when you hover over them. We have a flashing hotspot here, whenyou click it, it tells you what it is. This menu on the side looks great andthe graphic design is really different to the one we saw in the lastexample. So with Pano2VR, you can really customize the overallskin and lay out a lot. Honestly, I can’t think of too many things I don’tlike about this tour. Here’s one more, and they’ve startedwith a video this time, you press play and thenyou get into the tour. And yet again we’ve got anotherkind of graphic design style,, with custom branding, using customcolors of the business. I love this tour, and to think this was made for a fewhundred dollars is pretty incredible. Because you could charge well over $2,000for a tour like this and they’ve made it in Pano2VR to get a really high endresult. When I go back to the software, it’s not super clear how Iwould get all of these results, but I really need to spend moretime on their YouTube channel, they’ve got hundreds of tutorialsthat teach you everything. So Pano2VR is the kind of software thattakes time to learn, but once you can, you can get stunning lookingvirtual tours for high end clients. I have very few complaints about Pano2VR. The tours look stunning and theprice is really, really good. Congratulations Pano2VR. You had thehighest score so far by quite a bit. The next advanced software is Krpano andthis is what their website looks like. If you’re like me and contemplatinghitting the refresh button cause the site didn’t load properly, then yourattempts to refresh will be futile, because this is what thewebsite looks like. Yet, Krpano is one of the most high end andmost trusted softwares used by virtual tour professionals. And this iswhat the software looks like, it’s like a software version oftheir website. In all seriousness, I haven’t been able tobuild my tour within Krpano. This is because it’s a software thatallows you to customize your tours 100% including doing all the coding,and not only is that optional, but it’s essential. You gotta be ableto code to use Krpano. And if you can, you can get among the best resultspossible from a virtual tour. Here’s a sample, one of my friends made of my beautifulhome city and this tour is simply stunning and one of the bestvirtual tours I’ve ever seen. Yes, part of it is because hegot this awesome drone shot, but also the hotspots lookgood, the menu looks good, the branding looks good. I reallyliked this custom intro he made, it looks super professional.When I walk through the tour, this is what it’s like. Thatmenu looks like a proper website, the animations are really good, theoverall experience is just really good. And this stunning virtualtour was made in, this thing. I know it’s hard toimagine it, but it was. So while I can’t show you the interfacetoo much because I simply don’t understand it, and also there aren’ttoo many tutorials out there teaching. It on their website, they have a little bit of informationabout Krpano you could say. So if you have a year to read this, then you’ll be able toget results just as good. Or if you understandcoding from the start, then you’re probably goingto pick it up a bit faster. And when you dig into their website, you can actually find some reallygood samples of tours made in Krpano Check out this one, LittleTemple of Abu Simbel. So I can walk around this tour usingthe W,A,S,D keys? Look at that, that’s incredible. This is likethe 3D feature from Matterport, and that’s not the only Matterportfeature it has. Look at this, we’ve got a dollhouse. Here’s another cool exampleof their depth map technology. So this is a 360 photo and I’m movingaround it and the depth is changing. This technology could begroundbreaking, I think in the future, if developed a bit more. I have no ideahow to get that from this, but still, cool. And there are a bunch of otherfantastic examples on their website. I do have a small issuewith their pricing, while it starts good at 159 Euros,to simply remove a Krpano logo, you have to pay another 299 and thenthere are optional add ons here, that add up to around a thousandeuros. You don’t need these, so I’d say the price would becloser to around 450 euros, which is still a good pricefor an advanced software. So basically if you can get over theintimidating complexity of Krpano, you can create yourself some seriouslystunning high end tours that have 100% customization. Is it for me,uh, uh, I don’t understand code. And I like having a super fast workflow and this is quite literally the opposite of that because you’rebuilding your tours from scratch. So while I’ve not properlyused Krpano personally, a lot of the best virtualtour photographers in theindustry do use it and they get amazing results with it. So whileI’ve got to give it a two for ease of use, the end result is amazing.And if you understand coding, I’ve got no doubt you’d be able tocreate a masterpiece with Krpano. TThe final software on this listis 3DVista and brace yourself, awesome stuff is coming. 3DVista is an advanced softwarethat you may not have heard of, but it has among the best featuresof any virtual tour platform. It’s compatible with mostcameras and most types of media, it’s highly VR friendly. They have their own app fordisplaying virtual tours on the go. You don’t need to navigate to aURL within Google Chrome or Safari, you can simply open up the 3DVista mobileapp and it displays your virtual tour as nicely as possible. They offer the option to download thetour and upload to your own server, but they also have a hostingservice which is 99 euros a year, and this gives you basically unlimitedtours. If you compare that to Matterport, this is just so much better and cheaper. Now the main software is notcheap but is 1000% worth it and here’s why. Firstly, it’s a desktop app like the previous twoand this one is laid out really nicely. It’s easy to understand whatto do. The menus are clear, I’m not feeling overwhelmedlooking at this software. It kind of reminds me ofAdobe Photoshop or premier. And for someone that likeskeeping things simple, I’ve got to say I’m not feelingtoo intimidated by 3DVista. So you edit photos oneby one in the middle, you have your settings on the right andyou have your different categories up the top. 3DVista has a layout that I would say iseven easier than even the intermediate softwares. What stands out tome about 3DVista virtual tours, is not only do you have the abilityto fully custom brand the tour, but it also has some extremely stylishinbuild graphic design elements, AKA skins. Take a look at this, this is what the design looks like inthe master bedroom. Then when I move, the same graphic design style changesslightly differently to whatever room I happened to be in. It honestly makes itfeel like I’m looking around a magazine, it’s that stylish. Here’s another realestate example, with these hotspots, as I hover over, the graphic design isreally good. It’s not a flashy effect, it’s not animated,although you could do that, but what stands out about itis the design is really good. With the amount of content putout in today’s day and age, graphic design is extremely importantwith all kinds of media that you’re posting online. And I really haven’t seen graphic designthis good from any of these platforms yet. I mean, look, you could technically getthese same results if youdid the design separately in illustrator or Photoshop, but why 3DVista is great is it has thesedesigns built into their skin editor. So here I’m simulating whatthe skin will look like, and I did this in 60 seconds. I just chose a skin and added my detailsthere and immediately it’s already got that amazing magazine style feel. I haven’t been able to drag and dropthis level of design yet with any of the other platforms. And yes, you canfully customize it to your liking. It’s really easy tochoose custom elements. They have this massivelibrary of skins of all types. We’ve got texts in one corner,we’ve got navigation playback, we’ve got a side menu. This is really cool because it meansyou don’t have to spend that much time doing custom designs and you get somethingthat looks highly professional like this really quickly. It’s also really easy to create customhotspots like this if you want to focus on one area within your 360. You basically just outline it with theoutline tool and you can do this.Here’s another fantastic example Checkthis one out. check this one out. So this is a virtual tour,I know it looks like a game, but this is actually a custom tour. I love the graphic designhere and basically what youdo is you navigate to the next spot and this simulates wherethe golf shot would have taken you. This really looks so stylish and itlooks legitimately like a game or an app that was made just for this purpose, whereas really they made this in3DVista probably pretty quickly. Because of this, now I can watch acoach’s tip, and this is just so cool, this is one of the funnest virtualtours I’ve seen. So for me, 3DVista is the perfect combination ofprofessionalism and ease of use. Well, relative ease of use for an advancedsoftware. Yes, it’s expensive, but again, you could easily charge over $2,000 forone single tourmade in 3DVista.And this is another one off fee. Once you’vebought it, you own it forever. I plan on learning 3DVista a lot betterand I’ll make an indepth tutorial about it in the future. Soin terms of scoring it, it gets almost straighttens except for the price, which is a little bit intimidating atfirst. And the ease of use is easy, but not that easy. For me,3DVista has the edge over Pano2VR, simply because of the ease of use andthe amazing inbuilt skins and custom design elements that can beadded with relative ease. Allright, well the numbers are in, the scores have been tallied,t’sbeen a fierce, epic battle, but we have three clear winners basedon the six most important features I identified at the beginning of thisvideo. In first place is 3DVista, congratulations. Second,Pano2VR. Third, Panoskin. These are the best overall virtualtour softwares in terms of price, features, ease of use, photoplayback, interfacing graphics, and the end result youget. For most people, these are going to be the keyfeatures to look for, however, if you’re someone that doesn’t mind theprice or the ease of use and you just want something that looks the besta virtual tour can possibly look. In first place will be Krpano dueto its 100% customization ability. You can get basically any kind oftour and graphic design you like, it’s just going to taketime. Second is 3DVista. Third is Pano2VR. These are no doubt the three bestsoftwares for getting professional looking virtual tours that you cansell to high end clients, but are they my software’s ofchoice? No, they’re not. For me, I just want something that is easy touse that can produce a professional, ish result and that I can turn overvirtual tour with within 10 minutes. Which is why for me, Kuula stands out,head and shoulders above the rest. It’s the perfect mix ofprofessional features, a super easy to use interface and theprice is one of the best of all of the paid platforms. Comingin second is 3DVista, for when I want to create something muchmore advanced for high end clients or whenever you want to make a reallyimpressive looking virtual tour, you can do it within 3DVista.And it’s easy enough to use that you can do that without having to docoding, or take a thousand steps to do it. Third is going to be a tie betweenPanoskin and Theasys. Because for me, these were the best ineach category, however, they’re also in that awkward middleground of being in the middle. They’re not the low end software,they’re not the high end software, so I’d probably use these when my projectsneed to be somewhere in the middle of the range. I won’t use themas much as Kulua and 3DVista, but I will still usethem. Now I’m curious, which is your software of choice andwhy? Let me know in the comments, and that’s it. I hope this video helped you come toa decision about which virtual tour platform is best for you. By the way, a lot of these platformsoffer some kind of free trial, so follow the links in the descriptionif you want to test them out yourself, before you buy. And on a side note, most of these platforms have a ton ofin-depth tutorials if you search YouTube as well and you want to know more. A few of them even havetheir own dedicated YouTubechannels showing off every single feature of the software. I’ll also add that as you becomemore experienced with virtual tours, you should aim to move upto more intermediate andadvanced platforms so you can do more with your tours and asa result, charge more for them. And if you don’t know what to charge oreven how to get regular paid clients for your tours, then I’ve got goodnews for you. Over the past year, I’ve been working super hard on creatingan in depth video training course called Virtual Tour Pro, that covers everything you needto know about virtual tours. I’ve condensed my fiveyear journey into short, actionable videos that will helpyou do what you love for a living, AKA shooting virtual toursand earning money from it. This isn’t just another virtual tourcourse where we cover shooting and editing and that’s it, but also I’ll go behind the scenes andshow you how to build a healthy and profitable business out of it so youcan spend even more time doing what you love. The course takes out all of the guessworkso you don’t have to make all of the mistakes in the book like I did. Just finding the right software cancost hundreds of dollars and hundreds of hours of your time, and if you cansave all of that with just one video, imagine how much you’ll save getting allof the best shortcuts for every other step in the process. So underneath this video you’ll find alink to Virtual Tour Pro where you can pick up your copy ofthe entire course. Also, I’ll be offering exclusive discounts toalmost all of the platforms you’ve seen in this video for Virtual Tour Promembers only. On that note, happy 360ing. More virtual tour content coming soon,and I’ll see you in the next one.