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  • in reply to: 2022 Elections #27548

    Jürgen Schrader
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    As a member of the association I am very pleased that this year there is a sufficient number of members who want to donate some of their time to serve as volunteers on the board.

    This is not an easy task, as the association has suffered greatly in the last two years, not least due to the global events.

    Welcome to the club!

    I wish everyone a lot of energy and a fruitful collaboration.

    Jürgen Schrader

    in reply to: Suggest Cheap Drone #27177

    Jürgen Schrader
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    You can try to find a used DJI Mavic Air.

    Jürgen Schrader

    in reply to: Increasing Tour detail #26783

    Jürgen Schrader
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    Yes, that will definitely work and is common practice.
    The question is, what is a very large room? And will the 15mm deliver sufficient resolution. You then even can get longer wiring your lenses. Is this a fullframe fisheye or a 15mm lens with rectilinear projection?

    Patching nadir is not a problem, you shoot as in the tutorials for ptgui and use viewpoint correction.

    I use Pano2VR to build my tours where nadir patching works like a charm. But you also can use any other image editor of your choice. I think there even is a tutorial for patching with the help of ptgui.

    Jürgen Schrader

    in reply to: Increasing Tour detail #26782

    Jürgen Schrader
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    Yes, that will definitely work and is common practice.
    The question is, what is a very large room? And will the 15mm deliver sufficient resolution. You then even can get longer wiring your lenses. Is this a fullframe fisheye or a 15mm lens with rectilinear projection?

    Patching nadir is not a problem, you shoot as in the tutorials for ptgui and use viewpoint correction.

    I use Pano2VR to build my tours where nadir patching works like a charm. But you also can use any other image editor of your choice. I think there even is a tutorial for patching with the help of ptgui.

    Jürgen Schrader


    Jürgen Schrader
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    It would be nice to see a summary of that meeting and particularly the discussions you had about the event.

    I was also looking for the meeting minutes from recent board meetings but couldn’t find any from 2021.

    Jürgen Schrader

    in reply to: Software suggestion for newby #25037

    Jürgen Schrader
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    Hello Scott,

    to build and present virtual tours it’s highly recommended to use dedicated software. Otherwise you’ll run into big issues regarding the viewer software for panoramic images and creating the interactive elements.

    If you don’t have a developer that is familiar with scripting in XML code you’d perhaps want to look at packages that offer a graphic user interface like 3D Vista or Pano2VR. Depending on what you consider a template, both packages offer ready made designs for navigation and to build interactive elements.

    However, be aware that there will be a learning curve with whatever package you choose. Limiting the view to a certain angle is no problem at all.

    Personally I’m using Pano2VR, as it offers most flexibility for everything one could wish for. But as both packages offer free trial version I recommend you check them both and see which suits your needs best.

    Jürgen Schrader

    in reply to: camera and lens for 360 degree photography and video #24770

    Jürgen Schrader
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    The 10.5 is an excellent lens and before fisheyes became ubiquitous it was widely used by most panographers. So, before looking at other lenses and cameras I’d suggest you try to figure out why your results aren’t as sharp as expected. Do you focus manually? Using live view? Mind to share a sample image?

    Jürgen Schrader

    in reply to: camera and lens for 360 degree photography and video #24756

    Jürgen Schrader
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    Reny, the advice one can give you is heavily dependent on the purpose of your photography and/or what you want to achieve.

    So, if you don’t mind to be a little bit more specific …
    The 10.5 with that camera should give you quite decent results. What is it that you are not happy with?

    Jürgen Schrader

    in reply to: Prints on a sphere #24655

    Jürgen Schrader
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    You may want to Google for “Philosphere” or check Photoshop plugin “Flexify”.
    Or have a look at https://360craft.pythonanywhere.com/en/

    Jürgen Schrader

    in reply to: Kolor Panotour Pro #24563

    Jürgen Schrader
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    Hello Margund,

    while your tours seem not to be overly rich with specific features, it of course is difficult to predict if and when the day will come that general technological “advancements” (of browser technology) will render them impossible to maintain.

    For a software that no longer is developed, it also is unlikely that someone will give you a guarantee that this never will happen.

    So, with this background, and if you want to be on the safe side, I’d recommend to convert your tours rather sooner than later. Luckily I made the move from PTP to Pano2VR already years ago, because PTP didn’t offer the flexibility I needed.
    From what I’ve seen also 3D Vista should be sufficient for the kind of tours you have built. The big question is, which platform will allow easiest and fastest conversion. Unfortunately I can’t be of any help here, as I have no personal experience with such kind of work.

    Jürgen Schrader


    Jürgen Schrader
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    Yes, in Pano2VR you can do that. It is possible to directly link to a panorama in a virtual tour.
    If you want a virtual tour for the website with map and additional info in the panoramas this will be the ideal solution.

    Not sure about 3DVista, as I do not us it.

    If you just send the spherical images to t he webdesigner they will have to come up with a solution for the viewer (to display the panos). In general you can decide which way works best for you and what is more economical.

    You also can outsource the tourbuilding to an expert and then hand the final tour to the webdesigner how easily can integrate this into your website.

    Jürgen Schrader

    in reply to: Has Google abandoned support for VR in Chrome? #24264

    Jürgen Schrader
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    I can’t solve your problem, but the tour works fine on the Oculus Go and on my iPhone, even in Chrome.

    Jürgen Schrader

    in reply to: BoD Confidentiality Agreement??? #24204

    Jürgen Schrader
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    People interested can read the full text of the confidentiality agreement in the attachment.
    Please let us know if you think that there is any part that goes beyond of what must be considered a mindful handling of confidential information by board members.

    Jürgen Schrader

    in reply to: Financial statement for 2017 #24193

    Jürgen Schrader
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    The numbers for 2017 are final.
    As the 2017 budget report is dated Dec. 31st 2017 nothing will be added.

    The only conclusion that this report allows is that the association in 2017 has spent US$ 22,898.39 more than it had earned in that year.

    Calling that sum a loss is improper and creates a misleading narrative.
    As long as it is not exactly clear what happened to that money it could as well be an investment to the benefit of the association and/or it’s members.

    The only way to have clarity about this is a detailed report of all earnings and expenses of 2017. Something that the treasurer, president and board of that time seem to have failed to produce.

    The current board is working closely with the current accounting company to work out all the missing details. Something not so easy as mid of 2017 accounting was transferred from our former accountant to the current accountant, and due to handling of local VAT the accounting for the Vienna conference was done by an accountant in Vienna.

    However, we all want transparency and look forward to present the missing reports to the members asap.

    Jürgen Schrader

    in reply to: immediate resignation of Juergen Schrader #23862

    Jürgen Schrader
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    Thank you, George.
    It’s good to see that there are people who care to learn about different aspects of a story before they return a verdict.

    But to understand an issue as profound as a call for someone to resign from the board, it seems more appropriate to rely on facts rather than on stories, even if they’re less entertaining and arduous to figure out, doesn’t it?

    So, what are the facts?

    One would have to find out if the publication of statements that someone senses as “unbecoming of an organization of the stature of the IVRPA” is grave enough to give reason for someone to resign. What makes the statements unbecoming (if at all)? And why did the board feel a need to publish these statements?

    Also, one would have to enquire about the “year-long observation of bad policy and decision making” to find out what is behind such claims when they are used to render a board member as “unfit for the office of the President of the IVRPA”.

    Besides facts, everything else is called gossip, right?

    I don’t say that everyone will come to the same conclusion, but our new President, Loren Price, who just got some insight and who also cared to look at the facts, wrote this a couple of days ago:

    I know there have been calls for Jürgen to resign; I was one of those that called for his resignation. Since assuming my seat on the Board, I’ve had a chance to review everything and don’t see the need for him to resign.

    Thank you for your attention.

    Jürgen Schrader

    in reply to: Panorama panini photos #23570

    Jürgen Schrader
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    The simplest way that I know of is to use the Photoshop plugin Flexify.
    In case you use PTGui for stitching there is a Vedutismo projection with variable compression, which is very similar to Panini.

    Jürgen Schrader

    in reply to: 2020 IVRPA BOD election start #23468

    Jürgen Schrader
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    581 members.
    Only the election manager can see the number of voters.

    Jürgen Schrader

    in reply to: The IVRPA website is under maintenance #23431

    Jürgen Schrader
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    Agreed, you have a very valid point here.
    It certainly should be stated that the maintenance was finished as mentioned in our last newsletter to the members.

    Jürgen Schrader

    in reply to: What's the purpose of the IVRPA today? #23418

    Jürgen Schrader
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    We’ve held and partnered with local events this year in Los Angeles, Vienna and Oslo, and another one in Vienna coming up in December. There’s a call to provide ones work for an exhibition in the members forum.

    We’d love to see more local events, but this requires local people to organize these events. This is nothing the board can provide. What we can do to support this is to establish connections and provide sponsorship if needed.

    Jürgen Schrader

    in reply to: Tokyo 2018 Video Archive #23412

    Jürgen Schrader
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    Unfortunately reality sometimes is more complex than it appears to us.

    In short, the videos are there but need to be edited to make them viewable for the purpose they shall serve. This will have to be budgeted and initiated by the new board.

    Jürgen Schrader

    in reply to: Elections 2020 #23372

    Jürgen Schrader
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    There will be an announcement through the election manager. Likely with a link to a poll where you can make your choice.

    Jürgen Schrader

    in reply to: Tokyo 2018 Video Archive #23359

    Jürgen Schrader
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    I saw the post, but have no idea what happened. Will try to find out.

    Jürgen Schrader

    in reply to: 2020… Another fake elections? #23306

    Jürgen Schrader
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    The extension came first.

    Jürgen Schrader

    in reply to: 2020… Another fake elections? #23302

    Jürgen Schrader
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    The extension had nothing to do with my application.
    I had changed my mind.

    Jürgen Schrader

    in reply to: 2020 Conference location #23301

    Jürgen Schrader
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    I would just like to say that since you have 2 strong proposals, it would be great to have one of them 2020 and the other 2021. This will make planning a lot easier since the ground work is already underway

    Thank you Kyle, and yes, this exactly is the plan.
    We will not reject a proposal just because it doesn’t work out for 2020.

    Jürgen Schrader

    in reply to: Statement from the Board of Directors #23298

    Jürgen Schrader
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    Thank you, Jurgen, for calling early elections.

    You’re welcome.
    The merit belongs to the entire BoD which stands firm as a team.

    Jürgen Schrader

    in reply to: IVRPA Project to fight the 6,754, 400 Patent #23266

    Jürgen Schrader
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    Certainly.
    If someone wants to volunteer and donate his or her time to this project, please get in touch.

    Jürgen Schrader

    in reply to: Statement from the Board of Directors #23262

    Jürgen Schrader
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    I agree, it’s an interesting story that also raises a lot of questions.

    Sadly it comes more than 5 years too late.

    And like in every relationship-story there’s more than one point of view.

    But please, readers, forgive me. I’m neither in the laundry business nor do I currently have the time to elaborate all the missing historic details as they appear when seen with the eyes of the IVRPA.

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    Dear Bill,

    our personal relationship was a mishap from the very beginning. And I’m ready to admit that a good share of that is caused through my ignorance.

    I just want you to know that I do not bear any personal grudge against you. Do what you have to do, and I wish you and your family all the best for the coming chapter/s in your life.

    Jürgen Schrader

    in reply to: 2020… Another fake elections? #23259

    Jürgen Schrader
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    I spammed the forum! That is a lie. Please if you want to have a discussion, you will have to tell the truth and ONLY the truth.

    You can read the history here.

    The President had flagged one other post of yours as spam which, due to the functions of this forum, automatically also flagged you as a spammer (which is something he wasn’t aware of).
    So, technically you were a spammer.

    Jürgen Schrader

    in reply to: IVRPA Project to fight the 6,754, 400 Patent #23256

    Jürgen Schrader
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    Of course we will consider to support members who want or need to fight this, like we did before, and we already signaled this to parties currently affected.

    Why is this a project for IVRPA? And how deep do we want to get into it?

    Last time we helped to fund the legal process and spent a small amount from our own budget. We finally quit the support (in 2013 iirc) because the honorary that the lawyers demanded to proceed with the next steps went into the five digits and the association didn’t dare to take that risk.

    Jürgen Schrader

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