Custom 360 Standalone Tours
Fully customizable functionality and colour scheme to adapt to the looks and needs of your project
A standalone tour is one in which you have control over the physical files. A Google tour resides on the Google servers and requires the internet to access it, while a standalone tour is one which can be viewed and shared offline as well as being posted on the internet (usually the business website). Because the internet is not required the tour can be used in applications such as presentations where internet based access is not desired or may not be available.
Standalone tours are more powerful with greater functionality, more easily expanded or changed and cheaper to maintain if modifications are required.
While Google tours are extremely valuable when it comes to helping bring awareness to your business by integrating within your online Google profile, there are limitations.
The main limitation is the lack of add-on functionality (see the “Add-on Features” tab for more information) such as navigation menus, auto navigation, videos, audio, etc. While there do exist graphical overlays to accommodate some added functionality they are far less powerful than what a standalone tour can offer and they have a monthly subscription cost.
A second limitation of a Google tour is the inability to add or remove locations within a tour once it has been shot and created without recreating the entire tour. An example would be if you shot the tour and then redesigned or added a room within your business. In this case the new room would need to be photographed and the tour recreated from scratch. In a standalone tour it is much easier to make changes afterwards.
Thirdly, a Google tour requires line of sight between all locations in a tour (Hotels excluded). This means you must navigation all the way through a tour to access the end point on the other side of a business. This can lead to some lengthy and boring transitions zone, such as a hallway, to reach a another area of interest within a business. This is not the case with a standalone tour.
Available add-on features include: