Due to my extensive series of open-source panorama tutorials and the featuring of SaladoPlayer, I recieve mails from time to time, with different questions about the SaladoPlayer and it’s use. I started collecting some of those questions in a FAQ as appendix to the series Panoramic Photography Revealedand will continue to do so, as long as there are still questions coming in. Some questions didn’t really fit into that FAQ, others just went to far away from the original tutorials.
The SaladoPlayer and PanoPress – Publish your Panoramas easily in WordPress
Does PanoPress support panormas made with SaladoPlayer? Yes, it does! Just recently, the developers Omer Calev and Sam Rohn announced the release of version 1.0, which now supports SaladoPlayer. I asked for SaladoPlayer support in the PanoPress forum back in July 2011 and was told that it was already on their to-do list. With version 1.0 support of SaladoPlayer is now official, and as I am pleased to report, is working like a charm.
If you like to publish your panos with PanoPress, you have to install the plugin via your WordPress-backend first, or download it here and install it manually. After you did so, you need two things:
- A working instance of a panorama or virtual tour, using SaladoPlayer,
- a preview image to be shown in your post.
I will use a pano, that I published not so long ago. The index.html of the SaladoPlayer is located here:
and the 900px wide preview image:
To make PanoPress do it’s magic, I use the shortcode as follows (notice that I inserted an extra space between the bracket and pano, so WordPress wouldn’t prozess the code):
[ pano file="https://www.tilmanbremer.de/panorama/ehrenwert2012/index.html" preview="https://www.tilmanbremer.de/panorama/ehrenwert2012/katschhof.jpg" width="900" height="400"]
The result looks like this:
To make it look like the example above, you need some additional settings in PanoPress settings tab. You need to check
Show Play Button,
Open panoramas in Panobox window and
Windows Size: Fullscreen.
This was pretty easy, and that’s the beauty of PanoPress. Some issues, though:
- The shortcode might not work in your excerpt.
Depending on the theme you are using, the PanoPress shortcode might get filtered and so, no preview image is shown in the preview of the post, which is configured in WordPress as the excerpt. Please refer to the documentation of your theme to find out how to make it show and process shortcodes in excerpts.
- You might get conflicts with other plugins
I was using the lightbox 2-plugin for my regular pictures all around my blog when I installed PanoPress. Unfortunately, these two plugins give each other a hard time and PanoPress stopped working eventually. This is how it looked like, when I opened a pano with PanoPress own panobox:
Sam Rohn told me to try another lightbox plugin and it worked. So, I am using lightbox plus since them, a very solid plugin that competes with lightbox 2, actually exceeding it’s features in some areas.
So, my advice is to use lightbox plus, you can see it in action by clicking on a picture of the random picture widget in the footer. If you encounter different plugin conflicts, feel free to report them in the PanoPress forum, your help would be greatly appreciated.