We’ve just rolled over a couple of cool platform updates, and I thought you should be the first to know about them… first off:
Who loves auto-playing audio on webpages?
Well, nobody really.
So it’s a good thing that 360º images are completely different from a normal webpage, right? This makes the fact that SeekBeak now allows you to have autoplaying audio on your Snaps and virtual tours perfectly acceptable.
Auto playing audio is great for narration, music, sound effects, or whatever else you can think of.
No audio files? Don’t forget SeekBeak has a built in MP3 recorder if you feel like doing your own voiceovers, guides, or guitar riffs… we don’t judge.
Next up: Background Audio
Also known as the ‘Paolo Update’, named after the user who’s requested this feature the most: audio files now also have a “Use as Background Audio” property. When this is set, your hotspot is hidden from view when you’re not editing, and automatically plays the audio attached to it when your Snap is viewed.
Not only can you now have autoplaying audio in the background, but you can use our positional/spatial audio functionality with it as well.
That babbling brook can now sound like it’s babbling behind you if you look away, or a narrator can talk about the scene from a point of interest, or a teachers voice can come from the front of the classroom. Anything goes!
Here is a quick tutorial video to show you how quickly you can add audio to your 360 images and virtual tours
New Volume Control
SeekBeak is now clever enough to know if you’ve got any background audio in your Snap, and will automagically show a discreet volume slider.
One last thing!
Even though the onscreen widgets are tiny, things can get a bit busy in smaller embeds. So you, and your viewers, are now able to get a widget free view, simply by single clicking, or single tapping on mobile, when viewing. To get your goodies back, simply single tap/click again, and you’re back to normal.
There were, of course, the usual boring bug fixes and tweaks, but as far as exciting new features, that’s it for now!
Till next time.