Walkthrough Mode PRO
Walkthrough Mode makes moving between photos in a tour feel natural by aligning the camera orientation between shots connected by hotspots. The video tutorial below shows how this feature works:
You can also explore this demo tour to see the Walkthrough Mode in action.
How to turn it on?
The Walkthrough Mode can be easily enabled or disabled at any time. The checkbox is available in the tour/collection settings page, next to the transitions dropdown.
To access the tour settings page, click Edit Tour button on the bottom thumbnail bar and, on the next screen, select the Tour settings tab:
Once you are on that screen, all you need to do is to check the box under Walkthrough Mode and this feature will be enabled for that tour.
Walkthrough on the free plan
Walkthrough mode is available in the PRO and Business plans. However you can test it with the free account and only need a paid subscription to publicly share or embed tours using this function.
If you use a free account and you wish to test your tour on a mobile phone or any other device, please open a web browser on that device and navigate to the Kuula website, login to your account and you can open the tour from your profile page with full functionality.
Features that work well with Walkthrough mode
Here's a list of other Kuula features that work alongside Walkthrough mode and can be combined with it for better effect or for a more effective workflow.
For the best visual effect, you can combine the Walkthrough mode with the Walk-in or Fly-in animated transition. It can be selected from the dropdown on the left of the Walkthrough toggle.
Click Anywhere does what the name suggests - it allows the user to move through the tour by clicking anywhere in the panorama, instead of clicking directly on the hotspots. Combined with Walkthrough Mode, this feature can make navigating the tour much more natural.
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Walkthrough mode overrides heading settings for individual posts. For more information about setting the default heading please read this article.
Selectively disabling Walkthrough Mode
In certain cases, for example when moving from an aerial view to a ground level view, you may prefer the panorama to open with the default heading rather than to use the Walkthrough mode algorithm.
In this case, you can turn off Walkthrough mode on selected hotspots. The setting can be found under the Action section of the editor:
To learn more about the other checkbox ('Keep direction'), please refer to the Heading tutorial.
Technical background. How does it work?
The Walkthrough mode automatic alignment works on any two (or more) photos in a tour that are mutually connected by hotspots. As shown on the image below, post A has a hotspot leading to post B and B has one leading back to post A.
When the user moves from photo A to photo B by clicking on a hotspot, Walkthrough Mode will align the initial heading in post B to match the one from post A. This makes the transition seem natural - as if the user was moving in the actual space.
When to use it?
This feature works best for tours where photos are taken in close proximity to each other. For example in a real estate tour, a street walk or anywhere where you shoot 360 panoramas at regular intervals and where the respective shots are related to each other, that is: shots made in the same physical location and the location of one shot is visible from the location of the other.
However, you can try it with any tour and see if you like the effect. Turning it on and off is as easy as toggling a checkbox and you can always change your mind!