comScore: 2017 Cross-Platform Future in Focus

It is no surprise that mobile viewing is increasing/ doubling. Below are the reports from comScore. Click for full image.

Flash is reportedly to be (finally) killed off in year 2020. Source here and here.

We’re encouraging all clients, past, present and future to move to mobile and HTML5 for mobile viewing compatibility. Any past clients are most welcome to contact us for a 1 time discounted rate for converting their Flash or even Quicktime panoramas we have taken for you.

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The One Shot Pano solution – Ricoh Theta


If you have to ask… It’s a handheld, lightweight camera with 2 lens that takes a single shot and stitches the photos on it’s own. You can then transfer the stitched panoramas in 2:1 ratio to your phone or copy it to your computer via the supplied cables. No stitching software needed, one press of the button and you are done. Share it on your own Theta page to Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook.

Read about what we have to say here.


We are 7!

7 Years. Wow!

It’s been a great 7 years and it’s the first time we look back at all the panos these passed 7 years. This started out small with tons of trial and error, frustrations and happiness. As the years passed, people has come to know about us and our work both here and overseas. We’ve made a lot of friends and with the rise of social media, even more friends and acquaintances, equipment manufacturers, clients from hotels and museums with some turning into friends after the projects. We’ve also embarked on many personal projects that we are passionate about, private museums, churches.

We’ve met passionate people who love their jobs and it drives up us to do even more pro bono work. Along the way, we won some panorama awards when we tried to preserve some memories through panoramas of the Bukit Timah Railway station in Singapore.

From a blog, adding more technical articles, writeups and reviews. We’ve grown. It continues to be fun when we show people what panoramas can do when photos may fail.


A New Home


We’ve moved to a new home on the Internet.

From 12am midnight, 8 March 2014, GMT+8/ SGT, all links that start with may become invalid. All links are migrated as we move to a new home on the Internet.


Backing up – Backblaze and Bitcasa

Update 20 Nov 2013 – This totally suck. Bitcasa just raised their price for new users from $99 a year to USD $999 a year! Yes, that is $999.00

As many know, we’re big fans of Backblaze having written about them and recommending them in the past.

Recently, we’ve moved some backing up tasks to Bitcasa. What’s different is they have no file size limit (Backblaze has a 4Gb per file limit). Both offers unlimited storage. Backblaze is more of a install and forget application, Bitcasa allows you to copies upon copies of files you need plus a “mirror” function of folders that you constantly change. The changes are replicated to them for backing up.


The application does different things (Backblaze pure backup/ Bitcasa cloud storage) in ways but some small scripting will allow me to even backing up my network folders that Backblaze still has not release anything technically or pricing wise.

As one of our most precious asset are our photos, we mirror that folder first and foremost to have Bitcasa act as a backup solution in place of Backblaze.

Pricing wise, USD$5 per machine per month for Backblaze whereas Bitcasa is USD10 per month per account. A single account across all my machines. So if you’re calculating, I have 5 machines including 2 laptops that runs backblaze. Cancelling any 2 accounts will allow me almost the same thing to have a single Bitcasa account that can cover all my PCs/ Laptops.

USB harddirves works as well. Mirroring works on these USB plugged in drives too. USB thumbdrives are automatically detected when plugged in and Bitcasa will asked if you wanna copy EVERYTHING into it’s Bitcasa Cloud.

Our photos being mirrored

Like other cloud storage, Dropbox/ others, it allows you to fully backup your phone’s camera roll as you take your pictures. It also allows you to set that you upload to Bitcasa cloud only on Wifi only or otherwise.

Bitcasa being a 2 year old company, there’s concerns over what will happen to our data should the company fold, get acquitted, merged, bought or otherwise when we have load up everything into Bitcasa’s cloud, It took us 3 weeks to copy almost everything of about 11Tb into Bitcasa. We’re running Singtel’s 100Mbps fiber. It’s quite amazing how it plays back things even when it’s on the cloud. Loading the mp3 from the bitcasa cloud via 4G on my Samsung S4 plays it smoothly when i’m not moving around that is. On the train, it does skips. Loading a full HD 720 movie while at home, it plays smoothly even fast forwarding and all.

We’re running it for a month now and trying to delete and retrieve any lost files. Reading it across iPhones, iPads, Android and across PCs via a web browser and it works great now but we’re still holding off for a while more on cancelling all Backblaze…for now.

Good reads:


Another useless Gigapixel post

yeah yeah, a new Tokyo 150 gigapixel was released last week, we’ve moved on from Prague and Vienna.

Yet another 150 gigapixel Tokyo –

320 gpx London –

70 Budapest –

Paris @ 26 Gigapixel –

Shanghai @ 272 –

Sevilla – 111 –

Machu Picchu 16 –


We don’t think the hype will end anytime soon. Get something gigapixel, slap it on the web then register a domain on it. Done!


The Photography Conmen in China Tourism

Recently my folks visited China. Zhangjiajie to be exact, the place where we can now find Avatar’s Hallelujah Mountains. It’s simply <eyes rolling>, they name everything after anything. One that is a group of 3, oh that’s a mum, a dad and their son mountain (see video below)….These are natural erosion that is quite a sight but these descriptions cheapens the whole place. All in the name of tourism…heck, they copy anything and everything, they have our Singapore iconic Merlion even claiming it is a 1:1 replication!

And being China we expected pirated things that was peddled to my old man. He bought an iPhone 4S that wasn’t an iPhone for SGD $120 but we are not talking about that. They’ve been on quite a lot of trips in China and even Korea.

A photographer cum videographer will tag along during these trips. Normally a local or at least someone from within the country. The Korean was slugging “so Canon camera”. Totally acceptable. Their recent China trip. Not so much. These guys will follow a single tour and will take photos of the travellers with or without permission then sell you the photos at the end of the trip.

A portable printer, a laptop, some blank DVD/ CD and photo paper is all they need.

If you goings earn these old folks money, don’t you think you should have something that can shoot better than my iphone? any iPhone mind you… I present to you the DVD they bought of themselves looking at the sights. Yes the weather was bad but the DVD was worse. Nothing edited. Uploaded as is.

The traveller with the Nikon DSLR must have better shots than any of the above.

I’m not expecting them to be using a 1Dx or a 5Dmk3 but come on. Even the point and shoot my folks had with them can shoot better video and photos.

DVD was SGD $50.00 and photos were SGD $2 each. RMB 200 and 10 respectively.

These comment ought to be called out and forced to upgrade their trade. With more and more people with their own real and proper cameras and falling prices. They have to start worrying please. And provide some real photos and proper videos these poor folks can use to remember the trip for time to come.

However, Zhangjiajie looks like a nice place (weather permitting) to visit but don’t bother getting anything from these con men. The money you spend getting the DVD and photos are better spent getting a entry point and shoot camera.