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Death of QTVR and DevalVR

Plugins were the back bone of the Internet 10 maybe 20 years ago. Browsers display only the most basic of things. Javascript, HTML and images. That was it. If you need to view anything fancy, videos embedded on webpages, Java, Flash and even flash games or in our case, panoramas, you simply had to download a plugin.

Then the ease of displaying of embedded videos, youtube gone mainstream, Flash problems and there were many many problems with Flash. HTML5 did come and eased a lot of the hassle…

Much of the panoramas output in 2007 to 2010 here were in Qucktime VR or Deval VR. These 2 technologies have since been dead. QTVR since version 7, anything after that do not support VR. The exported .mov file still works for all panoramas but not many people to no one actually, will bother download a separate plugin, install it to view anything on the web now. Clients and the general public expect things to just work when loaded without separate software.

Below is one of the QTVR output we have of Tang Dynasty taken back in 2007. The place in Taman Jurong, Singapore, has since closed down.

HTML5 is as of now, 2020. The best option on mobile, iphone, ipads, tablets, android, PC, Mac, Windows, you name it. it just works. With a big consortium backed by the biggest names there is Apple, Google, Mozilla, and Microsoft), the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group. Hope this last another decade before something new comes along. We chose not to be re-output anything that is before 2010 and left them as if, in QTVR and DevalVR format on this website. It is sad to see many sites have chose to simply closed down over the many years doing panoramas and new sites do not seem to be springing up fast enough. For now, we continue doing what we love doing and see how technologies continue to evolve doing virtual tours and panoramas.

Stay safe, stay healthy.