MPEmbed now has a snapshot button that can be enabled in MPEmbed Premium. When clicked, you will be able to select output format including multiple resolutions at 4:3 and 16:9. 4096 x 2048 Equirectagular spheres can also be exported using the snapshot button.
Filters are not applied to the snapshots. The blue circle cursor that appears while you are navigating the space will, unfortunately, appear in your snapshot too. As this functionality is a direct application of the Matterport SDK, I am imagining that this will be resolved soon when the next feature roll-out comes to Workshop 3 (Snapshots, Measurements, 3D Paths).
Highlight Panel Sorting & Disabling
You can now sort the content in the highlight panel as well as disable individual highlights. Sorting includes space thumbnails and joined highlight reels. This feature provides some customization that may prove handy if you are using both a highlight reel and the highlight panel for different purposes.
Mattertag Transition Selection
You can now pick if you would like to ‘Fly’ between Mattertags, ‘Cross Fade’ or ‘Instantly Transition’ when using the Mattertag Panel and mini map to navigate. Thanks, Showcase SDK 3.0.6!
Hide Mattertags in Dollhouse, Floorplan or Walkthrough Mode
This ‘experimental’ feature is now available to use for all spaces. Previously, hiding / redisplaying Mattertags would cause embedded multimedia content to be stripped from the tags. As of Showcase 3.0.6, this has been resolved and the feature has been moved into the ‘Tags Panel’ box. It’s a great tool if you have a ‘scavenger hunt’ style tour and don’t want people to see the locations of your tags while in 3D mode! It can also make your space much cleaner if you have a massive number of mattertags!
3D Measurements Button
Speaking of measurements — there’s a bug with 3D Measurements related to the Showcase platform. After displaying 3D Measurements and then moving, they will disappear and cannot be displayed again until restarting the tour.
The bug is likely due to a change in the data format between Workshop 2 and Workshop 3 and may be the reason that the public Workshop 3 roll-out did not include the Measurements feature.
On a positive note, 3D Measurements on the mini-map (that display as 2D) are now working correctly on multi-floor spaces and will appear and disappear as you swap floors. The code that handles the minimap shifting between floors has been rewritten to properly identify which floor things belong on. The SDK identifies the floors that panoramas and labels belong to, but not Mattertags or measurements.
If you would like to view a Space that has Workshop 3 measurements with MPEmbed and the 3D Measurement toggle, click the tour below:
New Parameters (Supported in MPEmbed and listed in MPEmbed Premium’s options)
&portal=0 – Hides 360 Placements Portals
&pin=0 – Hides 360 Placement pins that are shown during the introduction fly-in, dollhouse and floorplan modes.
New Mattertag Colors
MPEmbed now supports assigning ‘labels’ to the new colors introduced in Workshop 3.0.
Here’s a space that contains all of the new colors and the Mattertags Color Filters options setup — enjoy!
And another thing …
&reels is now &spaces
&reels is now gone (it still works!) and has been replaced with &spaces and &spacereels.
Originally, &reels would merge multiple highlight reels together. If a space did not have a highlight reel, a single thumbnail would be added for the space itself.
A user could choose to link multiple spaces together and not build highlight reels so that they would have a simple ‘spaces’ box. Or, if a user had highlight reels, they’d get one large multi-tour highlight reel.
I did not realize this was confusing until I started speaking to several of my users.
&spaces are better
&spaces=SPACEID|SPACEID|SPACEID – This will add a thumbnail to the highlight reel for each space that you have listed.
&spacereels=1 – This will include the highlight reels from each space in the highlight panel.
Use of &reels will automatically convert to &spaces.
MPEmbed’s Text-to-Speech support now extends beyond Chrome in support for dozens of multi-lingual female and male voices. Customize the speed, pitch and volume of your voice overs.
As a note, it’s easy to make silly sounding voices by adjusting the rates and pitches — but these features are quite practical when dealing with certain languages that require the adjustments based on how they are implemented. Play around and find the right voice!
YouTube 360 Videos are now fully supported by MPEmbed Premium. Simply add them to the highlight reel as you would a normal YouTube Video. The difference is that you will be able to control panning, while standard videos have their controls disabled and replaced by MPEmbed to suppress display of related videos .
In addition to 360 Video support, the YouTube player will now inherit the language settings from MPEmbed.
Finally, for those of you who missed the additional ‘More Help’ section of the ‘Help Screen’, this has been restored – along with mode specific help screens for Dollhouse, Walkthrough, Floorplan and 360 Views modes. Did you even know that the help screen changes during these modes? I didn’t before tonight!
Announcements open up many new opportunities for storytelling and documentation with Matterport Spaces. There are some occasions where storytelling and mobile might clash – or where your viewer simply wants to view the space distraction free. By popular request, announcements have now inherited the ‘visibility toggle’ – just like the about panel.
Oh, and now the minimap slides when toggling it 🙂 Gotta be consistent, right?
Measurements are a useful tool, but they can only be viewed in Workshop. With MPEmbed, you can now display your measurements on the minimap!
As an added bonus, imperial / metric is automatically detected based on your space settings. Measurements are in 3D, despite the display being limited to 2D.
Premium Checkboxes – Sometimes it would take two clicks to check a box, this has been fixed.
Panel Scrolling Issues – Scrollbars would not always appear when a space loaded for the mattertag panel or highlight panel. This has been resolved.
Blocked ability to navigate tour while YouTube video plays – Because you should not be able to.
Minimap Color Filters – Minimap color filters were not being applied during load. Fixed.
Minimap Rotation Controls – Rotation controls were always appearing, regardless of option set. Fixed. Also, if one were to hold the left mouse button and then press the right mouse button, it would cause the minimap to never stop rotating. Ouch! Fixed this weird bug. Also fixed on the zoom controls.
Minor UI Text Changes – You may notice that some of the minor text has changed in the Premium language options for analytics-related text. I have made changes in order to unify how events are logged to analytics and made the text a bit more flexible to integrate for future integrations.
You now have the ability to set background music to your Matterport Space. Users will be able to turn on / off the music from a native UI icon right next to the tour controls. You may also set the volume and whether or you you would like the audio to repeat. A non-repeating background track is a great way to provide an audio intro!
For non-Premium users:
Address to audio file (mp3, ogg, or wav). Must be https://
Loop background audio
Set volume from 0.1 (10%) to 1 (100%)
Removed rounded borders on color filters.
Color filters now turn to default UI color when hovered.
Removed extra space at bottom of highlights panel.
Changed hover color on highlights reel (was black, now is staying white).
Changed font sizes for announcements to reflect the same font sizes in the title area of the about panel (consistency!)
Confetti disabled on mobile as it does not perform well.
Fixed &reels (was not working when highlight reel was turned off)
Fixed display of custom floor names
Fixed button that minimizes the about panel — wasn’t allowing people to click it.
Fixing &reels caused normal highlights to disappear, which is fixed.
Left side of screen was unclickable, which was fixed too.
Floor Menu was either invisible or visible — as opposed to open / closed. For desktop users, one would rarely click on the invisible menu. For mobile users, the menu fell in a logical place to click to move.