MP Embed Dev Blog
Feature Requests, Changelog and Tentative Roadmap
Some users take advantage of being able to set parameters for MPEmbed by using hidden mattertags.
If you’re not use the Premium version, it’s a great way to avoid a long URL full of parameters – and a great way to be able to change options after your client has already published their space.
One of our users emailed me because MPEmbed was not loading. I realized that one of his Mattertags had the title ‘info’ – for some useful information that he was displaying in his tour. This is a parameter that MPEmbed used to use (still supported, but it’s deprecated — and has been replaced).
In order to fix this problem, MPEmbed is now ignoring visible Mattertags. Only hidden ones will be used for parameters.
The current position marker on the minimap now moves with you between panos! It’s a little delayed as it depends on the rate that and speed that the SDK updates us with this information… but it’s pretty fun to see!
The current position marker on the minimap now moves with you between panos! It's a little delayed as it depends on the rate that and speed that the SDK updates us with this information… but it's pretty fun regardless!
Posted by MPEmbed – Overlay for Matterport Showcase on Tuesday, November 6, 2018
And for anyone who may have noticed, if you use numbers on the panos on the minimap – numbers didn’t appear on certain panos due to a glitch… that’s fixed up…
And alignment of the labels on the pano list in Premium is fixed … not really a biggy there as that’s just a control panel UI thing…
But it gets me thinking … I had plans for the pano labels that extended beyond the mini map … hopefully I’ll be able to roll those out in December…
Would you like to only show Mattertags during the 3D Walkthrough? Now you can disable Mattertags in any view mode with MPEmbed!
From MOUG: @James Hilton · Yesterday at 4:02 AM
“Is it possible to hide Mattertags from the dollhouse view but have them visible in the model?”
Yes, now you can!
If you’d like to override MPEmbed’s default text labels, you now have the option in MPEmbed Premium to do so!
Setting custom text works when combined with choosing a different language for MPEmbed + Showcase.
This new feature works directly from the language configuration files — so you’ll see quite a few unfamiliar things that can be translated. Some of it is for analytics and some is for the Chrome/Firefox developer’s console. Have fun!
The highlights panel has received a huge upgrade! Now highlights appear as thumbnails in a grid with the signature ‘Walking’ and ‘360 View’ icons just like the standard highlight reel. In addition, dollhouse and floorplan views receive their own icons (first on MPEmbed!) — and links to other spaces using the &reels= parameter receive a ‘Play’ button.
Highlights Panel v2.0 – Looks a bit more familiar now! You can now disable your highlight reel with &hr=0 and have the same icon / layout in the MPEmbed About Panel.What's even cooler is that dollhouse and floorplan highlights have icons (not on standard Matterport Highlight Reels) …Also spaces usings &reels=SPACEID,SPACEID,SPACEID receive a 'play' button on each new tour link…
Posted by MPEmbed – Overlay for Matterport Showcase on Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Also – Google / Adobe analytics have received a few tweaks. Highlight Reel logging now includes the label if created in Workshop. Logging of moving between panoramas will also include a label if create in MPEmbed Premium! There will be some more analytics announcements soon!
AND! MPEmbed Premium celebrates the end of its launch month!
We have 60 users! Incredible! I have had such a wonderful time communicating with so many of you! Your support, feature requests, bug reports and patience has made this project so very rewarding — and I hope that the features that I am able to create in this platform will, in turn, also be rewarding for you and your Matterport businesses!
I’ve converted the roadmap page into a blog and will be allowing premium users to comment if they wish on update posts! If you’re logged in, you’re welcome to jump in!
Happy Halloween! Got a spooky tour? Maybe you’d like to use &filter=invert!
New Feature – Transition Blur – Go a step further with the latest feature — &blurtrans! &blurtrans=1 adds a slight blur between panorama transitions — &blurtrans=4 adds a massive blurry transition! 2 and 3 work too. Check it out! Premium users can interactively play around with this new customization. It really takes the edge off of things!
MPEmbed now supports motion blur during transitions! Have you ever felt that transitions were a bit too edgy and wanted to soften them a bit? This new feature is fun to play with and might take the edge off of things! Valid parameters: &blurtrans=1 &blurtrans=2 &blurtrans=3 &blurtrans=4 Or play around in premium! It's a cinematic feature that might reduce the jarring feeling that you feel between panoramas 🙂
Posted by MPEmbed – Overlay for Matterport Showcase on Wednesday, October 31, 2018
As some of MPEmbed’s users know, new features come when people ask questions — and bug fixes come when people email me reports of bugs. Today, I had a particularly difficult space that I needed to apply color filters to and I ran into a few bugs along my own way — and a need for a new feature.
New Feature – &minimaphide360views=1 – I wanted the minimap to disappear while viewing 360 Views as I was working on an apartment community tour space and the minimap was not relevant to the 360 Views. Useful!
Bug Fix – Premium – Individual Settings for 360 Views – Filters can now be applied to 360 Views. Not being able to was an oversight and a bug stood in the way of allowing it.
Tweak – Details Box – Removed the border under the ‘Details Panel Image’ … it was a bit obnoxious. I also removed the gap that appears when there’s no description for the space… and fixed the model name misaligning when one added a custom logo …
Posted by MPEmbed – Overlay for Matterport Showcase on Monday, October 29, 2018
Enlarged UI for Large Touchscreen Displays – You can now use &scaleui=1 to increase the display size of the About Panel and the UI icons (Dollhouse, Floorplan, Inside, Fullscreen). This works along with the Horizontal Flip Button too (Premium feature — perfect for showing alternate options for home builders and apartments).
Show Mattertags on Minimap – You can now use &minimaptags=1 to display Mattertag Hotspots on your minimap! They work just like normal hotspots and the Mattertag Directory and will reposition your visitor right in front of the Mattertag! Stay tuned for an update to the SDK in a few weeks that will allow MPEmbed to also open the tag as well as instantly transition to its location without a ‘fly-to’ animation.
Hide All Panos on the Minimap – Premium users can already selectively disable panorama hotspots. Now you can remove ALL panorama hotspots with &minimapnopano=1. This is handy if you’d like a Mattertag ONLY minimap!
New Features!&minimaptags=1 — Add Mattertags to your minimap!&minimapnopano=1 — Remove all panorama hotspots from your minimap.&minimaptags=1&minimapnopano=1 — Minimap with only mattertags for navigation!And — &scaleui=1 — 2x Scaled UI for use on massive touchscreen displays!
Posted by MPEmbed – Overlay for Matterport Showcase on Saturday, October 20, 2018
Bug Fix – Premium – Pano Labels – Updating labels on individual panoramas was not updating the text in the pano list. That’s fixed. In addition, having a custom pano label would remove the pano # from the pano list – that’s fixed too.
Bug Fix – Premium – Compass + Fixed UI – The compass was ‘stuck’ when ‘Fixed UI’ was enabled. Fixed!
Bug Fix – WP3D Models Custom Title Fix – When WP3D Models applies &title=0 and &brand=1 when it shows a custom title overlay during load, MPEmbed will still show the details box.
Hide Title / Presented By – MPEmbed now works with &title=0, &mls=1 and &brand=0. These options will hide the title when loading and the top left about box. Having &details= enabled will still show the details panel.
Premium – Resolved a few UI bugs — Matterport Standard URL Parameter options that were set to 0 (&mt=0, &title=0) were not showing their checkboxes as checked when reloaded. Custom Filters were not being added to the minimap or global filter panel if the panel was already open.
&mtrans=2 – Experience a new transition between Mattertags when the ‘fly-to’ method fails.
When viewers click on a tag in the Mattertag panel, they will ‘fly-to’ the Mattertag (and generally reach the location of the Mattertag). When this fails, MPEmbed will fly out to dollhouse mode (or floorplan mode if this is disabled) and then try again.
I have created a secondary option that will instead cross fade to the location of the Mattertag with a small 3D transition. This is based on a quirk in the SDK that I have discovered.
Premium UI Fixes – Tint panel redesigned; bug with checkboxes not showing as checked when swapping tabs fixed.
In addition to minor visual improvements to Premium’s Control Panel, I have begun to list known bugs, the time submitted, and the time resolved.
- UI Tint not appearing on published tours – Reported 10/9/18 – Resolved – 10/10/18 @ 12:30am
- Custom Filters set as the Global Filter are not currently working – Reported 10/9/18 – Resolved – 10/10/18 @ 2:21am
- Mobile Version is not showing premium settings. – Reported 10/9/18 – Resolved – 10/10/18 @ 2:29am
Deep links were not working; turning off features was resulting in no change when saved. Both issues are resolved. Thank you for your patience with the Premium launch!
Mattertag Sorting (Premium)
One of the most requested features has now been added — Mattertags can be reorganized within the Mattertag directory by dragging and dropping them! It’s super easy!
The most requested feature for MPEmbed Premium has been the ability to sort Mattertags! I'm thrilled to say that the feature is now ready!The next most requested feature has been the ability to group Mattertags. Stay tuned!
Posted by MPEmbed – Overlay for Matterport Showcase on Saturday, October 6, 2018
Compass Widget (Premium)
A special shout out to Doug Tse in San Francisco — your compass feature has arrived! Find this new feature in ‘Premium Features’ and visually set ‘True North’ to calibrate your compass widget!
Have you ever been asked by a client if you can add a compass to your space? It's easy! &compass=1 and &compassnorth=90 (set the degrees). Premium users can visually set north!
Posted by MPEmbed – Overlay for Matterport Showcase on Thursday, October 11, 2018
If you encountered some bug issues with setting certain showcase parameters to zero — it’s taken care of now!
MPEmbed previously viewed any setting that was set to ‘0’ as being ‘off’ — with the exception of &mt=0 — which had some programming put in place to allow. I’ve retooled Premium to allow ‘0’ to be a valid value.
You’ll notice that ‘disable minimap’ and other options in premium that had a ‘Do not display’ option have had this option removed. Now you can simply ‘uncheck’ the option to disable it.
Improved Filter Transitions (Premium):
Filter transitions have been improved so that all filters cross-fade. Previously, transitions would be instant when they were not simply brightness and contrast adjustments. This has been fine tuned and for the most part, transitions are all quite smooth now!
Easier Access to Edit Saved Filters (Premium):
Saved filters are now found at the bottom of the ‘Custom Filters’ panel. It’s better to keep everything filter related in one panel!
Disable Parameters (Premium):
If your client (or someone else!) has embedded a space with MPEmbed and you would like to regain full control over how the space is configured, now you can! You must embed your user id (mpu) as a hidden Mattertag and then turn on the ‘Disable Parameters’ option in the ‘Settings’ panel.
Set Matterport Parameters (Premium):
Premium users can now configure all of Matterport’s standard URL parameters in a simple user interface! It’s never been easier to customize a Matterport Space! Additionally, free users can embed any standard URL parameter into a Mattertag and it will also work!
MPEmbed spaces will now open in a new tab when viewed on mobile. This replicates the behavior of Showcase, when embedded — and just like Showcase, can be bypassed with &play=1.
The MPEmbed Minimap gets an upgrade! Now you can see the previous floor at 50% opacity! Inspired by Craig Sauer and Michael Asgian’s tour of Mitchell Caverns. Also &minimap=3 (Start Maximized) has been removed (sorry!). This setting was problematic with initializing the zoom and resize controls.
Premium Beta – Thank you to all of the first adopters! Lots of little changes happening as people have begun using this tool! After we’re stable, the ‘Beta’ label will be taken off. Problems thus far have been related to ‘Unlimited’ signups not actually processing credit cards, Professional accounts showing PHP code instead of forms (yikes) and a few helpful observations that have been shared that have required some adjustments on how premium spaces are shared. Thank you to everyone who is doing more with MPEmbed!
MPEmbed Premium is currently in beta.
This means that it has not yet been tested with actual users. If you would like to sign up, subscription options are now available starting at $9.95/mo!
Showcase v3.0 presently has a bug wherein only 1k tiles are served when a tour is loaded. Resizing the browser window or zooming in will initiate load of 2k and 4k tiles. I added a fix a while back to this bug that would automatically resize the showcase frame to 99.9% then back to 100%. This fix stopped working and I’ve fixed the fix 🙂 I’ve also reported it to Matterport.
Premium is going to be available on September 30, 2018. I’m still working on the account system. 🙁
&hotspotnumbers=1 – Show hotspot numbers on the mini map. Numbering is in the order that scans were made.
MPEmbed Premium Demo – Massive UI overhaul moving option configuration into the About Panel and pano settings and color adjustments into the configurator column. This allows users to always have access to all tools at once and improves accessibility on smaller screens.
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Things I Cannot Do Right Now
Mattertags cannot be opened via SDK. This feature will be available VERY soon as well as the ability to instantly transition to where Mattertags are located instead of ‘flying’ to the point. I’m waiting on the Showcase v3.0.6 / SDK v3.0.6 release to enable this.
I cannot change the URL that is shown when clicking the ‘share’ icon or hitting ‘u’ to get a deep link.
I cannot do anything to fix issues caused by the VR Modal Box, Terms of Service or Help Modal Boxes.