Web-based zoomable panoramas of the
Australian National University


Michael Greenhalgh, Art History
email: Michael.Greenhalgh@anu.edu.au tel:52701

This trial is also available over the web at http://vandyck.anu.edu.au/campusmap

Derived from my interest in providing web-based image materials for learning Art History, the aim of this setup is to acquaint web users with the appearance of the campus. The technology is very flexible, with hotlinks easily added (e.g. link views of the Library to its catalogue; views of the Union to its services; etc).

The panoramas (accessible from the pull-down menu or the aerial map below) can be panned and tilted by clicking and dragging inside them, and zoomed by grabbing the green central bar with the mouse and moving left or right. Pressing the space-bar highlights (in yellow) any hotspots leading to other panoramas; equally, when the cursor within the panorama turns to a pointing fist, a label indicating another panorama appears: clicking will take you into that panorama.

They are accompanied by map segments which show the direction and field-of-view of the panorama. As the panorama is manipulated, so the map segment sweeps around; when zoomed, the field-of-view narrows or widens accordingly. The panorama can be controlled (but NOT zoomed) from the map segment. When the mouse pointer changes to cross-hairs, you are in an area covered by the panorama: click, and the panorama will swivel to accord with your centre-point. Alternatively, clicking and dragging within the "light beam" represented by the field-of-view makes the panorama move in unison.

Is a map better than an aerial photograph? For comparison, one panorama is set up with an aerial photo serving as a map, with the buildings labelled, here.

getting rid of your browser's various status bars
will give you more space to view the panoramas and the maps below them.

or choose your panorama from this aerial view of the campus.