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Building a virtual campus

Are there any tools for building a virtual "walk through" model of real places? I'd like to model a set of buildings, provide photos from specific places of the walls of those buildings, and have the tool generate all the intermediate views, but I'll settle for "You are HERE facing NSEW and this is what you see." The idea is to preserve a bunch of artwork that students have drawn on the walls of the local school, before it's torn down for renovation. I'm assuming that the assorted games with world editors aren't quite up to the resolution needed to preserve artwork; correct me if I'm wrong. (although, building a model of a real school in the UT world editors is liable to get one in trouble these days, anyway. Sigh.) Cheap would be good...

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this is pretty pointless
sam9 years ago
how about google earth/ SketchUp? You can bring photos into SketchUp, and I think you can import that into google earth..
schorhr sam9 years ago
Thats what I also posted ;-)
sam schorhr9 years ago
Oops.. It was a long post.. so I skimmed. Anyway, I second that idea, and I think its a great way to go!
schorhr9 years ago
Hello, do you want this to be webbased or a downloadable application?

S T A N D A L O N E A P P
PRO
Can be done in any application you want, either pre-build like 3d game engines, or self programmed in something more plattform independant.
CON
Wont run everywhere, downloading a large application since the images will most likely not load picture for picture from the web

W E B - B A S E D

-HTML, JS/CSS
PRO
Easy to build. No plugins neccesary. Very plattformindependant (if done right)
CON
Static.

-JAVA

PRO
On most plattforms available
CON
Slow. Sometimes not pre-installed

-FLASH
There are different tools, non that I know of specialized for the task though.
PRO
On most plattforms available, very common and easy to generate.
CON
Slow. No 3D. Sometimes not pre-installed. Flash Authoring is expensive if you want the "real thing" from adobe/Macromedia.

S E C O N D L I F E
..uhm... yes. Buy some land (EDUCATIONAL REBATE) and build something with images as texture.
PRO:
I can not think of anything positive except its easy and some like it. Oh yeah, it will work on mac, win and linux.
CON:
May cost a few bucks to buy land and upload.

Some stuff I found via Google and more ideas:

http://www.megalithics.com/england/belas/belachor.htm
(i also saw a 360 degrees photo-processor thing that made java tours where you could specify areas as links to switch to a different location- i searched but cant recall the name!)

VRML Standard
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VRML (see linksection)

Google Earth / Sketchup
This could be a neat choice. You could build a 3d landscape on the acutal map, and i think its possible to put textures on it!
Also you could simply put links or so for higher resolution photos.

schorhr schorhr9 years ago
Say, did I miss the editbutton? Where did it go?

Anyway, I forgot to post this link
http://vresources.org/software/software2.shtml
which might have some usefull things.