Introduction to very.gd
What is very.gd?
very.gd is a web-based, content creation platform for 360° content that supports viewing on desktop, mobile, and VR headsets (coming soon). Using the platform you can quickly and easily upload your content, add interactivity, and view in full 360°. Whether you’re using traditional rectilinear, panorama, or equirectangular content our platform can accommodate any static media you have. We’ll also be adding support for video and audio in the near future. The flexible nature of the platform is ideal for 360° video storyboards, UX/UI mockups for VR experiences, rapid prototyping, real estate walkthroughs, conceptual presentations, or fully realized experiences.
Creating your very.gd account
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Creating your first project
Once you’ve signed up for your free account you’ll be able to create as many projects as you’d like. One project can be made private while any subsequent project will be publicly viewable in our gallery until you upgrade to our paid plan. Each project you create will consist of one or more scenes that will, in turn, consist of one or more images.
To create a very.gd project:
- Click the (+) or Create Project button
- Give your project a name and brief description optional
Now that you have a project you can create scenes for each of the environments that you’d like to be part of your experience. Each new scene you create will default to ‘panel view’ but can be toggled to ‘panorama view’. Panel-based scenes will display all images added to a project arranged around a central point. Panorama-based scenes will display the first image listed in the scene wrapped around the viewer.
We’ve created some helpful templates that can be used to help guide creation of panorama content here: Sketch, Photoshop, Illustrator. You can also view some of the more technical guidelines in our Authoring Reality post.
To create a new scene:
- Click the (+) or Create Project button
- Give your scene a name and brief description (optional) — these will be displayed in the menu and upon scene load when viewing your content
- Upload new content by either clicking the Upload button or dragging and dropping content to your browser.
- Specify the type of scene (panel or panorama)
- Select background / skybox color of your scene — gradients and equirectangular image support coming soon
- Select hot spot type (see below)
- Toggle permissions (public or private)
Now you’re done creating your project! Once you have each of your scenes created you can begin adding interactivity to allow for navigation between scenes and more engaging experiences.
You can add interactive “hot spots” to each image added to a scene. These hot spots can be triggered via click, tap, or “long gaze” depending on the platform the content is being viewed on.
Adding hot spots:
- Click the link icon on one of your images
- Draw a rectangle around the interactive area
- Specify whether the hot spot should load another scene within the project or open an external URL (not recommended for headset_based experiences)
When viewing your content, hot spots can be either shown or hidden and rendered as either the rectangle you have drawn or as a singular point in the center of the rectangle.
With interactivity added you can now create linear and branching narrative content, interactive wireframes for VR experiences, click through UI prototypes, home tours, and much more.
Viewing Your Project
When you’ve finalized your project you can then view your content in browser on either desktop or mobile or toggle to stereoscopic mode for Google Cardboard or other mobile phone headsets.
To view your project:
- Click the play button at the bottom of the screen
- (desktop) Click and drag to pan your content
- (mobile) Rotate the camera to view
- (stereoscopic) Click the headset icon in the bottom right of the viewer and rotate the camera to view
- Exit your experience by clicking, tapping, or long gazing at the ‘Exit’ button at the bottom of the view
Sharing Your Project
Once you’ve created and previewed your project you can share it with collaborators, friends, family, or the general public.
You can get a publicly sharable link by clicking the share link after the project name:
Soon you’ll be able to email your projects and embed your content in other web pages.
Now that you’ve created your first project we hope you’ll continue to explore the possibilities of the platform and we’re excited to see what you and others will come up with.