Secret iPhone & iPad Version – in beta

Websites and virtual tours are optimized for the device they’re being viewed on.  For instance, Apple devices like iPhones and iPads aren’t compatible with “flash” presentations, so PreviewFirst tours are optimized with photo swipe technology.  While it may be true that buyers really only want the photo tour, it sure would be great to watch the Motion Picture presentation on iDevices, too.  So, we’ve been working on it and we have a beta option available for you.

Most of the agents we talk to, would simply like to play the tours on their iPad to show off at a listing appointment, etc.  So, here’s the deal…  We’ve been working on a version for Apple products, and I’m going to show you how to employ it.  But I have to add a disclaimer first…. 

Our programmers have been able to accomplish some pretty amazing things BUT, there are problems.  We don’t usually roll-out new developments until things are as close to perfect as possible, but in this case we’re making an exception.  Why?  Because it’s only going to be available to those who specifically want it and are willing to deal with the imperfections.  😉  We figure (in this case) something may be better than nothing.  So for those tech-savvy types, here’s the insider scoop.

  1. The tours can play on iPad and iPhone by adding “mobile/motion_picture” to the URL.  So for instance, http://tours.previewfirst.com/virtual_tours/641/details becomes http://tours.previewfirst.com/virtual_tours/641/mobile/motion_picture.  If you watch the mobile version on your computer, it doesn’t look as good as it does on your iPhone or other device.
  2. You need to enter the “mobile” URL on your iDevice directly.
  3. In order to have a good motion picture show, the mobile player downloads ALL the images first. On 3G, this can take a good 30 seconds or so.  But on wifi, it’s instant.  Plus, once it’s downloaded the first time, it usually begins playing right away the second time.  So, if you’re planning to use it for a presentation, make sure you play it at home, beforehand.
  4. There is a slight flicker of the image as it zooms in and out.  Unfortunately there’s no way around this.  Smart Phone technology just isn’t there yet.
  5. Because of Apple’s strict policy as to how music files load on iDevices, you need to click the “play” button to hear music.

Okay, so there you have it.  With so many details to think about, we normally wouldn’t share this service yet, as it can tend to raise more questions than answers.  But for those of you that want it – It’s Yours!

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