Navigating through the Flash-based Panoramas

Dragging the mouse in a panorama window with the left button held down allows the view to be rotated horizontally and vertically. The mouse scroll wheel can be used to zoom in and out. Alternately, the control buttons in the lower left corner of the window can be used for this purpose also. To find the available hot links to the adjacent panoramas, hover the mouse over roads or trails and when a white rectangle with an arrow in it appears, click on it to proceed to the next panorama in that direction. To read a sign or get more information about a point of interest, hover the mouse over the object and click when a white rectangle with a caption bubble appears. A “detail” screen will be displayed with a flat (non-panoramic) image of the sign, plaque, or other item of interest. You can return to the panorama by clicking anywhere in the detail window. Don’t use the browser “back” button, though, or you may end up back at the first panorama. There is a summary of the main navigation buttons below.

Please note that some of the longer sequences of panoramas can be difficult to follow, especially the ones involving trails. It’s quite possible to get lost and disoriented. The hot links are not always easy to find, especially when they lead to points of interest off the main route. The intent of the site is to capture some of the challenge and satisfaction of exploring an unfamiliar place. As in real life, route-finding skills may be needed, as well as the ability to use visual landmarks to keep oriented. If you need help finding the route, though, click on the “Guide” button located in the lower left-hand corner of the screen. It will reveal all of the current panorama’s hot links.

 

Use the “full screen” button to toggle in and out of full screen mode. It’s located in the lower-left corner of the screen.

This arrow represents a hot link to the next panorama in the indicated direction. A panorama may have several of these links, allowing “travel” to take place in any one of several possible directions. These links are usually invisible until the mouse hovers over their location. You can find them by passing the mouse over likely roads or trails. Alternately, you can click on the “Guide” button in the lower-left corner of the screen to reveal all the hot links.

The caption box behaves like the hot link described above but rather than displaying a new panorama when it is clicked, it displays a “detail” screen which shows a close-up of a sign, plaque, historical marker, etc. You can find the caption boxes by hovering the mouse over such items. The “Guide” button can also be used to reveal them. Once you are done viewing a detail screen, you can return to the original panorama by a left-click of the mouse anywhere on the screen.

This type of hot link allows switching to another panorama taken at the same location but on a different date or time.

The Guide button is located in the lower-left corner of the screen and can be used to reveal all the hot links in the current panorama.

The Information button is located in the lower-left corner of the screen and can be used to display background information about the current panorama (if any is available). Clicking the Information button toggles the information display on and off.

When present, this hot link displays the current panorama as an oil painting using an Adobe Photoshop “art” filter. Zoom in a bit for the full effect. At the moment, only a few panoramas have this option available. There are three in the Mendocino collection and one in the Blue Mountain collection. A regular hot link is provided to return to the companion “photographic” panorama.

 

Full Screen Mode

For the best visual experience, always click on the “Full Screen” button in the lower-left corner when the first panorama appears.