blog added 15/12/2006
The holy grail of interactive panorama display has been if it was possible to display them using Adobe Flash. Until now this has been tried many times, but with very poor performance and lots of bad distortion, this was not fault of the developers but was because Adobe (Macromedia) Flash was designed as a 2D vector line drawing tool not as a 3D bitmap render engine.
Recent releases of Adobe Flash versions 8 and 9 have now made it possible to provide 3D bitmap projections. The installed user base Adobe Flash v 8 is in excess of 96% and it is a simple upgrade to get to v9.
Two major software tools have released to enable Flash panorama technology: Pano2QTVR (http://www.pano2qtvr.com/) and ImmerVision (http://www.immervision.com).
I have been using both these tools and they show great potential. The Immervison tool is free, as long as your can create .ivp files - either using their own authoring package or RealViz Stitcher - which has .ivp export.
Here is an example Immervision Flash panorama. The link will open in a new window, this is resizable and they show that is possible to get rather good full-screen panoramas, I need to work on the quality settings but this is a huge step forward. Oh this does require Adobe Flash v9 to work.
The future is FLASH.