The Autodesk Cloud Rendering service now allows you to render a panorama rendering. Something that cannot be accomplished with stand-alone Revit. The results are quite good and it would be great to use with your clients so that they can see and understand your design.
Autodesk Cloud does not allow users to share, embed on a website or export the panorama. I suspect that there are a number of reasons why we are not able to do this at this time, including viewer licensing restrictions, software development and security concerns. In time, I’m sure that users will be able to take better control of their renderings, until then I hope to offer a solution.
Unfortunately, this article will only cover getting the panoramic out of Autodesk Cloud and putting it into a format that can be imported into Autodesk Stitcher and other panoramic software. It is beyond the scope of this article to explain how to host or install viewers on a website. This is due to the vast amounts of options out there. I can offer product and service suggestions at the end of the article. Feel free to contact us if you would like AEC Communications to assist you in setting up a way to host your renderings.
The panorama image viewer in Autodesk Cloud seems to differ depending on the browser, however all of the viewers use a cubical panorama to view the rendering. In short, there are six images. One image for each side of the cube. Autodesk Cloud Rendering places each side of the cube stacked into one image.
The easiest way to download the rendering, on Windows and Mac, is using Google Chrome. Log into your Autodesk Cloud Rendering gallery and select the panorama to be exported. This will load the panoramic rendering into the current session of Chrome. Choose File > Developer > Developer Tools from the pull down menus. This will open the Developer Tools window. Select the Resources tab, Expand Frames > (mygallery.aspx) > Images. Look down the list of images for DataProxy.aspx and click on it. This will reveal the rendering in the preview pane to the right. Drag and drop it from the preview pane to your desktop.
To get the rendering using Internet Explorer, you’ll need to look in the browser cache. Get to the Cache by selecting Tools > Options. In the General Tab, select Settings under “Browser History”. Click “View Files”. It’s best to clear your browser cache before hand and look for a .jpg image starting with DataProxy.
The rendering consists of six 700×700 pixel images combined into one image. They are arranged in this order, starting from top image to the bottom image: Right, Left, Up, Down, Back and Front. If we slice these images into individual images and rename them correctly then Autodesk Stitcher will open them as a panorama. You can export the image into a number of different formats, resolutions and tag them as well.
For example the images will need to be renamed from the top image to the bottom image: xxxxxx_R.jpg, xxxxxx_L.jpg, xxxxxx_U.jpg, xxxxxx_D.jpg, xxxxxx_B.jpg, and xxxxxx_F.jpg.
For Windows users, slicing the images can be done in any number of programs including Adobe Photoshop. Renaming the files can be done by hand. I’m not aware of any automation tool that can do this on the Windows platform.
For Mac OS X Lion users, I use a free app from the Mac App Store named Tilen to slice the image into 6 separate images. Tilen is easy to use, just be sure to select a tile size of 700×700. I’ve created an Automator application that renames the tiled images so that they can be imported into Autodesk Stitcher. Download it here. Just drop the tiles onto the Automator application icon.
Opening the panoramic in Stitcher Unlimited is a breeze. Just choose ‘File > Load Panorama’ inside Stitcher. Then select the first file in the panorama.
Stitcher exports a cubical panorama to Cubic QTVR, Cubic/Spherical Pure Player, Spherical Image and VRML. The Cubical Pure Player is being used to view the panorama below.
An example of using Google Street View API to view this in a spherical export, here.
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