Hosting Gigapan images on your own server

Over the last couple of days I have played around a bit with the backend of how the server side of hosting the Gigapan images is working. I was interested in two different topics: What is the best way to embed the images into an existing website, and second: Can I host a Gigapan image completely on my own servers without using any of the hosted gigapan.org services.

There are several (some better, some less good) methods to embed the Gigapan images on your own website, but I won’t go into details here (might do that in a later post). The reason for these post is mainly to test hosting a Gigapan image on my own server.

The below picture is hosted locally on my own server:
[kml_flashembed movie=”http://data.mikehellers.com/viewer/PanoramaViewer.swf?url=http://data.mikehellers.com/gigapan/IslandGardens.data/tiles/&suffix=.jpg&startHideControls=0&width=49464&height=11744&nlevels=9&cleft=0&ctop=0&cright=49464.0&cbottom=11744.0&startEnabled=1&notifyWhenLoaded=1&api_version=alpha&api_port=88&api_subdomain=www” height=”250″ width=”530″ /]

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6 Responses to Hosting Gigapan images on your own server

  1. Jason says:

    Mike, how much trouble was it to host your own gigapan image? I’m on the fence about getting a robot because I just don’t see enough control over content at gigapan.org.

    Thanks

  2. mike says:

    Jason,
    I had the same concerns that you have in hosting the images at the gigapan.org site. The process to host it yourself is actually rather straightforward. The main disadvantage at the moment is that you loose the ‘snapshot’ functionality if you do host the images yourself, but otherwise it works fine. I will write up a post in the coming days with the process of how to do it.

  3. mch says:

    How to do it

  4. JSW says:

    Very interested in learning how you did this – please share? Thanks!

  5. Victor says:

    Mike, you’ve done great! I am also very interested in learning how to host Gigapan images locally. So i look forward to your post.

    Plus, if there’s anyone that can add to Mike’s work and show us how to replicate the cool Snapshot feature it’d be great!

    Why on earth would Gigapan sell us a machine and then expect that all images captured with the purchased machine must be placed on their own website? What’s the commercial sense in that?

  6. Did you ever post how to do it? I would love to know how.

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