Cropped spherical Flash issue
I have only one major problem with TW3 Flash Version, which I have noticed so far.
I have presented this in the User Panel and have received feedback but for some reason, the people who have looked at this are not on the same page.
I work with two types of sphericals, those which are complete 360X 180 and those which have been cropped horizontally so are 360 degrees wide but less than 180 in height. The java version of the viewer handles the geometry of these the same way so the only difference from the site visitors perspective, is that in the latter case, the vertical tilt is limited.
In the flash version on the other hand, the full sphere (360 X 180) works properly in flash but in the case of the partial sphere (360 X Less than 180) the program automatically crops the image vertically so as to create a 2:1 aspect ratio so that it can run as a full sphere. This makes it work from the program point of view but wrecks the image from the viewers point of view.
The suggestion to me was to publish as a cylinder. The problem with this is that when spherical geometry is displayed as a cylinder, horizontal lines become curved, the degree of which is directly related to the distance above or below the horizon.
Am I the only one who has an issue with this?
Is this something, which can be resolved from an application programming point of view or will I have to put a top on all of the images that I publish in Flash.