True Full Screen Slideshow Launched

In October of 2010, PlanOmatic decided to boldly go where most real estate photography companies have never gone before by dropping Adobe Flash technology. At the time, some may have called us crazy. Just a year prior, we were the first company to release a mobile interactive floor plan presentation optimized for the iPhone. We have always had a company culture that looked to the future, not to the past.

When we dropped Flash, it meant we had to make a few sacrifices, one of them being true full screen slideshow support. We were able to provide full browser screen slideshows, but we didn’t have the technology available to take control over the entire screen. That changes today with our latest PhotoPlan 3GN release. Click the image below to view this Massachusetts PhotoPlan and find the “Full Screen” button in the bottom right hand corner.

This change is one of many projects we have on our list for 2012 and we have many more in the queue. We hope everyone enjoys the fruits of full screen slideshows without the need for Adobe’s Flash plugin. The only caveat here is that our favorite application, Internet Explorer (7, 8 & 9), does not yet support full screen mode using JavaScript. Did you sense the sarcasm in that last sentence?

Photography Credit: Daniel Wodecki, PlanOmatic

622 Riversville Road Virtual Tour from PlanOmatic – GreenwichStreets.com

Mark Pruner of Prudential Connecticut Realty in Greenwich, CT wrote some nice things about PlanOmatic in his blog post. In particular, he had great things to say about Rob Staub, our southeast Connecticut photographer, Barr Covrigaru, Production Coordinator and Chad Gagnon, Production Manager. Thanks for the review Mark, and a very cool blog if I may say so myself!

Flash Free PlanOmatic PhotoPlan 3GN Home Tour

No, not the flash on our cameras.  The flash I’m talking about is Adobe’s Flash.  You remember, right?  It’s the Flash that Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, has repeatedly criticized for mobile use, specifically for Apple’s iPhone and iPad.  It’s the action that results in a “Please download Flash…” message when browsing a flash-based website on your iPhone or iPad.  It’s the Flash that seems to be dying a not to slow death.

At this point, it’s no longer up to us to decide whether Steve Jobs is right or wrong.  Apple has clearly paved the way for our current and future mobile experience.  It’s now up to us to make sure our end users (potential buyers) are getting the experience they set out for upon visiting a PlanOmatic PhotoPlan for one of your listings.  We’re not the only ones moving away from Flash.  Here are some big name companies that have either scrapped Flash altogether, or have an HTML5 or JavaScript substitute:

There are many more not listed here, and many yet to come.

Well, that’s exactly what we’ve been cooking up in our kitchen, and the meal is ready to be served.  A special shout-out goes to our friends at FarView Consulting for a job very well done.  Introducing (drums please)… The PlanOmatic PhotoPlan 3GN, completely free of Adobe Flash.

Landing Page

Photo Gallery

Contact Page

Property Info

Interactive Floor Plan

Google Map

PhotoPlan 3GN now allows our home tours to be usable on all Internet platforms for both mobile and desktop.  Don’t worry, we still have our proprietary PhotoPlan Mobile for the iPhone.  So if you don’t have an iPhone or iPad, right about now you’re asking yourself “So what? Why are people bothering me with this Flash crap all the time?” If you’re one of those people, take a step back for a moment and think about this.  You actually don’t really care whether your PhotoPlan works on your own mobile device. Why? BECAUSE YOU’RE NOT THE ONE WHO WILL HOPEFULLY BUY YOUR LISTING!  Based on this article by AppleInsider, chances are that 33% or more of the potential buyers searching for real estate from a mobile device are doing it using Apple’s iOS  on the iPhone, and we’re not even talking about the iPod Touch or iPad.

Ok.  So I covered exactly why we moved away from Flash, but here’s the real reason for this post.  Not only did we convert our PhotoPlan viewer from Flash to JavaScript, but we took this opportunity to completely redesign the entire presentation, inside and out.  Here are the main points you need to know about PhotoPlan 3GN, and why it’s a huge leap from our Flash-based PhotoPlan Pro:

  • Clean and elegant with a great user experience. No hard to find features. Everything organized and always just one click away.
  • 3GN focuses on your large, beautiful photos, now at 830 pixels wide displayed at an HD 3:2 ratio, more than double the size of our previous viewer.
  • Mobile, mobile, mobile. PhotoPlan 3GN works seamlessly on the iPad. Don’t worry, we still have our proprietary PhotoPlan Mobile for the iPhone.
  • A full page dedicated to branding yourself with more information than ever. Same goes for Property Information.
  • Location, location, location. Large integrated Google map/satellite view.
  • PhotoPlan 3GN loads faster than you can say the word “Internet”.
  • New, redesigned interactive floor plan. We separated the photo gallery from the interactive floor plan viewer, now getting the best of both worlds.

PlanOmatic is offering PhotoPlan 3GN on an exclusive basis for the remainder of 2010.  If you are interested in participating, please post a comment or email me at kori(at)planomatic(dot)com.  Once you apply, please allow us 2-3 business days to get back to you.

We hope you find this to be as ground breaking as we do. Without a doubt, this change will make the home buyer experience more friendly and more focused on what is important about YOUR listing.