TourBuzz Service Update: Sleek skin is now live!

We are extremely pleased to announce the launch of the first of several new designs that have been working on.

Sleek is now available for use!

A few interesting notes about sleek:

  • Sleek is our first skin to offer the ability to hide all image names from public view, making the workflow for customers that don't care about image names a bit faster and also providing more room for the images.
  • Sleek is our first skin to offer a drop-down branding area, allowing us to maximize the viewer size and have even more screen real estate to lay out the branding info.
  • Sleek also offers a more traditional "inline" branding section.
  • You can choose to have the controls "float" over the picture to get even more space for the viewer.
  • You can now use mouse/trackpad scrolling to scroll the thumbnails.
  • KNOWN ISSUE: The player doesn't load on IE6/7 at the moment. This is ~6% of visitors. We are working on it.

Enjoy!

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Comment by Frank Zrinsky on February 2, 2012 at 1:39pm

Looking good so far!!!  A few questions...

1.I notice my company loading graphic does not pop up while the tour is loading, this is how I get a lot of my business, whill this be added?

2.Can we replace the full screen button with words that actually say full screen, I know it is ridiculous in this day an age the people do not know it means full screen(and do not think to move the mouse over it).  I always have to explain to the agents how to go full screen, when it doesnt explicitly say it, then they feel the buyers will run into the same issue(whether it actually exists or not).

3.Will any of the new skins always have the agents Name, contact info, logo, photo ALWAYS displayed(maybe with the option to hide)?

4.Add a new setting so we can go to a true full screen without the thumbnails at the bottom, I notice there is so much blank space where the photos use to take up the full screen to really show off the property.

Thank you so much for the hard work, I can see the new skins have a lot of potential, I think I am most looking forward to metro or the modern one with the thumbnails on the side.  I just want to make sure we can have all the agents branding visible, they bring that up all the time that they love how their info is always right there for the buyer to see.  Also hope we can have a classy way for our company logo to appear during loading, or at some point during the tour.  I get so many calls from agents just from that quick 5 second loading icon with my info.

Thanks!

Comment by TourBuzz Fellow on February 2, 2012 at 2:51pm

Testing it out on a live tour now.  A couple questions.  

It's not displaying the property address or title anywhere... should it or can it?  

It would be nice to have the option of displaying the title but not the photo description... any chance we can add that or am I missing it somewhere?

Color controls don't seem to be changing what I expect them to change.  Was trying to change the color of the player to all black, but it's not changing from grey.  Is that a user-changeable color?

Thanks, guys!

Tim

Comment by TourBuzz Fellow on February 2, 2012 at 2:54pm

One other thing... it doesn't seem to be auto-playing even though I have that option selected for my client. Here's the link http://tours.coloradovirtualtours.com/public/vtour/display/38552?a=1

Tim

Comment by TourBuzz Support on February 2, 2012 at 10:36pm

@frank -

1. The loading image still works just like normal; I just verified it myself. 

2. We will look into writing "full screen". We generally figure if it's good enough for YouTube it must be good enough, but we will see if we can do that without it looking cheezy.

3. We are going to add additional branding location options for Sleek very shortly. 

4. We are considering adding another option to Sleek for making the thumbs "float up" when you mouse to the bottom edge of the screen. We hadn't considered just removing them in full screen mode; that's an interesting idea that we could think about.

Thanks!
Alan 

Comment by TourBuzz Support on February 2, 2012 at 10:43pm

@tim

1. None of the current skins show the title and/or address *on* the skin. They just show the "one line description". The title and/or address are in the title bar of the window. It's something we can consider for the future but it seems like one of those things we'd need to add to all skins the same way, which makes it a bit tricky.

2. The background color of the player itself cannot yet be changed. We will see if that will be easy to do.

3. That auto-play might be a bug that I think we've fixed. It should be released tomorrow. 


Alan

Comment by Trey Freeze on February 3, 2012 at 1:29am

Looking good guys! I really like it. I'm going to get some feedback from agents tomorrow. 

Comment by J P on February 3, 2012 at 10:54am

I like it! I agree 100% about the thumbnails on the bottom- They should float up or appear rather than being there all of the time while on full screen.

Is there a way to change the font? The one on there isn't very elegant- Georgia would be goold, but even Times New Roman would be better.

This skin is a HUGE improvement and has TONS of potential!!!!

Thanks, guys!!!

Comment by Paul Rodman on February 3, 2012 at 11:16am

Hey Jennai,

You can make font changes with more choices on the way.  We will also have options for the thumbnails. 

You can try Sleek by creating a new Design and choosing Sleek.  you will see the current options.  More options will be available in the coming weeks including navigation(floor plan) placement and size, additional font choices, background color choice, etc.

We will make the designs as flexible as possible.

Thanks

Comment by J P on February 3, 2012 at 11:41am

You guys are the best!!!!

Comment by TourBuzz Support on February 3, 2012 at 12:31pm

We are very close to being able to use arbitrary fonts in both the html (branding) and flash (player). We know how important typography is so we are excited to be able to bring this huge improvement to everyone shortly.

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