Price When Reviewed: 340
Pros: Creates photorealistic 3D walkthroughs of interiors or exteriors from panorama images or even 2D photos and sketches, with export to Web or 3D environments.
Cons: Works best on scenes with clean, simple shapes, such as rectangular rooms or buildings. Furniture, arches and anything curved can add a lot of complications.
VTour is a new program that allows you to construct 3D virtual environments with photorealistic textures, starting from a single photographic panorama. It’s available for Windows 2000 and XP, and a Mac OS X version will be released in the summer.
The application has many potential uses. It could create virtual walkthroughs of building interiors and exteriors, 3D simulations, or virtual-reality material for video game design. It could be useful in film and TV for the creation of virtual sets, too.