Archive | August, 2014

New Feature: Photo Gallery

15 Aug

You may have noticed some of our tour apps have photo galleries that rotate automatically and can also be swiped. These were beta users of our Photo Gallery widget and we’re happy to announce that it is now available in the App Builder for TourSphere Pro accounts.

What is the Photo Gallery widget?
The Photo Gallery widget allows you to add multiple photos to a single page in one image carrier. Think of it as a responsive slideshow that gives users access to multiple photos on a single page without scrolling. You can set the gallery to auto rotate, adjust the timing of the rotation, or let users swipe to the next image. You can even use the gallery to add sponsor logos to specific stops on your tour.

How do you add a Photo Gallery to your tour?
Use our web-based mobile App Builder to create a Photo Gallery on a page-by-page basis. You must be in a project created with TourSphere Pro. You’ll find a new widget under the Add Widget menu. Once you click to add the widget to the page, the Photo Gallery editor will open up. Upload photos from your computer directly into the gallery, or drag images from the Library to the Image section on the right. Click the Show Options button to set the auto-rotatation and speed.

A few thoughts to remember about the Photo Gallery:
1) The gallery looks best when all the images have the same dimensions. 2) In the widget editor, drag and drop the thumbnails to re-order the images. 3) If you don’t have a Pro account, you can still take the widget for a test drive by creating a new project from your Dashboard and selecting Pro.

Would you like to learn more? Contact your Client Account Manager or email us to get the conversation started.

 

5 Tips for DIY Audio

12 Aug

You’ve written the script for your audio tour and found your narrators. Time to hit the recording studio! Wait, what studio? Many organizations do not have the magical budget to hire professional audio production services–you’re not alone! Here are a few tips to help drastically improve your audio quality when creating it in-house.

1) Choose your location. Find a quiet, smaller room and close the door to help minimize the ambient noise. Cubicles are designed to absorb noise, so one would be great to use during off peak office hours. Keep a consistent location for your recordings and remember your setup to help ensure the same quality when recording over multiple days. If the microphone is in a different position or if the room size is different, it is very likely the audio will sound different.

2) Minimize noise. The microphone picks up all sorts of ambient noise, including fans, air conditioners, and office equipment–shut it all off. You’ll see a remarkable difference in sound quality.

3) Find a decent microphone. Acceptable low-quality audio will sound significantly better with a basic external microphone (vs your computer’s mic or a headset). Your best bet is to go with a unidirectional mic as it picks up sound from one direction–like the voice of a narrator!

4) Use a pop filter. Block the sounds of those popping p’s and b’s by placing a pop filter in front of your mic. You’ll find they can be very affordable but you can also DIY one for virtually nothing with a coat hanger and pantyhose.

5) Use an audio editor. Look for simple software that can help you add sound effects and allows for minor editing. Something like Audacity is easy (and free!) to use and makes recording a straightforward process. It also allows you to monitor the recording levels so you can adjust your mic distance or voice accordingly.

Recording content does not have to be a roadblock for creating your tour. If you find you just don’t have the time or the staff to pull it off, contact us to request a quote for our affordable editing and production services.

Strawbery Banke Museum Mobile App Wins 2014 NEMA Award

6 Aug

The "Listen to the Landscape" app at Strawbery Banke Museum

Congratulations to our friends at the Strawbery Banke Museum! Their app took First Place in the Mobile App category in the New England Museum Association’s 2014 Publication Awards Competition. The app, Listen to the Landscape, was cited for its excellent video interpretation, striking imagery, and overall ease of use.

The annual NEMA competition recognizes excellence in design, production, and effective communication in all aspects of museum publishing.

Located in historic Portsmouth, NH, the Strawbery Banke Museum is an outdoor history museum that allows visitors to experience nearly four centuries of New England life. The site features restored homes, exhibits, historic landscapes and gardens–all of which tell the history of the many generations who settled in the area.

The app features historic imagery and over 40 videos, produced by our partner Audissey Media. Narration by founders, ethnobotanists, historians, volunteers, and role players contribute to this outstanding interpretive museum tour app.

Discover Strawbery Banke on any web-enabled device at http://sbm.toursphere.com.

Discover Strawbery Banke on any web-enabled device at http://sbm.toursphere.com.

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