Panoraven allows you to upload and share photos without the need to create an account. You can also embed uploaded photos on your website or blog using iframe codes. And it’s free (for personal use but not for commercial use).
Uploading is very simple, just drag and drop a 360 photo into their uploading web page or by clicking the upload button and selecting your 360 photo. There is a size limit of 15mp image, which rules out DSLR or some consumer 360 cameras. If you’ve saved a photo as jpg with 100% quality it will most likely be to large, so you’ll have to lose quality to upload. Nor can you add titles or captions to identify your photos or explain what’s in them.
I like the slight shading around the edges giving it a 3d effect finishing it off nicely. Unless you buy one of the other pricing options your uploads will have the Panoraven logo in the top left, but this is expected considering its free.
They do allow you to create a slideshow (without logging in), kind of like a simple virtual tour. After uploading a photo, you have the option to add up to 5 360 photos by clicking on the Edit +/- buttons on the bottom of the upload screen. You can view the next photo by clicking on the arrows beside the zoom slider on the bottom. You can view the direct link here.
If you upload a 360 photo without creating an account, then you don’t have any control over it. As soon as you close the window or navigate away you won’t be able to find it again to re select it for the codes, you’ll have to re upload again. There is no way to delete or hide an upload, so anyone who finds the link will see your photo (although uploaded photos aren’t shown in a public gallery). If you were to upload a wrong photo by accident, the only way to delete it is to select “Edit -” on the bottom in the upload screen while your there. If you have navigated away from that, for now anyway, you won’t ever be able to delete the photo.
You do get more control if you create an account, but there is no free account only a choice of monthly fees. Then you can change the title, add your own logo and erase photos you have uploaded. An account costs you either $10/mo (Starter) or $29/mo (Business).
I find the limit of 15mb a little frustrating, I even had to search through numerous photos just to find one to upload as an example. As long as you know the limits, Panoraven is a convenient way to share 360 photos or to add them to your site. If you want to give it a try check out their website and upload a photo.