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WebRotate 360 Winter Holiday Sale! Save 30% on v3.5 PRO

by NewsMaster December 15, 2014 17:20

At last, we are pleased to announce a 2-day sale on WebRotate 360 Product Viewer PRO v3.5 this Thursday and Friday only (18-19th of December). We will offer a 30% discount ($90 off) on our most advanced 360 product viewer and dedicated publishing software to date.

We're doing this to promote our major product release (2 years in the making!) and it's the first and the last sale in 2014.

You can find more details about various new features that were introduced in WebRotate 360 Product Viewer v3.5 via our release summary here. In short though, we can finally say that v3.5 now represents a one-stop solution for all 360 product viewing needs.

What's more? There're no hidden fees or monthly commitment - it's a standlone "off-the-shelf" product and you decide how you or your clients will be using it. It's backed by our outstanding PRO support and 1 year of free upgrades. And we have a lot of plans for v4.0 in 2015!

Still not convinced? Just download and try our free version and check out our free CMS and eCommerce plugins here and let us know what you think.

So if you are shopping for a state-of-the-art eCommerce add-on this holiday season or just looking to add 360 product views to the list of your services in 2015, just mark the date and stay tuned! The coupon code will be published on Wednesday night PST on our Facebook, Twitter, G+, and here on our blog.


The coupon code is  SAVE2014   

Just enter this code at checkout HERE


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Announcing Major v3.5 Release of WebRotate 360 Product Viewer

by NewsMaster November 20, 2014 17:05

Although the release build of WebRotate 360 Product Viewer v3.5 has been available since mid-September 2014, we still had to spend some extra time bringing our most popular eCommerce and CMS plugins up to speed before we could finally announce this major release here on this blog and in our newsletters.

Today, WebRotate 360 Product Viewer plugins for Magento, OpenCart, WordPress have been revamped to support the latest and greatest. As we were implementing these updates, we also introduced our new Joomla plugin which we hope a lot of folks will find useful.

So now it's official, v3.5 is out! If you are still using an older version of the product, we recommend upgrading soon.

v3.5 incorporates these major changes and enhancements:

  • Revamped SpotEditor with 360 product image editing, publishing templates, FTP, watermarks, and more
  • New skins and graphics, read more
  • Animated GIF publishing, read more
  • Hotspot actions, read more
  • API (application programing interface) for advanced customizations, read more
  • Full support for responsive websites
  • Integration via jQuery plugin
  • Discontinued Adobe Flash support
  • And a lot more! See full product history


Commercial version of this release is available to all our past customers free of charge. 

If you have purchased either WebRotate 360 PRO or Enterprise before and haven't received updated download links and / or spoteditor.code for activating your desktop software (or the download links that we sent you before stopped working), please request it now via quick email.

Download free version
Quick demo
Updated User Guide


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Use Your WebRotate 360 Product Views in Joomla Via Our New Joomla Plugin

by WebRotate 360 November 18, 2014 17:30

Joomla came a long way since the Mambo days and we are proud to say that we have followed its evolution each step of the way. Without a doubt it became one of the most popular CMS platforms and the 3.x release catapulted Joomla even further.

This is why we didn't think twice and ported our battle-hardened feature-rich shortcode engine to Joomla to support the most flexibility our integration modules had to offer. So without further adieu, please welcome WebRotate 360 Product Viewer for Joomla!


To start with the plugin, please visit our demo page linked above and click on the Download button on the right to download the plugin to your computer first. Then login to your Joomla Admin panel, select Extensions Manager in the top menu, click the Browse button on the Install tab and pick your downloaded zip to start the plugin installation.

The last step is to enable the plugin in Plugin Manager and specify any defaults for your 360 product views on the plugin settings page that should look like this:

Just hover with your mouse over the text lables next to each field on the settings page as shown above to see what each of them stands for.

The rest of the integration is done via simple shortcodes that are summarized in detail on our Joomla demo page. In short, you can use two of the available shortcodes to either embed your 360 product spins directly inside any of your Joomla content or launch your webrotate 360 spins inside the lightbox popup which also supports gallery mode. More shortcode types will be available soon.

Please also note that there is one sample 360 product view located under the webrotate360 plugin folder under 360_assets. To try this sample in your test shortcodes, use the following config path as per the shortcode examples on the demo page: "/plugins/content/webrotate360/360_assets/sampleshoe/config.xml"


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Version 2.5 of WebRotate 360 Product Viewer for WordPress

by WebRotate 360 November 10, 2014 12:17

Just one month after our initial update of WebRotate 360 Product Viewer for WordPress to support the "latest and greatest", we did a major overhaul and just released version 2.5 of the plugin.

This release was done primarily to introduce plugin defaults in WordPress admin to save you time adding shortcodes, easily change viewer and popup skins, set Master Config XML for all your 360 product views at once, and similar.

Summary of the latest changes and additions:

  • ADDED: new plugin settings page with various defaults.
  • ADDED: drop-down with 360 product viewer skins.
  • ADDED: drop-down with prettyPhoto / popup skins.
  • ADDED: defaults for viewer dimensions, basewidth, Master Config, etc.
  • ADDED: new shortcode parameter to allow disabling browser optimization when using PNG images with opacity (imageopacity="true").
  • ADDED: latest version of WebRotate 360 Product Viewer v3.5 scripts and graphics (free version).
  • FIXED: prettyPhoto margin calculations was reworked to show correctly on small device screens.
  • FIXED: shortcode width and height are now correctly parsed whether "px" was supplied or not.
  • NOTE: if using PRO, you may need to re-apply your license.lic as it's removed by WordPress upon upgrade. Simply copy it under the root of the webrotate plugin folder or specify its new location on your server using the new plugin settings page (this way it will not happen next time you upgrade the plugin). You may also need to request the commercial version of imagerotator.js or use the one from any of your published SpotEditor PRO projects located under published/imagerotator/html/js and copy it to wp-content/plugins/webrotate-360-product-viewer/imagerotator/html/js.

New and updated WordPress demo page is available here



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WebRotate 360 Product Viewer Integration for Magento Has Been Updated

by WebRotate 360 October 29, 2014 11:46

We just uploaded a new version of WebRotate 360 Product Viewer for Magento (3.5.5). This is part of an ongoing effort to have all our plugins to be inline with the major v3.5 release of the core product that was out last month, as well as to support latest platform updates such as Magento 1.9.x, OpenCart 2.0, etc.

This latest Magento update adds several important enhancements:

1) RWD design package is now supported out of the box. As you probably know, Magento has recently introduced a new design package called RWD, featuring a cool-looking, modern responsive layout. We saw many folks in the Magento community reusing some the RWD functionality by simply building their customizations on top of this new design. To make their lives easier, we now automatically install a fine-tuned version of our template under the rwd design as well.

2) WebRotate 360 Product Viewer v3.5 introduced a couple of new viewer skins and a bunch of new hotspot indicators (more on it can be found here)! Changing the skins with our previous releases of the Magento extension was complicated and required modifications in the module files. Now you can simply choose any of the built-in skins that come with the core product via the Viewer Skin drop-down in the module settings in Admin. Please note that starting with this release of WebRotate 360 Product Viewer for Magento we now install all module's skin files under the base skin folder vs the default one we used before and this is also where a sample 360 product spin and the actual viewer script live now.

3) As with the other modules we updated recently, there's a new setting called Responsive Base Width where you can specify the original / default width of your 360 product views in Magento which forces the viewer to scale its height responsively and relative to the current viewer width. You can think of the base width as the default 360 product viewer width in pixel that you expect your visitors to see when your responsive Magento theme is not scaled to fit a smaller screen size. This is usually the width of the fitted 360 degree product images that you would configure under the Interface tab in SpotEditor.

4) prettyPhoto was enhanced to not have any margins when it auto-resizes to fit into small device screens. This way even on small mobile devices no screen space is wasted when the lightbox is used for gallery images or 360 product views.

Version 3.5.5 of the Magento integration for WebRotate 360 Product Viewer is now live and can be installed directly from Magento Connect.


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WebRotate 360 Product Viewer Integration for OpenCart Has Been Updated

by WebRotate 360 October 17, 2014 21:28

Happy to announce that WebRotate 360 Product Viewer for OpenCart has been updated to work nicely with the final release of v3.5. This update also adds a couple of handy extras:

Responsive height

With our previous releases of the OpenCart integration, you could easily make your 360 product spins integrate seamlessly with responsive OpenCart themes by setting the viewer width to a relative number (e.g. 100%) in the module settings. This worked fine with just one exception common to most CSS layouts - the height of an element inside a responsive layout can't simply scale relative to its width without extra javascript handling. We had a solution to this issue in the core product for a while now, but the OpenCart integration was still lagging behind. Not anymore!

Using our new module setting called Responsive Base Width you can specify the original / default width of your 360 product views in OpenCart which will force viewer to scale its height responsively and relative to the current viewer width. Think of the base width as the default 360 product viewer width in pixel that you expect your visitors to see when your responsive theme is not scaled to fit a smaller screen size. This is usually the width of the 360 view images that you would set under the Interface tab in SpotEditor.

Viewer Skins

v3.5 release of WebRotate 360's core product introduced a couple of extra \skins as well as the "empty" skin for your advanced customizations (a bit more on this can be found here). Changing the skins with our previous version of the OpenCart integration was complicated and required modifications in the module. Now with the latest OpenCart update you can simply turn on any of the built-in skins that come with the core product via the Viewer Skin drop-down in the module settings and that's it!

New settings in OpenCart module

Version 1.3 of the OpenCart integration for WebRotate 360 Product Viewer is now live and can be downloaded here.

NOTE: If you are migrating to the recently released OpenCart v2, we have a working plugin for it as well. It will be posted online asap, and it's available now upon request .


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Some Cool New Graphics In v3.5

by WebRotate 360 October 02, 2014 11:27

Did you know that we added three new 360 product viewer skins and a bunch of new hotspot indicator shapes in v3.5?

Even though this release was not about flashy graphics and such (read more), we managed to sneak in these colorful hotspot indicator shapes, plus two new toolbar skins (round, retina) and an empty skin for your API needs as well.

The Retina skin was specifically designed for 360 product viewing on mobile devices with high resolution screens. It looks equally sharp on desktop monitors or the new iPads with retina display & other high-res smartphones and tablets. Here's a screenshot of the skin:

More skins are in works and we have some cool new ideas for extra hotspot indicators too.

Remember, you can always add your own graphics for the hotspot indicators that can be anything you like (i.e., text, bullets, arrows, etc..) and, of course, you can easily customize the existing skins or add new ones as it's all in CSS. With the recent addition of our API you can go completely wild on how you present your 360 product viewer controls and the new empty skin, we hope, should help with that!



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WebRotate 360 Product Viewer Integration for WordPress Updated. Now Supports WP4

by WebRotate 360 September 29, 2014 11:12

If you haven't heard, the final release of WebRotate 360 Product Viewer v3.5 is out. You may download it here and also please check out our updated user guide here. And if you have purchased our PRO license before, please email at support at webrotate360 dot com for the commercial download of the software.

These days we're busy updating all of our plugins and add-ins to run the latest and greatest and this includes making sure the v3.5 script is bundled with all of our plugins, adding latest features and fixes and also testing on the latest platform releases. So today this post is about our WordPress integration which was updated just a couple of days ago so now we can proudly acknowledge that WebRotate 360 Product Viewer v3.5 is supported in the brand-new WordPress 4 released earlier this month.

In addition to updating scripts and css, we made sure there're no conflicts with the new default WP 4 theme. Also, as we reported here before, our WordPress integration is now fully responsive in the embedded mode with the addition of the basewidth short-code parameter.

PS: next update will see our new support for all of the recent 360 viewer skins which for now requires a manual change in the plugin file (i.e replacing word basic with either thin, retina, round or empty in the three places in webrotate360.php that can be found under the webrotate-360-product-viewer plugin folder).


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Animate the Heck Out of Your 360 Product Images With Our New GIF Support

by WebRotate 360 August 07, 2014 12:36

As promised last week, we just released a new build (764) of WebRotate 360 Product Viewer 3.5 featuring our new animated GIF publishing.  

Publish 360 product views via new animated GIF support

So why did we add animated GIF publishing? There're two main reasons..

Often you would want to quickly share a draft of your 360 product spin with your client or your boss and there's no easier way to do that than just to publish your 360 view into an animated GIF and attach it via email as a normal image. With the high quality GIF publishing that we introduced in the software, this is a very handy tool for 360 product photographers and their clients.

Second is, of course, the social sharing and product marketing for everybody involved in 360 & 3D product views. The popularity and wide support of animated GIF format on the web makes it so conventent to market your products or your services by just sharing your work via animated GIFs. And if you haven't heard, Twitter just announced last month that they had started supporting animated GIFs in their timeline, and Google+ has been supporting it for a while now. So imagine sharing a complete spinning product view of your newly released or stocked product by simply sharing it on G+ or Twitter or in your blog post by just uploading your 360 view as a simple GIF image.

All watermarking, batch crope & resize, image filters, levels, etc is applied to your animated GIFs in exactly the same way as with the javascript 360 product spins in our software. Playback speed control, image quality, rotation direction and the bounce effect are also supported and work and configured using the same controls as our usual 360 degree views.

360 product spin via animated GIF

Also in this build:

1. Reload API was finally included in the publishing API template. Now supports callback parameter so you can be notified when reload is complete. And you can also pass an image index to the reload call to load and show a specific image first upon reload. This can be quite useful when "re-loading" extra colors of the same product in-place as the product would remain at the same angle / position upon reload in any case.

2. Also introduced our new Empty skin which is basically just that, an empty skin with no toolbar controls or anything else other than the 360 degree images. We hope that the users of our new API will find it helpful as they create their own user interfaces and don't need to worry about the default graphic elements that come with our skins.

3. We had an issue where there was a limit to the maximum crop that could be applied to the images and which was equal to the quarter of the 360 image width or hight and which didn't always work for some photographers (as they don't want to bother about the amount of crop left on the images during 360 degree product photography). So now you don't have that fixed crop limit as you can finetune it with the small arrow on the crop panel as per this image.

Control max crop of your 360 product images

Other recent features and additions in v3.5:

PS: project and configuration files are backwards compatible so your older 3.5 projects should open and work fine. Also, you don't need to reinstall X11 or Mono if using Mac - just copy SpotEditor app to your Applications or Desktop. If you have purchased the product before, please re-download and reinstall using v3.5 download links you should have received from us previously.


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Control Your 360 Product Spins With Our New API

by WebRotate 360 July 15, 2014 11:55

New build (606) is now available! With this new update, we finally release the first version of our API (JavaScript programming interface).

This API allows overriding most of our built-in 360 viewer functions so you can now control your 360 product spins using your own page elements via your own script. Just hide our default toolbar controls and reimagine your own design and interface they way you like.

And it's very simple to use -  just publish your 360 spin using our new publishing template called JavaScript API and play with the simple calls that we have already hooked up for you:

  • zoomToggle
  • hotspotToggle
  • startLeftArrowRotate
  • startRightArrowRotate
  • stopArrowRotate
  • playbackStart
  • playbackStop
  • playbackToggle
  • openFullScreen
  • getCurrentImageIndex
  • showImageByIndex
  • showImageByDelta
  • showFirstImage
  • showLastImage
  • jumpToLabel
  • playToLabel


Also in this build:

  • Fixed viewer touch control on hybrid Windows 8.x touchscreen devices that allow control via mouse and "touch".
  • Fixed intermittent issue with FTP uploads where on occasion it would stop uploading if large image files were used.


[UPDATE - August 7th, 2014: build 764. More new features and fixes]:

PS: project and configuration files are backwards compatible so your older 3.5 projects should open and work fine. Also, you don't need to reinstall X11 or Mono if using Mac - just copy SpotEditor app to your Applications or Desktop.


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