The following is a transcript of this video – Entering and Exiting the Grand Canyon Panorama Project. Click on the embedded play button to start it. The video is high definition, and I recommend that you click on the expand button in the lower right-hand corner to play the video full screen.
We are looking at the home page of the Grand Canyon Panorama Project, where you land when you visit our website at gcpano.org. The heart of the project, though, are the hundreds of interactive panoramas, maps, and narratives contained within the project. The home page displays previews of a few of the project panoramas, and you can see them rotating across the top of the page. To fully appreciate and enjoy these panoramas, however, you have to enter into and interact with them, and we’ll learn all the different ways to do that in this video.
The simplest and most direct way to get into a panorama is to click on the big Enter button floating above the panorama previews here on the home page. I’m clicking on the arrow buttons in the preview area to find the panorama I want, …. and with it displayed I’ve clicked on the Enter button, and we have now entered that panorama, the Anasazi Granary on the Nankoweap Trail. Now that we are in, we can explore the panorama, looking around, showing the locations of other near-by panoramas, or, since this panorama has a narration available, click the play button to see and hear a guided tour of the location.
I’ve clicked the back button of my browser to return to the home page, and now notice the Resume button in the lower right-hand corner of the rotating panorama slideshow. I’ve clicked on the Resume button, and we have reentered the Anasazi Granary panorama, even though a different panorama was being displayed on the home page when I clicked the resume button. The resume button always takes you back to where you left off within the project. You may appreciate this feature when you start exploring trails in the project and take a virtual hike, moving your way down a trail, one panorama at a time. If you need to exit the project and return to it later, you can click the Resume button and pick up right where you left off.
I’ve clicked on my browser back button to return again to the home page so that we can explore the project Gateway. You enter the Gateway by clicking on the Gateway main menu option, which I have just done, and we have landed on the top-level Gateway page for the Grand Canyon National Park as a whole. The Gateway is a hierarchical menu of every location, each map, trail, and panorama, contained within the project. Notice the Enter button floating over the map, just like the Enter button back on the home page. Click on it, as I have just done, and we have entered the project at its map for the Grand Canyon as a whole. Click on the Enter button on any Gateway page and you enter the project at that location.
I’ve clicked again on my browser back button to take us back to the Gateway page we just left, for the park as a whole. Looking at the vertical list of menu items on the left side of this top-level page, and we see options to drill down further to the North Rim, the South Rim, or go into the inner canyon, or go to a remote region out west called Tuweep. I’ve now clicked on the North Rim option, and we’ve gone down another level to the Gateway page for the North Rim. And now the menu displays all the Gateway locations below the North Rim, which include quite a number of different trails coming off the North Rim, and a number of individual panoramas at notable locations along the North Rim.
Now I’m going to drill down a bit further, and I’ve clicked on the North Rim menu entry for the Nankoweap Trail. Now we see a long list of panoramas appearing within the menu on the left. This list represents all the panoramas that the project has available on the Nankoweap Trail, in the order you would get to them as you hiked down the trail. I’ve now clicked on the last entry in the list, for the Anasazi Granary, and we’ve drilled down one more level, to the Gateway page for that specific panorama. On this Gateway panorama page, we see the same Enter button, and also a transcript of the narrative for the Anasazi Granary panorama, a set of social media buttons you can use to share this project location with your friends, and a place to post any comments or feedback you may have about this location. Scrolling back up to the top of the page to the panorama preview and its Enter button, I’ve clicked the Enter button, and we have again entered into the project, at the Anasazi Granary.
Some Gateway pages, however, do not have an Enter button. I’m navigating my way through the Gateway back up to the top, then down into the Inner Canyon page, and then to the Clear Creek Trail page. At the time this video was recorded, only some of the panoramas that the project will eventually have along the Clear Creek Trail had been completed. The completed, available panoramas for the trail appear in the menu with bright orange dots, but the unavailable panoramas, the coming attractions, are listed in the menu with dots that are partially grayed out. But each of the uncompleted panoramas does have its own Gateway page, and I’ve clicked on the menu entry for the Tapeats Break at Mile 1.8 to show you one. Instead of displaying a preview panorama, with an Enter button, we are instead seeing a rotating set of raw images shot in the field at this location that will eventually be stitched into a completed panorama. There is no Enter button since there isn’t a completed panorama to go into, but you do get a sneak peek at what is coming.
So far we’ve talked about ways to enter into project panoramas, trails, and maps, but now we’ll talk about the ways you can leave a panorama or trail location with the project. I’m again navigating within the Gateway to get back to the Anasazi Granary Gateway page, and now have again clicked Enter on the Gateway page to reenter the panorama. Notice the set of buttons in the upper-right hand corner of the page. The house icon, which I’ve just clicked, does what you would expect, and we have returned to the project’s home page. Returning back to the Anasazi Granary via my browser’s back button, look at the next button that is available there in the upper right-hand corner, the how-to button, a circle with a question mark within it. Click it, as I have just done, and we have gone to the how-to section of the project, where you may watch any of tutorial videos for the project, including this one.
Back to the Anasazi Granary again via the back button, and the next button in that upper right-hand corner, a little talking bubble, allows you to make comments about the panorama you are viewing. Click it, as I have just done, and we have gone directly to the Gateway page for the panorama, the Anasazi Granary Gateway page, and have jumped directly to the comments section of that page, where you can make any comments or provide any feedback you would like to make and share with the community of viewers of the Grand Canyon Panorama Project.
Back one more time to the Anasazi Granary panorama via the back button, to see the last button in the upper right-hand corner, the social media button. Click it, as I have just done, and a dialog comes up with a series of buttons you can click, to share a link to the panorama you are viewing with your friends, on Facebook or Google+, or tweet about it on Twitter, or share it on any of the other social media sites that appear. Don’t be surprised if the set of choices has changed from what you see here – as the ever changing landscape of social media evolves, so will the set of choices that appear here in our social media share dialog.
I’m returning back to the home page of the project one last time to show you one last way to get into the project, via search. I’ve clicked on search, and, just like the search function you see on just about any web site, you can type in what you are looking for. I’m typing in the name of the panorama we’ve been looking at, the Anasazi Granary, and clicking the Go button, and we see a list of all the different pages, sorted by relevance, about the Anasazi Granary that are present within the site. At the top of the list you see the item saying Nankoweap Trail – Anasazi Granary, with an orange dot. The orange dot, like everywhere in the project, denotes a panorama location, here linking to the Gateway page for the Anasazi Granary. I’ve clicked on that link, and we’ve gone to the Gateway page for the Anasazi Granary, and again, clicking on the enter button, we have entered the Anasazi Granary panorama.
Well that’s it for the ins and outs of getting in and out of project maps, trails and panoramas. Check out the rest of the videos in our how-to section to learn more about how to enjoy the Grand Canyon Panorama Project.