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Bixorama is a Windows desktop app for converting, modifying, generating, previewing and publishing 360° photos

Bixorama can import and export 11 different formats including equirectangular, Microsoft's DirectX DDS & Apple's QuickTime VR

What is a 360° photo?

A 360° photo contains the full environment as seen from a single point: 360° horizontally and vertically. They are also called VR photos, virtual reality photos, panorama photos or panoramic photos.

Creating 360° photos used to be time-consuming involving tripods and stitching, but can now be done much easier with equipment like this:

With Bixorama you can convert, modify, generate, preview and publish your 360° photos.

Convert your 360° photos with Bixorama

Converting your your 360° photo is as easy as choosing FILE > Import 360° photo followed by FILE > Export 360° photo. Bixorama supports 11 formats:

1) Equirectangular

Most 360° cameras produce JPG files in this format. This projection is also called an angular map: the horizontal position is the longitude and the vertical the latitude.

Bixorama can import and export equirectangular photos in the JPG, PNG, BMP, TIFF and GIF file formats.

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2) DirectX .DDS

DDS is the DirectX texture format. It is used in 3D apps like BluffTitler for reflectionmapping and skyboxes. DSS stores the 360° photo as 6 squares, representing the 6 faces of the cube.

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3) QuickTime VR .MOV

Apple's QuickTime stores the 360° photo as 6 squares, optionally subdivided in smaller squares.

QTVR used to be the most popular 360° format on the internet. Nowadays most sites use an HTML5 player. Use Bixorama to convert your old QTVR files.

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4) Horizontal cross

The 6 faces of the cube are laid out as a horizontal cross.

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5) Vertical cross

The 6 faces of the cube are laid out as a vertical cross. Notice that the back face is rendered upside down.

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6) Strip

The face order is: front, right, back, left, top, bottom.

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7) Strip XYZ

The face order is: right, left, top, bottom, front, back. This layout is used by the NVIDIA DDS Photoshop plug-in

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8) Single files

This mode imports and exports the 360° photo as 6 single files, representing the 6 faces of the cube.

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9) Spheremap

This projection is used in 3D apps for reflectionmapping.

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10) Mirror ball

This is the only featured format that isn't a true 360° photo because it contains only half the world. When you import this format, the front is mirrored into the back.

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11) Heart

This cute looking projection is a tribute to the French mathematician Oronce Finé who wasn't afraid to work out crazy ideas.

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Batch processing

Bixorama can automatically convert multiple 360° photos to the same format, or to the same resolution, by choosing File > Batch processing.... Unmark the Reset all modifications when loading a new 360° photo checkbox in the options dialog to apply the modifications.

Modify your 360° photos with Bixorama

Use the MODIFY menu to modify your 360° photo.

Rotate

Use the MODIFY submenus to rotate your 360° photo. This is mostly used to level the 360° photo: get the horizon horizontally and in the centre, the zenith in top and nadir in bottom. Click Tab to display the crosshair. Hold down the <Control> key to decrease and the <Shift> key to increase the rotation step.

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Logo

Add a logo to hide your tripod/hand or to promote your business. Select your logo picture in the SETTINGS > Options.. dialog and choose MODIFY>Bigger logo to display your logo.

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Move horizon

Choose MODIFY > Move horizon up to artificially increase the sky. This can be used to remove elements that are above the horizon when mirroring the sky into the floor.

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Mirror

Choose MODIFY>Mirror top to bottom to mirror the sky into the floor.

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Contrast

Choose MODIFY>Increase contrast to increase the contrast.

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Generate 360° photos with Bixorama

Bixorama can generate abstract 360° pictures based on mathematical formulas. The colours are taken from an input picture.

Voronoi

Choose GENERATE > Voronoi... to generate a Voronoi 360° photo. The colours are taken from random points in the provided picture.

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Voronoi smooth

Mark the Smooth checkbox in the Settings > Options... dialog to blur the edges.

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Blobs

Choose GENERATE > Blobs... to generate a blobs 360° photo. The gradient is taken from the provided picture.

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Blobs high contrast

Set the Contrast to 1 in the SETTINGS > Options... dialog to maximize the contrast.

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Rectangles

Choose GENERATE > Rectangles... to generate a rectangles 360° photo. The colours are taken from random points in the provided picture.

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Fractal planet

Choose GENERATE > Fractal planet... to generate a fractal planet 360° photo. The gradient is taken from the provided picture.

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Dots of light

Choose GENERATE > Dots of light... to generate a generate a dots of light 360° photo. The colours are taken from random points in the provided picture.

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Polyhedra

Choose one of the submenus of the GENERATE > Polyhedra menu to generate a polyhedra 360° photo. All 5 Platonic solids are supported, this screenshot is an octahedron.

To use multiple pictures, create a filmstrip (place all the pictures next to each other in a single picture) and set the number of frames in the Settings > Options... dialog.

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Preview your 360° photos with Bixorama

Preview

Choose VIEW > Preview to preview your 360° photo. Use the cursor keys to rotate the camera and +,- to change the field of view.

Choose FILE > Export 360° photo > Preview... to create a screenshot.

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Publish your 360° photos with Bixorama

Bixorama 360° HTML5 player

The Bixorama player is powered by HTML5, jQuery and WebGL. It accepts pictures and videos and works on desktops, tablets and phones. Swiping is supported on touchscreens.

Choose FILE > Export 360° photo > HTML... to export as HTML.

Try the Bixorama player

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A free evaluation version is available:

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Easy to use

Converting a file is as easy as choosing:

FILE > Import 360° photo

FILE > Export 360° photo

Things you can do with Bixorama

  • Level a 360° photo
  • Add a logo to your 360° photo
  • Temporarily convert equirectangular to the 6 cube faces for easy painting
  • Publish your 360° photo as HTML
  • Convert equirectangular to DDS for reflectionmapping in 3D apps like BluffTitler
  • Convert QTVR to equirectangular or DDS
  • Extract the 6 cube faces from QTVR
  • Generate abstract DDS reflectionmaps
  • Convert a mirror ball into a 360° photo
  • Convert spheremap to DDS
  • Pack 6 textures into a single DDS file
  • Batch convert thousands of 360° files

Filenaming systems

Bixorama supports the following file naming systems for the 6 cube faces:

  • front, right, back, left, top, bottom
  • front, right, back, left, up, down
  • f, r, b, l, u, d (RealViz)
  • ft, rt, bk, lf, up, dn (Quake II)
  • f_, r_, b_, l_, u_, d_ (Adobe)

Choose SETTINGS > Options... to set the file naming system.