Panoptic lets you explore giga-pixel stereoscopic panoramas and high-resolution planetary terrains on your laptop display, on your 3D TV, or with your Oculus Rift.

The common thread linking panoramas and planets is their spherical nature. A panorama is a sphere viewed from the inside, and a planet is a sphere viewed from the outside.

1. Download Panoptic

Panoptic is open source. It binds the Spherical Cube Map rendering library with the Thumb virtual reality application framework. These pre-compiled binaries statically link all dependencies:

Installation is trivial as the executable is self-contained. It's most convenient to place the executable in the same directory as the images you download next.

2. Download Images

Twelve example Panoptic scenes are provided.

As Panoptic is a tool for browsing very large images, these examples are large. Several gigabytes of downloads are necessary to get the full effect. Start with the panoramas (1.1 GB), then work your way over to Mars (8.1GB) and finally to the Moon (21GB). See these previews and descriptions for details.

3. Run Panoptic

Connect your gamepad if you have one. Run the application normally.

Panoptic usage and configuration are documented here.

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