Monday, February 11, 2019

Sydney No Harbour Bridge

DX Lab's Pano-scope allows you to view some of the vintage historic panoramic photographs in the New South Wales State Library Collection. The library owns historical panoramic photographs taken in Sydney and elsewhere in New South Wales dating back as early as 1876.

Pano-scope is a wonderful way to explore the NSW of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. It allows you to see how Sydney (pictured above) looked before the Sydney Opera House and before the Sydney Harbour Bridge were built.

The Pano-scope viewer uses an interactive mapping interface. This means that users can pan and zoom in on the vintage panoramas using the familiar controls of online maps. Pano-scope was created using Pannellum, which is a lightweight, open source panorama viewer. You can see more examples of the panorama viewer in action in the Pannellum library documentation (including an example of the viewer being used to display a 360 degree panoramic video).

You can also make simple interactive maps from panoramic images using Leaflet.js. Check out this Maps Mania post on Making Vintage Panoramic Maps for more examples of panoramic maps and instructions on how to make them yourself.

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