The beginning in 2008
Our success story began with the development of a custom application enabling us to build ultra-large virtual tours fast and error-free. It was used to create our very first virtual tours about the Palace in Visegrád and the Etnography Museum of Budapest. These two projects were first aired at Denkmal 2008, an exhibition and fair focusing on preservation of cultural monuments.
Year 2009: touristic projects and historic monuments in Hungary
Year 2009 began with touristic commercial projects like the small city of Dunaföldvár, Guesthouse Koppány, Bird Hospital in Hortobágy, Attila cruise ship, Aranyhordó and Danube Palace restaurants in Budapest. A separate website, www.virtualbudapest.eu has been set up to advertise monuments of the capital of Hungary using virtual tour technology. By now it is still the largest virtual tour done by us with its more than 250 panoramic images.
The most significant projects of the year were definitely about the two cathedrals: Saint Stephen's Basilica in Budapest and the Cathedral of Pécs. The latter one is in fact the most complex virtual tour ever built about a cathedral with lots of additional content and texts in 7 languages. It was sold on DVD-s and a year later a shortened version was also released on its website. The 360° virtual tour of Cathedral of Pécs is still a very popular project receiving a monthly rate of 10.000-15.000 of unique visitors even in November 2011.
Year 2010: virtual museum exhibitions, projects in Egypt, ruined city project in Cambodia, UNESCO-Award
The next year, 2010 brought a real boom of virtual tours for us. Just to name a few of them: a complex virtual tour was created about the historic monuments of Budaörs, a small city that was once the home of German settlers close to the capital of Hungary. New museum exhibition virtual tour projects included Danube Museum in Esztergom and Budai bürger, a temporary exhibition of Budapest Historic Museum. Two archeological documentation projects were also completed: Koh Ker, a ruined city in Cambodia with 70 panoramic images and Kisnána, a castle in Hungary.
Our services were expanded to Egypt to provide virtual tours about hotels, ships and diving centers. The first projects included Lighthouse Miracle-1, Lighthouse diving centers in Hurghada and Dahab and Sunrise Select Garden Beach Hotel for Neckermann Hungary.
Alike in 2008, 3dtour.eu represented Hungary as a partner of National Office of Cultural Heritage at Denkmal exhibition in Leipzig, Germany. The most significant event of the year was our UNESCO-award received in November 2010, Rome.
Year 2011: tourism, museum exhibitions and world heritage sites in 360°
Year 2011 began with new projects in Egypt like liveaboard ship New Deal One, Kingtut, Sphinx and Jewels Sahara hotels. New museum exhibition projects were also completed: Freecikli, a temporary exhibition of Budapest History Museum and Gedeon Richter Museum. The latter one is currently our largest museum exhibition virtual tour with more than 400 museum items integrated into the 360° system. Detailed textual descriptions were created in 7 languages.
We've completed again a number of touristic projects in Hungary, like Hotel Albergo Giardino, Dunarama water taxi and RAM Colosseum event hall & restaurant.
In order to further improve the quality of our products, iPhone support and HDR photography were also introduced as an option in our newest projects. However the most important innovation of the year was the establishment of www.visit360.net, the world's first website dedicated to important world heritage sites and off-the-beaten track places in 360°. A large stock photo collection has been established with panoramic photos of monuments of Eastern Asia and the Middle East.
Year 2012: an extremely busy year with lots of new international projects
The most important project of the year was definitely the FAM trip to Uzbekistan. This government supported and sponsored project enabled us to travel to Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand, Shakhrisabz and Tashkent where we have taken altogether more than 400 ultra-high quality 360° panoramic images. They have been integrated into 360° virtual tours and published on our sister-site, http://www.visit360.net which focuses on cultural historic monuments worldwide. Similarly to other virtual tours on http://www.visit360.net, they are of course free of charge to be seen.
During Autumn we have received a special permit to take 360° panoramic images about the rich collection of the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Hundreds of panoramic images have been taken both at the Cloisters – a branch of MET focusing on medieval European art – and inside the main museum in downtown New York. Completion and publication of this project is scheduled for 2013.
Our 360° archaeological documentation projects were also continued during the year. A few years ago a Hungarian archeological team discovered very important medieval frescoes in the chapel of the crusader castle in Margat, Syria. These unique frescoes depict the scenes of punishment in hell and they are actually the largest frescoes ever discovered of such kind. Our task was to document this medieval treasure and the ongoing excavation and reconstruction works during 2010 and 2011. The final product, the Margat castle 360° virtual tour was completed in 2012.
Due to the ongoing Syrian crisis the Hungarian archaeological team decided to continue its work in Lebanon to survey a ruined Christian monastery in Deir el-Shalib. This new project involved 360° panoramic photography and photogrammetry (floor plans, elevation and section drawings) as well.
Besides the above mentioned international projects, we've also received commissions in our homeland, Hungary. Our latest projects include the complex 360° virtual tour was developed for Optik-Med Eagle Eye Clinic, the 360° virtual tours of the renewed permanent exhibit of Kiscelli Museum, Vogue Boat-Restaurant and the Institute of Isotopes. In order to increase interest in lesser-known Hungarian historic monuments and natural wonders, we've launched a new section of Magyar Nemzet Online, the leading pro-governmental online news portal.
In cooperation with Kiscelli Museum, a temporary exhibit was organized in Autumn 2012 focusing on the beginnings of panoramic photography. We've helped them to display the 100 year old photos with our latest technology. A presentation on the new challenges in panoramic photography was held by us in the museum.
In 2013 we've again returned to Cambodia to make a systematic 360° panoramic documentation of all important ruined temples in Angkor. All in all more than 400 ultra-high quality images were taken and they are planned to be published during the year. Unstability in the Middle East has put an end to our Egyptian, Syrian etc. projects and most of our clients were from Hungary and its neighbours.
The global pandemic has slowed down photography projects and focus has shifted towards software development. Flash has reached the end of its lifespan and finally got completely replaced by HTML5. Time has also come to rebuild our virtual tour generator software, KrBuilder from scratch. We've also began to offer our Hungarian clients an option to get their outdated Flash virtual tours rebuilt with our new technology in HTML5.
More than 10 years of experience
The beginning in 2008