DOWNLOAD the sample IPIX “photobubble” shot on location on Mt Sinai for our Ten Commandments CD. It is the full 360 degree photobubble used in the CD. The only thing it is missing are all the interactive “hotspots” which the kids can find in it on the Ten Commandments CD.
Use in class or worship, to get people excited about this CD, or just to see the spectacular view from the top of Mt. Sinai.
Download and Photobubble Instructions:
- Download the mtsinaiphotobubble.zip file and unzip it. I suggest unzipping it in a folder on your desktop.
- After it unzips into a folder, go into that folder and look for the IpxViewR.exe file. Double click it to install the IPIX VIEWER UTILITY to your harddrive (it will create and install the viewer in a folder at c:\Programs Files(86)/IPIX).
- When the viewer opens, it will ask where your IPIX file is. In that open file dialog, select TOP.ipx from the folder you created from the zip file. Mt Sinai will appear!
- Resize the Viewer Window: When the viewer opens the image, grab the corner of the viewer’s windows and drag it as big as you like.
- Move around in the Photobubble: Click & Hold a location on the image and slowly move your mouse. The image will turn slower if you click & hold a location near the outside of the image, and faster if you click & hold & drag the image closer to the center. This downloaded image does NOT contain the interactive hotspots found in our Ten Commandments CD. Works in Windows XP through Windows 8!
Copyright Notice: This photobubble is the property of Sunday Software Inc. All Rights Reserved. It may only be used for demonstration or teaching purposes and may not be copied for distribution.
The Story behind the IPIX photobubble and our CD
Back in the late 1990’s, a startup company called IPIX had invented a proprietary camera and technology to create 360 degree photos which you could turn around in on your computer. They called them “photobubbles”. Nowadays, people are familiar with this technology as “virtual tours” on real estate websites. Essentially, the photos are created by a camera with a 180 degree fish-eye lense, and then digitally stitched together. Here in the 201x’s the idea of “stitching together photos” seems normal, but all you can do is pan left and right in them.
A “photobubble” allows you to pan left/right/up/down at various rates of speed, –all controlled by you with your mouse. But IPIX’s were much more than just “photobubbles” back then! They released a software development kit that allowed us to EMBED content into each photobubble.
I was familiar with this technology because it had been used in a software program called “A Walk in the Footsteps of Jesus” which had photobubbles of locations across Israel. As an educator and budding developer, I immediately saw the potential of a “photobubble scavenger hunt”.
In 2002 I laid out the outline for our Ten Commandments CD and contacted a photographer in Israel who had an IPIX camera. I hired him to go to Mt Sinai and shoot us three Sinai photobubbles: bottom, middle, top. “Top” is what you are getting in the download. Then I worked with a developer friend at Mojomedia to create our “virtual lesson hike” up Mt Sinai, aka, The Ten Commandments CD.
Our Ten Commandments CD was the 2nd CD we ever produced, and is now in version 2.0. In addition to the great photobubbles and learning activities we buried in them, we also added a fair amount of original Mt Sinai Rock ‘n Roll music to enhance the atmosphere.
“Ground” Breaking Technology
On top of Mt Sinai in the last photobubble, there’s a secret “cleft in the rock” you can click which launches a music video titled “I Am Yahweh”. This song’s lyrics are a reflection. The 3D animation during the song which flies over the Mt Sinai landscape was the first ever use of 3d landscape animation in Christian software.
See the I Am Yahweh music video which demonstrated this 3d landscape animation:
Our use of photobubbles to launch interactive learning modules, such as quizzes and games, was also the first ever application of IPIX technology for that use.
I hope you enjoy the view from atop Mt Sinai. Learn more about the Ten Commandments CD!
~ Neil MacQueen
Ten C’s CD -a “Single Hike” lesson plan through the CD’s highlights.
Ten C’s CD Navigational Help -for first-time users
Did you know there are two ways churches number the commandments?