I use the RICOH theta360.biz hosting service for THETA images with a free account to test web sites I build for fun. Since I’m a subscriber, I received an email in Japanese letting subscribers know that there is a new set price offering in addition to the per pageview offering and the free offering.
Monthly pricing ranges from $45 for 100,000 pageviews to $450 for 1,000,000 pageviews. In addition to the pageview limits at each price range, the $45/month plan has a limit of 20 players. Each player can display multiple images. See the examples below to understand what a player is. The $450/month plan is limited to 500 players.
I use a free plan limited to 1 player, 500 pageviews, and 50 images. The free plan is intended for testing. It’s a cool platform and worth the time taken to evaluate it.
As part of the fun community project, I wrote a review of the theta360.biz features and API that I then published in September 2016 for our Ecosystem subscribers. With the new changes to the set price, I took another look at the system and I thought I’d share my review with the community.
RICOH’s commercial 360 image hosting system is designed for businesses. It is optimized for use by staff in industries such as real estate, travel, and automotive sales. The system is in large-scale production use in Japan by large companies. People in the US can sign up for a free trial for evaluation purposes.
- Browser-based editor and site manager. No download required
- Grouping of 360 images into a single site with navigation
- Navigation from within the sphere to another sphere
- Text and labels can be attached inside of the sphere
- API access
- Scrolling through spheres
- Multi-role for different staff (technical admin, clerical updates)
Graphical tool to easily build and host sites. Suitable for use by non-technical staff.
THETA image spheres can be attached to a navigational map with drag and drop ease.
Upload a catalog of 360 images that can be attached to your map with your mouse. The map can be areas of a car, the floor plan of a house, the rooms in a restaurant, or other.
Field of view can be shown on map.
There is also a decent amount of analytics included, with data represented graphically. Data can be downloaded in CSV format for use in spreadsheets. Time periods can be customized. This should be useful for many different types of business applications.
The site also allows basic security roles and permissions to be easily configured by the administrator. This allows quick setup for larger teams with various roles.
Sample image POST.
Q: What is THETA 360.biz? How is it different to theta360.com?
A: In both theta360.com and THETA 360.biz, 360 degree images taken by customers using RICOH THETA are stored in our cloud server and RICOH provides a viewer that can show the images on the customer’s website.
theta360.com is a service for personal use for which you can view 360 degree images, share the images with friends, and other features. THETA 360.biz is a service for people who use the 360 degree image for business.
THETA 360.biz has functions perfect for use in business, such as a tour function and an annotation function.
A: Apply for the free plan and confirm that you can use it.
A: JPEG/PNG/GIF Images from 100 x 80 px to 1,000 x 800 px can be pasted.
##Q: What image format can be used to erase the tripod at the bottom?
A: JPEG/PNG/GIF Images from 50 x 40 px to 500 x 400 px can be pasted.