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Purpose of Thumbnail Image link?1927

Queen_City_3D private msg quote post Address this user
I'm just curious if anyone uses the thumbnail image link from the Sharing section of the my.matterport account (visible where you find the links for the branded and unbranded tours), and if so... for what purpose?

For example, here is the "Thumbnail Image" link for a house we scanned today:

When I put that link in the browser it simply shows what the current "hero" image for that model is, and there doesn't seem to be anything more to it other than the ability to zoom in and out on the image which, I suppose, is somewhat of a novelty.

Does anyone use this feature, and if so, for what?!?!
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CLE3D private msg quote post Address this user
Some systems use a thumbnail that needs to be hosted somewhere online that they use as the preview image for the tour that ends up being the link to the actual tour. You can also think of it as a lazy way to embed the tour on a site without actually embedding it... In some instances, I've posted a thumbnail of an exterior shot for this purpose so that the preview is the exterior of the home instead of the 'hero' image from the MP tour. If your client doesn't request it, it's not necessary generally for whatever system or sites they're using to market the property and I wouldn't worry about it.
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Queen_City_3D private msg quote post Address this user
@CLE3D Good to know! Thanks!

Our MLS system here simply takes the unbranded link and I use the WP3D plug-in for the site so I've never had need for that thumbnail link, and I suppose I won't anytime soon.

Out of curiosity... how did you change that thumbnail to an exterior shot? I often do that within WP3D, but that is for the loading picture of the Showcase, not for any other thumbnail image.
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CLE3D private msg quote post Address this user
Unfortunately you can't do it thru MP, so I have to post it up somewhere else, I use aws (amazon Web services) to host those when I do it. Hopefully MP will give us that option eventually though because it really is nice to present it that way, just like thru wp3d, which is how I present the samples on my site. There's only one broker that I have as a client that uses the thumbnail images though, just as an FYI.
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rpetersn private msg quote post Address this user
Hey guys....chiming in here to note that at WP3D Models we lean on this image to display the link to a model/tour from our shortcode-generated (gallery) pages.

Here's an example from the We Get Around installation of WP3D Models:

Unless this image has been overridden (a feature of WP3D) then what you see for the thumbnail is pulled from Matterport and references this image.

Just a little FYI more than anything.
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