After many requests from visitors to HALIEN Virtual Tours a version of the site is now being made available on CD-R.
What's On the CDThe CD incorporates the latest version of the HALIEN Virtual Tours site (covering Torbay and various other nearby areas).
Unconstrained by the space and download time considerations of the internet, the CD Virtual tour features much clearer versions of all the well over 2000 images from around 250 viewing spots around Torbay, Dartmouth and Exeter.
Price and Ordering details.. for the United Kingdom
Please note that availability is limited to mailing addresses within the United Kingdom.
What does the CD offer over the web site?
Images are loaded off the CD many times faster and give a much more responsive feel (it can be rather like 'flying' along the tour!).
The images on the CD are only lightly compressed and barely show any of these artefacts. See a comparison of the CD and internet versions of a typical tour view.
System requirements for using the CDThe structure of the HALIEN CD is basically the same as the internet web-site. This requires a frames-capable browser such as Internet Explorer 4 or Netscape Navigator 4 or later. If you have seen the virtual tour web-site on the internet then you already have a suitable system (assuming you have a CD player in your PC!) for viewing the main elements of the CD.
The only additional requirement is for an MPEG 1 player to show video clips. For PC users this is a standard component of the Windows Media Player and other players are freely available for no charge.
As the data on the CD consists of only data files (mainly .htm, .jpg, .gif and .mpg files) there is no 'installation' procedure as such. You simply open the "index.htm" file in the root directory with your browser.
Please also note that the HALIEN CD is intended to reflect the current state of the (ever-changing!) HALIEN internet site. Therefore, production of the CD is performed to order onto writeable CD-ROM (CD-R). Nearly all modern CD players can read data quite happily from CD-R. A few older players may give problems - so please check this before ordering if you are in any doubt.