Create an exhibit with Cardboard

With Cardboard Tours, users can virtually explore a series of images and Street View sites in 360 on their mobile device, while listening to an audio guide and reading descriptions about areas of interest.

Learn more about Google Cardboard.

To get started:

  1. Click Create new exhibit in the Exhibits manager to open the exhibit editor.
  2. Click Details above the exhibit editor.
  3. Tick the box next to “Enable the playback on Google Cardboard”.
  4. Click Save.
  5. Customize your title page by dragging a suitable image from the items drawer onto the title page. Alternatively add a Street View photo by clicking Use Street View photo as background.
  6. Enter a title and brief description that lets the user know what your Cardboard tour is about.

Adding a Street View location or imagery

Select which location you want to give a tour of:

  1. Insert the Street View of your chosen location in a new panel. You can do this by either dragging a Street View from your item drawer, or by clicking Select a Street View on a new panel.
  2. Drag on the Street View pano to move around and select the desired view. Do not zoom into the image. Click OK. You can adjust this at a later point by clicking Edit underneath the panel.
  3. Set the panel to immersive.

Repeat the above process for each new location.

You can also add artworks and imagery by dragging and dropping an item from your drawer onto an “add a new panel” space.

Adding audio

Next, add audio to each Street View or image to let the user know what they are seeing as they look around. This will automatically play when the Street View pano or image is loaded in Cardboard:

  1. Click Media in the top left and select “Audio”.
  2. Select Upload to add a new audio clip, or click Select existing to upload.
  3. Enter a display title for your audio clip. Click Save.
Note: The supported audio formats are mp3, webm, amr and aache.3gp

Adding annotations

You can point out areas of interest on your Street View, such as artworks or monuments, and add a short description about them. These will appear as information points in the tour, and the description will be revealed when the user hovers the viewfinder over the icon and clicks.

  1. Move the pano around until the point or object you want to say something about is in view.
  2. Click Text Annotation and then select the place where you’d like your annotation to appear. This should be near the point or object you want to describe so the user knows what it refers to, but not directly in the centre of the object so it’s not hidden from view.
  3. Insert your text. The description needs to be less than 200 characters. Click Save.
Note: You cannot add a text or video caption. These will not appear when the exhibit is played back.

Adding translations

  1. To add translations go to the "Details" section in the exhibit editor, as you would for a regular exhibit.
  2. Add the title and press enter before uploading your audio files.
  3. Upload the files of the audio translations next to the corresponding files of the source language.
  4. Check the "Translation approved (ready to publish)" box.
  5. Make sure you have waited for the files to upload before you leave the page, otherwise the translation will not save correctly.
  6. Click Save.

Completing your exhibit

Once you have completed your Cardboard tour, click Mark as complete at the top right of the exhibit editor. Let your partner manager know that your exhibit is ready.



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