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INSTRUCTIONS FOR NAVIGATING QUICKTIME VIRTUAL REALITY

First, realize that these are very large files. A DSL connection will take around a minute or more to load. Dial-up people will have to be very patient, but hang on, it is worth it. You will know it is loading if, after the first brief QuickTime blue logo, you see the narrow tan QuickTime Navigation bar at the bottom of your screen. If you do not have the updated QuickTime viewer necessary to view this, you will be prompted to go to the Adobe QuickTime site and download their free viewer, which you can do here.

When the picture is first displayed, it is set to be automatically spinning. Depress your left mouse key, and the open hand changes into a closed one, and you can drag left and right to spin the rock to any desired rotation. Alternatively, once you have grabbed the rock and stopped it spinning, you can also use your left and right arrow key to spin it.

To zoom in and out once you have grabbed it, press "Shift" to zoom in, and "Control" to zoom out.

After you have zoomed in a certain amount, if you wish to zoom in to enlarge a region of the rock that is not in the direct center of your screen, press simultaneously "Control" and "Alt" keys (mac; Control and Command/Apple) and drag the image to re-center it to continue zooming in to the region of interest.

You can grab pictures of any region of interest by hitting the "print Screen" button on the upper right of your keyboard. Then open a new page in any imaging software you have, and select "paste" You will have to crop the image to get rid of the navigation bars from your computer that also got printed. After cropping, save or print.

For those new to suiseki, it is the Japanese term for a broad tradition of collecting and displaying natural rocks that resemble miniature mountains and other landscape forms and objects. It has historically been pursued throughout the Orient, and has recently become popular in western countries.

These stones all have natural uncut bases, and have all been collected in the western United States Rocky Mountain area.

These QuickTime files bear repeated viewings, you can always fine new angles and features. You may want to save them to your hard drive for easier access, especially if you have dial-up. Simply chose "save page as.." under File.

For those with high speed connections, I will have a high speed gallery with greater resolution here

 

This is the Suiseki Museum portal that takes you to the QuickTime Virtual Reality objects