First off; let me wish you all a - slightly belated! - Happy New Year!
Now, to the point; I recently discovered - via Kronpano's excellent piece 'Sierp Hilbert Construction Site': fav.me/d72bcaa that it's possible to create interactive 360 degree images of M3D - and doubtless also Mandelbulber and Frag - pieces.
The process uses a facility provided by 'fieldofview.com', which is accessible through a Flickr account. I personally have never been a great one for making vids of my M3D creations, so finding this feature was like manna from heaven for me!
Basically, you'll have to have, or open a Flickr account: www.flickr.com/ to upload your images to. As most of you will be aware, M3D has a 360 degree view option within the Navigator; use this to create your panoramic 'base' piece.
To work best, the 'horizon' should be positioned in the exact centre of your image. This will avoid any unwanted distortion. If you are using a background image, it should ideally be a 360 seamless panorama, or I guess you could just leave it out and use normal or dFog?
The feature seems to work best with large 2:1 ratio images; I used my usual 4000x2000 size and it looks fine.
When you begin the upload process and give your image its title and description, you can then add the line in the description that does 'the business':
fieldofview.com/flickr/ ?page= photos/yourFlickrname/image number
(note: there should be no space between the '=' and 'photos', dA very helpfully sees that as a ?!!)
Then, once you've clicked the 'upload' button, and have your image displayed in your 'PhotoStream'; click to open it, the image number is then displayed in your browsers URL line. Click on the picture description to allow editing, and add the image number to the link - be sure to enter the second 11 digit image number into the above code - click 'Save'.
I've found it's best to open the link in a new tab, as there are no controls as such on the fieldofview page.
You can 'drag' the Pano around by holding down the left mouse button. Click-dragging on and off will give more control to your 'navigation'.
I hope you guys will have a go at this, and I'm looking forward to seeing what you all come up with!!
Here's the link to my first effort, a pano version of my 'MengerTropolis 1' piece:
Takes around 10-15secs to load.
As a wee footnote on the subject of Flickr.com, I noticed that there is actually a - very sparsely populated and underused! - Mandelbulb 3D group on Flickr: www.flickr.com/groups/1657864@… so why not join and add some work while you're there?
All the best the noo, and have a very productive 2014!