September 9, 2010, The Woodlands, Texas - The Woodlands Villager newspaper featured an article in the September 9, 2010 of the business section announcing the funding of a virtual tour of The Woodlands created by the epic software group. The text of the article appears below. Click on the image to see the actual article.
Township virtual tour to go online soon -
The Woodlands Convention and Visitors Bureau is working to attract businesses and visitors with technology, offering a virtual tour.
By mid September, Epic Software Group of The Woodlands will have a virtual tour of 20 locations in place for the CVB website at www.thewoodlandscvb.com.
The site enables visitors to get a 360-degree look at a location or event as if they were there, said Nick Wolda, president of the CVB.
The virtual tour provides a visual for meeting planners, tour operators, travel agents and event producers.
The site will include social media tools and promote festivals like International Winter on the Waterway, Red, Hot and Blue Festival and Oktoberfest to help out-of-town visitors plan a stay.
“We are trying to tell the story that The Woodlands is a great place to visit,” Wolda said. “To hold a convention group or have a business meeting, a wedding, reunion or sports tournament. We know people are coming to The Woodlands for all of these reasons.”
The $20,000 cooperative project was funded in part by the CVB, which put $10,000 toward the project. Others include Market Street, The Woodlands Mall, The Woodlands Development Company, The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center and The Woodlands Marriott Hotel and Convention Center.
“We anticipate it will be seen by hundreds, if not thousands or millions,” Wolda said. “This will further the appeal of the CVB, seeing it come alive with the new type of photography.”
Vic Cherubini, president of Epic Software, said the interactive tour utilizes overlapping images “stitched together using special software.”
“When the panoramic image is placed online, the viewer can move in any direction and zoom to the photo to see additional details,” said Cherubini, adding links to other websites, video, sound and other types of media be a part of the tour.
About the epic software group, inc.
The epic software group is a multimedia production company located in The Woodlands, (Houston) Texas. Founded in 1990, the company operates from a state-of-the-art production facility filled with an incredible team of Artists, Animators and Programmers. epic has the experience, knowledge and creativity to tell your story or showcase your products and services using all of the latest interactive technologies.
Vic Cherubini, the president of epic says: Our mission is straightforward: epic creates awesome web sites, 3D animations, multimedia presentations, video productions and commercial photography all at affordable prices. We get the job done on time, on budget and try our best to delight every one of our clients with work we can all be proud of.
If you have a big idea or just need some help communicating a simple concept, give us a call - we're great at creating intuitive and engaging experiences with measurable results.
For Additional Information Please Contact:
Vic Cherubini, President
epic software group, inc.
701 Sawdust Rd.
The Woodlands, TX 77380
Phone: (281) 363-3742
Fax: (281) 419-4509