Visit 360-de­gree art ex­hibits

Mac|Life - - APPLE LIFE - Susie Ochs

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ArtPass­port does one thing, but it does it well, show­ing 360-de­gree views of art gal­leries from around the world. You can im­merse your­self in cur­rent and archived art in­stal­la­tions, and not just one or two – the scrol­lable, search­able list has nearly 100 choices and count­ing, from 35 cities in 23 coun­tries around the world.

Tap one to learn more about the artist and ex­hi­bi­tion, and then tap Art­works to swipe be­tween close-up views of each piece to get their names and de­tails, or tap Visit to find out how to see the art in per­son. The real at­trac­tion is tap­ping the big “360” but­ton to be dropped into a 360-de­gree view of the gallery. From there, just ro­tate your de­vice to see all around you; the art­works can be so much more stim­u­lat­ing in con­text than just viewed on their own. You can even zoom in and out.

You don’t get to “walk” through the gallery, but most of them have mul­ti­ple 360-de­gree views so you get a good look at ev­ery­thing in the room. If you have a Google Card­board viewer or mo­bile VR head­set, you can tap the VR but­ton for a stereo­scopic view, which is more im­mer­sive since you just move your head to look around, but also means you lose the zoom fea­ture. ArtPass­port doesn’t have an iPad ver­sion – prob­a­bly be­cause there’s no Google Card­board for iPad! – and that’s too bad be­cause the 360-de­gree gallery views would look great on a big­ger screen.

The bot­tom line. A worth­while down­load for any art lover.

New ex­hi­bi­tions and artists from around the world are added con­stantly.

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