Tours are scripted presentations (similar in concept to power point
presentations) that run on SOSx and take a user through the datasets and can
include a storyline. Tours often include text, images, guiding questions,
pop-up web content, videos, and click-able place marks, audio, pausing for user
To configure Tour Builder, access this from the File
Choose a local datasets directory (the location where your SOSx datasets
reside). Click the Browse button to pop up a window
that enables you to navigate to the directory containing your datasets.
Most users should set the tour audience to “SOSx”.
SOSx datasets appear in the search window on the left side of SOSx. A dataset
can be a series of images wrapped around the globe, a KML file, a satellite
orbiting the Earth, etc. Users can choose a dataset category and select a
dataset to load.
A tour is a list of “tasks” to perform, in sequence. For example, a tour might
turn off clouds, turn on world borders, load an aurora dataset, then display a
text box with information about auroras. That could be a complete, but simple,
To create a new tour in Tour Builder, go to the FileNew
Tour. You will be prompted for the directory for your new tour. Tour
Builder will default to the <local-datasets>/custom
directory. Click the Create Directory button to create
a directory for your new tour.
Next, you will be prompted to provide other information (metadata) about your
You must provide a Category and a Title. Other fields
are optional but recommended. You can return to this window later on by
selecting FileEdit Tour Details.
Once your tour is created, you can drag tasks from the top horizontal bar onto
the “main tour timeline”.
A complete list of the tasks and an explanation of each can be found on the
Tour Task Reference.
Once tasks are on the timeline, you can drag them around to reorder them. To
delete a task from the timeline, click the little trash can icon.
You can organize a big tour into smaller “sub tours”. For example, perhaps you
have 5 tour tasks that you always want at the start of any tour you create. You
could create this 5 task tour in Tour Builder, save it, and then whenever you
create a new tour, just include this 5 task tour with a single Load Tour
Some tasks, such as Text Box, require you to provide additional
information below. Just fill out the pertinent information. For example, to
show a text box with the caption “My new tour!”, enter the following:
To play your tour in SOSx, go to FilePlay From Start
or FilePlay From Task #. You would choose the later
option, for example, if your tour has 100 tasks and you want to test tasks
starting at task 80 and beyond (without having to go through all 100 tasks in
You’ll see a window reminding you to launch SOSx.
When you click the Close button (and if SOSx is running
on your computer), your tour will immediately run. This is a helpful feature
when you are working on a tour and want to test your progress.