Add 360 degree photos to your intranet

In this blogpost we show how you can easily add interactive 360 degree images to your intranet site. Maybe you got a cool image of your city, or of your office, or of something else you’d like to show off. Here we’ve embedded an interactive image of Amsterdam at night:

You can zoom and pan right on the intranet. Also works on mobile devices.

Step by step instructions

Adding a 360 view image to your intranet isn’t difficult. These are the steps.

  • Find the image you want to include on Google Maps. You can use the “360” tab in the images section to filter for suitable images.
  • Click on the 3 vertical dots next to the image author and select “Share and embed”
  • Choose “embed a map”, then “copy HTML”
  • Add a Papyrs Media/Iframe widget to your page
  • From the embed HTML you copied earlier, take the embed url (starts with https://www.google.com/maps/embed?") and copy that into the “include a web page” field.
  • Hit OK and the widget should appear on your Papyrs page. You can use the “resize” button to make adjustments as needed.

That’s it. Just a cool trick we wanted to share.

Access Papyrs from your own domain

When people sign up for a Papyrs intranet site they get their own subdomain by default: https://yourcompany.papyrs.com. You can also access your site from a custom domain, like https://intranet.yourcompany.com. This is much nicer (and certainly easier to remember for your coworkers). There was a downside, though: an SSL security certificate is needed to encrypt the connection to the custom domain, and getting one signed could be a complicated process. You would have to download a signing request from us, then purchase an SSL certificate from a 3rd party vendor, then provide the signing request to the certificate authority, and then you would have to send the signed certificate files to us. It worked, but it was just too complicated.

Out with the old; in with the new

We can now issue SSL certificates on behalf of our customers. This means that moving your Papyrs site to your own domain has never never been easier. It’s just a matter of updating the subdomain of your choosing to the Papyrs service (DNS update) and we take care of everything else!

  1. Decide on a subdomain name you would like to use, for example
    https://intranet.yourcompany.com (you need to be owner of this domain).
  2. Change the DNS settings of your subdomain to point it to the address of the Papyrs servers. You can do this by adding a CNAME record to the DNS zone file. Point the CNAME to custom.papyrs.com.
    • Some DNS providers require the . (dot) at the end, others don’t
    • Just to be clear: we literally mean custom.papyrs.com here, so don’t replace “custom” with your account name.
      If there is an existing A record for your subdomain, remove it so only the CNAME to custom.papyrs.com remains.
  3. Fill out the form at https://yoursite.papyrs.com/settings/custom-domain/. Your new domain should get activated within 24 hours, and the transition will not involve any downtime.

(Available for Papyrs Business customers and above. For more info see White Label documentation)

Editor Command Palette

We’ve released a new feature today for the editor in Papyrs, called the Command Palette:

If you’re already familiar with the concept from desktop applications, it works the same here: the Command Palette is a dialog where you can quickly find and select the most common editor commands. Simply open the dialog by pressing Ctrl+/ (or Cmd+/ on Mac), and find commands by just typing a few letters. This way you can edit Papyrs documents without ever touching the mouse. For example, to insert a Large heading, just type Ctrl+/ h2.

The Command Palette will also show you if additional keyboard shortcuts are available. For example, we’ve added a way to easily jump between widgets in the editor using Ctrl+Up/Ctrl+Down.

New pages overview

As part of a redesign we’re working on a refresh of many of Papyrs’ screens. One of the updated screens is the Pages overview, where you can quickly find all pages you can access on your Papyrs intranet wiki site. Next to a visual refresh, the new overview makes it easier to search, filter, browse, and reorganize pages. Some sites have already been upgraded to the new pages overview, and we’ll be rolling it out to other accounts soon.