Duh, managed to answer question #1 by changing the fp.loadimage values from 50,50 to 100,100.
Any help with limiting the scrolling side to side would make this perfect!
I've decided to simplify my vision and just make text buttons to navigate from room to room.
The FPanoramic actionscript using loadimage to load an external .jpg for the panorama image. It then has some intense actionscripting to create a "viewer" and manipulate the panorama image. I tried making a movie clip with the .jpg panorama image and buttons inside it, but as the panorama itself works like a big button, the nested buttons won't work.
In any case, here is my progress so far: artistnatalieblake.com/flash/fpanoramic/VRtour.swf
Only the foyer and dining room are there so far. Using a separate scene for each room seems to be working well, with buttons to navigate to the different scenes.
I still have the issue of what to do with rooms where there is not a full 360 view. I tried feathering out the edges to black, brown, or gray (so that there was a portion of the panorama that was "blank"). It just looked silly and interrupted the flow. Any ideas?
Another question: I have made my navigation buttons with 2 pieces - a big blank rectangle for hit area and editable text with 3 different colors for different states. When I want to change the button with new text, I have to edit each colored state and change it to the new text. Is there an easier technique that I'm missing?
Thanks for any input!