This process takes place after you've scanned and uploaded your model to the Matterport Cloud.
I. Publish to Google Street View
- Log into the Matterport Cloud (my.matterport.com).
- Click on the "Apps" tab.
- Click "Publish to Google Street View".
- Only Admins and Collaborators with Editor access can publish Spaces to Google Street View.
II. Find the correct place on the map
After publishing, you will be presented with a map that corresponds to your Space - follow the instructions below to append the proper address and name to your Space in Google Street View.
- Type the name and address of your Space into the text box.
- You can use Google's predictive autocomplete text options to find the area faster.
- Choosing from the autocomplete results will ensure that your imagery is attached to the right Place ID (which is the business listing in Google).
- Use the name of the business or the venue in addition to the address.
- This helps you better identify the Place ID for areas with shared addresses, like a skyscraper with multiple shops or a strip center in a suburban area.
- If a Place ID is not available to match your space, we recommend you first “report a missing place” on Google Maps to create a Place ID. Then you can publish again through Matterport and use the new Place ID you requested.
III. Adjust the footprint
The map will show you the address of your Space as well as business and properties in the immediate surrounding areas - navigating the map is almost identical to navigating Google Maps. Use these controls to adjust and place your footprint.
The map will also show you a top-down floorplan of the interior - this is the same FloorPlan view that you see when you explore the Space in Matterport's Showcase view.
Zoom, drag, move and rotate
- Use the +/- buttons (or mouse wheel) to zoom in and out.
- Click and drag to move around the map.
- Click and drag on the move icon to move the floorplan.
- You'll want to do this to match the floorplan with the satellite image - keep in mind, by placing your floorplan on the map, you are placing all of the individual 360° images on Google Maps at the same time.
- Click and drag on the rotate icon.
- Once your floorplan is the correct size, rotate the plan so that it fits logically into the area on the map.
- To perfect this, we recommend opening another browser window and exploring the Space in Matterport's 3D Showcase - this will help you find unique identifying floorplan features that you can use to orient your rotation.
- Tip: Look for entrances - they are usually near the parking lot.
- Tip: Zoom in on the map as far as possible to help you clarify position.
- Click "Next" when you're finished.
IV. Select a Google Account for attribution
You must select a valid Google account in order to publish the imagery - this is known as attribution, meaning the name and profile picture from the selected Google account will appear in the credits for the imagery (top-left corner).
Photographers who are publishing on behalf of clients have three options:
- Publish from a Google account owned by the photography firm.
- In this case, attribution will be given to the photographer.
- Ask the business owner to create a specific email account for Google Street View.
- Example: Marketing@bobsbbqrestaurant.com
- Share the account credentials with the photographer - in this case, attribution will be given to the business owner.
- Give the business owner editor access.
- Invite the business owner to become a Matterport Collaborator - they can then enter their own Google credentials and publish directly. In this case, attribution will be given to the business owner.
Choose the right attribution method
Choosing your attribution method depends on the photographer and the type of relationship they have with their client.
For proper attribution, we strongly recommend publishing from a branded account that represents your entire business or organization. This means outright avoiding using personal email accounts or email aliases (like distribution lists).
V. Add an attributed account
- Click "Choose an Account".
- A new window will appear with a list - if you are already logged into your Google account, you will see it on this list.
- You can also click "Use another account" to log in with a different account.
- Confirm you want to use the selected account by clicking the blue "Allow" button.
- This will automatically return you to my.matterport.com.
- Select the account you just authorized from the list in the window.
- Confirm it's correct, then press "Next" to move on.
VI. Review and publish to Google Maps
- In the final window, do a final check to ensure the footprint and the Google Place ID are correct.
- If you need to make changes, hit the "Back" button in your browser.
- Hit the blue "Publish" button to finish.
- Your data will be sent to Google.
- All of your images and connections should be available on Google Maps, Earth, and Street View within 24-48 hours.
- You will receive an email when your model has been published.