Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Meet photographers & get more exposure by connecting your Panoramio account to Google+

Today we’re announcing a new feature in Panoramio that provides you with an option to link your Google+ profile to your Panoramio account. This will help you get more exposure for your photographs (pun intended) and enable you to connect with other passionate photographers. With Google Maps Views, we’ve seen panoramic photographers who have really enjoyed interacting both there and on Google+, so we wanted to make this available to everyone on Panoramio as well.

Linking your Google+ account to Panoramio takes just a few seconds. Once you’re signed in, simply look for the promotion on the top of most pages within the Panoramio site. We’ve made it easy for you to add people to your Google+ circles if they’ve linked their accounts, so look for the “Add to Circles” widget throughout the site, such as on your “Favorite Photographers” list.

Many Panoramio users are well-known by a user name that is different than their real name. We know this is important to some of you in the Panoramio community, so we welcome you to use the “nickname” feature in your Google+ profile in addition to your name. To learn more about nicknames or using your initials instead of your full name, please read the Google+ profile names policy.

We hope this new feature will help you interact with and discover more passionate photographers around the web while getting more exposure for your own photos. If you have any questions, please visit our FAQ page or this thread in the Support and Feedback forum.

Posted by Evan Rapoport, Product Manager, Panoramio & Google Maps

Thursday, August 29, 2013

A beautiful new look for Panoramio

The photographers in the Panoramio community continue to amaze us every day with their passion for documenting the world through photos. The millions of photos uploaded by both amateur and professional photographers bring jaw-dropping beauty to Google Maps and Google Earth, helping to make them the most comprehensive and accurate representations of our planet. Panoramio's members celebrate the places that we love, allow us to discover new places to go, and gives us a glimpse of exotic destinations we may only dream of visiting.

The new Google Maps makes it easy and enjoyable to discover photos of the world.

Today we’re excited to introduce a new visual design for Panoramio. We've made photos the hero on the page while still keeping the important features that people enjoy. On the photo page, by far the most popular on the site, we’ve made the photo over three times bigger! We’ve also made thumbnails on the profile page and the world map significantly bigger.

The new design makes the photo the hero of the page.

The new user profile page makes photo thumbnails much bigger.
We know that Panoramio members have used the existing design for years, so the “classic” version will still be available for a little while. We’ve worked closely with some longtime members to understand unique uses of the product and done our best to preserve these work flows. Please provide your feedback on this new design in our “Support and Feedback” forum.

We hope that you’ll love exploring and contributing photos in the new Panoramio!

Posted by Evan Rapoport, Product Manager for Panoramio and Google Maps

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Panoramio to Google+

2 years ago, we launched a feature that allowed all Panoramio users to import their photos from Picasa Web Albums into Panoramio so they could share them with the world via Google Maps and Google Earth. Many Panoramio users are Google+ users, and many Google+ users are Panoramio users. It is for this reason that I am very excited to announce today that we are bringing both worlds a bit closer by allowing Panoramio users to export their photos to Google+ as well.

Why this is so important:

Google+ Local
Photos copied from Panoramio associated to a place will be featured in Google+ Local giving more visibility to the work of creators:

Storage and Data Liberation
Panoramio has unlimited storage for geo-positioned images with a maximum of 25 MBytes or 50 Mpixels per photo. By exporting all your photos to Google+, you will be able to download a security copy of all your photos by visiting the Download your data link under Google Accounts. From there you will be able to download a .zip file with all your photos and albums from Picasa Web Albums.

We will also create a copy of your original photo that will include the modification you make in Panoramio (geo-position, place association, tags and title) so you can keep the content you create in Panoramio offline.

The original image is in the format:
The downloadable version of the original with geotags is in the format: http://www.panoramio.com/photos/d/1000.jpg

Sharing your photos in Google+ will be easier than ever as by uploading your photos in Panoramio, you will automatically upload your photos in Google+, so you can get the best of both worlds. With all these changes we hope to bring you more choice, exposure and freedom for your photos of the World, and we hope you like it as much as we do.

To activate the feature go to www.panoramio.com/settings and for more information about this new feature, please visit Exporting photos to Picasa Web Albums or Google+.

Posted by +Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Panoramio photos in Photo Tours

Earlier this year we launched photo tours in Google Maps. Photo Tours are made using public user-contributed photos from Picasa Web Albums and Panoramio.
Today we are making it easy, for the Panoramio community to discover which of their Photos are sponsored in photo tours.

To find the photo tours that contain Panoramio photos, check under the Explore tab in Panoramio and click on the option "Photos with tours". That will open a map with all the photos in Panoramio that can start a tour. To open a tour, just select the photo you want to visit from the map, and follow the "Photo Tour" link that you find under the photo. Please note that using photo tours requires Google Maps with WebGL.

We hope you have fun exploring tours. Each of your contributions to Panoramio have made this possible. This is a feature we are extremely excited about, and by making it more accessible, we hope you all enjoy it as much as we do.

Posted by Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Panoramio: A couple of days in maintenance

We have been working hard during the last months in making Panoramio more stable and reliable for our photo community to continue sharing and enjoying photos of the world.

From today and during a couple of days we need to put Panoramio in read-only mode to make those changes available and it is for this reason that while Panoramio is still accessible, some actions such as uploading a photo will not be available.

The following message will display in Panoramio: "Panoramio is undergoing maintenance. During this time, it is not possible to change any information in Panoramio, such as writing a comment, uploading a photo, or changing your description in the profile"

We expect this to be completed by Thursday, but it may last until Friday when Panoramio will again be fully functional.

While this maintenance tasks are running, we want to thank you for your understanding. Photo processing is not a fast task, so we hope you enjoy these couple of days processing your photos and making them ready for our return.

Update 26th Oct: Maintenance is finished and the site is back to normal state. If there are some problems please report them in this forum post. Many thanks again for the patience while we worked on this maintenance tasks that are needed to keep the site in healthy state. 

Posted by Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager