Friday, November 30, 2007

Panoramio mirrored for right to left languages: Arabic, Hebrew and Farsi

Do you see anything strange in these homepages?

Mirrored Panoramio

Yes, Panoramio is mirrored for right to left languages :)

Arabic, Hebrew and Farsi were available some time ago, but without mirroring they were not really usable, so we decided to pull them back until we could mirror the site. Now it is ready.

It took more time than expected and it has been hard, specially because in Panoramio sometimes comments in left to right languages are mixed with right to left ones, like in this great shot from Usama Fath, the author of the Arabic translation. We also would like to thank Ofek Dekel for the Hebrew translation as well as Hessam Moosavi and Alireza Shakernia for the Persian one. In the Panoramio side the credits go to José Florido and Joaquín Cuenca.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Las Médulas: man made landscape 2.000 years ago

Las Médulas, located near the town of Ponferrada in León province, Spain, used to be the most important gold mine in the Roman Empire. Las Médulas is listed by the UNESCO as one of the World Heritage Sites. The contrast between green of chestnut and oaks with the red color of the mountains in Las Médulas is wonderful.

Las Médulas


How were Las Médulas made? The spectacular landscape of Las Médulas resulted from the Ruina Montium, a Roman mining technique described by Pliny the Elder consisting in the perforation of the mountain and latter irruption of great quantities of water that literally pulled the mountain down as you can see in the satellite image:



The romans removed 500 millons of m³ of land to get 3 grams of gold per tonne of land. Pliny stated that 20,000 Roman pounds of gold were extracted each year. The exploitation, involving 60,000 free workers, brought 5,000,000 Roman pounds (1,650,000 kg) in 250 years. To bring the necessary water from the Sierra de La Cabrera mountains to Las Médulas a system of channels more than hundred kilometers long was constructed, and some of its portions are still conserved. You can visit the channels with a guide and a helmet. The holes made by the water in the mountain are huge.

By the way, near las medulas you can visit the Castle from the Order of the Temple in Ponferrada.

Source: Las Médulas in Wikipedia

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Friends of Panoramio meeting in the real world

I just discovered this photo of a group of people from Panoramio, Gruppo Amatori di Panoramio, meeting in Montecanino, Italy.

Gruppo Amatori di Panoramio

Later I discovered that they already have met several times in Camogli , Asti and Monte D'Alba. They are: Marco Ferrari, Francesco Favalesi, Franco Truschello, Daniela Brocca, Valerio M, Alberto Gemme, Gilberto Silvestri, Luigi Barbadoro, esseil (Silvana) and Giulio Colla. Take a look at their photos, these amici make great shots.

I am very happy to see that people make friends through Panoramio. After thinking about it a little bit, I realized that it makes sense. Usually you upload photos of your place in Panoramio and people that post photos near yours probably live nearby. I thought that maybe a forum for meetings in the real world could be a great idea, so here it is "Rendezvous in the real world".

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Panoramio in Belarusian, Latvian, Galician and Asturian

Thanks to these great guys, now Panoramio is translated to four more languages.

Latvian: Ainars Bruvelis, paldies!

Galician: Christian Álvarez Rodríguez, gracias!

Asturian: Andrés Menéndez Blanco and Héctor Xil, gracies!

Belarusian: Andrej Kuźniečyk Дзякуй!

The rest of the languages are updated continously with the contributions of many translators. However sometimes you will see some sentences in English mixed with other languages because Panoramio website is alive; we are adding new sentences or rewriting them all the time.

Belarusian has between 4-7 million native speakers and Latvian 1,5 million, they are the official languages for Belarus and Latvia respectively. The other two languages are located in Northern Spain, Galician is the mother tongue for 2,5 million people in Galicia and Asturian is spoken by around 100,000 people in Asturias.

Here you can see some of my favourite shots from Belarus, Latvia, Galicia and Asturias.

Friday, November 16, 2007

More than 200 cool sightseeings in "Places"

Many people have contributed with new locations to the list of cool places in Panoramio. We have collected more than 200 great locations and last weeks we made some improvements in the Places page, making easier to browse locations randomly. You always can find a link to "Places" in the top of the site.

Places page

The idea is to discover places where both photos and satellite images are cool. If you want to suggest a location, drop us an e-mail to questions AT panoramio.com. Please include the URL of Panoramio's map page (e.g. http://www.panoramio.com/map/#lt=65.847768&ln=-22.5&z=10&k=1&a=1) or the exact coordinates for the sightseeing you suggest.

Friday, November 9, 2007

500,000 photos from Panoramio added to Google Earth

After the October update was canceled, yesterday the November one was done and 500,000 photos from Panoramio have been added to Google Earth. Now 2,5 million photos are available in Google Earth. The next update will be around December 10th.

Now from Google Earth you have a directly link to correct misplaced photos and to flag them as inappropriate. We wanted to make easier for people to collaborate so we all can enjoy Panoramio's photo in Google Earth even more.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

New forums for German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portugues, Russian, Turkish, Chinese, Magyar, Arabic and Hindi

Since last week we have forums for German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish, Chinese, Magyar, Arabic and Hindi, so people can use their own language in the forum. We selected those languages because are the most popular languages among the users of Panoramio.

People seem to enjoy the new forums, specially the Spanish community that already posted more 400 comments, but also the Germans, Turkishs, Russians and Italians are very active. That's great.

I also wanted to mention that last Sunday we had trouble with the upload system and many people couldn't upload their photos. It took us some time to find and fix the problem, but on Monday afternoon was definitively fixed. Sorry guys!