Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Panoramio re-invented in a primary school

My good friend Luistxo Fernandez from Tagzania.com pointed me to this photo. It is a representation of the city of San Sebastian created by the children from the ikastola (Basque language primary school) of his 5 year old daughter. It looks pretty much like Panoramio ;)

Panoramio in a primary school
Argazkiak.org | Donostiako mapa © cc-by-sa: Luistxo. F

Cool, isn't?

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Winners of Panoramio Contest of October 2008

Here are the winners of the Panoramio monthly Contest for October 2008 edition. Those photos were uploaded in October and voted in November. The sponsor ATP will contact the winners during the next days in order to send the prizes.

First Prize of Scenery category
Scenery First prize
taken in The Netherlands by Michda

First Prize of Heritage category
Heritage First prize
taken in Romania by gabiavram

First Prize of Travel category
Travel First Prize
taken in France by digitaaal

First Prize of Unusual Location category
Unusual Location First Prize
taken in Colombia by SUASAIRASS

Full list of winners

Congratulations!

Friday, November 28, 2008

New update of Panoramio photos in Google Earth

Since some hours ago photos from Panoramio up to ID 15,881,277 are included in Google Earth, this means almost half a million new photos since the last update.

The date of the next update will be around January 15th and will include photos reviewed up to January 13th. Anyway probably you have seen that your photos appear in Google Earth before that date because we are making bi-weekly updates.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Winners of Panoramio Contest of September 2008

Here are the winners of the Panoramio monthly Contest for September 2008 edition. Those photos were uploaded in September and voted in October. The sponsor ATP will contact the winners during the next days in order to send the prizes.

First Prize of Scenery category
Scenery First prize
taken in China by 黄河影人

First Prize of Heritage category
Heritage First prize
taken in Romania by dbotez

First Prize of Travel category
Travel First Prize
taken in Italy by cbjo

First Prize of Unusual Location category
Unusual Location First Prize
taken in Italy by s.silvia

Full list of winners

Congratulations to all of them!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Panoramio photos in Google Maps API

If you use Google Maps API in your website, you can easily add Panoramio photos with only 2 lines of code.

So far, the first project that has added Panoramio photos using Google Maps API is the trail-sharing website Wikiloc.

Panoramio photos in Wikiloc

Winners of Panoramio Contest of July and August 2008

We can finally announce the winners of the Panoramio contest of July and also the winners of August. ATP, the sponsor of the contest will contact the winners during the next days in order to send the prizes. Congratulations!

We have automatized the process to select winners, that's why it took us some extra time. The winners of the September contest (that are being voted on in October) will be announced during the first days of November.

As we mention in the rules of the contest, after winning a prize you can't win another prize in a later contest. However some few users that already got a price are submitting their photos again using several different usernames, this behavior is not allowed and can lead to account deletion.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

About the latest improvements

Last week we released some improvements which increased the speed of the site and fixed the error messages that were far too common during the last months.

As I told you in the previous post, we are testing more frequent updates. For the moment those test are working well and now photos up to ID 14,200,000 are added to Google Earth. This means a delay of only 2-3 weeks from the upload to the layer Google Earth. Just notice that photos added in these frequent updates are only visible in low zoom levels.

Unfortunately not all are good news. In the latest update we wanted to change the color of the gray squares in Google Earth to blue, but something went wrong. We need to wait until the next update on October 24th for this change.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Almost one million photos added to Google Earth

Since today photos from Panoramio up to ID 13,760,000 are included in Google Earth, this means almost one million new photos added.

The date of the next update will be around October 24th and will include photos reviewed up to October 10th. However we are testing more frequent updates and maybe you will see your photos earlier in Google Earth. For the moment we are testing bi-weekly updates and gradually the delay will be reduced. Hopefully in few weeks we will have daily updates, so the last reviewed photos will take only one day to appear in Google Earth.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

11 Sept. Panoramio Treffen in Berlin / Panoramio meeting in Berlin Sept. 11th

Am 11. September findet ein lockeres Panoramio Treffen in Berlin statt. Der Treffpunkt ist die Pferde Skulptur vor dem Hauptbahnhof um 18.00 Uhr. Ich werde auch dort sein und hoffe, dass viele Leute kommen. Je nach Wetterlage und Anzahl der Teilnehmer können wir entscheiden, was wir machen. Vielleicht eine Photo Tour oder wir setzen uns in eine Kneipe oder einen Biergarten und trinken zusammen etwas.

On September 11th we will meet in Berlin. The meeting point is the sculpture of the Horse in the Hauptbahnhof and the time 18:00 hours. I will come and I hope to meet many people. Once there and depending on the weather and the amount of people we can decide what to do, maybe a photo-walk or we can sit in a terrace and share some drinks.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Winners of Panoramio Contest of June 2008

Here are the winners of the Panoramio monthly Contest for June 2008 edition. Those photos were uploaded in June and voted in July. The sponsor ATP will contact the winners during the next days in order to send the prizes.

First Prize of Scenery category
Scenery First prize
taken in Switzerland by tiopepe8

First Prize of Heritage category
Heritage First prize
taken in Hungary by Szekér

First Prize of Travel category
Travel First Prize
taken in United Kingdom by Faintlightofdawn

First Prize of Unusual Location category
Unusual Location First Prize
taken in Russia by Б.Ярцев

Full list of winners

Congratulations to all of them!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

More new photos in Google Earth

Some hours ago photos up to ID 12300000 have been added to Google Earth, so we have got yet another 700,000 new photos.

The next update will be around September 22th and will include photos reviewed before September 10th.

By the way, you may have realized that we are having some trouble adding new photos to Panoramio's map. Photos that are missing will be added to the map when we fix these issues, you don't need to upload them again. Sorry for the problems!

Update 12 August: Problem fixed. New photos are again added to the map. Photos uploaded before this fix, will be added to the "all" tab during the next days.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Winners of Panoramio Contest of May 2008

Here are the winners of the Panoramio monthly Contest for May 2008 edition. Those photos were uploaded in May and voted in June. The sponsor ATP will contact the winners during the next days in order to send the prizes.

First Prize of Scenery category
Scenery First prize
taken in Colombia by (((Jose Daniel)))

First Prize of Heritage category
Heritage First prize
taken in Normandie (France) by christian caffin

First Prize of Travel category
Travel First Prize
taken in Utah (USA) antorenz

First Prize of Unusual Location category
Unusual Location First Prize
taken in New York (USA) gamer0808

Full list of winners

Congratulations to all of them!

Creating "Look arounds" in Sao Miguel Island, Azores

Last year I discovered the beauty of Pico Island in Panoramio and I spent my holidays there. This year I decided to go for another island of the Azores, São Miguel, and again I was very impressed by a unique landscape. Pico was a rocky island dominated by the shape of the big volcano, but São Miguel is a Hawaiian style green island full of volcanic cones and lakes.

Vista do Rei

- Vista do Rei from cbotel -


São Miguel island was a perfect place to experiment with the new "Look around" feature. I took many overlapped photos in the most interesting landmarks in order to get "look around" links. It worked pretty well and only 10 days after the upload, the photos have been reviewed and got the "Look around" link. Sometimes my photos have joined an existing "Look around" group of photos, but other times they have created a new "look around". The results were very cool, so I decided to share them and my conclusions:

- Vista do Rei: the most famous sightseeing place of São Miguel
- Lagoa Verde and Lagoa Azul: if you move to the right you can even see where I parked my car
- Mosteiros cliffs: Nice sight, but I didn't get all photos connected in a perfect 360º panorama
- Lagoa Verde from a small beach: it worked perfectly here, you can see both sides of the lake
- Lagoa do Fogo: beautiful lake, but my photos of the sides didn't get connected
- Termal beach in Ferraria: pretty small, I got it unintentionally

I thought that two overlapping photos for each shot were enough (on the right and left sides) to get the photo inside the "look around", but actually the algorithm seems to work better with more than 2 overlapping photos, 3 or 4 is Ok. Anyway, the more photos you take, the higher probability of getting the magic link.

After playing a lot with this feature I have to say that I love it. The "look around" gives you the freedom to choose your own perspective and a magic feeling. I feel like I can turn my head in the direction I want and explore the place personally.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

User created tools for Panoramio

People who like Panoramio created some interesting tools that I would like to share with you. Check them out, they are very cool!

- PhotoTrack by Ryan Calhoun: allows you to track the times your photos have been viewed

- Panoramio Random Gallery Viewer by Andre Speek

- Photo Finder Widget by Piet Jonas: to embeed a small widget in your website

- iPhone Web App by Piet Jonas: browse Panoramio photos in your iPhone

- Phto Finder for Apple Dashboard by Piet Jonas

- Thumbnail Post Creator for Panoramio by Andre Speek, a tool to get thumbnails in a size that fits good for the forum

New update: 750,000 new photos added to Google Earth

Yesterday photos up to ID 10760000 have been added to Google Earth, that means around 750,000 new photos improving the experience in Google Earth.

The next update will be around August 10th and will include photos reviewed before July 27th.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Winners of Panoramio Contest of April 2008

Here are the winners of the Panoramio monthly Contest for April 2008 edition. The sponsor ATP will contact the winners during the next days in order to send the prizes.

First Prize of Scenery category
Scenery First prize
taken in United Kingdom by Alan Knox

First Prize of Heritage category
Heritage First prize
taken in France by Nicolas Aubé

First Prize of Travel category
Travel First Prize
taken in Spello, Italy by marita1004

First Prize of Unusual Location category
Unusual Location First Prize
taken in Chile by Dejah

Full list of winners

Congratulations to all of them!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Panoramio meeting in Paris on 4th July

Paris mon amour. We would like to celebrate the 5 millionth photo shared on Panoramio with a meeting of contributors and friends on July 4 in Paris.

We will meet in the Google offices, where we will have an informal gathering and have something to eat and drink. Joaquín Cuenca and Jose Florido from the Panoramio team will be there.

Space is limited to 40 people, so please, register using this form.



Date: 4 July 2008 from 17:00 to 19:00

Location:
Google’s Office in Paris
38, Avenue de l'Opéra
75002
Paris - See location in Google Maps.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Hi, look around!

We just released a new feature in Panoramio that allows you to browse photos simulating a 3D environment. You can jump from one photo to the closest one, walking virtually around the place or watching the place from many different perspectives. Enjoy the views from the top of Empire State in New York, the last floor of Eiffel Tower or the sights from the Pyramids of Teotihuacan, just by opening the "look around" link under those photos.

look around of St Peter Square in Rome

I just made a small walk in St Peter square in Rome and watched the panoramic views of Alhambra from Albaicín. Did you ever watch the faces of the US presidents in Mount Rushmore so close?. There is a never ending list of places to explore: the roofs of Lisbon from Santa Justa, Chicago from Hancock's tower by night, the sights of Stockholm from Katarinahissen, the Red Square of Moscow, Brandenburg gate in Berlin, the white marbles of Taj Mahal or the Sydney Opera House, just to mention a few examples. Take care, I am already addicted.

You will find the link "look around" only for photos in areas with high density of images. The most interesting places to "look around" are squares, towers or any location where people took photo in many different directions. Having many overlapped photos means that you can move very far away from the starting point, almost like a real walk.

If you want to get a "look around" link under your photos or you would like to have this experience in your favorite place, that's easy. Just go to that place and start shooting photos in every direction. Photos should overlap so the matching system can work and using a tripod should help to get matches. If you prefer to move while taking photos, later it would be possible to follow your path. Photos of details get embedded inside wide perspectives and allow a nice zoom-in effect. Depends very much on the place, but around 10-20 photos should be enough to get the "look around". The link will not appear immediately, the system will be initially refreshed every two weeks, but it will get faster after some time.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Photos from the Panoramio meeting in London

Finally plans changed in the last minute and Joaquin Cuenca, the other co-founder of Panoramio, attended the Panoramio meeting in London instead of me last week. More than 40 people came to the Google offices and Joaquin told me they had a lot of fan chatting about the site and photography until late in the evening. After the meeting I received several messages from people happy to meet personally other users that they already met virtually time ago in Panoramio.

We projected photos from London from some of the attendants in the same way we did in Barcelona. Ade took some photos and we are collecting more photos in the forum.

Special thanks Liz Ericson from Google UK for the great organization.

Panoramio meeting in London

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Panoramio under Spam attack

Last weekend Panoramio suffered a Spam attack. Thousands of users were automatically created by a spammer and thousands of comments with malicious links were posted.

We reacted started deleting those fake users and comments using an internal automated script, but soon we realized that it was going to take too long for the database to delete all them, maybe several days. Therefore we did something that worked faster. We deleted all the text of those spam comments to eliminate the dangerous links. That worked immediately and that's why you will see now many spam comments without text. Gradually during the next days those fake users and the empty comments will be completely deleted. We also have temporarily disabled all e-mail alerts for new comments to reduce the impact of the spam in your mailbox.

Joaquin is working right now in adding a captcha (code inside an image) to the sign-up and to the "add a comment". A captcha is only readable by humans, so it should stop further automated massive attacks. However until the captcha is ready is possible you get some more spam.

Panoramio has been relavitely free of Spam for almost 3 years, but the more popular the site gets, the more probable is an attack. We are terribly sorry for this problem and we would like to apologize for all the trouble that it might have caused to you. I would like to thank all the people that reported the problem and helped to fix it, specially Panamon Creel who contacted snipUrl service and got them to disable the malicious links and block the IP of the spammer.

Monday, May 26, 2008

New update: photos up to ID 8920000 added to Google Earth

This time the update was smaller and photos up to ID 8920000 have been added to Google Earth, that means around 150,000 photos. The next update will be around June 27th and will include photos uploaded before June 10th.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Winners of Panoramio Contest of March 2008

Finally we are ready to announce the winners of the Panoramio monthly Contest for March 2008 edition. They are really cool photos among them. The sponsor ATP will contact the winners during the next days in order to send the prizes.

First Prize of Scenery category
First prize
taken in the FYRM by Neim Sejfuli ♦

First Prize of Heritage category
First prize
taken in Sicily (Italy) by Gibrail

First Prize of Travel category
First Prize
taken in Northern Italy by © Massimo De Candido

First Prize of Unusual Location category
First Prize
taken in Thailand by picsonthemove

Full list of winners

It took us a little bit more time than expected to organize everything, but this is the first edition and everything will be smoother for the next one. Also some people asked to reduce the number of photos submitted per user. We agree about that and for the June contest the number of photos per participant will be limited to 5.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Panoramio in Google Maps

Since last Thursday some searches in Google Maps displays photos from Panoramio in the left bar, including the option of watching more photos over the map. Try for example to search for "London" to get some cool photos from the city.

Also since today in Google Maps there is a new feature called "More..." located beside the satellite, map and terrain buttons. After clicking over "More..." you can check the option "Photos" to see Panoramio images displayed over the map in a cool interface.

I am very glad to have this new feature. I love it and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Panoramio meeting in London on May 22th

Now it is time for London. We would like to celebrate the 5 millionth photo shared on Panoramio with a meeting of contributors and friends on May 22th in London.

We will meet in the Google offices, where we will have an informal gathering and have something to eat and drink (BBQ if London's weather holds!) And of course, don't forget your cameras!

Space is limited to 75 people, so please, register using this form.

London

Date: 22 May 2008 from 18:30 to 21:30

Location:
Google's Office in London
Belgrave House
76 Buckingham Palace Road
London SW1W 9TQ - See location in Google Maps.

Photos from Panoramio meeting in Barcelona

The Panoramio meeting in Barcelona was great. The atmosphere was very nice and I was delighted to chat with Panoramio contributors. I felt very good there. The spectacular sights of Barcelona from the Mirablau bar and the "tapas" helped to create the right feeling. Take a look at this shot from Ulises888 to get an idea:

Tapas in Mirablau bar

People came little by little, but there were around 50 people at the end. We projected in a big screen some of the best shots from the attendants. Nino took many photos around, Javier recorded a video and we are collecting more photos in the forum.

I would like to thank the people from Google Spain; Clara, Nino and Anaïs, for all the help and the fantastic organization.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Now you can submit your photos uploaded in April to the contest

Since some minutes ago you can submit your photos uploaded in April to the Panoramio contest. Those photos will have the link "submit to the contest" and can be voted in when they will get the "vote" button.

You can vote for the photos uploaded in March until the end of April. Now photos in the gallery of participants are displayed randomly so you get fresh photos all the time. The winners of photos uploaded in March will be known on May 15th.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Panoramio meeting in Barcelona / Encuentro Panoramio en Barcelona el 8de mayo de 2008

We want to celebrate the 5 million shared photos in Panoramio in Google Earth with a Panoramio meeting in Barcelona. In some weeks we will have meetings in London and Paris. The information about the meeting in Barcelona below in Spanish language.

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Queremos celebrar los 5 millones de fotos compartidas en Panoramio en Google Earth con el primer encuentro Panoramio el próximo 8 de Mayo en Barcelona.

El lugar escogido para conocer a otros usuarios de Panoramio y a su equipo fundador es el bar Mirablau que hemos reservado para la ocasión. Allí además de disfrutar de las vistas de Barcelona desde las alturas del Tibidabo, habrá picoteo y bebidas, así como alguna pequeña sorpresita.

Barcelona

Fecha y hora: 8 de mayo de 2008 de 18:30 a 20:00

Lugar: Bar Mirablau, C/ Manuel Amús, 2 (final Avenida Tibidabo), Barcelona

El aforo del lugar esta limitado a 60 personas, así que os agradeceríamos que os registraseis en este formulario. Y por supuesto, ¡no olvideis vuestras cámaras!.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

New update: around 300,000 photos added to Google Earth

On Monday April 7th Google Earth updated the Panoramio layer adding around 300,000 new photos, that was earlier than we expected (April 12th).

Selected images up to ID 8,620,000 are now in Google Earth. The next update will be online on May 25th and will include photos reviewed until May 5th.


Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Geotagging contest in Panoramio

Today we have launched the geotagging monthly contest in Panoramio sponsored by ATP.

Panoramio monthly contest

Rules:

- To participate simply use the link "Submit to the contest" located under each photo and choose one category.
- Users can submit as many photos as they want, but there is only one prize per person.
- One photo can participate in only one category and get only one prize.
- Only geolocated photos in Panoramio will be included.
- Updated: Only photos uploaded during the monthly contest previous month can be submited, for example, only photos uploaded in April March, can participate in the April contest.

Prizes:

- Winner: 1 ATP Photofinder + 1 1 ATP ProMaxII UDMA-ready CF (4GB) or 1 ATP ProMax SDHC Class 6 (4GB) for the winner of each category.
- Runner up: 1 ATP Photofinder + 1 ATP Petito USB drive 512MB for the runner-up of each category.
- Honorable mentions: 1 ATP Petito USB drive 512MB for honorable mentions (5 in each category).

There will be 28 new winners each month. In the contest page you can see more details about the contest and the prices.

Friday, March 14, 2008

New update: around 600,000 new photos from Panoramio added to Google Earth

Today Google Earth updated the Panoramio layer adding around 600,000 new photos. Selected images up to ID 7,980,000 are now in Google Earth. The next update is on April 12th and will include photos reviewed until March 26th.

Yesterday we moved to a new server and the site was not working for a couple of hours. Also during the day some uploaded photos and comments were delayed. Now those problems are fixed. I am sorry to say that the tag's page is still disabled and it will take around 1 month to be back. We could just switch on the tag's page again, but this will make the whole site very slow.

The good news are that we are almost done with a couple of new features:

- Change of copyright licenses: You will be able to choose the type of copyright license you prefer for your photos, standard copyright or any license from Creative Commons. You will be able to change the license for all your photos by once or select the license for single photos.

- Original file access: You will be able to restrict the access to the original file in case you don't want other users to get it. Only the author of the photo will be able to access the original file.

These 2 features have been very much requested and they will be online shortly.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

New header

We just released a new header for Panoramio:

New header of Panoramio

Now you can explore the World and find any place in our planet from every page in Panoramio.com. The access to "Your photos", Places and Tags are more visible with the new design. Also the link to the settings is more accessible.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

New search engine

Today we made some improvements in the search enginge of Panoramio's homepage and the World Map. Now you can search for:

- Streets in some countries: "Third Avenue, New York", "Ramblas, Barcelona".

- Landmarks: "Eiffel Tower", "Mount Fuji" or "Cape of Good Hope"

- Names in different languages: Saragossa/Zaragoza, Nueva York/New York, Köln/Cologne, Leipzig/Lipsia...

- More flexible inputs: Add the province/state/country to the name of the location to quickly find places with common names: "Cox, Spain", "Cox, California" or "Cox, England".

The D-Day and Omaha beach

Saving Private Ryan maybe is the most realistic film ever made about the landing of the Allied forces in German-occupied France on June 6th 1944, but with so many explosions and fast camera movements you can't really see the place at the film. This mini-panoramio can help you with that:



Around Omaha you can discover several never ending cemeteries and take a look at the strategically located Pointe D'Hoc where fierce fights took place.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Chernobyl and the abandoned city of Prypiat in Ukranie

You might have seen on TV see images of the sarcophagus that covers the reactor number 4 from Chernobyl Nuclear Plant that exploded in the accident, but this mini-panoramio gives you a wider perspective:



Actually there is not very much to see around the plant, but what is really amazing is taking a virtual walk in the abandoned city of Prypiat. This city was very close to Chernobyl and its 50.000 inhabitants had to be completely evacuated after the accident. I never have seen such a green city, after 18 years trees grew everywhere:



Residents from Prypiat were only allowed to take away a suitcase full of documents, books and clothes that were not contaminated. Apartment buildings, swimming pools, hospitals and other buildings were all abandoned, and everything inside the buildings was left behind, including records, papers, TVs, children's toys, furniture, valuables, and clothing, etc. that any normal family would have with them. Practically the city is a museum documenting the late Soviet era.

The Exclusion Zone is considered relatively safe to visit, and several Ukrainian companies offer guided tours of the area. Prypiat and the surrounding area will not be safe for human habitation for several centuries to come. It will take 300 years for the most deadly radioactive isotopes released by the accident to decay. After that the area may be used for most human activities again. High radiation has not prevented wildlife from entering the area; wild animal populations are actually quite large in the exclusion zone, capitalizing on the lack of human occupation.

Source: Wikipedia

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Forte São João Baptista in Mozambique

I never expected such a resolution for a relatively unkown place as Forte São João Baptista in Ibo island in Mozambique:



But I was even more surprised after discovering that my friend eSHa took a photo right there.

Forte São João Baptista

It feels almost like touching these guns with the hands.

Friday, January 25, 2008

New update: 2 million new photos from Panoramio added to Google Earth

Last evening Google Earth updated the Panoramio layer adding almost 2 million photos. We added photos up to around ID 6,700,000 almost duplicating the amount of photos available in Google Earth.

We finally could fix one of the most requested issues in Panoramio; the backlog of reviewed photos. The backlog has been reduced from 1 million in early December to less than 100,000 right now. That means that a new uploaded photo is reviewed after only 7 days and will be included in the next update for Google Earth (if selected). Our team of reviewers have been working very hard during Christmas for catching up the backlog. I want to thank Fran Martinez specially for that. I am very happy to announce this and I am also so glad to see my photos from vacations in Azores Islands finally in Google Earth :)

However we had a couple of problems. First the ID counter is broken and the revision status located below each photo is not changing. Thus it seems we are not reviewing photos anymore, but believe me, your photos are been reviewed now only after few days. Second there is a gap, photos from ID 6,400,000 to 6,520,000 have not been reviewed, so they have not been included in this update. However this gap is already fixed and those photos will be included in the next update (revision status have not changed because of the first bug). We expect these bugs to be fixed shortly, sorry for them.

By the way next update will be around March 15th. I hope you enjoy the new photos in Google Earth as much we do.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Grützi!! We meet in Zurich on Saturday January 12th

After the Italian guys organized the first Panoramio meeting in the real World, I thought that a forum could be a good idea, so I created the forum "Rendezvous in the real world" and it worked! People is already organizing meetings in Philippines, Malta, Australia, Bali, Chicago, Valencia...

We meet on Saturday, January 12th, at 13:00 hours in Zürich train station under the very big watch, that is exactly here:

Meeting point in Zurich train station

Users from Panoramio are coming, some Googlers from the Zurich office and of course the whole Team of Panoramio; José Florido, Joaquín Cuenca and me. Check the list of people coming and sign-up if you feel like meeting. I believe you will recognize us because we will be carrying some t-shirts for you.

If the weather is nice maybe we can make a photo-walk, if not we can take some drinks together somewhere close. The plan is up to you guys. Bis bald!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

New interface for the photo page in Panoramio

New photo page

Some days ago we released a major redesign of the photo page in Panoramio. The goal of the new design is to make possible to see and explore the place where the photo has been taken.

Several elements have been emphasized: the satellite image, the photos nearby and the political World map. We added a breadcrumb over the photo to clarify its location. Also now is more intuitive to add a photo to your favorites.

Immediately after the redesign we received many great suggestions to improve it and we have implemented most of them. Reported bugs have been fixed, but still the nearby photos and the breadcrumb need some tunning. Thank you for all your e-mails and the great feedback.

We wanted to release this new interface as soon as possible, but some people was surprised by the lack of previous notice. Sorry for that, next time we make a major redesign we will give notice in advance in the blog/forum and we will put it in a test page in order to collect your suggestions and detect bugs before releasing it.

Stay tunned, more changes are coming.