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.