Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A new way to Look Around

Look Around is a great way to explore an area within Panoramio. For those of you who haven't tried it yet, this feature allows you to jump between similar photos in the same location. When we find photos with such connections, a Look Around link appears in the photo page right below the photo.

By clicking on that link you are directed to the Look Around of that picture where you can navigate through all the overlapping pictures and have fun visiting a place or viewing a building.

Until now, natural navigation moves of the photo such as zooming and panning were not easy. Also while near by photos are often interesting, we only showed them if they visually matched.

Today we are thrilled with the launch of an improved Look Around which includes new features that make navigation much better:

  1. To see new photos, simply click or drag on any of the silver balls in the photo. This will transition you to a neighboring photo

  2. Drag anywhere on the photo if there are panning options, as seen by the silver balls with arrows along the sides

  3. Click on any of the pictures of the filmstrip on the top to navigate to both matching and nearby photos

We also made easier to see which photos have Look Around by putting a little icon below their thumbnail in the user page.

One the most amazing places I've visited in Europe is La Sagrada Família in Barcelona. Construction of the church started in 1882 and is still on-going, mostly because of the amazing amount of detail that is always being added. Click on the image below to really appreciate the intricate detail of this building.

Our Panoramio Community has a special section dedicated to Look Around where they share their favorites. Go to the Look Around section of our Panoramio forum to share your favorites and post your opinions about the ones there. Some cool places you can check are also the Louvre in Paris or the Red Square in Moscow. Please let us know in our Panoramio forum if you are now able to navigate the world a little better.