Wednesday, October 20, 2010

New Panoramio KMLs



We are very excited about the launch of the new Panoramio KMLs. They are just fast and beautiful!


The new KMLs are extremely fast in loading photos. Try zooming in and out and you will see photos popping in and out in Google Earth.

The algorithm that is responsible for distribution and taking care of thumbnail overlaps has been improved as well and that is the reason you will now have a feeling of density that did not exist before, together with a better discoverability of the photos in the layer.

Panoramio KMLs are downloadable from the following places:
1. Popular photos in Google Earth:
http://www.panoramio.com/map/
(click on the link in the lower-left corner of the Site)
2. Popular photos in Google Earth (Including photos not selected for the Panoramio layer in Google Earth):
http://www.panoramio.com/map/
(you need to select the box before downloading the file from the lower-left corner of the Site)
3. Recent Panoramio uploaded photos:
http://www.panoramio.com/map/
(select the recent tab and then click on the link in the lower-left corner of the Site)
4. Photos from a specific tag:
http://www.panoramio.com/tags
5. Your Photos
Go to your page http://www.panoramio.com/user/user_ID and click on the link that says “in Google Earth”

I would like to thank the following software engineers from the Google Maps team for their help on this: Markus Heule, Phil Norman and Marcus Börger.

Hope you all like it and please let us know your thoughts in this post or in the Panoramio forum