Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Upcoming Panomeetings

Hi Panoramio Community,

I wanted to announce the upcoming Panomeetings from www.panoramio.com/events in case you want to join any of them:

Mar 30 – Apr 1, 2011
Google Geo Community Summit
Organized by Panoramio Team

May 21 2011
The Netherlands
May 26 – 29 2011
Czech Republic
Panomeeting Slavonice
Organized by Ota Haška, Markéta Losmanová, Zdeněk Vondra

May 27 – 29 2011
Panomeeting Wernigerode - Harz-Mountains
Organized by HarryAusdemharz

Jul 2 – 3 2011
Panomeeting - Alpstein
Organized by Urbi

Feel free to contact the organizer for more details after checking the information of the event in the Panoramio Events page. And send us an email at events@panoramio.com if you are planning your own event so we can advertise it to the community.

Have a nice week!

Posted by Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Thursday, March 10, 2011

See the world through a lens with the Panoramio Layer

(Cross-posted from the Google Geo Developers Blog)

When looking at a Google Map it’s not always easy to get a sense for what the area looks like on the ground. Satellite imagery can indicate the terrain, whether it is urban or rural, desert or mountainous, and Street View can help in built up areas. But to convey the beauty of more scenic locations you really need a photograph.

For this reason we’re happy to make available the Photos layer from Google Maps to Maps API developers. The Photos layer adds thumbnails of geotagged photos to the map, which are sourced from Panoramio. They are a great way to add additional context to a map, and an on the ground perspective. Photos can be added to an API map using the PanoramioLayer class of the new Panoramio library. We have also added some additional flexibility to enable you to customize both the behaviour of the layer and the thumbnails shown by your application.

Firstly, applications can listen for clicks on the photo thumbnails and obtain information about the thumbnail concerned, which can then be used to load the photo using the Panoramio Widget API. Secondly, applications can also restrict the thumbnails shown to those of a particular user, or those with a particular tag. This allows you to only show thumbnails for photos that you have uploaded to Panoramio, or only show photos relating to a specific subject, such as beaches. You can try experimenting with different tags in the example below:

For more information on using the PanoramioLayer, please take a look at the Maps API documentation. As always, if you have any questions about using this or any other Maps API feature, we recommend the Maps API forum. We hope this new layer will help to brighten up your maps, and help your users get a better sense of the landscape you are mapping.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Google Geo User Summit - Singapore

Hi Panoramio Community,

As you may have seen in the Panoramio Events page we will be celebrating the Google Geo User Summit in Singapore at the end of March. In this event we will discuss about Panoramio, our communities in Asia-Pacific and how we see Panoramio in the region going forward.

We have 20 places booked for Panoramio. 10 of those places are already assigned and Panoramio will cover the cost of flights and hotels for these members of the community. We have selected those users for their contribution and commitment with Panoramio in areas like making the product available in their country (translations), community, and their strong commitment with our “Share the World” philosophy. The other 10 places are open and even though we can not cover the costs of flights and hotels, we would really love to fill them with passionate Panoramio users from the region.

For this reason if you are a Panoramio user interested in your community, and you are from any country in the Asia-Pacific region and you want to attend this conference, please send us an email at events@panoramio.com and we will contact you.

I and the team are looking forward to meet you in person!

Posted by Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Google Translate powered comments

In the Panoramio team we have Jose whose native language is Spanish. Gyuri, Balázs and Egmont’s primary language is Hungarian. Roger and Gerard speak in Catalan and Nicolas speaks Russian. We understand each other using English but it would be much better if we all could speak in our own language and the rest would just understand it.

It is easier to express yourself in your own language and it is for this reason that we have just powered Panoramio comments with Google Translate. If you click on the “Translate” link under a comment written in a language different from the language you are viewing Panoramio, Google Translate will give you a translated version of the comment.

We hope this addition to Panoramio will ease your communications and will allow you to talk with people from all over the world about places and photography.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Winners of Panoramio Contest of January 2011

Dominik M. Ramík and his impressive picture of Tufulega, Futuna Island gets this month the First Prize of Scenery category
Travel First prize

Despite it looks a bit scary, lav61 surprised us this month with a new view on the Fisherman's Bastion of Budapest. He gets the First Prize of Heritage category
Travel First prize

It could as well be the cover of the video-game “Prince of Persia”. The vision of Mahdi Kalhor of the Silk Road grants him the First Prize of Travel category
Travel First prize

Some areas of Greenland are definitely “remote”. With a bunch of icebergs, patano wins this month the First Prize of Unusual Location category
Travel First prize

The Panoramio Geotagged Contest rewards each month 28 photos uploaded and selected by the Panoramio Community. This winners will receive a Casio Hybrid-GPS Digital Camera EX-H20G sponsored by Casio.You can see them all on the results page for January 2011 edition.

I have Balázs extremely happy as we have managed this time to compute the results of the contest on time :) We will try our best from now on!

Posted by Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager