Thursday, April 21, 2011

A new photo browsing experience in Google Earth

Google Earth users love flying around the globe and checking out beautiful photographs in the “Photos” layer. Whether you are a photography fan or simply want to check out images of a place you'd like to visit, we’re pleased to announce a new photo browsing experience in Google Earth. With the new photo cluster feature, you can browse through several photos more easily and quickly.

To start, make sure the “Photos” layer is checked in the left layers panel and zoom down to your area of interest.



As an example below, check out the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA. You will see photo icons on top of the satellite images. The larger photo icons indicate larger collections or clusters of photos. Click on any photo icon to open the Photos window.


To browse through the images in a collection, click on a photo in the filmstrip and use the “left” and “right” arrow keys on your keyboard to flip through them quickly.



Whether you’re deciding between Paris, Beijing or Venice for a nice vacation or simply want to go on a quick virtual getaway after a long day, we hope this new way of viewing photos in Google Earth helps bring places around the world to your fingertips.

If you’d like to contribute to our efforts of building a virtual atlas of the real world and have amazing photos you’d like to share, you can do so by uploading them to Panoramio.com.

Happy viewing!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Farsi and Tamil available in Panoramio.com

News:
  • Farsi and Tamil are now available in Panoramio
  • We just published a help article explaining how you can help making Panoramio available in your language

We had plenty of time two weeks ago during the Google Geo User Summit to discuss with our top users in Asia about localization of Panoramio. One of the topics we discussed was “Community Translations vs Professional Translations”. That conversation proofed that we have followed the right direction by allowing Community Translations. When the product is translated professionally languages get prioritized following a criteria that is not always the one our users are interested in. When the product is translated by the community, it is the community who decides which languages are prioritized. This allows to have small languages available in Panoramio while this would be very difficult with professional translations, plus quality increases as the ones who use the product are the ones deciding the words to use on the interface.

It is for this reason that I wanted to write this post, to let you all know that we will continue our development with community translations. I want to thank the members of Panoramio that helped so far with this task. They are all listed in the Panoramio Team’s page.

Another decision we took in the summit was to make Farsi available during a testing period to collect feedback from the Iranian community. Our UI is currently not ready to support Right to Left languages like Farsi, but we have agreed with the Iranian Community that we would try launching Farsi, a Right to Left language in our Left to Right UI to see how it looks. This is available as of now, so please let us know your thoughts regarding this language. Should we keep it or should we remove it?

Thanks again so much and I hope you like this small changes.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Panomeeting Porto Alegre

Some members of the Brazilian Panoramio Community met on April the 2nd in Porto Alegre to discuss about Panoramio and have some good off-line time together. 




In their own words:

"A unique moment to discuss and understand all the variables that interfere for the good sense and to get the opinions of everybody, that are a valuable asset to Panoramio", was the way used by Germano Schüür to describe the meeting of the Panoramio users in the south of Brazil, that happened, April 02, in Porto Alegre.

The retired professor of the master degree in Photography by the University of Caxias do Sul, stated, in the Portuguese forum, that he was enchanted by the passion of all others participants of Panoramio for photography of landscape and nature. Above all by the patriotism and desire to show how beautiful Brazil really is. "This language (Panoramio) brought us together, gives energy to us
and the desire to take more and more photos", stated him.

This feeling of to show Brazil how it really is for the world, was pointed by the moderator of the Portuguese forum, Cleber Lima (who organized the meeting), as the motivator of his volunteer work at the
while translating Panoramio from english to Brazilian Portuguese in first instance, years ago. "My intention was to open the path to brazilians, this way they would be capable to show our country, and still, this is what gets me motivated to continue to be the moderator of Portuguese language".

Together in Porto Alegre, professional and amateurs photographers from several parts of Rio Grande do Sul, the most south state of Brazil. Were participating of this encounter, Clarisse de Freitas, invited reporter, Cristiano Dalla Rosa, from Caxias do Sul; Verner Gregory, from Lajeado; Silvia Schuma and Mauricio L. Magro, from Porto Alegre; and of course, professor Germano Schüür, which lives in Nova Petropolis.

The afternoon, which was followed with home brew beer and a traditional brazilian barbecue, was dedicated to share experiences and questions about how Panoramio really works. While talking about the meeting, Verner - which was accompained by his wife and little daughter - pointed out the importance of colaboration of each photographer. "We feel that our opinions are the fuel that makes the new information and changes get in synch with the needs of the users.

Between questions and suggestions, the participants of the meeting in Porto Alegre talked about the strong decision to repeat this initiative, so more friends from Panoramio can get to know each other personaly. "Love it, simple, love it. I have met in person with virtual friends from Panoramio, this is always good." Cristiano has stated. For Mauricio, "words, like photos, are never too much to register the moments that worth to live for." Silvia resumed: Everything was so good!

Original Portuguese version:

“Um momento ímpar para discutir e entender todas as variáveis que interferem para que o bom senso e as opiniões de todos sejam valorizados”, essa foi a forma usada por Germano Schüür para descrever o encontro de usuários do Panoramio no sul do Brasil, que aconteceu no sábado, 02 de abril, em Porto Alegre.
O professor aposentado do curso superior em fotografia da Universidade de Caxias do Sul afirmou, no fórum em português, ter ficado encantado com a paixão dos demais participantes do Panoramio pela fotografia de paisagem e de natureza. “Sobretudo pela brasilidade de todos em desejar mostrar as belezas de nosso Brasil. Essa linguagem nos une, nos dá energia e vontade de fotografar mais e mais”, disse ele.
Esse sentimento, de mostrar o Brasil de verdade para o mundo, foi apontado pelo moderador do fórum em português, Cleber Lima (que organizou o encontro), como motivador do trabalho de tradução do site, que ele fez há anos atrás. “Minha intenção era abrir caminho para que os brasileiros pudessem mostrar como é o País e é isso que me motiva a fazer a moderação do fórum”, explicou.
Cleber Lima reuniu em Porto Alegre fotógrafos amadores de diversas partes do Rio Grande do Sul, o estado mais ao sul do Brasil. Participaram, Clarisse de Freitas, repórter convidada, Cristiano Dalla Rosa, de Caxias do Sul; Verner Gregory , de Lajeado; Silvia Schuma e Maurício L. Magro, de Porto Alegre; além, claro, do professor Germano Schüür, que mora em Nova Petrópolis.
A tarde, regada à cerveja artesanal, foi dedicada à troca de experiências e às perguntas sobre o funcionamento do Panoramio. Ao falar sobre o encontro, Verner – que compareceu acompanhado da esposa e da filha – apontou a importância da colaboração de cada fotógrafo. “Sentimos que as opiniões são o combustível para que as novas informações e alterações atendam às necessidades dos usuários”.
Entre questionamentos e sugestões, os participantes do encontro de Porto Alegre mostraram a firme decisão de repetir a iniciativa, para que mais amigos de Panoramio possam se conhecer pessoalmente. “Adorei, simplesmente adorei. Conheci meus 'conhecidos' virtuais, isso sempre é bom.", afirmou Cristiano. Para Maurício, “palavras, assim como as fotografias, nunca são muitas para registrar os momento que valem a pena”. Sílvia resumiu: “Foi tudo muito bom!"

por Clarisse de Freitas, repórter convidada.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Welcoming the new Serbian forum

It is with great joy that I am announcing today the launch of a new forum for Serbian speaking Panoramio users.

There are many Panoramio users that speak Serbian and contribute to our community by showing us the beauties of their part of the World. I hope this new forum will help them bring all this cool images to the next level, and will allow them to do great things like Panomeetings and most importantly have fun.

The new forum will be moderated by dzonihsv. Thanks in advance for making this possible, and as always count on me and on the team for whatever is needed.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Winners of Panoramio Contest of February 2011

The last edition of the old contest system has left us with some very nice photos like this photo from Maassluis in The Netherlands



The First Prize of Scenery category is for a photo taken by emzet in Poland.
Scenery First prize

The First Prize of Heritage category is for a photo taken by D.N.Koskinas in Rhodes.
Heritage First prize

The First Prize of Travel category is for a photo taken by dywin in Langkawi, Malaysia.
Travel First prize

The First Prize of Unusual Location category is for a photo taken by tom sellek in the US
Unusual Location 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 February 2011 edition.

Friday, April 1, 2011

New Gamified Panoramio Contest

After hearing all your feedback on the Panoramio Geotagged Photo Contest, we have finally come up with a new version that we hope you will like.

The new version allows non Signed In users to browse in an easy and fast way all the photos submitted to the Contest in the 4 different categories: Scenery, Heritage, Travel and Unusual Location while it allows Signed In users to vote 1 photo of a randomly selected group of 10 photos. After Voting on a photo, a new set of 10 will be displayed and this way you can spend as many time as you want enjoying the cool photos submitted by our Panoramio users.


We wanted to keep the option to discuss with the photographer about a photo you may like. If you want to do so, just click on the large photo of a set and you will be directed to the photo page where you can leave a comment to the photographer.

Many thanks to Balázs for making this possible.

I hope you will like the feature and as always please leave us a comment with your thoughts so we can keep improving Panoramio for you.

P.S.: Before you ask... No, it is not an April’s Fool Joke :)

Posted by Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager