Thursday, November 29, 2012

Panoramio to Google+

2 years ago, we launched a feature that allowed all Panoramio users to import their photos from Picasa Web Albums into Panoramio so they could share them with the world via Google Maps and Google Earth. Many Panoramio users are Google+ users, and many Google+ users are Panoramio users. It is for this reason that I am very excited to announce today that we are bringing both worlds a bit closer by allowing Panoramio users to export their photos to Google+ as well.

Why this is so important:

Google+ Local
Photos copied from Panoramio associated to a place will be featured in Google+ Local giving more visibility to the work of creators:


Storage and Data Liberation
Panoramio has unlimited storage for geo-positioned images with a maximum of 25 MBytes or 50 Mpixels per photo. By exporting all your photos to Google+, you will be able to download a security copy of all your photos by visiting the Download your data link under Google Accounts. From there you will be able to download a .zip file with all your photos and albums from Picasa Web Albums.

We will also create a copy of your original photo that will include the modification you make in Panoramio (geo-position, place association, tags and title) so you can keep the content you create in Panoramio offline.

The original image is in the format:
http://www.panoramio.com/photos/original/1000.jpg
The downloadable version of the original with geotags is in the format: http://www.panoramio.com/photos/d/1000.jpg

Google+
Sharing your photos in Google+ will be easier than ever as by uploading your photos in Panoramio, you will automatically upload your photos in Google+, so you can get the best of both worlds. With all these changes we hope to bring you more choice, exposure and freedom for your photos of the World, and we hope you like it as much as we do.

To activate the feature go to www.panoramio.com/settings and for more information about this new feature, please visit Exporting photos to Picasa Web Albums or Google+.

Posted by +Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Panoramio photos in Photo Tours

Earlier this year we launched photo tours in Google Maps. Photo Tours are made using public user-contributed photos from Picasa Web Albums and Panoramio.
 
Today we are making it easy, for the Panoramio community to discover which of their Photos are sponsored in photo tours.

To find the photo tours that contain Panoramio photos, check under the Explore tab in Panoramio and click on the option "Photos with tours". That will open a map with all the photos in Panoramio that can start a tour. To open a tour, just select the photo you want to visit from the map, and follow the "Photo Tour" link that you find under the photo. Please note that using photo tours requires Google Maps with WebGL.

We hope you have fun exploring tours. Each of your contributions to Panoramio have made this possible. This is a feature we are extremely excited about, and by making it more accessible, we hope you all enjoy it as much as we do.

Posted by Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Panoramio: A couple of days in maintenance

We have been working hard during the last months in making Panoramio more stable and reliable for our photo community to continue sharing and enjoying photos of the world.

From today and during a couple of days we need to put Panoramio in read-only mode to make those changes available and it is for this reason that while Panoramio is still accessible, some actions such as uploading a photo will not be available.

The following message will display in Panoramio: "Panoramio is undergoing maintenance. During this time, it is not possible to change any information in Panoramio, such as writing a comment, uploading a photo, or changing your description in the profile"

We expect this to be completed by Thursday, but it may last until Friday when Panoramio will again be fully functional.

While this maintenance tasks are running, we want to thank you for your understanding. Photo processing is not a fast task, so we hope you enjoy these couple of days processing your photos and making them ready for our return.

Update 26th Oct: Maintenance is finished and the site is back to normal state. If there are some problems please report them in this forum post. Many thanks again for the patience while we worked on this maintenance tasks that are needed to keep the site in healthy state. 

Posted by Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Monday, August 20, 2012

Putting the Panorama in Panoramio

Ever since we launched Panoramio people have wondered what was our story around panoramas. Starting today our photo explorer supports flat and spherical panoramas.

Spherical panoramas provide a 360 view of a place. Check this example of the Holocaust Monument taken by M.Reinhardt in Berlin, Germany.

Check also the fantastic view of the glaciers from Gornergrat in Switzerland with this fantastic flat panorama.
You will see a navigation panel on the top left of the photo explorer. Use it to zoom in and out, move around the photo, but do not miss interacting directly with the panorama by panning and zooming directly with your mouse directly on the image.

We worked hard on providing a fast experience for panoramas and high resolution photos. The photo explorer only downloads the portions of the image that are necessary at each moment, so you can start looking at the photo before all the pixels are downloaded. High resolution images are treated in the same way as flat panoramas, and it is for this reason that you will also find the navigation panel in the photo explorer for high-res photos.

There are cameras and mobile phones that stitch photos automatically creating Panoramas, but in many cases software needs to be used to stitch photos together. A tool that we like a lot is Hugin, a Panorama photo stitcher that is easy and free to use.

This is our first iteration of the panorama viewer so we will be happy to hear your thoughts on it in our Forum. For more info on panoramas please check our help content.

We hope you enjoy finding, viewing and creating panoramas in Panoramio.

Posted by +Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Panoramio Contest of May 2012: Love

The First Prize is for a photo taken by anaturephotographer in Australia.
The Second Prizeis for a photo taken by Shutter in Kuwait.
Honorable Mentions are:


You can see all the winners in the results page for April 2012.

Posted by +Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Panoramio Contest of May 2012: Water flow

The First Prize is for a photo taken by OSTAJOSEBA in Spain.

The Second Prize is for a photo taken by Ulrich Greger in the Ireland.

Honorable Mentions are:

You can see all the winners in the results page for May 2012.

Posted by +Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Panoramio Contest of May 2012: Motion

The First Prize is for a photo taken by Brian Rose in Australia.

The Second Prizeis for a photo taken by Mário Eloi Castro in Portugal.

Honorable Mentions are:

You can see all the winners in the results page for May 2012.

Posted by +Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Panoramio Contest of May 2012: Sunset & Sunrise

The First Prize is for a photo taken by Rita Eberle-Wessner in UAE.  
The Second Prizeis for a photo taken by pezzifabio in Maldives.  
Honorable Mentions are:  
You can see all the winners in the results page for May 2012


Posted by +Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Monday, July 16, 2012

Let's play!

The Panoramio team introduced a Panoramio Game in Google Hangouts, on June the 27th, as part of Google IO 2012.
Tomorrow, Tuesday July the 17th at 18:00 GMT+1 (Central Europe Time) +Selen Basol, +Nikolay Zherebtsov and +I  will play during 30min from our desks at Google Zurich and we want to invite everyone to join us.



The Panoramio Game lets you compete with your friends to find out where a photo was taken while traveling around the world with Google Maps through stunning Panoramio photos. If you are the best, you get to choose your next destination.
If you want to challenge us, just join our hangout on Wednesday for some fun.

How to join?
We will post an invitation in the Panoramio page in G+, 5min before 18:00h GMT+1 (Central Europe Time). Remember that hangouts only allow 10 users in the same session. Do not be late!

Can not join and want to play later?
Check http://www.panoramio.com/game for the details on the game.

Posted by +Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Thursday, June 14, 2012

+1

Panoramio is full of amazing photos from the most beautiful places of the world. We have added today the +1 button in our Panoramio photo pages. Every time you click on the +1 button in a Panoramio photo you are adding your personal stamp of approval to that photo. You will find your full list of +1’s in a special tab in your public Google profile. 
You may as well decide to share your thoughts on a Panoramio photo with your friends, your circles or publicly in Google+. The +1 button allows you to do so. Add a comment, select the audience you want to share it with and off you go.

We hope you find this addition useful both to expand the audience of your own photos in Panoramio and to share your best findings from the millions of amazing photos from our community.


Posted by +Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Panoramio Contest of April 2012: Fun

I am happy to announce the results of the Fun category for the Panoramio contest of April 2012.
The First Prize is for a photo taken by Grazyna Anna Kondrac… in Italy.
The Second Prize is for a photo taken by photoseeker in the UK.
Honorable Mentions are:

You can see all the winners in the results page for April 2012.
Posted by +Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Panoramio Contest of April 2012: Vertical

I am happy to announce the results of the Vertical category for the Panoramio contest of April 2012. The First Prize is for a photo taken by Albertszki Tamás in Hungary.
The Second Prizeis for a photo taken by Tommaso Ruggieri in Russia.
Honorable Mentions are:
You can see all the winners in the results page for April 2012.
Posted by +Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Panoramio Contest of April 2012: Green

I am happy to announce the results of the Green category for the Panoramio contest of April 2011.
The First Prize is for a photo taken by trasgo82 in Spain. Scenery First prize
The Second Prizeis for a photo taken by SPetzoldt in Germany.
Honorable Mentions are:
You can see all the winners in the results page for April 2012.
Posted by +Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager