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

Panoramio Contest of April 2012: Natural Frame

I am happy to announce the results of the Natural Frame category for the Panoramio contest of April 2012.
The First Prize is for a photo taken by D.N.Koskinas in Greece.
The Second Prizeis for a photo taken by Patrick de Volpi in South Africa.
Honorable Mentions are:
You can see all the winners in the results page for April 2012.
Posted by +Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Precise mapping with Google Street View

Brian McClendon, our VP of Engineering for Google Maps and Google Earth, announced last week in The Next Dimension of Google Maps that we have driven over 5 million unique miles in Street View, covering 39 countries and more than 3000 cities.

Today, we are announcing we just made these huge amount of data available in our Panoramio mapping interface to ease the geotagging process of photos for our community. When your photo is mapped close to a place where Street View data is available, you will see in the mapping interface a button called “Precise mapping with Street View”. Click the button to enter Street View mode, or drag and drop Pegman to the place you took the image.

   
In Street View mode you will see a pin that indicates the photographer position. Drag the pin and drop it to where you stand in the moment you took the photo.
If you start playing with Street View, when you are in Street View mode, you may lose the photographer’s position pin. Do not worry about that, we have added a button that will bring the pin back.

The Panoramio Uploader has been one of our biggest priorities this year:



Precise mapping with Street View brings us one step forward in our quest to build the perfect photo geotagging interface.

We hope you all enjoy it!
Posted by +Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

NPC: May 2012 - Mountains

NPC as Non Prize Contest is the contest that the Panoramio Community organizes every month.

The May entry was about mountains and I am publishing the results in this post. Entries for June are opened until the 10th and the topic is boating.

Congratulations to these amazing images:

Adjusting the focus

We have experimented a lot in Panoramio along 2010 and 2011, and thanks to the Panoramio Community we have learned a lot about the geotagging and in general about how a product needs to be shaped to build an amazing community like ours.

We started a strong 2012 with many new features such as the new uploader and a new way to explore photos in Panoramio, and we have a long way to go this year with lots of surprises that we are finalizing to make Panoramio the best geotagging community in the world.

While innovation is important, it is also important to stay focused, and it is with this aim that we are announcing now that we are removing two features from Panoramio that were used infrequently so we can direct our energies to those features that are used the most and to new features that we are developing at the moment.

In the following days, we will take down the iPhone uploader, and geotagging with Google Latitude, and we will keep the experience we gathered while developing those features for future improvements.

Posted by Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager