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