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