Panoramio photos arrive in StreetView

panoramio-streetviewA new feature has arrived today for Google StreetView that allows you to browse Panoramio photos while in StreetView mode.  As of now, this feature is available in big cities such as New York, San Francisco, Rome, Tokyo, etc.

You don’t need to do anything special to get your photos in there.  These are taken from the same photoset as the main Panoramio photos.  Just send them your best shots and you might see them in StreetView!

Panoramio brings a new way to view photos

Well, new to them at least.  Panoramio has brought out a new feature to allow you to “Look Around” some landmarks using a very simple, intiuitive interface.  As Google Earth Blog points out, this feels very similar to Microsoft’s Photosynth.  In addition, as Google System points out, it’s not nearly as cool.

I’m a bit disappointed that this doesn’t yet work in Google Earth.  I was picturing something much more similar to Photosynth, where you could interact in a 3D world.  Still, it’s a very nice start and works very well.  The transitions between photos are very smooth and really help illustrate how the photos are related to one another.

Some places to check out, as suggested by the Panoramio blog:

Update: A little more info is now up on the Google LatLong blog.

Big layer update for Google Earth

As reported in the Google LatLong blog, the first big layer update for 2008 is out.  Included in it:

  • Improved Earthquake layer, with a fresh look and more information.
  • Expanded National Geographic layer, now covering Europe, Asia and South America.
  • Updated roads in 26 countries:
    • Russia, Malaysia, Thailand, Aruba, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St. Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
  • Two million more more photos in the Panoramio layer

More info about these updates can be found at the Google LatLong Blog, the Google Earth Blog and the Panoramio Blog.