Panoramio Changes

Panoramio icons new in Google EarthFirst, some good news: the Panoramio layer, which is the great photos layer found under the Geographic Web layer folder, has new better looking blue icons. This just appeared within the last 24 hours I think. Back in early August, Google changed the Geographic Web layer and icons. As I said then, the Panoramio layers were almost indistinguishable little gray icons that looked too much like the new Places layer. With the new blue icons, they are much easier to see and differentiate. Big improvement!
On another Panoramio note, the excellent new “Look Around” feature which was released on June 3rd seems to have been suddenly removed from the Panoramio site. This feature was very cool because Google was taking any location which had lots of photos and turning them into a simulated “panorama” using a flash application. The feature was somewhat reminiscent to the PhotoSynth application Microsoft has been touting over the last few months. But, Google’s Panoramio Look Around had hundreds of places around the world already compiled (maybe thousands). A very useful way to look at a given location from multiple perspectives. I hope the feature comes back soon. I’ve e-mailed several folks at Google and Panoramio, but no reply yet about the missing Look Around links. [UPDATE 1530 PM ET: Got a message from Google that the missing feature was a temporary bug and it has now been fixed. Just checked and did find it was back on a few photos I checked.]

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. This is good news. I have played with Photosynth a bit and like it, but each synth is an individual effort. But I also really like Look Around because of its crowdsourcing ability. Lots of photographers at lots of different times can create some spectacular impressions of an area in all kinds of light, weather, and seasons.

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