We have made a major update of Wikimapia BETA. The main thing - BETA is faster now and you will notice this, many internal functions have been rewritten just for this. Also you may notice back and forward buttons in design of the information window, they really helps in navigation.
There are not too many things left to completely release Wikimapia BETA, old version will also be accessible.
Few days ago we put some lines of roads interface to translation system, if you don't see them in your language, you may help to translate it at http://wikimapia.org/translate/.
Also linear databases were changed, this allow us to store, use, export and to do other manipulations without problems with all road/railroad/river/ferry networks in the world. And we made them more precise: positioning from 1-2 meters to within 0.1-0.2 m. (like the places). At this time we have 17 000 000 segments of linear features (in October 2008 we had only 500 000).
We are presenting Wikimapia BETA (this time only for UL2 users, you must be logged in). With this update we almost close to our goal - fully editable interactive map. Main things in this BETA:
1. Two main interactive layers - Wikimapia map and Wikimapia satellite (outlines on satellite map).
2. Adding information to the map:
-places (with real bounaries)
-roads, railroads, ferry ways
-terrain patches (water, land, ets) to correct map
3. Places now can be added without information: some users may not know the information about places but easily could prepare map for others who know the information.
4. Improved category (changes in category filter and category input in place informaion)
5. Starting from now we will use Wikimapia Wiki Documentation at (wikimapia.org/wiki/) which we age going go fill soon (with your help).
Not everything is finished, we are still working on usability, design and icons. Localization and languages menu will be updated also. Old places without outlines also will be presented, we are working on it.
Map view - http://wikimapia.org/beta/#lat=47.0214613&lon=28.8525009&z=13&l=0&m=w&v=1
Satellite view - http://wikimapia.org/beta/#lat=52.3522693&lon=4.9032068&z=17&l=0&m=b&v=1
Map view - http://wikimapia.org/beta/#lat=56.9538798&lon=24.119947&z=16&l=0&m=w&v=1
p.s. Bug reports and comments are welcome
Some of the users will see a beta of roads, just want to have some opinions.
To not new users: If you would like to test this, just write here (I'll delete request later).
At this moment roads are visible/editable starting from ZOOM 13 and more.
Multiple segments selection and other properties will be soon.
Just turn on roads in View panel.
Not very recent information (we are quite busy with development): we opened a forum to be closer to our contributors and to enable them to communicate with each other about Wikimapia subjects. Our forum is here: http://wikimapia.org/forum/
Also there are many minor updates in many aspects, plus after many requests we are going to turn on mouse wheel support. More serious updates are coming, but first we want to let our advanced users to test them before releases. That is why we can not give you detailed information at the moment
Currently we are working on a new version of Wikimapia, beta of which we are planning to reveal in September.
What will be in a new version:
fully editable map, ability of adding/updating such map objects as buildings, regions, roads - everything we usually see on a map and even more with descriptions and other useful information;
all information will be categorized;
user trust system with object verification system.
We hope that with this changes we will have time to finish export routine coding, therefore our users could be able to download data created in Wikimapia to their portable devices or favorite software.
Also we are planning to publish: Terms of Service, Copyright Notice and Privacy Notice.
31st of May we visited Google Developers Day in Moscow where Google presented their new addition to Google Maps - Mapplets (a kind of gadget for maps).
After a while we made Wikimapia mapplet which in fact is a layer of Wikimapia on Google Maps. Currently Google Mapplets function is in preview mode, for techgeeks interesting in it there's a special link.
So, to see a Wikimapia layer on Google Maps you have to add Wikimapia layer to your Google mapplets using this link, and then this layer will be visible at Google Maps 2 preview.
We finished the translation system, and now we are able to translate Wikimapia interface to all languages we want. We have 60 languages and only Russian and English translated.
If you want to help us to translate (using easy web interface) from English into languages below, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and send your Wikimapia username and real name (to be remembered in Wikimapia history). Also you may check at our wiki if languages are taken for translation.
languages to translate: