19.09.2008

Wikimapia BETA for Advanced Users

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
-rivers
-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.

Example Links:
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

17.10.2007

Road drawing test for advanced users

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.

16.10.2007

Forum and other updates

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

16.08.2007

New version of Wikimapia: Birth

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.

10.06.2007

Wikimapia at Google Mapplets

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.

08.04.2007

Localization, translation of user interface

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 wikimapia@gmail.com 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:

Afrikaans
Albanian
Arabic
Armenian
Azerbaijani
Basque
Belarussian
Bengali
Bosnian
Bulgarian
Catalan
Chinese
Croatian
Czech
Danish
Dutch
Estonian
Finnish
French
Galician
German
Greek
Gujarati
Hebrew
Hindi
Hungarian
Icelandic
Indonesian
Italian
Japanese
Kannada
Korean
Latvian
Lithuanian
Macedonian
Malay
Malayalam
Marathi
Nepali
Norwegian
Oriya
Persian (Farsi)
Polish
Portuguese
Punjabi
Romanian
Serbian
Slovak
Slovenian
Spanish
Sundanese
Swahili
Swedish
Tagalog
Tamil
Telugu
Thai
Turkish
Ukrainian
Urdu
Vietnamese

22.03.2007

Polygons and Geotools

Polygons
We are taking the firsts steps with vector data in Wikimapia. From now it is possible to add polygon info for places (only for registered users at this moment).
Currently we cannot show many polygons (browsers are too slow with them), later we will find a better way to present polygons. For now we are just highlighting polygon when you mouseover the place.
If you have any ideas, suggestions for improvement, bug reports or comments email us at wikimapia@gmail.com, or discuss it at Wikimapia forum.


GeoTools
We have added new features that allow to measure distances and areas. We hope you would find them useful. Look for them in the main Wikimapia menu.