Distribution of languages

Distribution of languages on 17th of April 2009 (total translations of places with the exception of roads names, but including deleted places count).

English: 8051671
Arabic: 1340428
Russian: 544084
Indonesian: 344230
Portuguese: 332302
Vietnamese: 277426
Spanish: 194360
French: 156378
Polish: 137591
Filipino (Tagalog): 133422
German: 127102
Hindi: 123206
Malay: 85411
Persian (Farsi): 65761
Turkish: 58846
Romanian: 53036
Chinese Trad.: 45627
Italian: 43597
Tamil: 43425
Marathi: 42712
Malayalam: 40834
Ukrainian: 38914
Dutch: 34044
Greek: 31812
Gujarati: 31263
Telugu: 28291
Bengali: 27977
Thai: 24147
Japanese: 23457
Hungarian: 23207
Kannada: 20274
Estonian: 18195
Bulgarian: 17572
Armenian: 17233
Korean: 14312
Finnish: 14307
Lithuanian: 13493
Urdu: 12801
Serbian: 12679
Oriya: 12413
Latvian: 10887
Hebrew: 10350
Nepali: 9247
Belarusian: 8989
Galician: 8785
Albanian: 8724
Afrikaans: 8169
Croatian: 8052
Punjabi: 7868
Czech: 7760
Danish: 6617
Azerbaijani: 5961
Chinese Simpl.: 5639
Swedish: 5297
Norwegian: 4926
Georgian: 4637
Basque: 4630
Slovak: 4588
Bosnian: 4003
Catalan: 3893
Irish: 3470
Slovenian: 2353
Macedonian: 1744
Icelandic: 1733
Burmese: 1520
Sundanese: 1416
Amharic: 1158
Swahili: 839
Kurdish: 766
Javanese: 713
Scottish Gaelic: 660
Ilocano: 364
Bicolano: 305
Sinhalese: 275
Somali: 229
Cebuano: 198
Pashto: 197
Maranao: 133
Zulu: 130
Corsican: 123
Mongolian: 117
Uzbek: 103
Hiligaynon: 97
Waray-Waray: 94
Chichewa: 87
Lao: 68
Kazakh: 65
Pangasinense: 61
Haitian: 57
Kapampangan: 56
Sindhi: 55
Kashmiri: 54
Oromo: 50
Guarani: 44
Kyrgyz: 43
Khmer: 42
Kongo: 40
Twi: 37
Sesotho: 33
Malagasy: 22
Quechua: 21


Wikimapia Beta update

Hello All!

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).


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
-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


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.


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


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.


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.