We are happy to announce that Wikimapia has reached more than 2,000,000 registered users all over the world.
We are working on improving our service every day. Since the 1st of November Wikimapia loads pages 22% faster. We've improved image compression algorithm so you can explore the whole world easier. Within the next few months Wikimapia Team is going to launch some new features that will significantly increase Wikimapia's speed.
In October we launched a new service called Wikimapia Ads. It’s designed for small and medium business owners. Get a one-month trial and see the difference.
Stay tuned for updates!
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Wikimapia, the biggest geographical online encyclopedia, works ever day on developing new and improving old services for its users. Below you’ll find our latest news report.
As part of the company’s integration with social nets policy Wikimapia is launching quick logging in through Vk.com. Now each member of the social net will be able to cooperate with friends to share unique information about different places and join the community whose aim is to describe the world. Close integration with social nets is one of our main priorities.
Wikimapia has already launched logging in through facebook.com and now the company is looking forward to cooperating with other social nets and regional projects.
Wikimapia has also launched a new product – Wikimapia Ads, yet in test mode. It’s designed for small and medium business owners who now will be able to purchase ‘placement’ on Wikimapia maps and get their enterprise highlighted among the others and get a one-month free trial.
Today we're excited to release a huge upgrade of Wikimapia API!
We prepared a new documentation and examples page to make the using of our API functions clear.
What's new in this version?
- Better functions working with Wikimapia places: enhanced place information and splitting up the data into blocks - no need to download extra bytes!
- Get linear objects data using Street.Getbyid function!
- Get Wikimapia categories list or the description of selected category using categories functions!
- Extra function for getting a list of languages available on Wikimapia
Old Wikimapia API functions are deprecated but would continue working.
Wikimapia is switching to the new interface version
As you know, there's a new version of Wikimapia(new.wikimapia.org) was being developed for quite a long time. You may have read of it's purposes, features and benefits here and here. Now we decided to make a switch and upgrade the main Wikimapia to this version in order to go on with the new features. But don't worry, the old one will remain available at http://old.wikimapia.org for long enough for us to solve the unavoidable problems and conflicts and help you to migrate seamlessly. The switch is going to happen today/tomorrow.
Q: There's a bug, something's not working at all!
A: Unfortunately, there are and will be bugs. Report the bug, we'll fix it ASAP.
Q: How do I reach the old version?
A: http://old.wikimapia.org, if you want to switch between the versions, there's a link in your top menu under 'Extras' that's get you to the same address at the old version.
Q: Where's 'Wikimapia Classic' layer?
A: It's there! Top menu > Login item(The one with your name) > Extras > Wikimapia Classic. It's there along with the link to the old Wikimapia, and some additional layers. Soon the Panoramio layer will appear in this menu as well. Stay tuned.
Q: UserScript's not working!
A: Unfortunately, the UserScript is not compatible with the new version, but you may use it with the old one(http://old.wikimapia.org). There may be a change in settings or re-installation needed, use it as a chance if your UserScript is out of date.
Meanwhile, it doesn't mean it's not going to work with the new Wikimapia ever, but the opposite: it's the new version that'll allow us to implement more advanced tools for you, some of them are certainly going to be inspired by the UserScript. We are also here to help the developers at any time to build the add-on scripts for Wikimapia. The documentation on site's API is going to be published to make it easier.
Q: I have some ideas how to improve Wikimapia
A: We'll be happy to hear them, post a feature request here.
Todays new improvement is meant to clean out a lot of unnecessary data from the map and duplicates from cityguide. Now you can delete streets as well as other objects! Any other named linear object, river for example, works in the same way also.
What streets should be deleted?
Streets without segments and related objects will be automatically marked for deletion.
How can I cancel the deletion of the street?
In case you relate an object to the street or connect the street to any linear segment on the map, the deletion process will be canceled and the street will stay on map.
How the deletion process of the street is happening?
A street, marked for deletion, will be deleted for good in two weeks. Before disappearing the street will still be available on the map, which means the name of the street would appear in nearby streets list of linear segment edition window and in edition of address field of nearby places. So you can connect an object or segment with the street in two weeks before its total deletion, if needed.
Good things come in small packages they say, and it is absolutely true for the news today.
We think that it is an appropriate time for making changes to the external look of the site has come. And theese huge news is dedicated to the results of our Wikimapia design changing. A global New Wikimapia interface revision and transformation has been made!
Interface update applies to all tools and features: from inside Wikimapia windows to buttons and fonts appearance.
New place pages:
Better tools navigation and layout:
Beautiful profile page and messages:
There are a lot of other upgrades also. All in all theese severally minor changes affect strongly the whole impression of Wikimapia and make the project more convenient. We hope you’ll like the new improvements and we would be glad to here your opinion. Wikimapia Team believes that this interface upgrade is a huge step towards being modern & easy-to-use.