Help and FAQ

Some of the common questions asked about Panoramic Earth are listed below. If these do not provided the answer then please contact us. If enough people are asking the same questions then we will add the relevant information here.

Every website has it's own terminology, there are a couple of things that you need to remember when reading through some of the answers here. Don't worry it is not hard.

  • Destination - A city, town, island or resort. This is an area in which a cluster of images can be found.
  • Location - Each individual panoramic image represents a separate location.

The Questions:

About Panoramic Earth
  1. How can I add a panoramic image to a tour?
  2. How can I add a comment to a page?
  3. How can I add a description to a tour?
  4. How will the collection continue to grow?
  5. How can I be updated about the site?
  6. How can I register with Panoramic Earth?
  7. How do I benefit from adding panoramas??
  8. Why can't I see the image and / or map??

About Panoramic Images
  1. What is a Spherical panorama??
  2. What is a Cylindrical panorama?
  3. How can I create panoramic images?
  4. Are there plans to allow other types of panoramic images?

About Using Tours and Getting on a Tour
  1. How can I use the tour in my own site?
  2. Who can I find someone to take a panoramic image for me?
  3. How can I get my facility displayed on a tour?
  4. How do I link to a tour?

Other
  1. Why do you use advertising on the site?

The Answers:

About Panoramic Earth
  1. How can I add a panoramic image to a tour?
    You first need to register with Panoramic Earth. In your profile select the Add a New Location and follow the process through. This process is explained on the Panorama Upload Help page . Please read our image Terms and Conditions relating to the panoramas you upload to Panoramic Earth (opens a new window).
  2. How can I add a comment to a page?
    You first need to register with Panoramic Earth. After that in your profile page you will find instructions about adding content to the site. Please read our General Terms and Conditions.
  3. How can I add a location description to a tour?
    Read this editing and writing advice, then send us a your copy, letting us know which location you the content refers to. We will add it and credit it with a link to your profile. If you want to do this on a regular basis then please let us know, and we can amend your profile to give you the relevant access.
  4. How will the collection continue to grow?
    Panoramic Earth grows daily as both professional ans amateur panoramic photographers add cylindrical or spherical panoramas to the site.
  5. How can I be updated about the site?
    Options for keeping updated include:
  6. How can I register with Panoramic Earth?
    You can register here to become a general member of Panoramic Earth.
  7. How do I benefit from adding panoramas?
    See the About Photographers page for full details of the benefits we offer our contributors.
  8. Why can't I see the image and / or map?
    Panoramic Earth pins the panoramas to Google Maps, which are served by Google. Some older browsers may not be able to support Google Maps, and sometimes even Google has problems with the servers. Check that your browser can support Google Maps and refresh your page. If the map comes up without a panorama then try one of the other pins on the map. There is sometimes a glitch that affects the image loading process, this is often cleared by selecting another panorama and then re-selecting the first one. If this problem persists, then please contact us and let us know the title of the location causing problems.

About Panoramic Images
  1. What is a Spherical Panorama?
    Spherical panoramas allow the user both to view around on the horizontal and also to pan up and down. Imagine yourself placed at the center of a bubble, where you can look in all directions. They are very useful for the interiors of buildings.
  2. What is a Cylindrical panorama?
    Cylindrical panoramas only view around a horizontal plane and can not view up or down. Imagine that the panorama is printed out on a long sheet of paper. Wrap the paper in a cylinder with the image on the inside. Then place yourself at the centre.
  3. How can I create panoramic images?
    Please go to our Panoramic Advice pages to find out more.
  4. Are there plans to allow other kinds of panoramic images?We currently do not have plans to include 'Cubic' panoramas on the site. This may change in the future.

About Using Tours and Getting on a Tour
  1. How can I use the tour in my own site?
    Anyone who has registered with Panoramic Earth may select and use our tours in their own website. We have a several version of the tours available, ranging from single images to whole regional tours. Simply login, go to the location of interest and click on the Embed button beneath the image to begin. You can see a working regional tour example on our Embed Tour Sample Page.
  2. Who can I find someone to take a panoramic image for me?
    Panoramic Earth displays the work of panoramic photographers. Why not select one whose work is located on this site found near you? See our Regular Contributors page for some suggestions. Simply go to the photographers profile to find out more. We will be developing a directory listing all the contributors to Panoramic Earth soon.
  3. How can I get my facility / hotel / museum displayed on a tour?
    See our Add Your Location Page. To see what this will provide you with, we have put together an Example Location which shows a working example and describes the features of the package.
  4. How do I link to a destination tour or individual location?
    Get the link URL from the 'LINK' button below each panorama. Please note that due to the way the images are displayed in Panoramic Earth, the URL shown in the top of your browser may not relate to the current location being viewed. Thus if you have come to the London tour then the main London URL shown in your browser will remain the same while you look at the different locations.

Other
  1. Why do you use advertising on the site?
    For several reasons. We cover the costs of site development and hosting. The team that continues to work on Panoramic Earth needs to eat. We are also developing ways in which the contributors of individual images can benefit from their work.
If the answers to your questions are not found here then please feel free to contact us.





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