Discover the world with Explorer.
Last year we released the Explorer Desktop Uploader, a small application that allowed you to upload 360-degree photos to Google Street View.
Trek View was hugely inspired by Street View and has been invaluable in getting our small project off-the-ground. Thanks, Google!
As we’ve grown, many of you have asked for features not available on Google Street View (it is primarily designed for mapping roads after all!).
Many of the feature requests we’ve received revolved around:
- Support for grouping of 360-degree photos (tours, groups of photos with some relationship, etc.)
- Making photos searchable by attributes (e.g. features in photos, terrains, etc.)
- Provide sharing tools for uploaded photos (e.g. user profiles, embeddable images, etc.)
- Allow photos to be annotated with information (e.g. educational, location specific info, etc.)
All tours you create can be discovered under your profile using the search function making it easy to share your adventures with friends, family… and the whole world.
Curate Tourbooks of your favourite tours to inspire future adventures. Have a look at this one created by the Basingstoke Canal Society.
Mark your favourite photos as Viewpoints. Discover some of the top rated photos on the Viewpoint ranking page.
Embed your favourite photos on your blog, (remember all our imagery can be used for non-commercial purposes), so your readers can pretend to be a rower as you virtually race the Henley Regatta course above (just me?).
If you’re a developer, you can also build Trek View imagery into your own projects using the API.
We’re slowly uploading the entire Trek View Tour library to Explorer. That’s over 1 million photos.
You don’t need to keep refreshing Explorer to check for new tours. You can register to receive tour updates via email.
Explorer Desktop Uploader Updates
Explorer is designed to work directly with the Explorer Desktop Uploader. Tours you create in the Explorer Desktop Uploader can be seamlessly uploaded publicly to Explorer.
If you choose to, the name, description, and tags you include when creating (or updating) your tours in the Explorer Desktop Uploader will now be visible to others to discover and explore your tours in Explorer.
If you haven’t already, you’ll need to update the Explorer Desktop Uploader to take advantage of the new Explorer integration.
We’re also excited to ship another integration in the new Explorer Desktop Uploader release, OpenTrailView. OpenTrailView is a project to collect 360-degree 360-degree photos of walking trails, to provide a StreetView-like experience for the world’s wild spaces.
To grow the number of integrations we can support, the Explorer Desktop Uploader is now modularised so that new integration points can be added as modules by anyone. Do you have an idea for an integration? Check out the the Explorer Desktop Uploader documentation for information on creating your own.
Share Your Tours with Us
Have you uploaded a tour to Explorer? Or perhaps you’ve found something beautiful / funny / strange in one of the photos?
Tag us on social media and we’ll share our favourites.
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