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Google offering 15,000 3D photo tours

Google has created 15,000 free ''photo tours'' of world landmarks, which create a ''3D'' scene from tourist photographs.

By:ANI
| Updated on: Apr 27 2012, 16:32 IST

Google has created 15,000 free ''photo tours'' of world landmarks, which create a ''3D'' scene from tourist photographs.

Google has ''built'' 3D panoramas of each scene by using public photographs from its Picasa's photo-sharing website.

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The application enables the user Landmarks to ''fly around'' Rome''s Trevi Fountain, Half Dome in America''s Yosemite and St Mark''s Basilica in Venice.

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"Every year, millions of people pack their bags and head to far-off places to enjoy sites and cultures different from their own. With today's introduction of photo tours, a feature of Google Maps that guides you through a 3D photo scene, we''re all one step closer," The Daily Mail quoted a Google statement, as saying.

The 15,000 tours can be accessed directly from Google''s Map service

"They can be initiated from Google Maps in two ways. First, when you search for a place, such as Trevi Fountain, the results in the left panel will indicate if there is a photo tour available: click either the thumbnail image or the link to start the tour. Alternatively, if you're browsing the map and click on the label for a particular landmark, the info window that appears will indicate if a photo tour is available," a company statement added.

The tours use Google Maps with WebGL, a software that only works in browsers such as Firefox, Chrome and Safari.

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First Published Date: 27 Apr, 16:19 IST
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