Streetography Adds Extensive International Map Support!

When Streetography was first published in the App Store just a few weeks ago, our mapping data only supported the US and Canada fully. Outside of these two countries, a Streetography user could only view Location mode - i.e. pins on a map.

Our map data for the boundaries of blocks, neighborhoods and cities come from three different sources. We create block data ourselves.  Blocks may seem easy to define, but we don't just create square blocks bounded on all sides by streets.  We create blocks that have cul de sacs inside them, have winding roads, and are bordered by water, highways, and parks.  We buy neighborhood data from a third party provider.  These are especially complicated because there are no official neighborhood designations - they emerge organically. Finally, we pull city data from public and government sources, and this is different for each country.   We pull all these three together for you.

So when using Streetography, if you encounter an alert that claims "This location is not supported yet," have faith - we are in the process of combining these different sources of data into one cohesive map. When a location finally has "full map support," this means that we have data for blocks, neighborhoods, and cities - and this particular country is ready for Streetographers to explore to the fullest!

Streetography is pleased to announce that we are soon extending full map support beyond the US and Canada to three countries: 

  • UK
  • France
  • Russia
  • Australia

We have extended partial map support - neighborhoods and blocks - to Ireland.

We have also added neighborhood data to major cities around the world!

We plan to add block and city data to six more countries before the end of the year:

  • Netherlands
  • Germany 
  • Mexico 
  • Spain
  • Italy 
  • Cuba

We're excited for our international streetographers to be able to utilize the app to the fullest, which is why we're working hard on releasing full map support to all of these countries.

Please give us a shout if you would like full Streetography support in your country!

Note that language (non-English) support will come at a later date. 

Google's Panoramio is going away - give your photos a better home!

Starting November 4th, Google will no longer provide its geolocation-oriented photo sharing service, Panoramio. Unlike the folks at Google, we at Streetography know that "street view" in Maps just doesn't cut it when it comes to navigating high quality, place-oriented photos. For those of you considering making the switch, here's a side by side comparison:

And if you're still missing seeing the precise geotag of a photo, fear not - zooming in closer in Streetography reveals "Location view," orienting each photo's location with a pin:

Location View.jpg

Download Streetography on iOS today to continue seeing your photos appear exactly where you took them - like Panoramio, but better!

New Kid on the Block

Having spent three full months living near SF, I’m only starting to develop the confidence to venture into new parts of the city alone. It struck me the other day that I’ve never been to Haight-Ashbury - frankly embarrassing for any Bay Area citizen. I had an afternoon to kill, so I decided to try out the new app as an exploration guide to the well-known San Francisco gem in the hopes that I would look at least a little less like a tourist.

The first thing I needed to know was parking - where could I find it? I guessed that anywhere on Haight was probably a bad idea (those tourists!), but a couple blocks from the main street could work. 

After clicking on one of the photos, the "Block" description tells me where it was taken. This photo of seemingly endless parallel parking above was taken around Page and Lyon.

I found a spot just south of the intersection, less than a block from Haight and completely free of competition. I wandered to Lyon and Haight, and proceeded West.  I wondered if any streets had cool street art - Streetography answered with a firm “Yes.”

Again, according to the "Block" description on the above photo, I knew to keep my eyes peeled for when I cross Masonic. Though I found street art closer to Clayton instead, both my stop for food (Vegan Burg BLEW ME AWAY) and my best photograph did actually come from near the intersection of Haight and Masonic. Seeing that I could easily upload to the app’s interface, I thought “why not?” and gave it a try.

Though I don’t have any likes yet, I really wanted to see it become the “Photo of the Block” - so I just made sure the app’s “Latest” filter was applied:

Seeing my photo nestled between all these quality shots brought a smile to my face - I feel a little like a famous photographer.

My afternoon was well-spent, organized, and rewarding! I’m definitely using this app again to explore a new neighborhood. Stay tuned!