New viewing experience

As you've probably noticed today, the Mapillary web viewer looks very different. Here's a bit more detail on what actually happened and why.

Viewer navigation

New Viewer

Here at Mapillary we try to stay on the bleeding edge of technology (in a reasonable measure of course), so we've decided to put all our efforts in developing totally new experience using WebGL technology. You'll be able to read more on this in the upcoming post by our computer vision guys.

It is an enormous visual improvement over what we used to have as a default way of browsing around Mapillary. With new features, come new things to learn. In this case, just one new thing - the navigation.

You can navigate the Mapillary enironments using the arrows that are displayed in the viewer. Depending on how densely covered the given area is, you'll be able to move forward, backward, step left/right (to adjacent sequence), turn around, turn left/right. One thing worth mentioning is that you might stumble upon two types of arrows, the standard ones indicate move, the chevron ones indicate previous/next photo. You can also use keyboard arrows to navigate Mapillary, as well as pressing and dragging on the viewer.

Chevron arrows

A chevron arrow indicating next photo in the sequence.

Stroll around Malmo

Have a stroll around Malmö!

UI Improvements

Along the new viewer release we've addressed a ton of issues we had with the previous interface. We've focused on keeping things separate, so whether you're a map person, or a photo person, we hope you'll feel at home with the new layout (which we introduced with the vector tiles release, but now rolled out to all the users).

We now also provide full visual support for photos which are not 4:3 format.

Blurring and Traffic Sign edits

We've moved blurring and traffic sign editing straight into the new viewer for easier access. Now you can edit photo details as you browse around the environments that interest you. Each change is confirmed with a notification, so you can now sleep better knowing that we got your request ;). Also it's much faster to discard wrong blurs in the photo in one click and just move on.

Have a look at this screencast which presents the new blurring/traffic sign anotation workflow


We hope you'll like the new viewer as much as we do! As always, you can find us on Twitter. If you have any feedback, let us know through GitHub issues!

Happy browsing around,
Kamil & The Mapillary Team

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