Birds Eye Navigation Improvement

A nice improvement was just released for Virtual Earth’s Birds Eye navigation at http://local.live.com. The Birds Eye navigation thumbnail grid has been replaced with an inset map for easier usability (see screenshot below). Please note, this feature is currently only available at http://local.live.com, but will definitely be added as a feature in the next release of the Virtual Earth Map Control API. For more info on the http://local.live.com release that went out yesterday please go to http://virtualearth.spaces.live.com.

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  1. Herbfrywaterproofing

    great!!!!…i want to congratulate bird's eye navigation for this fantastic work

  2. Anonymous

    Hey,

    So I was thinking about virtual earth and the recent transition to 3D; I think i may have thought of a great idea, that is assuming you haven’t thought of it already.

    Treat this project like Wikipedia; give the users more control over the system; and i don’t know how feasible this would be (my guess is not very, since 3d creation is ridiculously difficult) but sort of open up the project a little bit to the point where people can develop cities; right now, seattle is fantastic (my second home!), but i think there could be improvements on places like portland.

    If you open up the project, people like me and other semi-educated artists and computer tech nerds would jump on the opportunity to draw out parts of their city; think about it, you would be offloading your work to a more simple job of editing rather than all the grunt work. there would be a way to sort of monitor their additions and to make sure they aren’t drawing something too complex, and there would be a way of erasing someone elses work etc, maybe a standalone exe, and there would be tons of controls put on it, but there would  be the core ability to at least start changes on places; sure, it might be a little more hectic, but think about it; if you get a mass group of nerds on this thing, then in a matter of a couple of years, perhaps, you have the entire world (all major buildings) drawn up, placed correctly, and wow. that would be the definition of the internet; and maybe you could offload the work to other machines via one of those screensaver applications that sucks up resources; put a humanitarian good-for-the-people spin on this project, and you could get so much firepower behind you.

  3. Anonymous

    by IgorV, In birds eye view when I move the wheel forward, it zooms in and when I move the wheel backwards it zooms out.  I like it this way, it is weird the oher way unless your mouse is pointing up and down.  I can see in certain cases this can be confussing.

  4. Anonymous

    Wow!! I love the bird’s eye navigation. Fantastic. Is there any idea of how long it will be before we can use the new nav? Magnificent.

  5. Anonymous

    Love it Love It.   I only noticed 1 thing, when look at the new bird’s eye  in some areas  side streets look bigger then the main streets are.  Is this know?  I can attach a link it need be.  Other wise GREAT work, I have been waiting for the stiched bird’s eye for some time .    Thanks  You ROCK

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