Locking a Virtual Earth Map

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There may be times when you don’t want to have a draggable map. Oh, yes all the flexibility of draggable maps makes AJAX and Virtual Earth so much fun! And, knowing you maybe be wreaking havoc on the image tile servers is so stimulating. Plus, with AJAX, Microsoft has to deal with all the throughput to the client and not your web servers – yay! However, if you do want…

Public Sector Virtual Earth Road Show

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The US Public Sector DPE Team, in partnership with the Public Sector Virtual Earth & Vexcel Teams, is excited to announce the Virtual Earth Road Show! Event Date & Location: Date & Time Location Registration Link October 3, 2007 9:00 AM – 15:30PM Denver, CO http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032352189&Culture=en-US October 5, 2007 9:00 AM – 15:30PM Sacramento, CA http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032352192&Culture=en-US October 23, 2007 9:00 AM – 15:30PM Reston, VA http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032352194&Culture=en-US About the Event We invite…

FedEx Integrates Virtual Earth

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Federal Express has launched their new drop box locator service using Virtual Earth. Search for the nearest drop boxes and you’ll get a resulting list of locations. Near the top of the result list is a “View Area Map” link which opens up a div containing a Virtual Earth map plotting each of the drop box locations and a legend. You can also check or uncheck different types of results…

New Imagery and 3D Models

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More, more, more – 10TB more……  New / Updated cities in 3DAugusta, GADenver, COAvondale, AZGilbert, AZGlendale, AZMesa, AZPeoria, AZPhoenix, AZTempe, AZTuscon, AZFort Worth (West), TXChicago, ILCoral Springs, FL,Nashville Opry, TN New / Update Oblique Imagery (Bird’s Eye)New York / Newark, NY/NJ Los Angeles / Long Beach / Huntington Beach, CA Chicago, ILPhiladelphia, PAPhoenix, AZSan Diego / Oceanside, CA San Francisco, CA San Jose, CA Miami, FL Boston, MASeattle, WA Houston,…

Environmental Protection Agency & Virtual Earth

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has licensed the Microsoft® Virtual Earthâ„¢ platform on which to develop its mission-critical geospatial and mapping applications. The commitment to Virtual Earth will improve data sharing, analysis and insight for partner agencies, citizens and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) on topics ranging from superfund sites and oil spills to waterways and the quality of beach water. Read the full press release here. Some additional details about…

Marriott Integrates Virtual Earth to Find Hotels

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Today, Marriott replaced their MapPoint Web Service maps with Virtual Earth maps. The implementation is pretty straightforward in that you search for a hotel and get results and an overview map with locations pushpinned onto the map.Each pin has a popup with contact information and a link to their reservation system. You can also click on an individual location to see a map of a single location. The benefits are obvious…

Virtual Earth Version 5 SDK in Japanese

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Since we have Virtual Earth localized in Japanese and have good imagery and street data in Japan, we figured maybe it would be a good idea to convert the Virtual Earth SDK to Japanese too for developers who prefer the local script. Using the localized version of the Virtual Earth map control is pretty straightforward – you just need to add a parameter for the local language when you reference the…

Weather Central and Virtual Earth

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Weather Central recently launched their new broadcast platform using Virtual Earth. This is awesome for broadcasters who now have another option to visualize their news stories on maps, aerial photos and 3D. It took me a while to get a copy of this video, but it’s their promotional video they showed at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas this year. It was running non-stop in their…

How To: Skipping Zoom Levels in Virtual Earth

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One of my well respected customers asked me today if we would support the ability to change the way a double click action took place on the map. Specifically, they wanted the ability to double-click on the map and not just zoom in one level, but two or even three. How can this be done? Well, it’s supported today – you just need to do a bit of work. Here’s…

Additional Virtual Earth Blog

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Johannes Kebeck is a Technology Specialist on the Virtual Earth Sales Team. Besides being an all around studd, he now has a very developer-focused blog about building applications with Virtual Earth. Johannes has been helping our enterprise customers build out custom applications using MapPoint 200x, MapPoint Web Service and Virtual Earth for a few years and I’ve had the pleasure of working with him for almost two of them. You’ll…