Don’t Like Microsoft Virtual Earth Imagery? Then, "Patch" It.

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There are certain areas of the world where Virtual Earth’s imagery is, well, low resolution. Let’s face it, the world is a huge place and Virtual Earth just having had it’s 3rd birthday is only in the initial phases of rolling out imagery and photography to cover the world. For those of you who just can’t wait, have a specific area you want covered or need more recently updated imagery/photography…

Microsoft Virtual Earth Deprecation Reminder

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Just another friendly reminder that we’re going to deprecate a couple older version of Virtual Earth – specifically, v3 and v4 are going down August 31, 2008 September 22, 2008. Don’t say I didn’t tell you so, because I’ve warned you a couple times now. Yes, the dates keep moving back, but now we’re locked in. Virtual Earth Auto-Upgrade Postponed (June 12, 2008) Version 6.0 to 6.1 Auto-Upgrade Alert &…

Eye on Earth Water Watch (and Virtual Earth)

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The European Environment Agency and Microsoft have teamed up to launch a new campaign to monitor the quality of bath water across Europe – Eye on Earth Water Watch. OMG – what is going on in Europe that it is necessary to monitor this?? Forget it. I don’t want to know. In any case, the site showcases Microsoft SQL Server 2008 (Spatial) and Virtual Earth in the one-two spatial punch…

ESRI ArcGIS 9.3 Desktop Now Features Microsoft Virtual Earth

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Today, we’re announcing a closer and much deeper relationship with ESRI by integrating Virtual Earth into their ArcGIS Desktop product. As a part of the version 9.3 release, Virtual Earth will natively be a premium content layer so you can simply select to view your data on our roads, high resolution aerial photography and Bird’s Eye imagery. This is different from the “ESRI ArcGIS JavaScript Extension for Virtual Earth” because…

Overcoming Pushpin Limitations in MapPoint 2009

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For as long as I’ve worked at Microsoft I’ve seen this issue with a 10,000 pushpin limit in MapPoint 2002, 2004, 2006 and, yes, it still exists in 2009. The issue is this: if you try to import more than 10,000 addresses into MapPoint you’ll get the error, “Only 10000 records may be mapped at one time using street address.”   The limitation is there for a couple reasons –…

Announcing the Microsoft Virtual Earth ASP .Net Server Control

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Don’t like JavaScript? You want your managed code with the new wave of AJAX maps? Well, the long awaited Virtual Earth ASP .Net Server Control is now available for download as a part of the Windows Live Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio. Here are some of the features and benefits of the control: Toolbox – The Virtual Earth Map control is available in your Visual Studio toolbox with the rest…

Tabbed EROs in Microsoft Virtual Earth

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The mysterious Virtual Earth ERO (aka enhanced roll overs). Coded with just a little JavaScript and a lot of Cascading Style Sheets, there is so much to learn and understand about those little buggers and not much of it is documented. Well, Geoff Innis (Virtual Earth Technical Specialist out of Toronto) took the time to do a nice little write up for an application he built recently and so, I…

ESRI International User Conference 2008

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Awwwwe yeah, I’m coming home San Diego! I love a free trip home. Microsoft Virtual Earth will have a significant presence at the ESRI International User Conference in San Diego August 4 – 8, 2008. We’ve had some strategic announcements with ESRI this year and with the integration of Virtual Earth and ArcGIS Server things just got interesting. At the very least, we’ll have a booth at the show and…

trueSpace & Virtual Earth Newbie Troubleshooting

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It’s been a day since I announced trueSpace for Virtual Earth Development and I figured I’d post a few hiccups I had to overcome while developing my ever-so-cool Random Cubes. This won’t be the end all support FAQs with trueSpace (you should go to their forums for that), but just a few tidbits that may help you since I fell into these same pitfalls. Upload Error This one took me…

Announcing trueSpace for Virtual Earth 3D Development

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Today is a big day. BIG DAY. As you’ll recall, several months ago we acquired Caligari because of their advanced 3D toolset – trueSpace (among other assets). I’ve always felt sketchy about other 3D freeware, so starting today trueSpace 7.6 is now available for download…..FOR FREE! And, there is a direct connection into Live Search Maps so you can create SUPER high resolution 3D models using trueSpace, then right from…