The Making of the Virtual Earth 3D Santa Tracker

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As Santa heads north for his annual slumber and we’re all left with buyer’s remorse and daunting credit card bills we can now reflect on something positive: how Christmas was changed this year for the better with a 3D version of tracking Santa using Microsoft Virtual Earth. And, hey, I was stoked – I got my application featured on MSN.com, so Merry Christmas to me! It started with The North…

Virtual Earth Data Release – December, 2008

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We’ve been doing some housecleaning the last 2 months with some of our road network data. As a result, a small blog post to let you know of a HUGE refresh / release (48TB worth) of all tile sets where vector information is included – Road, Hybrid Aerial, and Hybrid Bird’s Eye. Thus, we’re cleaning up the streets (as it were): Global vector data updates. Multi-lingual tile sets for all…

Qdoba

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To those of us who live in the Pacific Northwest it’s no secret that there is a HUGE opportunity for any of the Southern states to bring their Mexican restaurants up here and make huge bucks – we’re waiting, nay dying. Please? Growing up in San Diego with the likes of Super Sergio’s and Roberto’s not to mention my frequent trips to Dallas with La Hacienda Ranch or even On…

Coldwater Creek

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Coldwater Creek just launched their snazzy new store locator using Microsoft Virtual Earth just in time for the post holiday bargain shopping rush. Once getting to the store locator page you’ll get a static map image with each state being clickable (or you can select the state of interest from the pull down menu). Where’s Virtual Earth? It’s in the "See Details" link for each store (and don’t even start…

Tracking Santa in Virtual Earth 3D

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As a follow up to The North Pole – A Virtual Earth Christmas Experience, the boys and I created a Santa Tracker to track Old St. Nick on his trek around the world hosted by MSNBC (direct link to application here in the case you can find it on MSNBC). As Ed Young would say, "we’re gonna take this to a whole ‘notha level." Quite literally, in fact. Because this…

New Version of 3DVia = Easy 3D Model Publishing in Virtual Earth

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Helmets strapped on? For some time Microsoft has had a relationship with Dassault for publishing consumer 3D models into Virtual Earth using 3DVia. When you install the Virtual Earth 3D Managed Control you have the option of downloading 3DVia free of charge and then off you go and create models. Well, if you’ve never created your own 3D models the task can be quite daunting. Dassault has finally changed that…

Vodaphone Releases Pocket Life Mobile with Virtual Earth

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The beta release of Vodaphone’s Pocket Life is now available for free download. Pocket Life is a web and mobile service that offers a seamless, integrated experience for communication, social networking, location based services, street and satellite mapping. Pocket Life was designed around your group of friends, allowing you to communicate and interact in ways never before possible. Seamless synchronisation of the information across web and mobile devices as well…

Deep Earth Released Into the Wild

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The open source project dubbed Deep Earth has been officially released. The project puts Microsoft Virtual Earth in a Silverlight UX allowing for incredible visual and scalable geospatial data visualization. DeepEarth is a mapping control powered by the combination of Microsoft’s Silverlight 2.0 platform and the DeepZoom (MuliScaleImage) control. At its core, it builds on these innovative technologies to provide an architecture for bringing together layers for services, data providers,…

Season’s Greetings from Microsoft Maps

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A little token of our nod to the holidays. Check out the site built with a Silverlight interface with post cards highlighting our imagery from our the world. Click on any of them to be redirected to Multimap’s implementation of Virtual Earth imagery on Multimap.com. If you don’t like Multmap, you can use the Virtual Earth only version. If you don’t like Virtual Earth, you can use the Multimap only…

Virtual Earth Via Seadragon on iPhone

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Perhaps you’ve heard that the Live Labs team launched a free version of the Seadragon browser for iPhone…perhaps not. While the viewer is awesome and provides a killer photo viewer (arguably better than what comes with the iPhone) it also has Microsoft Virtual Earth included natively in the application. The application lets you navigate the world in Road, Aerial and Hybrid modes (sorry, no Birds Eye). You can set your…