Developing Virtual Earth Applications with C++

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My good friend Mark Riches from VizRT / Curious recently integrated Microsoft Virtual Earth into the Viz Curious Maps software for television production. They use Virtual Earth maps in broadcast scenarios all over the world. "Viz Curious Maps is the broadcast industry’s de facto standard for the creation of branded maps and geographic animations. By extending Viz Curious Maps to a server edition, it can provide real-time, branded map imagery…

geekSpeak Webcast: Virtual Earth for Developers (Level 200)

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Wanted to ensure you folks saw this and got it on your calendars (Wednesday, February 11 @ 12 noon PST)….register for the web cast on MSDN. In this episode of geekSpeak, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Geoffrey Emery shows us how developers can use Microsoft Virtual Earth to provide mapping and location features in their applications. Geoffrey highlights how to use Virtual Earth Web Services as well as the new…

Routing in Virtual Earth Web Service

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I’ve been working on this one for a while and it kind of completes the basics for getting started with the Virtual Earth Web Service. The Routing Service in VEWS allows for route calculation and itinerary creation.  The following will get you started using the routing service. In this sample I’ll instantiate the service request, pass the points into an array, set options for the route object, get the route…

Virtual Earth 3D Install Issue with Windows 7

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If you’ve tried installing Virtual Earth 3D on Windows 7 you may have see a little problem with the installer crashing during setup stating, "Virtual Earth 3D Install has stopped working." CP to the rescue! As it turns out there’s an issue with the Software Quality Metrics (SQM) in Windows 7 that it doesn’t like VE 3D. If you want to get it working, you’ll need to make a manual…

Live Search for Mobile Updated

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The Live Search team has published a significant update to their Live Search Mobile client application which leverages Microsoft Virtual Earth quite heavily. The new release has some exciting features including Walking Directions, Collection import and Bird’s Eye photography! Location is so critical for mobile applications and Virtual Earth being a core piece of our mobile product only further justifies that it should be a core piece of yours. Check…

Map Data Release – January, 2009

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Just a quick note to mention that we updated the road data for North America, Europe and Asia in Microsoft Virtual Earth. You probably wouldn’t notice since this was just an update, unless, of course, your street wasn’t there and, well, it might be there now. No expansion in this release – just updates. We also updated the postal codes for North America, Europe and Asia in the countries we…

EUCI GIS 2.0 Conference

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I’ll be presenting at the EUCI GIS Conference in San Antonio, TX on January 27, 2009. The conference subtitle being, "Technical and Programming Developments for Electric and Gas Utilities" means I get to show off some code so I AM AMPED! Microsoft Virtual Earth has many applications across utilities, so I’m excited to have the opportunity to talk about them. A little something about the conference: Geographic Information Systems for…

Photosynth Featured on CSI: Miami

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Photosynth was featured on the season 12, episode 7 of CSI: Miami titled, "Head Case" on CBS. As described on the web site, "The CSIs use radical technology to unlock the secrets of a man’s mind when he shows up covered in blood with no memory of where he’s been." Microsoft teamed up with the production crew to make this happen. In order to develop the content for the episode…

MSNBC’s Interactive Inauguration Map

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MSNBC has posted an interactive map featuring Microsoft Virtual Earth for the inauguration of our 44th President, Barack Obama. The map highlights a few points of interest plus the path of the parade the president will take en route to The White House where he will take his oath of office. The application features a checkbox style dashboard for easy clicking to turn on / off layers of information. The…

Inaugurating President Barack Obama in Photosynth

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In partnership with Microsoft, CNN has published "The Moment" a Photosynth experience that allows users to upload photos during the inauguration of President Barack Obama which will then automagically be stitched into the potentially largest and "most detailed experience of a single moment ever." Don’t know about Photosynth, check out the web site. "The Moment" will use a combination of crowd sourcing and professional photographers to freeze those amazing 20…