Bing Maps Imagery Release, August 2009

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As the waning, August moon signals the end of summer, the last of our imagery for the hot months is posted to the web…101,486 kilometers in all. You’ll notice I’ve exluded my usual screen captures – this is intentional to further promote the use of the Bing Maps World Tour application. It saves me work and it’s a better presentation anyway. Of course, you can always find the new imagery on…

ESRI (UK) / Bing Maps Mashup Challenge

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A little plug for my United Kingdom friends who want to strut their GIS stuff…and win an X-Box. If you’re in the UK, you can participate in the ESRI / Bing Maps Mashup Challenge. The rest of us will just have to twiddle our thumbs until we get a cool contest… The collaboration and sharing of data presents endless opportunities for building GIS applications. ESRI (UK) and Bing Maps are…

Bing Maps Events in Australia and New Zealand

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How ya going? I had to shout the bar in Melbourne, so I’ve officially been broken into the Ozzie culture. Wow, you folks can drink. Anyway, some exciting Bing Maps events are coming your way starting next week, so get them on your calendar and get out there… Sept 1st-4th is the Australian Partner Conference. Visit the Bing Maps stand at the Expo on Wednesday for your chance to win a $2,500 travel voucher.…

The Future of the Virtual Earth ASP .NET Control

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Oh man, this has been a hot topic since we announced the Virtual Earth ASP .NET Control CTP last year. And, with today’s announcement to retire the Live Frameworks CTP the question (yet again) today is what will happen with the Virtual Earth / Bing Maps ASP .NET Control? In brief, it’s toast. It was great for what it was (ASP .NET wrappers for the AJAX control); but, we really needed…

Yelp Launches Blackberry App with Bing Maps

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Yelp just launched their new application for RIM Blackberry which uses Bing Maps to help users find themselves and interesting places around them. Sounds like therapy. I should get this application since if you knew me personally you would know I have issues finding myself from time to time. Anyway, the application is pretty dang slick using location aware technology to determine a user’s current location, then allows them to…

Genealogical Mapping with Bing Maps and Ancestry

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Ancestry’s new Family Tree Maker 2010 released yesterday and it includes integration of Bing™ Maps right in the software. Software plus services? I think so… Bing™ Maps is a great new feature to help you map out significant events and people to the places they are respectively associated with. For example, once you add people to your family tree you can then click the “Places” button in the menu ribbon.…

Bing Maps with PHP

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  PHP – did anyone ever find out what this actually was an acronym for? “Personal Home Page” or “PHP Home Page” or something else? I actually did some PHP back when it was like version 2 and there was some HUGE security hole for hackers to take over your site. I really thought it was going to die because of JSP, so I stopped using it but I did enjoy using…

Publish Your Photosynth to Facebook

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Last week at the Real Estate Connect Conference, I did a full hour-long presentation of Photosynth diving into the details of how it works, how to create a Photosynth and how to embed your Photosynth into your applications. In conjunction with my Bing Maps presentations, Aaron Sloman, CEO of speakTech showed off “MySynth” a new Facebook application for publishing Photosynth right onto your Facebook profile page. To jump right in,…

Bing Maps Imagery & Map Data Release, July 2009

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We just deployed 41TB of new satellite imagery, aerial photography and vector data for Bing Maps covering 189,000+ square kilometers of Earth including 12,000+ square kilometers of Bird’s Eye photography. Did we get your town this time? Check out the Bing Maps World Tour to sit back, relax and watch the Bing Maps Silverlight Control take you through every new local with new data. Alternatively, you can immerse yourself into…

OLAP and Spatial Data Import COM Add-Ins FIXED for MapPoint!

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Here come the rolling punches of MapPoint information. Last week, I told you about the release of the Microsoft® MapPoint® Add-In for SQL Server as a free download to import, edit and save your data from SQL Server 2008 (spatially indexed by geometries and geographies). Well, here is some more good news for MapPoint lovers – we fixed a couple add-ins that had broken with the release of MapPoint 2006. The…