Be smooth: Optimize Bing Maps in multipage Windows Store apps (JavaScript)

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Bing Maps is the most widely used map control inside of Windows Store apps. Many simple apps consist of a single page user experience while many other consist of multiple pages. Many developers like to use Bing Maps throughout their application, but have found that this results in the map control constantly being loaded/disposed as the user navigates between pages. This doesn’t make for the best user experience, as there…

The Art of IntelliSense: Three ways to use IntelliSense with Bing Maps APIs

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Three ways to use IntelliSense with Bing Maps APIs

Do you find that you spend more time digging through documentation trying to figure out what properties do rather than spending time building great apps? IntelliSense can help. A few weeks ago, someone asked me if there was any IntelliSense support for Bing Maps. I vaguely remembered there being an open source project that added IntelliSense for Bing Maps AJAX v6.3 in Visual Studio. With a quick search on Bing…

Bring Your Maps to Life: Creating Animations with Bing Maps (JavaScript)

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Bing Maps is a very powerful mapping platform that is often used for creating engaging user experiences. The fluid interactive maps make for a great canvas when visualizing location based data. In this blog post we are going to take a look at how to make the user experience a little more engaging by adding custom animations that can be used in both web and Windows Store apps. Full source…

How to Make Use of Maps in Universal Apps

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Universal Apps are a pretty hot topic in the world of Windows app development. Universal apps allow you to build an app for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 while, at the same time allowing you to share code, user controls, styles, strings, and other assets between the two projects in Visual Studio. This saves time having to develop code for each platform. Recently on the Bing Maps forums, there…

Map-Driven Search in Windows Store Apps

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The Bing Search API gives developers the ability to incorporate search results powered by Bing into applications and websites. In addition to web search results, we can also retrieve images, videos and news results, and embed them in apps based on query terms, location information and other filter criteria. Traditional search experiences involve capturing user search intent via typed text input, but in this post, we will build an app…

Capture Addresses from Artifacts Using Bing Maps and Bing Optical Character Recognition Control

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One of the most intriguing capabilities that Bing offers for empowering always-connected devices is the ability to visually recognize and understand artifacts in the real world. This is made available to developers via the Bing Optical Character Recognition (OCR) control for Windows 8.1 store apps. This control enables text from the outside world to be read by taking a picture from an on-device camera and analyzing the picture via a…

Updated Bing Maps SDKs for Windows Store Apps, for Windows 8.0 and 8.1

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Today we are announcing the availability of updated Bing Maps SDKs for Windows Store apps for both Microsoft Windows 8.0 and 8.1 in the Visual Studio Gallery. The Bing Maps SDK for Windows Store Apps update for Microsoft Windows 8.1, which consists of the Bing Maps SDK for JavaScript (for JavaScript Developers) and Bing Maps SDK for Windows Store apps (for Visual Basic, C# and C++ Developers), has been updated for…

Localizing Custom Mapping Data With Bing Translator

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The Bing Maps for Enterprise platform offers extensive localization capabilities for map navigation, map labels, directions, and geocoding results in the AJAX v7 map control, Windows Store map control, and REST Services. Typically, you will also have your own custom data that you will be displaying within your mapping application. In this post, we will show how you can use another of the Bing Developer Services – the Bing Translator…

Heat Maps in Windows Store Apps (JavaScript)

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Heat maps are an effective means of visualizing geography-based trends by showing the relative density of location-based data. We can see where we have ‘hot spots’ in our data, and use this insight to drive better decisions for application users. In this blog post, we will show how you can visualize location data in the form of a heat map within Windows Store apps, pulling in both public points-of-interest data…

Cross Platform Development with Bing Maps and PhoneGap

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Bing Maps provides a variety of APIs and controls. One of which is the Bing Maps AJAX Control that was originally designed to provide interactive maps for the web, but meanwhile also powers the WinJS control in the Bing Maps SDK for Windows Store apps. The Bing Maps AJAX control has a slim core to speed up the initial load of a website, is optimized for performance using HTML5 technologies…