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…

Handling Geocoding Error Screens in Virtual Earth

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In the Virtual Earth AJAX control, there are certain screens that are somewhat hard to capture and control. We pride ourselves on the level of control we give our users, so here’s a little tidbit to hopefully help you retain what hair is left atop your head. I posted an entry a while back called Geocoding with Virtual Earth that should get you this far; but, what should you do…

400: Bad Request for Virtual Earth Web Service

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I’ve been getting quite a few messages about this “400: Bad Request” error people are seeing when trying to reference the Virtual Earth Web Service, more specifically when trying to fetch tokens so it’s worth posting a little something on how to fix it. Specifically, the error is, “There was an error downloading ‘http://staging.common.virtualearth.net/find-30/common.asmx’. The request failed with HTTP status 400: Bad Request.“ The current documentation in the SDK shows…

Authentication and Tokens with Virtual Earth

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So, there’s an MSDN technical article posted online showing users how to authenticate and grab tokens for their Virtual Earth application – Implementing Customer Identification. Microsoft Virtual Earth authentication is required for (1) Enterprise Customers with a Virtual Earth license; (2) access to the staging platform; (3) access to certain features like traffic overlays and extracting route geometry. I found some of these things didn’t work as I thought they…

Disabling the Bird’s Eye View Indicator

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Microsoft Virtual Earth has a very helpful indicator window that lets you know when Bird’s Eye View is available in a particular spot on the map; however, you may find the indicator annoying or a nuisance for smaller maps, so here’s how you disable it. First, here’s an application centered on Las Vegas. Check out the Bird’s Eye indicator just getting in the way, because the map is so small…

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…

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 –…

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…

Limiting Microsoft Virtual Earth Tile Downloads to the Client

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There are a couple ways to improve performance in when using Microsoft Virtual Earth. One is to limit the number of tiles requested to the client from the control, but when do you want to do this? If you’re considering limiting the number of tiles downloaded to the client, the best way is to limit the number of rings of tiles being downloaded to the client by using the map.SetTileBuffer()…

Enable Virtual Earth Inertia

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Inertia is that cool spinning of the globe effect in Microsoft Virtual Earth 3D. Well, it’s actually turned OFF by default so you wouldn’t necessarily know that inertia is available in Virtual Earth but it is. Go figure. Here’s how to enable it: Ensure you have the 3D add on installed. If you don’t or have issues installing it, check out my blog post Overcoming Proxy Issues with Microsoft Virtual…