Rendering Historic Maps on Bing

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One feature of the Bing Maps APIs that has gained a lot of traction is the ability to overlay custom tiles atop the Bing Maps tiles to illustrate tons of data in a raster format. The ability to draw data on the map using vector graphics is all fine and dandy, but when you want to render census data, weather illustrations or even historic maps of what an area used…

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…

The North Pole – A Virtual Earth Christmas Experience

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Microsoft Virtual Earth and MSNBC are changing the game this year when it comes to tracking Santa. You’ve all seen the NORAD Santa Tracker and while that’s been fun over the years, well, it has gotten a bit stale. So, a few of us here in the Virtual Earth Product Group decided it was time to spice things up and build a more immersive 3D tracking mechanism for Santa and…

Thematic Mapping and Heat Maps with Virtual Earth

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I’ve had a couple inquiries about heat maps of late, so wanted to ensure people are aware of the capabilities enabled and resources available for creating heat maps with Virtual Earth. First off, my esteemed colleague Johannes Kebeck has just finished authoring a two part series on overlaying data atop of Virtual Earth. The first is "Creating Thematic Maps with Virtual Earth and SQL Server 2008" which illustrates the ability…

Virtual Earth-based Loss Estimation Tool

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Earthquake damage assessment just got a little easier. In the spirit of the close of the ESRI User Conference, I figured it was appropriate to post a little something about a GIS application using Microsoft Virtual Earth – enter Inlet (Internet-based Loss Estimation Tool) – okay, my post name is unoriginal. Inlet is a web-based loss estimation and transportation modeling platform used to evaluate whether Information Technology (IT) solutions can…

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…

BBC Sport’s Olympic Map

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The World Olympics kick off August 6 in Beijing, China with a football match. Inline with CCTV’s interactive Microsoft Virtual Earth map-based application for Euro 2008, today, The BBC News has published their BBC Sport’s Olympic Map which uses Microsoft Virtual Earth for a back drop of tons of Olympic event and local Beijing information. This is a pretty great application for browsing the events and their locations by sport…

Google Suggests Using Microsoft MapCruncher

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Being the Microsoft Virtual Earth Platform Evangelist, I’m all about getting the word out about Microsoft mapping products. There is a greater good in what I do, however and that is to get people using mapping. Something like 82% of all data in the world has a location component, so what better way to display that data than on a map? All kinds of data are creeping out of those…

Visualizing Broadcast Areas in Virtual Earth

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Our Microsoft Certified Partners SpatialPoint are at it again. They’ve published a new visualization tool for viewing radio broadcast signal coverage areas by station at FollowTheGame.com. The theme for the application is football, so you can stay tuned to the big game(s) while you’re driving state to state. You’ll know what radio station to tune into depending on where you are; however, you can imaging how useful this might be…

Virtual Earth Version 6 – Now Available

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The Virtual Earth version 6 API is now available. The launch included several new exciting features documented in the online SDK.Moving from Version 5 to Version 6 is easy! You simply need to change one character in your .ashx link – change http://dev.virtualearth.net/mapcontrol/mapcontrol.ashx?v=5 to http://dev.virtualearth.net/mapcontrol/mapcontrol.ashx?v=6. I’ve received several messages from people who were linking to the .ashx file on local.live.com or have downloaded the .js file from the .ashx file –…