How to add custom auto complete functionality to your map app

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More and more developers want to add auto complete to their map applications, and for good reason. It’s convenient for users and can help make your map application a user-friendly delight. In this blog post I will show you how to use Bing Spatial Data Services to create custom auto complete functionality in your next app. Some developers have turned to using the Bing Maps geocoding services to do this,…

Part 2 – Bring your maps to life: Creating animations with Bing Maps (.NET)

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Creating Animations: Four Pushpins Dropping

In a recent blog post, you saw how to use JavaScript and CSS3 to create custom animations. Now you’ll see how to create the same custom animations for a Windows Store app using .NET.  You are in luck, as all of these animations can be used with the Bing Maps WPF control as well with just a few tweaks. You can find the complete source code for this blog post…

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…

4 Easy Ways to Visualize Excel Data on Bing Maps

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Visualizing Excel Data with Bing Maps

I have been helping developers visualize their data on Bing Maps for many years. One of the most requests I’ve had in the past is, “I have this data, but can you show it on a map?” More often than not this data would be sitting in an Excel file, usually with some address data, but rarely contained any coordinate information. To get this data into Bing Maps I would…

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…

How to Create Nicely Formatted Directions in Bing Maps Windows Store apps (.NET)

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Not long after the Bing Maps Windows Store apps SDK was first released we published a blog post on how to calculate and display routes. We created a simple input form to allow the user to enter a start and end location and then displayed the route instructions using a ListBox. This works fine, however the directions in the Maps app in Windows 8 have a lot more options in…

How to Save and Share Map Screenshots in Windows Store Apps (.NET)

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A while ago I wrote a blog post on How to Share Maps Using the Search Charm in Windows Store Apps. In that blog post we made use of the Bing Maps REST Imagery service to generate a static image of the map that we could share in an email.  But what if you want a true screenshot of the map? In this blog post we are going to take a…

Visualize Large Complex Data with Local Tile Layers in Bing Maps Windows Store Apps (C#)

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Tile Layers are a creative way to visualize large complex data. By visualizing data as an image the map control only needs to reposition a set of images rather than every single data point of the data. This greatly improves performance and often reduces the amount of data the user will have to download. Tile layers generally consist of a large number of images that have a specific naming convention…

Image Overlays with Bing Maps (Native)

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A while back I wrote a blog posts called Image Overlays with Bing Maps (JavaScript). In this blog post we saw a couple of different ways to overlay an image on the map and bind it to a bounding box such that it stays correctly positioned when panned and scales as you zoom the map. In this blog post we are going to look at two different methods for doing…