How to create bounded tile layers in Bing Maps (JavaScript)

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Bounded Tile Layers

Tile layers are a great way to visualize a lot of data on a map and still have good performance. Depending on the type of data you are displaying as a tile layer, you may find that it is localized to a small part of the world. If this is the case then you will want to limit the loading of tiles in your app to that area. Otherwise you…

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…

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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Using Maps in Universal Apps

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…