HTML5 Canvas Pushpins in JavaScript

One of the more interesting features of HTML5 is the canvas elements. The canvas provides us with a feature rich, low level 2D rendering panel and is supported by all the major web browsers. In this blog post, we are going to create a Bing Maps module that wraps the standard pushpin class to create a new HTML5 Canvas pushpin class. There are a lot of cool and interesting things we can do with the canvas that would require a lot more work using...
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3D Elevation Models using HTML5 and Bing Maps

Recently we published a blog post on 3D Elevation Models with Bing Maps WPF. In this blog post we will show you how to create a tool for generating a 3D model of elevation data from the Bing Maps REST Elevation Service using HTML5 and Bing Maps. There are a couple of different ways to create 3D models in HTML5. The method we are going to use to is to project 3D data onto a 2D canvas. There are several JavaScript libraries available online that can...
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How to: the Bing Get Me There App for iOS

The Bing team just recently released the Bing Get Me There App for iOS following the apps original release for the Windows Phone. Bing Get Me There is a London (UK) travel app that gets people from A to B with true door-to-door directions using Bing maps and live tube updates as well as Bus, Docklands Light Rail (DLR) and Overground data, to ensure that people get the best route. Here are a couple screen shots of the application. Now, the...
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Reducing the Complexity of Rendering Shapes

One of the most common themes I hear about Bing Maps is that we don’t make it easy to render “GIS Stuff” via our APIs. In fact, one of the first features I spec’d when I moved to the Bing Maps team as a Lead PM was the ability to render holes in our polygons. I’d seen many attempts to make this easy and find workarounds via the community; however, at the end of the day, developers are reliant on us for this. Well...
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Four New Bing Maps V7 Modules

By Ricky Brundritt, EMEA Bing Maps Technology Solution Professional In September of 2011 we started the Bing Maps v7 Module CodePlex Project. The purpose of this project is to create a single place where developers can find and share useful modules that expand the functionality of the Bing Maps V7 API. Currently, there have been 10 modules submitted to the project. With a number of new modules in development, it’s safe to say that this...
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Updates to Bing Maps: REST API, AJAX Control v7, and Account Center

Today we are announcing the release of several updates and new features in the Bing Maps REST web service, Bing Maps AJAX Control version 7, and the Bing Maps Account Center. Bing Maps REST Web Services  Support for Multiple Image Formats Previously a request for static images through the Imagery-API would have always returned results in the PNG-format. With the new release you have now the choice between PNG, JPG and GIF. While PNG...
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New Module for v7 Adds Support for Long Routes

Need to calculate routes with more than 25 waypoints when using our AJAX v7 control? “King of Bing” Ricky Brundritt has created a module to do just that!  Check out his blog post for more information. Or go directly to the Bing Maps v7 Module Community Project on CodePlex. Thanks Ricky, another great module for v7!  What module are you building? What would you like to build? Let us know!
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What's New in the AJAX Map Control

Today we are officially introducing three new modules and several new features for the AJAX 7.0 map control.  The new modules add some very handy features, and they really show off the dynamic module loading capabilities of the AJAX 7.0 control by adding functionality when you need it, and getting out of the way when you don’t. The new modules help you: Calculate driving directions using the new Microsoft.Maps.Directions module. This...
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See AJAX 7.0 in action with the new interactive SDK

As many of you know, we recently rolled out some updates to the AJAX Control 7.0 (and we apologize to those of you who experienced problems with that, if you are still seeing issues please visit our developer forum to find solutions and report issues).   We’ve also just launched an interactive SDK for our AJAX Control 7.0. This handy developer resource is a great way to check out features and easily find the corresponding...
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Bing Maps Android SDK available on Codeplex

InKnowledge has launched an open-source Bing Maps SDK for Android. This new SDK now gives Android developers a choice in terms of map controls and provides greater flexibility as a result of having direct access to the code base. You can find the SDK at: http://bingmapsandroidsdk.codeplex.com/ Built using the latest Bing Maps AJAX Control 7.0, the Bing Maps Android SDK has all JavaScript wrapped with native Java calls. As a result, Android...
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