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  • Blog Post: Be Smooth: Optimize Bing Maps in Multipage Windows Store apps (JavaScript)

    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...
  • Blog Post: How to add custom auto complete functionality to your map app

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

    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...
  • Blog Post: The Art of IntelliSense: 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...
  • Blog Post: How to Spatially Enable Customer Care with Bing Maps and Parature

    Most enterprise data have a location component, and data related to customer support interactions are no exception. When interacting with a customer, knowing where they are physically located can enable us to provide them with location-specific insight and information. Further, by visualizing larger...
  • Blog Post: Bring Your Maps to Life: Creating animations with Bing Maps (JavaScript)

    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...
  • Blog Post: Bing Maps REST and SOAP Services Imagery Styling Improvements Now Live!

    Today, we are pleased to announce the following rendering and styling improvements to Bing Maps REST and SOAP Services imagery. Gradient Land Color We introduced a new gradient coloring for land areas that adjusts the brightness to your zoom level. The land color will now be lighter when zoomed...
  • Blog Post: 4 Easy Ways to Visualize Excel Data on 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...
  • Blog Post: Partner Story - Mapping Software Yields Insight through Data Visualization in Multi-User Scenarios

    When nsquared , a software development company based in Sydney, Australia, wanted to enable multi-user mapping scenarios for large, interactive touch devices, it turned to Bing Maps, Windows 8, and Perceptive Pixel by Microsoft to create nsquared maps . By using nsquared maps, groups of colleagues or...
  • Blog Post: How to Make Use of 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...
  • Blog Post: Transit Directions Now Live in Taiwan

    We are pleased to announce that transit directions are now live in Taiwan. This update affects the Bing Maps website ( www.bing.com/maps ) and Bing Maps Enterprise products. This is a national data feed, meaning that Bing Maps now covers 96 transit agencies in Taiwan. These agencies provided over...
  • Blog Post: How to Launch Maps in a Universal App

    At the Microsoft //Build/ Conference last April, the Windows Phone 8.1 SDK (WP8.1) was released as a preview. With the release of this SDK one of the new templates added to Visual Studios now allows you to create universal apps. Universals apps allow you to build an app for Windows and Windows Phone...
  • Blog Post: Bing Maps Styling Improvements Now Live!

    Today, we are pleased to announce several rendering and styling improvements to Bing Maps on http://www.bing.com/maps to enhance aesthetics and usability. Gradient Land Color We introduced a new gradient coloring for land areas that adjusts the brightness to your zoom level. The land color will...
  • Blog Post: How to Create Nicely Formatted Directions in Bing Maps Windows Store apps (.NET)

    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...
  • Blog Post: How to Save and Share Map Screenshots in Windows Store Apps (.NET)

    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. This method has a couple of limitations. The first is that you...
  • Blog Post: Visualize Large Complex Data with Local Tile Layers in Bing Maps Windows Store Apps (C#)

    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...
  • Blog Post: Bing Spatial Data Services Meets 3D

    At //build 2014 there were many exciting announcements. It would have been easy to miss one of the implications of the moment of glory for Internet Explorer 11 during the keynote on day 1 . The demo of the new FishGL website gave a hint about the enhanced support for WebGL in IE11 and, while I find fish...
  • Blog Post: Staying Fit with Bing Maps

    I just feel better when I have a certain level of fitness. It has less to do with bringing my body into shape for the speedo season and more with general happiness. For me ‘ mens sana’ (a sound mind) lives indeed ‘ in corpore sano’ (in a healthy body). Whenever possible I try...
  • Blog Post: Image Overlays with Bing Maps (Native)

    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...
  • Blog Post: Geo-fencing with Bing Spatial Data Services and Azure Mobile Services

    Triggering certain actions such as sending notifications or alerts when a device enters or leaves an area is often referred to as geo-fencing. The geo-fence, the boundary of the area of interest, can be dynamic like a radius around a school or around your own device, it can be pre-defined such as a neighborhood...
  • Blog Post: How to Create a Customer Ranked Auto Suggest with Bing Maps and Azure Mobile Services

    From time to time I come across developers who want to have an auto suggest search box to use with their map. Your first thought might be to simply use the Bing Maps geocoding services to do this, however this often ends up generating a large number of transactions. If you are using Bing Maps under the...
  • Blog Post: How to Create Custom Shapes in Windows Store Apps (C#)

    In the Bing Maps SDK for Windows Store Apps there are five main types of data that you can add to the map: Pushpin, MapPolyline, MapPolygon, MapTileLayer, and UIElements. UIElements can be added to the map just like pushpins and are a great way to create custom shapes to the map. The main shapes we will...
  • Blog Post: Learn How to Create a Location-aware Windows Store App (Unabridged version)

    Are you developing a location-based Windows Store app using web or managed programming languages? Do you need help with how to get started? A new eBook entitled, Location Intelligence for Windows Store Apps , is now available for download . Written by Ricky Brundritt (EMEA Bing Maps TSP at Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: How to Create Heat Maps in Native Windows Store Apps

    Heat maps, also known as density maps, are a type of overlay on a map used to represent data using different colors. Heat maps are often used to show the data hot spots on a map. The data used in these overlays usually takes one of two forms: Color coded polygons or polylines - In this form, the...
  • Blog Post: Teaching Bing Maps Some New (Language) Tricks

    We are excited to announce the preview release of dual labeling, ‘neutral ground truth’ (ngt) and additional language support. This new update to the AJAX Version 7.0 control allows you to create maps with labels in two different languages. This release also includes the ‘ngt’...
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