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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Make Clickable Shapes in the Native Bing Maps Control

    The native Bing Maps Windows Store control has two types of shapes: polygons and polylines. These shapes are great for representing areas and paths on the map. Often it is useful to be able to associate some information or metadata with these shapes. In past versions of Bing Maps we could easily store...
  • Blog Post: How to Fine-tune Location Coordinates with the Custom Geocoding Refinement Tool

    When presenting custom location data in Bing Maps applications, a frequent requirement is to geocode the addresses of your location data prior to presenting them on the map, ensuring that you have latitude and longitude coordinates that accurately reflect the real-world locations. Bing Maps offers batch...
  • Blog Post: How to Extend Your App with Talking Maps

    In a previous blog post we had a lap around the new support for Custom Geospatial Data in the Bing Spatial Data Services (SDS). This time around we will build upon that tutorial and extend the app so that we can talk to it and have it talk back. Check out the video to see and hear what we’re...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Support for Custom Geospatial-Data in Bing SDS

    The Bing Spatial Data Services (SDS) have always supported the management and retrieval of your points of interest (POI). You can upload text or XML-files with addresses or GPS-locations and batch-geocode or reverse geocode them, you can store them in the cloud and query your points of interest in a...
  • Blog Post: Complex Polygons in Bing Maps

    In Bing Maps we can easily create simple polygons. Simple polygons consist of a single exterior ring of coordinates. However, in more advance applications it is useful to be able to draw more complex polygons. Take for instance the borders of Lesotho, which is a land locked country within the main exterior...
  • Blog Post: Clustering Pushpins in Windows Store Apps

    Clustering of pushpins in Bing Maps consists of grouping together nearby locations into clusters. As the user zooms in, the clusters break apart to reveal the individual locations. The goal of this process is to reduce the number of pushpins that are displayed on the map at any given time. This results...
  • Blog Post: Draggable Pushpins in Bing Maps (.NET)

    When building a Bing Maps application, you may want to give the user the ability to drag a pushpin. In the JavaScript version of Bing Maps this can be done by setting the draggable property of a pushpin to true, but the Pushpin class in the .NET version does not have this property, so what can you do...
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