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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 Create a Speech-Powered Geocoding and Routing Experience in a Windows Store App

    In a previous post , we saw how to incorporate speech into a JavaScript-based Windows Store app. In this post, we will speech-enable a XAML-based Windows Store app to provide a speech-driven geocoding and routing experience. Two very common activities in map-based applications include searching for...
  • 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...
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