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  • Blog Post: Saving America $329,000

    Remember a few weeks ago, when Air Force one flew over downtown Manhattan escorted by a F-16 and scared the bejesus out of every New Yorker lighting nostalgic sparks of 9/11? Well, our partners at 3DVia decided to recreate the scene using Virtual Earth 3D – much less intimidating and considering they...
  • Blog Post: AGI Visualizes Geo-Physics on Virtual Earth

    I may have to quit my job. I want to go out on top like John Elway. Once I’ve seen everything, I don’t know what else will light a fire under me to get up in the morning. Analytical Graphics, Inc. ( AGI ) has just changed my world by demonstrating how Microsoft Virtual Earth can be used to visualize...
  • Blog Post: Importing Google SketchUp Models into Microsoft Virtual Earth

    With the release of trueSpace 7.6 for Virtual Earth , I’ve been pinged with questions about importing 3D objects in Microsoft Virtual Earth , developing 3D objects, supporting other platforms objects, etc., etc. Well, today, my good buddy Tom Grimes from Caligari posted a note on how to pull objects...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth 3D Install Issue with Windows 7

    If you’ve tried installing Virtual Earth 3D on Windows 7 you may have see a little problem with the installer crashing during setup stating, “Virtual Earth 3D Install has stopped working.” CP to the rescue! As it turns out there’s an issue with the Software Quality Metrics (SQM) in Windows 7 that it...
  • Blog Post: The Making of the Virtual Earth 3D Santa Tracker

    As Santa heads north for his annual slumber and we’re all left with buyer’s remorse and daunting credit card bills we can now reflect on something positive: how Christmas was changed this year for the better with a 3D version of tracking Santa using Microsoft Virtual Earth . And, hey, I was stoked –...
  • Blog Post: Tracking Santa in Virtual Earth 3D

    As a follow up to The North Pole – A Virtual Earth Christmas Experience , the boys and I created a Santa Tracker to track Old St. Nick on his trek around the world hosted by MSNBC ( direct link to application here in the case you can find it on MSNBC ). As Ed Young would say, “we’re gonna take this to...
  • Blog Post: New Version of 3DVia = Easy 3D Model Publishing in Virtual Earth

    Helmets strapped on? For some time Microsoft has had a relationship with Dassault for publishing consumer 3D models into Virtual Earth using 3DVia . When you install the Virtual Earth 3D Managed Control you have the option of downloading 3DVia free of charge and then off you go and create models. Well...
  • Blog Post: The North Pole – A Virtual Earth Christmas Experience

    Microsoft Virtual Earth and MSNBC are changing the game this year when it comes to tracking Santa. You’ve all seen the NORAD Santa Tracker and while that’s been fun over the years, well, it has gotten a bit stale. So, a few of us here in the Virtual Earth Product Group decided it was time to spice things...
  • Blog Post: WorldWide Telescope - New Release!

    The Microsoft Research Team has released an updated version of WorldWide Telescope for free download. The new release is jammed packed with features including my favorite, 3D Solar System and Universe View (plug in your X-Box controller prior to running WWT for fully immersive 3D tranquility). If there...
  • Blog Post: Ultra-Wide Screen Virtual Earth 3D

    OMG. Double click to go full screen Now, THIS is how Microsoft Virtual Earth should be viewed! The Advanced Cognitive Engineering Lab at Carlton University in Ottawa, Canada, has officially forced me to strap on my helmet a little tighter, because they have just blown my mind - brain matter everywhere...
  • Blog Post: WorldWide Telescope Stars in Virtual Earth

    I haven't talked about WorldWide Telescope since it launched; but, since Microsoft Virtual Earth is a part of that Microsoft Research project I thought it would interest some of you that we decided to include some of the WorldWide Telescope into Virtual Earth. Did you know that the Virtual Earth data...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth Gallery in trueSpace; Plus a Contest

    We're looking for a few good 3D designers to submit their best 3D work in Microsoft Virtual Earth (or Live Search Maps ). A new addition to the Caligari (trueSpace) 3D Authoring and Collaboration site is a Virtual Earth Gallery specifically dedicated projects with geolocation in mind. You can browse...
  • Blog Post: New Version of Microsoft Virtual Earth 3D and 3DVia

    We've released a new version of Virtual Earth 3D today. When you get to Live Search Maps and click 3D you'll be prompted to update your 3D control. As a part of this, you can also download the latest and greatest bits of 3DVia from Dassault Systèmes (or go to the 3DVia download center on Live.com...
  • Blog Post: The Significance of trueSpace 7.6 and 700,000 Polygons

    This needs little explanation, but I wanted to share this with the Virtual Earth crowd to show the raw power of the trueSpace 7.6 rendering engine. The following video shows a rendering of 1500 frames which took only 15 minutes to complete all in real time display mode! The scene is a fantasy city with...
  • Blog Post: trueSpace & Virtual Earth Newbie Troubleshooting

    It's been a day since I announced trueSpace for Virtual Earth Development and I figured I'd post a few hiccups I had to overcome while developing my ever-so-cool Random Cubes . This won't be the end all support FAQs with trueSpace (you should go to their forums for that), but just a few tidbits that...
  • Blog Post: Announcing trueSpace for Virtual Earth 3D Development

    Today is a big day. BIG DAY. As you'll recall, several months ago we acquired Caligari because of their advanced 3D toolset - trueSpace (among other assets). I've always felt sketchy about other 3D freeware, so starting today trueSpace 7.6 is now available for download.....FOR FREE ! And, there is a...
  • Blog Post: Enable Virtual Earth Inertia

    Inertia is that cool spinning of the globe effect in Microsoft Virtual Earth 3D. Well, it's actually turned OFF by default so you wouldn't necessarily know that inertia is available in Virtual Earth but it is. Go figure. Here's how to enable it: Ensure you have the 3D add on installed. If you don't or...
  • Blog Post: 3D Models with Virtual Earth-3DVia

    Perhaps you know that Virtual Earth-3DVia by Dassault Systems is our software for creating models in Virtual Earth 3D ; perhaps you didn't. I haven't seen many models built out, but what I've seen have been okay - just okay. If you have some sweet models that you're proud of send the link to your collection...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth and WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation)

    Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) is an incredible new visualization technology from Microsoft and since we are "One Microsoft" with some extremely exciting user experience software coming to the forefront - see Silverlight , Seadragon (aka Deep Zoom) and Surface as examples - Virtual Earth...
  • Blog Post: Overcoming Proxy Issues with Microsoft Virtual Earth 3D

    Every now and again I get pinged by someone behind a firewall or proxy server that claims they can't install Virtual Earth 3D. I have some solutions that might overcome your problems. There WERE two problems with proxies and VE3D - (1) installing over a proxy and (2) retrieving tiles over a proxy once...
  • Blog Post: Weather Central and 3D Weather Broadcasts

    I've mentioned Weather Central in the past with regards to some of their killing broadcasts which use Virtual Earth as a backdrop. Well, I caught up with them at NAB and thought I'd post an update on some of their innovation. Here are some samples of where they've included Virtual Earth 3D as the backdrop...
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