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  • Blog Post: Rendering Static Virtual Earth Bird’s Eye Images

    It recently occurred to me that there is a misunderstanding within the Virtual Earth Web Service SDK that may lead you to believe that you could set the MapStyle enumeration to get a Bird’s eye image. Not the case. This is part of the method for getting tiles (not an actual map). So, via the Virtual...
  • Blog Post: Toggling 3D Weather in the Virtual Earth AJAX Control

    I had a few inquiries as to how one could programmatically turn weather off in the Virtual Earth AJAX Control. Didn’t know there was weather? Yes, turn on 3D by clicking the “3D” button on your favorite Virtual Earth web site (such as Live Search Maps ). Once you get down to a particular zoom level you...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control Sample Code

    As mentioned previously, I want to ensure the community has lots of code samples for the Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control. Well, apparently I wasn’t alone. Many folks have sent me their code samples and links to blogs, so I’ll go ahead and consolidate a few of them here: Johannes Kebeck (Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: CoDe Magazine: Virtual Earth 101

    Jim Duffy of TakeNote Technologies , and Microsoft MVP, wrote an in depth article for CoDe Magazine covering Microsoft Virtual Earth from the AJAX map control to the Virtual Earth Web Service . Now, most CoDe Magazine articles require a login for paid access, but after pulling a few strings the article...
  • Blog Post: Developing Virtual Earth Applications with C++

    My good friend Mark Riches from VizRT / Curious recently integrated Microsoft Virtual Earth into the Viz Curious Maps software for television production. They use Virtual Earth maps in broadcast scenarios all over the world. “ Viz Curious Maps is the broadcast industry’s de facto standard for the creation...
  • Blog Post: Routing in Virtual Earth Web Service

    I’ve been working on this one for a while and it kind of completes the basics for getting started with the Virtual Earth Web Service . The Routing Service in VEWS allows for route calculation and itinerary creation.  The following will get you started using the routing service. In this sample I...
  • Blog Post: Wii Integrate with Virtual Earth. Do you?

    I just read about how a Google Engineer apparently integrated Google Earth with Wii and "was able to get the Balance Board to talk to the program after decoding the Bluetooth packets being sent from the board .” Um, thankfully Brian Peek has done a write up for a supported a not “decoded” version...
  • 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: Deep Earth Released Into the Wild

    The open source project dubbed Deep Earth has been officially released . The project puts Microsoft Virtual Earth in a Silverlight UX allowing for incredible visual and scalable geospatial data visualization. DeepEarth is a mapping control powered by the combination of Microsoft’s Silverlight 2.0 platform...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth and XNA Game Development

    Here’s some sickness. I’m sure the first time you saw Microsoft Virtual Earth you were thinking, “Wow, is this going to integrate with Microsoft Flight Simulator ?” Then, if you’ve ever seen me or one of my colleagues demonstrate Virtual Earth 3D you’ve probably seen us show off our Xbox controller support...
  • Blog Post: Handling Geocoding Error Screens in Virtual Earth

    In the Virtual Earth AJAX control, there are certain screens that are somewhat hard to capture and control. We pride ourselves on the level of control we give our users, so here’s a little tidbit to hopefully help you retain what hair is left atop your head. I posted an entry a while back called Geocoding...
  • Blog Post: Thematic Mapping and Heat Maps with Virtual Earth

    I’ve had a couple inquiries about heat maps of late, so wanted to ensure people are aware of the capabilities enabled and resources available for creating heat maps with Virtual Earth. First off, my esteemed colleague Johannes Kebeck has just finished authoring a two part series on overlaying data atop...
  • Blog Post: Developing Virtual Earth iPhone Applications with Objective-C

    You’ve been waiting for this post. If you’ve tried doing any iPhone development with Virtual Earth you’ve probably been swearing up a storm, beating down your computer, and lost hours of sleep wondering how Loopt , Weather Central and now NMobile got their iPhone apps working. Well, Colin Cornaby from...
  • Blog Post: Pushpins and Virtual Earth Web Service Maps

    With the Virtual Earth Web Service not only can you get static maps via the Imagery Service , but you can add some of the default pushpins you see in Live Search Maps to the static map that is returned to you if you set the Pushpins as a part of the request. In the Imagery Service there are several options...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth @ PDC Demonstration Applications

    As promised during the Virtual Earth session Thursday at the PDC 2008 , we are making available all of the demos showed during the session. We've even included some BONUS content as well with demos that we did not get a chance to show at the PDC. Please note that these demos are released as is with...
  • Blog Post: Draggable Pushpins with Microsoft Virtual Earth

    Using Pushpin objects in Microsoft Virtual Earth is pretty straightforward – you pass in latitude and longitude coordinates and drop a pushpin on the map; however, what if you want to move the pin to a new location while it’s already planted on a map? You could have this requirement for any multitude...
  • Blog Post: Imagery Metadata and Reverse Geocoding with the Virtual Earth AJAX Control

    I couldn't think of a good way to break these apart, so I developed both imagery metadata (date of photography / imagery acquisition) and reverse geocoding (converting coordinates to the nearest address) together. Actually, I can think of many ways to get the reverse geocoding working without the imagery...
  • Blog Post: Geocoding with the Virtual Earth Web Service

    For those of you who may want to get access to the 85 million unique rooftop or parcel centroid accurate points we've aggregated in the Virtual Earth Web Service (VEWS), I figured it was only fair that I post a little something to help move you along. Hopefully, this helps you get past a sticking point...
  • Blog Post: Getting a Map with the Virtual Earth Web Service

    The most basic element of Virtual Earth - maps. The Virtual Earth AJAX control is pretty simple because you could just copy and paste code into notepad, save it and run it in a browser. Well, the Virtual Earth Web Service (VEWS) is a bit of a different animal. It uses WCF and WSDL to specify service...
  • Blog Post: Authentication and Tokens with Virtual Earth

    So, there's an MSDN technical article posted online showing users how to authenticate and grab tokens for their Virtual Earth application - Implementing Customer Identification . Microsoft Virtual Earth authentication is required for (1) Enterprise Customers with a Virtual Earth license; (2) access to...
  • Blog Post: Disabling the Bird's Eye View Indicator

    Microsoft Virtual Earth has a very helpful indicator window that lets you know when Bird's Eye View is available in a particular spot on the map; however, you may find the indicator annoying or a nuisance for smaller maps, so here's how you disable it. First, here's an application centered on Las Vegas...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth and Microsoft Commerce Server

    If you've visited us at the Microsoft booth at the Shop.org conference , you may have seen the Microsoft Virtual Earth demonstration application illustrating Microsoft Commerce Server 2007 and Virtual Earth working together. The concept for the application is based on inventory data in Commerce Server...
  • Blog Post: Measuring Households Affected By Flooding Rivers

    Water, water everywhere nor any drop to drink - Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. And, with all the water everywhere caused by hurricanes, melting ice, and thunderous storms leading to overflowing riverbeds, it's only right to visualize such information using a Microsoft Virtual...
  • Blog Post: Photosynth Released - Now, Let's Mash it with Virtual Earth

    Feel free to bypass my blog and download Photosynther now . Photosynther is the client software to create your own Photosynth's viewable in the browser. Some of this post may look familiar to you folks who leverage search engine cache, but I've added some Virtual Earth integration to the post so get...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Microsoft Virtual Earth ASP .Net Server Control

    Don't like JavaScript? You want your managed code with the new wave of AJAX maps? Well, the long awaited Virtual Earth ASP .Net Server Control is now available for download as a part of the Windows Live Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio . Here are some of the features and benefits of the control: Toolbox...
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