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First, you'll want to authenticate using our tokening system. This requires a SOAP request to authenticate (HTTP Digest Authentication) and get a token back in the response which you can the stick in your URL for the Virtual Earth Map Control. There's a MSDN Technical Article on Implementing Customer Identification which you should review. There is even a version for Virtual Earth Supporting Files for Java to Implement Customer Identification.
Now the articles show you how to drop the token into the URL string, but you're hitting the image server URL directly, so you'll need to add the token id as a parameter in the image URL string like this:
Where tokenid is the token returned from Virtual Earth's authentication system.
So, let's say you get back the tokenID, 1234567. Your final image URL string for every image you're requesting would look something like this:
By adding this, you begin to conform to the terms of your contract, allow us to accurately track your usage (which could benefit your contract negotiations!) and allow you to accurately report on just how much traffic your site is REALLY getting and thus justify more budget to develop even cooler apps, Now, go make it happen.
Nice timing Chris - this is exactly what our prospect will need since there appears to be no VE mobile device API.
Would a VE contract cover direct access to the tiles for Mobile devices as well?
The Virtual Earth tile server was the perfect system to demonstrate seamless integratation of location information in gpuViewer (a photo viewer/databaser). I've always been worried that I would have to be ready to change to something else, so it is very good news that this type of access gets recognized.
Who should I contact to sort out the details and make gpuViewer use the tile server in the appropriate manner, all with signed contracts ?
In your Mix presentation you mentioned a supported Virtual Earth Silverlight control. Is this still on the books? If so can I get a ballpark release date? Even just a year would be helpful.
The MapDotNet Silverlight and WPF controls are in Beta right now, so this is GREAT news. We'll have demos out on our website again within a week, demonstrating the type of rich, interactive user experiences these capabilities will deliver.
Visit our blog at www.mapdotnet.com.
We're currently not licensing our mobile tile set.
For licensing information send mail to email@example.com.
I can't discuss the future of Virtual Earth and Silverlight.
Does the tile server accept a POST with a form-encoded parameter for token rather than adding it to the url?
I've had problems with caching not working because the url is constantly changing (every time the token changes)
MerickOWA - you can always use the supported method: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc980937.aspx.
Much thanks for helping avoid a big code rewrite aka nervous breakdown :D
Going one step further for tracking what customers are up to, ie who is costing the most! ...is a similar method possible for the customer-defined field?
If something like "&custid=x" is possible that would be great!
I would like to use imagery service from java enabled phones ( e.g nokia) for a commercial application. my question is:
- is it technically possible?
- can I buy a license for this kind of application?
Yes and Yes!
Thanks of shairing good and lovely information. These information is very lovely and beautiful.
Thank you for the infos
instead of using a temporary token as shown in the example, I want to use a static application key. Which key word I have to use instead of "token" in the url?
Thanks in advance!
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