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Maps Blog — Jun 2008

  • June
    30

    The Virtual Earth Map Control is HUGE!...

    I was at a customer location recently and they asked me, "Why is your control so big? My performance is being hurt by having to reload this huge map control every time I load my page." Hmm, time to investigate.... I opened up Firebug in Firefox and took a quick peek at the Virtual Earth Map Control... 891kb!!! Wow! That is huge. Something's wrong. I'll give you the abridged version of what I found. Some corporate networks using proxy servers strip gzip compression . We use compression to shrink the size of the control to improve performance when distributing it to end users. If your proxy is removing the compression you get the 891kb version of the control (as seen above). The good news is most likely this WILL NOT filter down to your end users who are home using your web site - they'll be on a network connection without a proxy (or a broad proxy with compression honored); however, for your testing purposes you may see significant latency when downloading the control. You may also see a 891kb file! Don't freak out. Just send a nice e-mail to your friendly IT guys and ask them to enable gzip compression on the proxy server. With compression, the control is sized 202kb. So,... Read More I was at a customer location recently and they asked me, "Why is your control so big? My performance is being hurt by having to reload this huge map control every time I load my page." Hmm, time to investigate.... I opened up Firebug in Firefox and took a quick peek at the Virtual Earth Map Control... 891kb!!! Wow! That is huge. Something's wrong. I'll give you the abridged version of what I found. Some corporate networks using proxy servers strip gzip compression . We use compression to shrink the size of the control to improve performance when distributing it to end users. If your proxy is removing the compression you get the 891kb version of the control (as seen above). The good news is most likely this WILL NOT filter down to your end users who are home using your web site - they'll be on a network connection without a proxy (or a broad proxy with compression honored); however, for your testing purposes you may see significant latency when downloading the control. You may also see a 891kb file! Don't freak out. Just send a nice e-mail to your friendly IT guys and ask them to enable gzip compression on the proxy server. With compression, the control is sized 202kb. So,... Read More
  • June
    27

    ESRI Shapefile Layers on a Virtual Earth...

    Juan DoNeblo has the skinny on rendering your ESRI .shp files on Virtual Earth . This is a fantastic how-to that was posted back in April around the time of the ESRI Developers Summit . Microsoft has a strong partnership with ESRI as they are one of the top Microsoft ISVs . What's unique about the integration Juan depicts and what's been shown to date, is that Juan renders all of the information in vector format. Most folks rasterize their GIS data and use the map.AddTileLayer() method for viewing the data. The benefit of using VEShape class instead is that the vector information becomes interactive and you can use VE Map Events to provide additional information about each respective shape. In ESRI ArcGIS Server 9.3, you can natively render ESRI tiles (cache) onto Virtual Earth. In fact, I showed this in my ESRI Developer Summit Microsoft Special Interest Group presentation. I posted my ESRI Developers Summit 2008 Virtual Earth presentation to SlideShare (a nifty site for hosting presentations). You can view my code samples from the preso there. Now, the performance benefit is debatable because it depends on the number of vertices in your polygons / points in your vector data versus... Read More Juan DoNeblo has the skinny on rendering your ESRI .shp files on Virtual Earth . This is a fantastic how-to that was posted back in April around the time of the ESRI Developers Summit . Microsoft has a strong partnership with ESRI as they are one of the top Microsoft ISVs . What's unique about the integration Juan depicts and what's been shown to date, is that Juan renders all of the information in vector format. Most folks rasterize their GIS data and use the map.AddTileLayer() method for viewing the data. The benefit of using VEShape class instead is that the vector information becomes interactive and you can use VE Map Events to provide additional information about each respective shape. In ESRI ArcGIS Server 9.3, you can natively render ESRI tiles (cache) onto Virtual Earth. In fact, I showed this in my ESRI Developer Summit Microsoft Special Interest Group presentation. I posted my ESRI Developers Summit 2008 Virtual Earth presentation to SlideShare (a nifty site for hosting presentations). You can view my code samples from the preso there. Now, the performance benefit is debatable because it depends on the number of vertices in your polygons / points in your vector data versus... Read More
  • June
    26

    Microsoft Environment Group

    "Innovating to Improve the Planet." That's the mantra of the Microsoft Environment Group . Did you know about them? Their is sole focus is the environment and what we can do to improve it. In fact, their mission statement is posted on the main Microsoft Environment site : " At Microsoft, we believe in the potential of software and technology to help people and businesses around the world foster environmental sustainability. Discover how Microsoft and its partners use innovative technologies and responsible business practices to address environmental challenges worldwide. " Well, since we (The Virtual Earth Group) virtualize the world many of their projects have synergies with The Virtual Earth Platform . I figured it would be worth while to share a few of them: Microsoft Technology Powers Environmental Crisis–Response Tool - When a crisis strikes, timing is an organization's greatest resource, and often means the difference between containment and escalation. Enter JEPRS, the Joint Emergency Planning & Response System. Virtual Earth Brings Limited Water Resource into Focus - The new Microsoft Virtual Earth-based groundwater management tool is designed to... Read More "Innovating to Improve the Planet." That's the mantra of the Microsoft Environment Group . Did you know about them? Their is sole focus is the environment and what we can do to improve it. In fact, their mission statement is posted on the main Microsoft Environment site : " At Microsoft, we believe in the potential of software and technology to help people and businesses around the world foster environmental sustainability. Discover how Microsoft and its partners use innovative technologies and responsible business practices to address environmental challenges worldwide. " Well, since we (The Virtual Earth Group) virtualize the world many of their projects have synergies with The Virtual Earth Platform . I figured it would be worth while to share a few of them: Microsoft Technology Powers Environmental Crisis–Response Tool - When a crisis strikes, timing is an organization's greatest resource, and often means the difference between containment and escalation. Enter JEPRS, the Joint Emergency Planning & Response System. Virtual Earth Brings Limited Water Resource into Focus - The new Microsoft Virtual Earth-based groundwater management tool is designed to... Read More
  • June
    26

    Virtual Earth and Live Search Maps Vintage...

    Catherine Heller and I did these videos last year for Channel 10 and for some reason I never found out they were published...until today. They're still valid (for the most part) though much has changed with the Live UI. It can provide you with some Virtual Earth API and Live Search Maps enjoyment...at the very least you can watch us make fools of ourselves trying to be TV personalities. Get some popcorn. No, get Kettle Corn. That stuff is awesome! Just work it off later. ;-) Virtual Earth Virtual Earth Integration - So yesterday Catherine Heller and Chris Pendleton brought you the basics of Live Search Maps. Today is all about the integration. How does Live Search Maps work with other services in the Live Collection? All of those unanswered questions that have been keeping you up at night will all be answered today here on Channel 10. Live Search Maps Live Search Maps with Chris Pendleton on Channel 10 - Catherine Heller sits down with Chris Pendleton, he's the virtual earth technical evangelist here at Microsoft who talks about Live Search Maps. It's an integration of local listings for finding places of business, internet based search. It's got an integrated 3D browser. There is so... Read More Catherine Heller and I did these videos last year for Channel 10 and for some reason I never found out they were published...until today. They're still valid (for the most part) though much has changed with the Live UI. It can provide you with some Virtual Earth API and Live Search Maps enjoyment...at the very least you can watch us make fools of ourselves trying to be TV personalities. Get some popcorn. No, get Kettle Corn. That stuff is awesome! Just work it off later. ;-) Virtual Earth Virtual Earth Integration - So yesterday Catherine Heller and Chris Pendleton brought you the basics of Live Search Maps. Today is all about the integration. How does Live Search Maps work with other services in the Live Collection? All of those unanswered questions that have been keeping you up at night will all be answered today here on Channel 10. Live Search Maps Live Search Maps with Chris Pendleton on Channel 10 - Catherine Heller sits down with Chris Pendleton, he's the virtual earth technical evangelist here at Microsoft who talks about Live Search Maps. It's an integration of local listings for finding places of business, internet based search. It's got an integrated 3D browser. There is so... Read More
  • June
    25

    Virtual Earth and WPF (Code Samples)

    Marc Schweigert wrote a great blog post and provided some code samples for an application he wrote combining Virtual Earth and WPF . I absolutely had to post a traceback to his blog to get folks steered over to get the samples, because this is money. Yes, Marc, we're all looking forward to your Channel 9 Screencast of a code walk through, so don't keep us waiting. If you'd like to see a sample of WPF and Virtual Earth while you're sipping your latte, you can check out my previous post of Virtual Earth and WPF with a Silverlight Streaming video of the interaction. After watching this, there won't be many questions as to why I get excited about VE and WPF. CP Marc Schweigert wrote a great blog post and provided some code samples for an application he wrote combining Virtual Earth and WPF . I absolutely had to post a traceback to his blog to get folks steered over to get the samples, because this is money. Yes, Marc, we're all looking forward to your Channel 9 Screencast of a code walk through, so don't keep us waiting. If you'd like to see a sample of WPF and Virtual Earth while you're sipping your latte, you can check out my previous post of Virtual Earth and WPF with a Silverlight Streaming video of the interaction. After watching this, there won't be many questions as to why I get excited about VE and WPF. CP
  • June
    24

    Virtual Earth Imagery Release - June, 2008

    20TB of new imagery....laughable compared to the 69TB+ from May's Virtual Earth Imagery Release ; then again, when's the last time you transferred 20TB of data? :) Here's the list for June: Orthos (Microsoft UltraCam) Toledo, OH Iowa City, IA Independence, MO Gary/Hammond, IN Fort Wayne, IN Duluth, MN Orthos (non-UltraCam) Canada Halifax, NS Moncton, NB St. John, NB Halton, ON Muskoka, ON France West coast and Southern coast at 1m resolution. Corsica Guadeloupe Saint Barthelemy Martinique French Guiana Reunion Cities with 50,000 pop or greater at 50cm resolution. CA Amiens MTtropole CA Angers Loire MTtropole CA AnnTcienne CA BTziers MTditerranTe CA Bourges Plus CA Caen la Mer CA Castelroussine CA ChambTry MTtropole CA Charleville-Mezieres CA Clermont CommunautT CA d'+vreux CA d'OrlTans - Val de Loire CA de Bayonne Anglet Biarritz CA de Blois Agglopolis CA de Brive CA de ChGlons en Champagne CA de Colmar CA de la Narbonnaise CA de la Presqu'ele de GuTrande - Atlantique (CAP Atlantique) A de la RTgion de CompiFgne CA de la RTgion Dieppoise CA de La Rochelle CA de Lannion TrTgor CA de Limoges MTtropole CA de lÆArtois CA de lÆOuest de lÆ+tang de Berre CA de Metz MTtropole... Read More 20TB of new imagery....laughable compared to the 69TB+ from May's Virtual Earth Imagery Release ; then again, when's the last time you transferred 20TB of data? :) Here's the list for June: Orthos (Microsoft UltraCam) Toledo, OH Iowa City, IA Independence, MO Gary/Hammond, IN Fort Wayne, IN Duluth, MN Orthos (non-UltraCam) Canada Halifax, NS Moncton, NB St. John, NB Halton, ON Muskoka, ON France West coast and Southern coast at 1m resolution. Corsica Guadeloupe Saint Barthelemy Martinique French Guiana Reunion Cities with 50,000 pop or greater at 50cm resolution. CA Amiens MTtropole CA Angers Loire MTtropole CA AnnTcienne CA BTziers MTditerranTe CA Bourges Plus CA Caen la Mer CA Castelroussine CA ChambTry MTtropole CA Charleville-Mezieres CA Clermont CommunautT CA d'+vreux CA d'OrlTans - Val de Loire CA de Bayonne Anglet Biarritz CA de Blois Agglopolis CA de Brive CA de ChGlons en Champagne CA de Colmar CA de la Narbonnaise CA de la Presqu'ele de GuTrande - Atlantique (CAP Atlantique) A de la RTgion de CompiFgne CA de la RTgion Dieppoise CA de La Rochelle CA de Lannion TrTgor CA de Limoges MTtropole CA de lÆArtois CA de lÆOuest de lÆ+tang de Berre CA de Metz MTtropole... Read More
  • June
    23

    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. I had issues installing 3DVia to the point that 3DVia just rendered a black screen. My RAM had vanquished and I had to work in a subzero fridge so my CPU didn't catch my paltry video card aflame. 3DVia is a free download from Microsoft. You can get it on Live Search Maps when you click 3D in the navigation control (there's an option while you install the 3D plug-in); or, download it directly from the Virtual Earth-3DVia Download Page . In the meantime, I'll watch this video of what 3DVia can do and eat my sour grapes. In fact, the Dassault guys made the models (the new Microsoft France Headquarters) with 3DVia so they showed me who's boss. Um, can you "sick?!?"   I have an XPS with 256MB GeForce 8600 GPU (8800 not yet available) on order. 4GB RAM. 2.6Ghz Processor. You don't have to get something with this much brute force, but I plan to do quite a bit more 3D work... Read More 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. I had issues installing 3DVia to the point that 3DVia just rendered a black screen. My RAM had vanquished and I had to work in a subzero fridge so my CPU didn't catch my paltry video card aflame. 3DVia is a free download from Microsoft. You can get it on Live Search Maps when you click 3D in the navigation control (there's an option while you install the 3D plug-in); or, download it directly from the Virtual Earth-3DVia Download Page . In the meantime, I'll watch this video of what 3DVia can do and eat my sour grapes. In fact, the Dassault guys made the models (the new Microsoft France Headquarters) with 3DVia so they showed me who's boss. Um, can you "sick?!?"   I have an XPS with 256MB GeForce 8600 GPU (8800 not yet available) on order. 4GB RAM. 2.6Ghz Processor. You don't have to get something with this much brute force, but I plan to do quite a bit more 3D work... Read More
  • June
    23

    Publish Your Aerial Photography to Virtual...

    We're just starting a new program called "GoVE" which enables municipalities, state and local governments, aerial photographers, carrier pigeons, whoever, to share your imagery with Microsoft for publishing onto Virtual Earth the platform that powers thousands of enterprise applications, not to mention our own Live Search Maps . Now your imagery can be part of the Virtual Earth we're creating. Join in the world changing event that is Microsoft Virtual Earth. Here are some FAQs about the program: Why should we publish our imagery in VE? GoVE supports the data sharing goals of many public sector organizations by providing a free publishing service. Through GoVE, your taxpayer-funded information will be provided on a free, open access web site that benefits taxpayers, government officials, your corporate tax base, state and local governments, etc. Things like tourism, transportation, utilities, energy, emergency preparedness, natural resources management, and economic development can be assisted through the broad scale distribution of public data. What’s the process for getting my data in VE? · First, evaluate whether your imagery enhances our currently available data... Read More We're just starting a new program called "GoVE" which enables municipalities, state and local governments, aerial photographers, carrier pigeons, whoever, to share your imagery with Microsoft for publishing onto Virtual Earth the platform that powers thousands of enterprise applications, not to mention our own Live Search Maps . Now your imagery can be part of the Virtual Earth we're creating. Join in the world changing event that is Microsoft Virtual Earth. Here are some FAQs about the program: Why should we publish our imagery in VE? GoVE supports the data sharing goals of many public sector organizations by providing a free publishing service. Through GoVE, your taxpayer-funded information will be provided on a free, open access web site that benefits taxpayers, government officials, your corporate tax base, state and local governments, etc. Things like tourism, transportation, utilities, energy, emergency preparedness, natural resources management, and economic development can be assisted through the broad scale distribution of public data. What’s the process for getting my data in VE? · First, evaluate whether your imagery enhances our currently available data... Read More
  • June
    23

    MapPoint Web Service 4.7 SDK Released

    Friday we released an updated version of the MapPoint Web Service SDK 4.7 . There's nothing new in terms of functionality for the SOAP XML APIs, but we did update the docs to include a new version of the road network coverage. So, now you get a better idea of what the MapPoint Web Service Geographic Coverage is. You will now see the country and instead of a percentage (like what we used to provide which was somewhat useless) you will see a better descriptor such as "Full," "Capital Only," "Major Cities Only" or "Full, but missing [some area]." MapPoint Web Service only contains maps, so there's still no coverage map of our aerial photography or satellite imagery. You still get street-level geocoding coverage (Find Address), if you can create routes in the respective country (Routing) and what data source the data resides in - MapPoint.NA (North America), MapPoint.EU (Europe); MapPoint.AP (Asia Pacific {includes Australia}), MapPoint.BR (Brazil), and MapPoint.WorldRoutable (World Highways). We don't list MapPoint.Moon, but it's there if you want to build out a sick little application and win a Directions Magazine Web Mapping contest (scroll to... Read More Friday we released an updated version of the MapPoint Web Service SDK 4.7 . There's nothing new in terms of functionality for the SOAP XML APIs, but we did update the docs to include a new version of the road network coverage. So, now you get a better idea of what the MapPoint Web Service Geographic Coverage is. You will now see the country and instead of a percentage (like what we used to provide which was somewhat useless) you will see a better descriptor such as "Full," "Capital Only," "Major Cities Only" or "Full, but missing [some area]." MapPoint Web Service only contains maps, so there's still no coverage map of our aerial photography or satellite imagery. You still get street-level geocoding coverage (Find Address), if you can create routes in the respective country (Routing) and what data source the data resides in - MapPoint.NA (North America), MapPoint.EU (Europe); MapPoint.AP (Asia Pacific {includes Australia}), MapPoint.BR (Brazil), and MapPoint.WorldRoutable (World Highways). We don't list MapPoint.Moon, but it's there if you want to build out a sick little application and win a Directions Magazine Web Mapping contest (scroll to... Read More
  • June
    23

    UK Celebrity Spotter

    The MSN Entertainment Team in The UK rolled their Celebrity Spotter out a bit ago, but has been getting good traffic, they continue to keep the feed of information updated and it has Virtual Earth as the interface for finding data. The concept is about keeping track of celebrity appearances over the course of the next four weeks. You can choose from one of the following categories of people to follow: Arts, Awards, Fashion, Film, Media, Music, Parties, Society and Royal, Sport and Stage; or, you can just Select All. I have some major revisions for this. Like, why can't I search for a name? I looked in Music and found the loveable Amy Winehouse as one of the results. And, there has to be a ton more data - are there really only 6 concerts over the course of the next 4 weeks in the whole UK? The birthplace of The Beatles, Punk Rock and Morrissey (my long lost brother!)? And, what's with the weird cones? Seriously, why hasn't anyone perfected the event locator? Can I get an aggregator of events (both big and small) to step forward? Alright, while I question some of the design and content choices by the MSN Entertainment Team what data they use is pretty stellar. And, FWIW, I chose "Society... Read More The MSN Entertainment Team in The UK rolled their Celebrity Spotter out a bit ago, but has been getting good traffic, they continue to keep the feed of information updated and it has Virtual Earth as the interface for finding data. The concept is about keeping track of celebrity appearances over the course of the next four weeks. You can choose from one of the following categories of people to follow: Arts, Awards, Fashion, Film, Media, Music, Parties, Society and Royal, Sport and Stage; or, you can just Select All. I have some major revisions for this. Like, why can't I search for a name? I looked in Music and found the loveable Amy Winehouse as one of the results. And, there has to be a ton more data - are there really only 6 concerts over the course of the next 4 weeks in the whole UK? The birthplace of The Beatles, Punk Rock and Morrissey (my long lost brother!)? And, what's with the weird cones? Seriously, why hasn't anyone perfected the event locator? Can I get an aggregator of events (both big and small) to step forward? Alright, while I question some of the design and content choices by the MSN Entertainment Team what data they use is pretty stellar. And, FWIW, I chose "Society... Read More
  • June
    20

    Darden Restaurants

    It's Friday and a rare sunny, beautiful day in Redmond. I'm feeling good and will be hitting the outdoors as soon as possible - we tend to cut our days short when the sun comes out. Perhaps this is why response times from me are shorter in the summer. Oh, so back to my point, Bahama Breeze is a place I love to eat at outdoors. There's only one near Seattle and it's in Tukwila which is about 25 minutes from Redmond (and Seattle) near the airport. I see it every time I come and go from the SeaTac Airport but it's just not Caribbean enough in Seattle for me to frequently get in the mood....until today. And, now I can use the Bahama Breeze store locator powered by Virtual Earth. In fact, I can search for Bahama Breeze AND any of the Darden Restaurant Brands . Check out the list of Darden Restaurants below that now use Virtual Earth to help users find their restaurants. Darden is one of those companies that owns all these great places you frequent and don't realize that they are all owned by someone else. Did you know Abercrombie and Fitch owns Hollister ? Qdoba is owned by Jack in the Box ? Capital Grille is one of my favorite restaurants! Their "Wedge" Salad with blue cheese... Read More It's Friday and a rare sunny, beautiful day in Redmond. I'm feeling good and will be hitting the outdoors as soon as possible - we tend to cut our days short when the sun comes out. Perhaps this is why response times from me are shorter in the summer. Oh, so back to my point, Bahama Breeze is a place I love to eat at outdoors. There's only one near Seattle and it's in Tukwila which is about 25 minutes from Redmond (and Seattle) near the airport. I see it every time I come and go from the SeaTac Airport but it's just not Caribbean enough in Seattle for me to frequently get in the mood....until today. And, now I can use the Bahama Breeze store locator powered by Virtual Earth. In fact, I can search for Bahama Breeze AND any of the Darden Restaurant Brands . Check out the list of Darden Restaurants below that now use Virtual Earth to help users find their restaurants. Darden is one of those companies that owns all these great places you frequent and don't realize that they are all owned by someone else. Did you know Abercrombie and Fitch owns Hollister ? Qdoba is owned by Jack in the Box ? Capital Grille is one of my favorite restaurants! Their "Wedge" Salad with blue cheese... Read More
  • June
    19

    Photo Geotagging on Surface with Virtual...

    Devin Coldewey has a great write-up on some new things the Surface team rolled out including their new SDK. But, more relevantly, a photo geotagging application for Surface using Virtual Earth . Per Coldewey, " Next we saw probably one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while. Essentially a geotagged photos viewing application, it had Virtual Earth (very fun to play with, as I did without permission for a bit) and spread across the world were little photos. The photos were placed on the map exactly where they were taken and they could be selected by hand gestures, or filtered by other means so that only, say, panoramic photos taken in 2007 would show up. " That IS pretty cool! CP Technorati Tags: Microsoft , Virtual Earth , Maps , Surface Devin Coldewey has a great write-up on some new things the Surface team rolled out including their new SDK. But, more relevantly, a photo geotagging application for Surface using Virtual Earth . Per Coldewey, " Next we saw probably one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while. Essentially a geotagged photos viewing application, it had Virtual Earth (very fun to play with, as I did without permission for a bit) and spread across the world were little photos. The photos were placed on the map exactly where they were taken and they could be selected by hand gestures, or filtered by other means so that only, say, panoramic photos taken in 2007 would show up. " That IS pretty cool! CP Technorati Tags: Microsoft , Virtual Earth , Maps , Surface
  • June
    19

    Virtual Earth Staging Environment

    We've officially launched our staging environment which allow you to access Virtual Earth features without incurring transaction costs for hitting production. Plus, we can stage new features allowing you to new stuff and regression test for backwards compatibility. Here's the official communication from the product group: " Better Reporting for Better Business Intelligence The Microsoft Virtual Earth Customer Identification feature is an important part of the Virtual Earth platform. This feature allows you to access and view reports detailing your application’s platform usage from the Virtual Earth Platform Customer Services site. These reports display information about your Virtual Earth Platform usage, including both MapPoint Web Service transactions and Virtual Earth map control transactions. As a licensed customer, you are required to use this identification feature as part of your service level agreement. It’s a convenient and accurate way to track how your investment is being utilized. Benefits for licensed customers: · Access to transaction reporting · More accurate billing and auditing for customers without an unlimited usage license · Access... Read More We've officially launched our staging environment which allow you to access Virtual Earth features without incurring transaction costs for hitting production. Plus, we can stage new features allowing you to new stuff and regression test for backwards compatibility. Here's the official communication from the product group: " Better Reporting for Better Business Intelligence The Microsoft Virtual Earth Customer Identification feature is an important part of the Virtual Earth platform. This feature allows you to access and view reports detailing your application’s platform usage from the Virtual Earth Platform Customer Services site. These reports display information about your Virtual Earth Platform usage, including both MapPoint Web Service transactions and Virtual Earth map control transactions. As a licensed customer, you are required to use this identification feature as part of your service level agreement. It’s a convenient and accurate way to track how your investment is being utilized. Benefits for licensed customers: · Access to transaction reporting · More accurate billing and auditing for customers without an unlimited usage license · Access... Read More
  • June
    18

    Lots of Virtual Earth and Silverlight Development...

    I'm seeing lots of Virtual Earth integration in Silverlight light. And, I have to say I LOVE IT. Today is no exception. IDV Solutions just launched their Silverlight Map Viewer which is their new interface for their Visual Fusion Server product. This is a big move for IDV as most of their stack is Microsoft technology and the Flash interface was one of the remaining artifacts in moving to a complete Microsoft stack. What else? How about Soul Solutions who published Deep Earth on CodePlex ? Deep Earth is an open source community project that combines the interactive experience in Silverlight 2 Deep Zoom with photo tiles from Virtual Earth. This actually featured on Channel 9 - " DeepEarth: Virtual Earth using Silverlight Deep Zoom ." IS Consulting makers of MapDotNet have their own MapDotNet Silverlight interface for Virtual Earth and GIS data, as well. Infusion Development has invested quite a bit of time in Virtual Earth (as you may have noticed in the Virtual Earth Developer Forums ) and has developed a few applications already using Silverlight. I get posed the question all the time, "Chris, when is Microsoft going to release the Microsoft Virtual Earth Silverlight... Read More I'm seeing lots of Virtual Earth integration in Silverlight light. And, I have to say I LOVE IT. Today is no exception. IDV Solutions just launched their Silverlight Map Viewer which is their new interface for their Visual Fusion Server product. This is a big move for IDV as most of their stack is Microsoft technology and the Flash interface was one of the remaining artifacts in moving to a complete Microsoft stack. What else? How about Soul Solutions who published Deep Earth on CodePlex ? Deep Earth is an open source community project that combines the interactive experience in Silverlight 2 Deep Zoom with photo tiles from Virtual Earth. This actually featured on Channel 9 - " DeepEarth: Virtual Earth using Silverlight Deep Zoom ." IS Consulting makers of MapDotNet have their own MapDotNet Silverlight interface for Virtual Earth and GIS data, as well. Infusion Development has invested quite a bit of time in Virtual Earth (as you may have noticed in the Virtual Earth Developer Forums ) and has developed a few applications already using Silverlight. I get posed the question all the time, "Chris, when is Microsoft going to release the Microsoft Virtual Earth Silverlight... Read More
  • June
    17

    Virtual Earth and WPF (Windows Presentation...

    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 is being the fifth of the beautiful interfaces in our UX arsenal why not marry some of them? Well, I showed Silverlight and Virtual Earth at the MIX conference this year. Well, here's a 3D demonstration put together by Identity Mine for Accruent illustrating exactly why Virtual Earth and WPF can change the way we mine, examine and visualize data. The application illustrates ways of doing what you do today, but in a 3-dimensional presentation. Stepping through the video, you'll see the following on a Virtual Earth map in 3D WPF grace. Plot customers on a map with 3D pins Radius search - visualizing the radius and changing the radius by simply pulling on the band Drive-time Area - a drive time search 10 minutes from the center point of the original radius search Visualizing demographic data on the map with 3D size, shapes and colors Filtering demographics data on the map to change size... Read More 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 is being the fifth of the beautiful interfaces in our UX arsenal why not marry some of them? Well, I showed Silverlight and Virtual Earth at the MIX conference this year. Well, here's a 3D demonstration put together by Identity Mine for Accruent illustrating exactly why Virtual Earth and WPF can change the way we mine, examine and visualize data. The application illustrates ways of doing what you do today, but in a 3-dimensional presentation. Stepping through the video, you'll see the following on a Virtual Earth map in 3D WPF grace. Plot customers on a map with 3D pins Radius search - visualizing the radius and changing the radius by simply pulling on the band Drive-time Area - a drive time search 10 minutes from the center point of the original radius search Visualizing demographic data on the map with 3D size, shapes and colors Filtering demographics data on the map to change size... Read More