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Maps Blog — Oct 2008

  • October
    31

    Finding Haunted Houses with Virtual Earth

    Halloween is BY FAR my favorite holiday, so I find it only appropriate to publish a little something to help spread the holiday fear. A few years ago we published a Halloween Map (aka The Haunted Map), but we’re not doing it this year (and haven’t in 3 years). This year, I’m simply going to show you a very useful feature built into Internet Explorer 7 and the Windows Live Toolbar that allows you to go to any haunted web site, select the address and view the haunted house in Bird’s Eye! The best and most up to date site I found is Haunted House Online powered by Haunt World . Now, going to either one of these sites will definitely put you in the mood to scare and be scared so check them out just for the content alone. But, what about the maps?!? Okay, so, I’m in Internet Explorer 7 and I have the latest Windows Live Toolbar installed – it’s in beta, but the whole beta suite of the Windows Live Suite (Mail, Movie Maker, Family Safety, Writer, Messenger, Toolbar, Photo Gallery – all free) are absolutely money. Did you know you can set a custom sound (signature sound) that all your friends hear when you log in to messenger? I’m getting off track.  The site has a map that you can click... Read More Halloween is BY FAR my favorite holiday, so I find it only appropriate to publish a little something to help spread the holiday fear. A few years ago we published a Halloween Map (aka The Haunted Map), but we’re not doing it this year (and haven’t in 3 years). This year, I’m simply going to show you a very useful feature built into Internet Explorer 7 and the Windows Live Toolbar that allows you to go to any haunted web site, select the address and view the haunted house in Bird’s Eye! The best and most up to date site I found is Haunted House Online powered by Haunt World . Now, going to either one of these sites will definitely put you in the mood to scare and be scared so check them out just for the content alone. But, what about the maps?!? Okay, so, I’m in Internet Explorer 7 and I have the latest Windows Live Toolbar installed – it’s in beta, but the whole beta suite of the Windows Live Suite (Mail, Movie Maker, Family Safety, Writer, Messenger, Toolbar, Photo Gallery – all free) are absolutely money. Did you know you can set a custom sound (signature sound) that all your friends hear when you log in to messenger? I’m getting off track.  The site has a map that you can click... Read More
  • October
    30

    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 no support. Also be sure to go get yourself a Virtual Earth Developer Evaluation Account when you begin to work with the Virtual Earth Web Service demos. Also, be sure to check out the Virtual Earth Web Services SDK on MSDN for more details on how to develop your applications. Here is a link to Mark Brown's SkyDrive for the samples. Go get them and start developing! CP 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 no support. Also be sure to go get yourself a Virtual Earth Developer Evaluation Account when you begin to work with the Virtual Earth Web Service demos. Also, be sure to check out the Virtual Earth Web Services SDK on MSDN for more details on how to develop your applications. Here is a link to Mark Brown's SkyDrive for the samples. Go get them and start developing! CP
  • October
    29

    Virtual Earth and Microsoft’s Single View...

    There’s a new initiative at Microsoft to bring together different parts of the company under a single umbrella to prove the whole is greater than the sum of all it’s parts. The Public Sector initiative, dubbed “ The Single View Platform ” brings several different Microsoft products together to form a SUPER geographically-based, data visualization product suite. A single, geographic view of complex information and data sets across multiple roles, locations, and user interfaces can improve agency communication, collaboration, and decision-making to increase the success of essential initiatives. A solution that puts information in a single geographic context requires: Comprehensible visual presentation of data. Access to real-time or near real-time information. Integration of multiple information sets from disparate sources. Sharing information inside and outside the agency, with restricted access controls. Interoperability with existing and legacy systems. The ideal solution should provide cross-domain awareness of threats, activities, programs, and the status of personnel and assets—independent of agency type and location. With its map-based, geospatial presentation, Microsoft Single... Read More There’s a new initiative at Microsoft to bring together different parts of the company under a single umbrella to prove the whole is greater than the sum of all it’s parts. The Public Sector initiative, dubbed “ The Single View Platform ” brings several different Microsoft products together to form a SUPER geographically-based, data visualization product suite. A single, geographic view of complex information and data sets across multiple roles, locations, and user interfaces can improve agency communication, collaboration, and decision-making to increase the success of essential initiatives. A solution that puts information in a single geographic context requires: Comprehensible visual presentation of data. Access to real-time or near real-time information. Integration of multiple information sets from disparate sources. Sharing information inside and outside the agency, with restricted access controls. Interoperability with existing and legacy systems. The ideal solution should provide cross-domain awareness of threats, activities, programs, and the status of personnel and assets—independent of agency type and location. With its map-based, geospatial presentation, Microsoft Single... Read More
  • October
    29

    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 was ever a way to grasp how little we really are, this will certainly help put things in perspective. You thought flying around in Virtual Earth 3D was cool? Wait until you fly around the known universe in 3D. o Here's a list of the features: 3D Navigation from Earth, thru the Solar system, to the stars and out beyond the Milky Way, rendered in real time with lighting. This mode is just mind-blowing (helmet required)! More than double the data from the initial release. Tons of new studies, surveys, panoramas and more. Enhanced animation in tours. Just set position and properties for start and end of slide and WWT animates the tweens for you. Multi-level undo/redo in tour authoring. Copy/paste from Microsoft Office and more. Full screen mode (F11 toggles) + make your own desktop backdrops with a click of the mouse. Improvements & bug fixes across all features of the product. Silverlight... Read More 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 was ever a way to grasp how little we really are, this will certainly help put things in perspective. You thought flying around in Virtual Earth 3D was cool? Wait until you fly around the known universe in 3D. o Here's a list of the features: 3D Navigation from Earth, thru the Solar system, to the stars and out beyond the Milky Way, rendered in real time with lighting. This mode is just mind-blowing (helmet required)! More than double the data from the initial release. Tons of new studies, surveys, panoramas and more. Enhanced animation in tours. Just set position and properties for start and end of slide and WWT animates the tweens for you. Multi-level undo/redo in tour authoring. Copy/paste from Microsoft Office and more. Full screen mode (F11 toggles) + make your own desktop backdrops with a click of the mouse. Improvements & bug fixes across all features of the product. Silverlight... Read More
  • October
    28

    Microsoft Software Pirates Beware

    Microsoft Virtual Earth will find you…. A week ago, The Microsoft Anti-Piracy Group launched Global Anti-Piracy Day (Oct. 21). Okay, I’m a week late AND, to be clear, this has nothing to do with Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sept. 19) - it is quite the antithesis, in fact. Seriously, though, the team works relentlessly to prevent software piracy which affects both software vendors (such as Microsoft) as it does consumers who buy pirated, thus unlicensed and unsupported, software thinking it’s legit. In their efforts to better illustrate the endeavors underway, The Anti-Piracy Team created the Global Anti-Piracy Day Interactive Map using Microsoft Virtual Earth . The map application highlights Anti-Piracy Case Files (red dots - juicy stuff) and Customer Stories (blue dots – sad stories). Roll over any dot to see details about happenings in each of the 49 countries to get detailed information about the legal actions, education efforts and customer reactions. A bit about the Global Anti-Piracy Day, “ Microsoft is taking these steps as part of its commitment to working with communities, national governments and local law enforcement agencies around the world to protect its customers and partners... Read More Microsoft Virtual Earth will find you…. A week ago, The Microsoft Anti-Piracy Group launched Global Anti-Piracy Day (Oct. 21). Okay, I’m a week late AND, to be clear, this has nothing to do with Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sept. 19) - it is quite the antithesis, in fact. Seriously, though, the team works relentlessly to prevent software piracy which affects both software vendors (such as Microsoft) as it does consumers who buy pirated, thus unlicensed and unsupported, software thinking it’s legit. In their efforts to better illustrate the endeavors underway, The Anti-Piracy Team created the Global Anti-Piracy Day Interactive Map using Microsoft Virtual Earth . The map application highlights Anti-Piracy Case Files (red dots - juicy stuff) and Customer Stories (blue dots – sad stories). Roll over any dot to see details about happenings in each of the 49 countries to get detailed information about the legal actions, education efforts and customer reactions. A bit about the Global Anti-Piracy Day, “ Microsoft is taking these steps as part of its commitment to working with communities, national governments and local law enforcement agencies around the world to protect its customers and partners... Read More
  • October
    28

    Draggable Pushpins with Microsoft Virtual...

    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 of reasons – correcting a inaccurate or interpolated geocode, ease of use for allowing users to move pins to correct the origin or destination of a route or moving a location to then regenerate spatial query analysis (demographic or other) based on the new location. Sweet, huh? Here’s a map with two pins. Now, let’s say you want to just click on the pushpin in Dallas and move it to Seattle. You simply click the pushpin, hold down the mouse button and move the pushpin to Seattle. Simple! While the food in Dallas is amazing, the pushpin will be much happier here in Seattle for a multitude of other reasons – this is all based on my spatial analysis I mentioned Here’s the code: <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" " http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd" > <html>    <head>      ... Read More 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 of reasons – correcting a inaccurate or interpolated geocode, ease of use for allowing users to move pins to correct the origin or destination of a route or moving a location to then regenerate spatial query analysis (demographic or other) based on the new location. Sweet, huh? Here’s a map with two pins. Now, let’s say you want to just click on the pushpin in Dallas and move it to Seattle. You simply click the pushpin, hold down the mouse button and move the pushpin to Seattle. Simple! While the food in Dallas is amazing, the pushpin will be much happier here in Seattle for a multitude of other reasons – this is all based on my spatial analysis I mentioned Here’s the code: <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" " http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd" > <html>    <head>      ... Read More
  • October
    27

    The Cincinnati Enquirer

    Well, the Bengals are once again the Bungles but that doesn’t mean the city can’t celebrate something else…how about their new launch of Microsoft Virtual Earth into Cincinnati.com ?!? That’s right, Cincinnati – a beautiful downtown city, I might add – has just added the ability to view all kinds of interesting data about Cinci with their CinciNavigator application . This site has tons of data to view about different aspects of the city ranging from news stories to gas prices to dog licenses! You see, Cinci gets it. There’s all of this data in the public domain that has a geographic context, so what better way to view it than on a map? Ok, so yes, I turned all of their data layers to illustrate how much stuff is packed into this application, but let’s get practical and see these features. First off, the checkbox dashboard application makes the site super simple to use. By clicking on a checkbox in the respective category you’ll get the set of pins representing the data feed. For the current release, the have the following data feeds being fed into the map: News: News Stories Property Sales Smoking Complaints (love this) New Business (now this is useful!) Dog Licenses Traffic: Live Traffic... Read More Well, the Bengals are once again the Bungles but that doesn’t mean the city can’t celebrate something else…how about their new launch of Microsoft Virtual Earth into Cincinnati.com ?!? That’s right, Cincinnati – a beautiful downtown city, I might add – has just added the ability to view all kinds of interesting data about Cinci with their CinciNavigator application . This site has tons of data to view about different aspects of the city ranging from news stories to gas prices to dog licenses! You see, Cinci gets it. There’s all of this data in the public domain that has a geographic context, so what better way to view it than on a map? Ok, so yes, I turned all of their data layers to illustrate how much stuff is packed into this application, but let’s get practical and see these features. First off, the checkbox dashboard application makes the site super simple to use. By clicking on a checkbox in the respective category you’ll get the set of pins representing the data feed. For the current release, the have the following data feeds being fed into the map: News: News Stories Property Sales Smoking Complaints (love this) New Business (now this is useful!) Dog Licenses Traffic: Live Traffic... Read More
  • October
    25

    Live Image Search Adds Virtual Earth

    Microsoft Virtual Earth just crossed into another Live Search domain - Image Search . Live Image Search just added a Virtual Earth map to image results for certain major cities and landmarks. For points of interest such as Space Needle , Statue of Liberty or Pacific Beach , you'll get a Bird's Eye image of the respective location. If you don't see a Bird's Eye image and you're searching through a major city you still may have the opportunity to map out certain pictures in the result set that have been geospatially annotated and placed onto an overview map. If this is the case, you'll see normal image search results, but at the top of the result list is a link for "Show Map." You can click this to drop the respective geospatially annotated images onto a map. For any given image on the map you can also click on it for a larger version and metadata about the image (if available). Obviously, if you don't like the map and find it somewhat irrelevant to image search there's a "Hide Map" link as well; but, who would do that??? It's kind of like the most gigantic photo mapping mashup ever! Well, it certainly has the makings to be. The Live Search Blog has more information... Read More Microsoft Virtual Earth just crossed into another Live Search domain - Image Search . Live Image Search just added a Virtual Earth map to image results for certain major cities and landmarks. For points of interest such as Space Needle , Statue of Liberty or Pacific Beach , you'll get a Bird's Eye image of the respective location. If you don't see a Bird's Eye image and you're searching through a major city you still may have the opportunity to map out certain pictures in the result set that have been geospatially annotated and placed onto an overview map. If this is the case, you'll see normal image search results, but at the top of the result list is a link for "Show Map." You can click this to drop the respective geospatially annotated images onto a map. For any given image on the map you can also click on it for a larger version and metadata about the image (if available). Obviously, if you don't like the map and find it somewhat irrelevant to image search there's a "Hide Map" link as well; but, who would do that??? It's kind of like the most gigantic photo mapping mashup ever! Well, it certainly has the makings to be. The Live Search Blog has more information... Read More
  • October
    24

    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. I need to book a ticket to Ottawa to go stand in this thing and experience it first hand. CP 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. I need to book a ticket to Ottawa to go stand in this thing and experience it first hand. CP
  • October
    22

    Live Search Maps China - New Features!

    The Live Search Maps China site just got some improvements. Innovation is burning like wildfire worldwide. Driving Direction – New! Country-wide (mainland China) road coverage Inter-city (e.g. Beijing to Shanghai ) and intra-city (e.g. Tiananmen to Bird's Nest in Beijing ) directions Multi-point directions (e.g. Tiananmen to Bird’s Nest to MS office ) New data pipeline for China driving data Transit Direction Improved performance by reducing engine average response time by 27% without quality degradation China is now the first VE market to ship both Driving and Transit Directions VE China API Enabled server side logging for VE China API . Upgraded China API to latest V6.2 Real-time traffic: Added coverage for Shanghai - We now provide real-time traffic for Beijing and Shanghai . Send-to-mobile Switched to new SMS channel with better coverage (GSM and CDMA) and higher success rate (>97%) Local Search Improved Coverage for Map Answer and Phonebook Answer Map Answer triggered by query pattern “location + map (地图)”, e.g. search for “北京 地图” Rich UX in Phonebook Answer with map thumbnail (currently at 5% flight), e.g. search for “上海 ATM”... Read More The Live Search Maps China site just got some improvements. Innovation is burning like wildfire worldwide. Driving Direction – New! Country-wide (mainland China) road coverage Inter-city (e.g. Beijing to Shanghai ) and intra-city (e.g. Tiananmen to Bird's Nest in Beijing ) directions Multi-point directions (e.g. Tiananmen to Bird’s Nest to MS office ) New data pipeline for China driving data Transit Direction Improved performance by reducing engine average response time by 27% without quality degradation China is now the first VE market to ship both Driving and Transit Directions VE China API Enabled server side logging for VE China API . Upgraded China API to latest V6.2 Real-time traffic: Added coverage for Shanghai - We now provide real-time traffic for Beijing and Shanghai . Send-to-mobile Switched to new SMS channel with better coverage (GSM and CDMA) and higher success rate (>97%) Local Search Improved Coverage for Map Answer and Phonebook Answer Map Answer triggered by query pattern “location + map (地图)”, e.g. search for “北京 地图” Rich UX in Phonebook Answer with map thumbnail (currently at 5% flight), e.g. search for “上海 ATM”... Read More
  • October
    21

    Virtual Earth @ PDC (Professional Developers...

    Virtual Earth will have a presence at PDC 2008 in Los Angeles, CA from October 27-30. We'll have a booth staffed by 2 of the guys who helped build the Virtual Earth platform (plus some marketing folks). They will also be at the ask the experts (un)session of the show. There's a Virtual Earth session for you to learn about our platform for building out your apps. Here's the abstract: Live Services: Deep Dive on Microsoft Virtual Earth Mark Brown Learn about the next major release of Virtual Earth. See the improvements to our parsing and geocoding engines, clustering, localization, and routing. Hear how the new Virtual Earth Web Services provide server-side support for building location-based applications on desktops and mobile devices. Tags: Advanced, Live Services, Virtual Earth Register for PDC here: http://microsoftpdc.com/Registration/ . CP Virtual Earth will have a presence at PDC 2008 in Los Angeles, CA from October 27-30. We'll have a booth staffed by 2 of the guys who helped build the Virtual Earth platform (plus some marketing folks). They will also be at the ask the experts (un)session of the show. There's a Virtual Earth session for you to learn about our platform for building out your apps. Here's the abstract: Live Services: Deep Dive on Microsoft Virtual Earth Mark Brown Learn about the next major release of Virtual Earth. See the improvements to our parsing and geocoding engines, clustering, localization, and routing. Hear how the new Virtual Earth Web Services provide server-side support for building location-based applications on desktops and mobile devices. Tags: Advanced, Live Services, Virtual Earth Register for PDC here: http://microsoftpdc.com/Registration/ . CP
  • October
    18

    Live Search Maps Argentina is Live!

    Argentina now has it's own Live Search Maps beta site. I'm a little late getting this on the blog, but better late than never. Plus, since I'm a little late to the game there's a good chance you didn't know about it either, so let's dig in.  This site comes with geocoding places and addresses, road maps, satellite imagery and photography and traffic incident and flow information. In terms of content, this is what you get which is a great framework to build on. Also, I should point out, don't miss the right-click menu. Within the right-click menu you can add pushpins to the map which then fires off the whole Collections feature. Those of you who have used Live Search Maps in the US are well versed in how Collections allow you to login with your Windows Live ID and store your points, polylines and polygons in a cloud service we host and are available to you when you return. With Collections you can also create new lists (200 items per collection) with descriptions, URLs and photos. On the collections panel, under the Acciones (or actions) menu you can Propiedades (rename your collection and give it a description), Mostrar todo (map all your points), Enviar por email (send the collection... Read More Argentina now has it's own Live Search Maps beta site. I'm a little late getting this on the blog, but better late than never. Plus, since I'm a little late to the game there's a good chance you didn't know about it either, so let's dig in.  This site comes with geocoding places and addresses, road maps, satellite imagery and photography and traffic incident and flow information. In terms of content, this is what you get which is a great framework to build on. Also, I should point out, don't miss the right-click menu. Within the right-click menu you can add pushpins to the map which then fires off the whole Collections feature. Those of you who have used Live Search Maps in the US are well versed in how Collections allow you to login with your Windows Live ID and store your points, polylines and polygons in a cloud service we host and are available to you when you return. With Collections you can also create new lists (200 items per collection) with descriptions, URLs and photos. On the collections panel, under the Acciones (or actions) menu you can Propiedades (rename your collection and give it a description), Mostrar todo (map all your points), Enviar por email (send the collection... Read More
  • October
    16

    400: Bad Request for Virtual Earth Web...

    I've been getting quite a few messages about this "400: Bad Request" error people are seeing when trying to reference the Virtual Earth Web Service, more specifically when trying to fetch tokens so it's worth posting a little something on how to fix it. Specifically, the error is, " There was an error downloading ' http://staging.common.virtualearth.net/find-30/common.asmx' . The request failed with HTTP status 400: Bad Request. " The current documentation in the SDK shows a reference to https://staging.common.virtualearth.net/find-30/common.asmx ; however, users aren't getting the WSDL downloaded (I've had this problem myself). So, the solution is to change the reference to https://staging.common.virtualearth.net/find-30/common.asmx?wsdl . In Visual Studio 2008, you'll need to take a (odd) extra step. For some reason adding a Web Reference is different when you go to the "Add Service" advanced options than if you were to just Add Web Reference from Website menu. So, in Visual Studio 2008... Select the “Add Service Reference…” item from the Website menu. Click on the “Advanced…” button. Click on the “Add Web Reference…”... Read More I've been getting quite a few messages about this "400: Bad Request" error people are seeing when trying to reference the Virtual Earth Web Service, more specifically when trying to fetch tokens so it's worth posting a little something on how to fix it. Specifically, the error is, " There was an error downloading ' http://staging.common.virtualearth.net/find-30/common.asmx' . The request failed with HTTP status 400: Bad Request. " The current documentation in the SDK shows a reference to https://staging.common.virtualearth.net/find-30/common.asmx ; however, users aren't getting the WSDL downloaded (I've had this problem myself). So, the solution is to change the reference to https://staging.common.virtualearth.net/find-30/common.asmx?wsdl . In Visual Studio 2008, you'll need to take a (odd) extra step. For some reason adding a Web Reference is different when you go to the "Add Service" advanced options than if you were to just Add Web Reference from Website menu. So, in Visual Studio 2008... Select the “Add Service Reference…” item from the Website menu. Click on the “Advanced…” button. Click on the “Add Web Reference…”... Read More
  • October
    15

    Multimap Launches Free API (And It Includes...

    It's been almost a year since Microsoft acquired Multimap . We've been pretty quiet integrating them into Microsoft; however, it's time to make a little noise. As part of the first significant announcement the Multimap team has release a new free API which contains lots of robust features which you can leverage in your applications. And, if you're a licensed Virtual Earth customer you can gain access to the Multimap platform via your agreement. So, if you see something you like on the Multimap platform contact your Solution Specialist and get them crackin' to add it to your VE contract! So, what's the deal with the Multimap Free API? Here are the Marketing facts: We launched a new service for small businesses, personal websites and hobbyists this week. The service, available for free from Multimap.com , provides a single line of HTML to cut and paste into a web page. The user gets a slippy map in a choice of map styles (TeleAtlas, Ordnance Survey and Barts) or aerial for anywhere in the world (US included, using VE maps and aerial). The pasted HTML includes four hyperlinks back to Multimap.com : See this location on Multimap (for a bigger map, POI, business listings, etc) See this location... Read More It's been almost a year since Microsoft acquired Multimap . We've been pretty quiet integrating them into Microsoft; however, it's time to make a little noise. As part of the first significant announcement the Multimap team has release a new free API which contains lots of robust features which you can leverage in your applications. And, if you're a licensed Virtual Earth customer you can gain access to the Multimap platform via your agreement. So, if you see something you like on the Multimap platform contact your Solution Specialist and get them crackin' to add it to your VE contract! So, what's the deal with the Multimap Free API? Here are the Marketing facts: We launched a new service for small businesses, personal websites and hobbyists this week. The service, available for free from Multimap.com , provides a single line of HTML to cut and paste into a web page. The user gets a slippy map in a choice of map styles (TeleAtlas, Ordnance Survey and Barts) or aerial for anywhere in the world (US included, using VE maps and aerial). The pasted HTML includes four hyperlinks back to Multimap.com : See this location on Multimap (for a bigger map, POI, business listings, etc) See this location... Read More
  • October
    14

    NBC Local Affiliates Launch with Virtual...

    Good morning, Chicago. It's time to check traffic with NBC (and Microsoft Virtual Earth )... Construction and incidents and cameras oh my! Plus, flow data, news, monetization and a clean interface. Now this is a traffic site! 3 years into AJAX map development and UI designers are really starting to get it. Clicking on any pushpin on the map will pop a small window in the lower right hand corner with additional information. For the cameras, you can see a small image with the ability to zoom in to a bigger picture of the roadway. What I REALLY like is the local component of high traffic road thumbnails. The site has dynamic locations where traffic is a concern at the moment! So, the 5 hottest traffic areas will be thumbnailed (above the maps) to give users a quick reference to a specific location with congestion. Just click any of the icons to zoom into the respective areas. The traffic application is a collaboration between MyWeather LLC and NBC Local Media. The MyWeather guys sent me a little background about the application, integration and partnership. We developed the tools that utilize VE tiles, our own traffic flow/incident overlay, weather overlay, and ad layer... Read More Good morning, Chicago. It's time to check traffic with NBC (and Microsoft Virtual Earth )... Construction and incidents and cameras oh my! Plus, flow data, news, monetization and a clean interface. Now this is a traffic site! 3 years into AJAX map development and UI designers are really starting to get it. Clicking on any pushpin on the map will pop a small window in the lower right hand corner with additional information. For the cameras, you can see a small image with the ability to zoom in to a bigger picture of the roadway. What I REALLY like is the local component of high traffic road thumbnails. The site has dynamic locations where traffic is a concern at the moment! So, the 5 hottest traffic areas will be thumbnailed (above the maps) to give users a quick reference to a specific location with congestion. Just click any of the icons to zoom into the respective areas. The traffic application is a collaboration between MyWeather LLC and NBC Local Media. The MyWeather guys sent me a little background about the application, integration and partnership. We developed the tools that utilize VE tiles, our own traffic flow/incident overlay, weather overlay, and ad layer... Read More