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Maps Blog — Aug 2009

  • August
    31

    Bing Maps Imagery Release, August 2009

    As the waning, August moon signals the end of summer, the last of our imagery for the hot months is posted to the web...101,486 kilometers in all. You'll notice I've exluded my usual screen captures - this is intentional to further promote the use of the Bing Maps World Tour application . It saves me work and it's a better presentation anyway. Of course, you can always find the new imagery on Bing Maps and in the APIs as well; but, I guess that's the whole point now isn't it? If we didn't get you this time, keep checking our future releases. Enjoy. Digital Globe Orthos Algeria Tlemcen Australia Victor Harbor China Gongzhunling Lanzhou Egypt Aswan Kawm Umbu El Salvador San Miguel San Salvador Santa Ana Sonsonate France Clipperton Island Greece Souda East India Mumbai Japan Amagi Hita Amori Asahikawa Ashiya Chiba (South East) Fujisawa Fukuyama Gobo Tanabe Hachinohe Hakodaie Hofu Tokuyama Kochi Kofu Matsuyama Morioka Nemuro Noma Tonega Shima Ogaki Gifu Okayama Ryugaski Shiretoko Takamatsu Takayawa Takikawa... Read More As the waning, August moon signals the end of summer, the last of our imagery for the hot months is posted to the web...101,486 kilometers in all. You'll notice I've exluded my usual screen captures - this is intentional to further promote the use of the Bing Maps World Tour application . It saves me work and it's a better presentation anyway. Of course, you can always find the new imagery on Bing Maps and in the APIs as well; but, I guess that's the whole point now isn't it? If we didn't get you this time, keep checking our future releases. Enjoy. Digital Globe Orthos Algeria Tlemcen Australia Victor Harbor China Gongzhunling Lanzhou Egypt Aswan Kawm Umbu El Salvador San Miguel San Salvador Santa Ana Sonsonate France Clipperton Island Greece Souda East India Mumbai Japan Amagi Hita Amori Asahikawa Ashiya Chiba (South East) Fujisawa Fukuyama Gobo Tanabe Hachinohe Hakodaie Hofu Tokuyama Kochi Kofu Matsuyama Morioka Nemuro Noma Tonega Shima Ogaki Gifu Okayama Ryugaski Shiretoko Takamatsu Takayawa Takikawa... Read More
  • August
    31

    ESRI (UK) / Bing Maps Mashup Challenge

    A little plug for my United Kingdom friends who want to strut their GIS stuff...and win an X-Box. If you're in the UK, you can participate in the ESRI / Bing Maps Mashup Challenge . The rest of us will just have to twiddle our thumbs until we get a cool contest... The collaboration and sharing of data presents endless opportunities for building GIS applications. ESRI (UK) and Bing Maps are challenging the UK’s Web developers to build a GIS-based mashup that demonstrates how GIS can be used to improve business processes, unlock information and/or connect people with geographical data. The winner will be announced during this year’s AGI Community Conference and a prize of an Xbox will be awarded based on the creativity, applicability and originality of the application. Enter the Mashup Challenge and discover how easy it is to integrate multiple services into an application, bring together basemaps, operational data, and analytical services to create both simple and complex applications that provide information and solve common tasks. Share your work, knowledge and creativity with the wider developer community for your chance to win an X-Box. About the Challenge... Read More A little plug for my United Kingdom friends who want to strut their GIS stuff...and win an X-Box. If you're in the UK, you can participate in the ESRI / Bing Maps Mashup Challenge . The rest of us will just have to twiddle our thumbs until we get a cool contest... The collaboration and sharing of data presents endless opportunities for building GIS applications. ESRI (UK) and Bing Maps are challenging the UK’s Web developers to build a GIS-based mashup that demonstrates how GIS can be used to improve business processes, unlock information and/or connect people with geographical data. The winner will be announced during this year’s AGI Community Conference and a prize of an Xbox will be awarded based on the creativity, applicability and originality of the application. Enter the Mashup Challenge and discover how easy it is to integrate multiple services into an application, bring together basemaps, operational data, and analytical services to create both simple and complex applications that provide information and solve common tasks. Share your work, knowledge and creativity with the wider developer community for your chance to win an X-Box. About the Challenge... Read More
  • August
    24

    Bing Maps Events in Australia and New Zealand

    How ya going? I had to shout the bar in Melbourne, so I've officially been broken into the Ozzie culture. Wow, you folks can drink. Anyway, some exciting Bing Maps events are coming your way starting next week, so get them on your calendar and get out there... Sept 1st-4th is the Australian Partner Conference. Visit the Bing Maps stand at the Expo on Wednesday for your chance to win a $2,500 travel voucher. Yes, $2,500. That'd be enough to get you just about anywhere you can find on a Bing Map. My choice?....Vegas. As if you didn't know that already: https://partner.microsoft.com/australia/40043021 . Sept 8th-11th is the Australian TechEd Conference . Already a sell out so make sure you visit the Bing Maps stand to see live demos and hear how commercial and government customers large and small are using Bing Maps: http://www.msteched.com/australia/Public/default.aspx . Sept 14th-16th is the New Zealand TechEd Conference You will hear how to combine Bing Maps with Silverlight, Sharepoint and SQL 2008 spatial: http://www.msteched.com/newzealand/Public/SessionList.aspx We'll have plenty of Bing Maps experts there including John O'Brien from Soul Solutions... Read More How ya going? I had to shout the bar in Melbourne, so I've officially been broken into the Ozzie culture. Wow, you folks can drink. Anyway, some exciting Bing Maps events are coming your way starting next week, so get them on your calendar and get out there... Sept 1st-4th is the Australian Partner Conference. Visit the Bing Maps stand at the Expo on Wednesday for your chance to win a $2,500 travel voucher. Yes, $2,500. That'd be enough to get you just about anywhere you can find on a Bing Map. My choice?....Vegas. As if you didn't know that already: https://partner.microsoft.com/australia/40043021 . Sept 8th-11th is the Australian TechEd Conference . Already a sell out so make sure you visit the Bing Maps stand to see live demos and hear how commercial and government customers large and small are using Bing Maps: http://www.msteched.com/australia/Public/default.aspx . Sept 14th-16th is the New Zealand TechEd Conference You will hear how to combine Bing Maps with Silverlight, Sharepoint and SQL 2008 spatial: http://www.msteched.com/newzealand/Public/SessionList.aspx We'll have plenty of Bing Maps experts there including John O'Brien from Soul Solutions... Read More
  • August
    21

    The Future of the Virtual Earth ASP .NET...

    Oh man, this has been a hot topic since we announced the Virtual Earth ASP .NET Control CTP last year . And, with today’s announcement to retire the Live Frameworks CTP the question (yet again) today is what will happen with the Virtual Earth / Bing Maps ASP .NET Control? In brief, it’s toast. It was great for what it was (ASP .NET wrappers for the AJAX control); but, we really needed to build a control that used the services in a direct fashion and were supported from Microsoft. Now, just to be clear, there wasn’t a whole lot of magic here other than we wrapped what the AJAX control already did into an ASP .NET friendly library. So, everything that it did can still be done just using JavaScript. “CP – I’m an .NET developer! Why have you done this to me? What do I do now?” Well, it’s not the end of the world. FWIW, Chris Pietschmann from Simplovation has his Bing Maps ASP .NET control (Web.Maps.VE v2.0) . You can download Web.Maps.VE trial for free. His control actually gets updated and is leveraging the latest technology from Version 6.2 of our Bing Maps AJAX Control, including accessing the Edge Caching Network. Hey, and he’ll... Read More Oh man, this has been a hot topic since we announced the Virtual Earth ASP .NET Control CTP last year . And, with today’s announcement to retire the Live Frameworks CTP the question (yet again) today is what will happen with the Virtual Earth / Bing Maps ASP .NET Control? In brief, it’s toast. It was great for what it was (ASP .NET wrappers for the AJAX control); but, we really needed to build a control that used the services in a direct fashion and were supported from Microsoft. Now, just to be clear, there wasn’t a whole lot of magic here other than we wrapped what the AJAX control already did into an ASP .NET friendly library. So, everything that it did can still be done just using JavaScript. “CP – I’m an .NET developer! Why have you done this to me? What do I do now?” Well, it’s not the end of the world. FWIW, Chris Pietschmann from Simplovation has his Bing Maps ASP .NET control (Web.Maps.VE v2.0) . You can download Web.Maps.VE trial for free. His control actually gets updated and is leveraging the latest technology from Version 6.2 of our Bing Maps AJAX Control, including accessing the Edge Caching Network. Hey, and he’ll... Read More
  • August
    21

    Yelp Launches Blackberry App with Bing...

    Yelp just launched their new application for RIM Blackberry which uses Bing Maps to help users find themselves and interesting places around them. Sounds like therapy. I should get this application since if you knew me personally you would know I have issues finding myself from time to time. Anyway, the application is pretty dang slick using location aware technology to determine a user's current location, then allows them to search for nearby businesses, read reviews and access a moveable map which can easily zoom in and out of a location and redefine searches based on the respective geographic area. Yelp for Blackberry also works in the US, Canada and the UK. If you have a touchscreen or a trackball Blackberry, you'll be able to download the application or the next time you go to Yelp.com on your device . You'll be able to download the Blackberry Yelp app here if you have a device with a trackball or here if you have a Blackberry Storm . Bing! CP Yelp just launched their new application for RIM Blackberry which uses Bing Maps to help users find themselves and interesting places around them. Sounds like therapy. I should get this application since if you knew me personally you would know I have issues finding myself from time to time. Anyway, the application is pretty dang slick using location aware technology to determine a user's current location, then allows them to search for nearby businesses, read reviews and access a moveable map which can easily zoom in and out of a location and redefine searches based on the respective geographic area. Yelp for Blackberry also works in the US, Canada and the UK. If you have a touchscreen or a trackball Blackberry, you'll be able to download the application or the next time you go to Yelp.com on your device . You'll be able to download the Blackberry Yelp app here if you have a device with a trackball or here if you have a Blackberry Storm . Bing! CP
  • August
    20

    Genealogical Mapping with Bing Maps and...

    Ancestry’s new Family Tree Maker 2010 released yesterday and it includes integration of Bing™ Maps right in the software. Software plus services? I think so… Bing™ Maps is a great new feature to help you map out significant events and people to the places they are respectively associated with. For example, once you add people to your family tree you can then click the “Places” button in the menu ribbon. You’ll see a list of all places that are associated with the facts you’ve entered into Family Tree Maker. You can click on each location (or person) to display a Bing™ Map centered on the respective place – and, yes, Ancestry included our world famous Bird’s Eye photography. Additionally, Family Tree Maker 2010 provides unique ways to view your family history. You can now track the migration paths of a person and their family through time, by mapping event locations with Bing™ Maps. This is pretty sweet, actually. I entered a bunch of data about my family – where they were born, married and died. Then, as I click on each person’s name I can see the migration path between all of these locations... Read More Ancestry’s new Family Tree Maker 2010 released yesterday and it includes integration of Bing™ Maps right in the software. Software plus services? I think so… Bing™ Maps is a great new feature to help you map out significant events and people to the places they are respectively associated with. For example, once you add people to your family tree you can then click the “Places” button in the menu ribbon. You’ll see a list of all places that are associated with the facts you’ve entered into Family Tree Maker. You can click on each location (or person) to display a Bing™ Map centered on the respective place – and, yes, Ancestry included our world famous Bird’s Eye photography. Additionally, Family Tree Maker 2010 provides unique ways to view your family history. You can now track the migration paths of a person and their family through time, by mapping event locations with Bing™ Maps. This is pretty sweet, actually. I entered a bunch of data about my family – where they were born, married and died. Then, as I click on each person’s name I can see the migration path between all of these locations... Read More
  • August
    14

    Bing Maps with PHP

    PHP – did anyone ever find out what this actually was an acronym for? “Personal Home Page” or “PHP Home Page” or something else? I actually did some PHP back when it was like version 2 and there was some HUGE security hole for hackers to take over your site. I really thought it was going to die because of JSP, so I stopped using it but I did enjoy using it. It lives on. I digress. Anyway, I know there are quite few PHP developers out there who love Bing Maps, but love their PHP. And, our Bing Maps MSDN documents don’t necessary bode well for trying to convert C# to PHP. Well, thanks to the Microsoft Interoperability Team we now have a PHP Toolkit for Bing Maps Web Service . It’s not officially supported by the product group, so don’t cry to me because it doesn’t work the way you want it to…cry to the team who made the PHP Toolkit for Bing Maps Web Service . :) You could also thank them for saving you days of development and most of the hair on your head. Per the description, “ This project demonstrates how PHP applications can take advantage Microsoft's Virtual Earth. The Virtual Earth API is exposed through a Javascript... Read More PHP – did anyone ever find out what this actually was an acronym for? “Personal Home Page” or “PHP Home Page” or something else? I actually did some PHP back when it was like version 2 and there was some HUGE security hole for hackers to take over your site. I really thought it was going to die because of JSP, so I stopped using it but I did enjoy using it. It lives on. I digress. Anyway, I know there are quite few PHP developers out there who love Bing Maps, but love their PHP. And, our Bing Maps MSDN documents don’t necessary bode well for trying to convert C# to PHP. Well, thanks to the Microsoft Interoperability Team we now have a PHP Toolkit for Bing Maps Web Service . It’s not officially supported by the product group, so don’t cry to me because it doesn’t work the way you want it to…cry to the team who made the PHP Toolkit for Bing Maps Web Service . :) You could also thank them for saving you days of development and most of the hair on your head. Per the description, “ This project demonstrates how PHP applications can take advantage Microsoft's Virtual Earth. The Virtual Earth API is exposed through a Javascript... Read More
  • August
    11

    Publish Your Photosynth to Facebook

    Last week at the Real Estate Connect Conference , I did a full hour-long presentation of Photosynth diving into the details of how it works, how to create a Photosynth and how to embed your Photosynth into your applications. In conjunction with my Bing Maps presentations, Aaron Sloman, CEO of speakTech showed off “ MySynth ” a new Facebook application for publishing Photosynth right onto your Facebook profile page. To jump right in, feel free to skip to the MySynth application page to begin publishing your Photosynths to your Facebook page. Once you find the Photosynth you want to publish, simply complete the form on the application page. The Title can be anything you want. You can choose to use the name of the Synth itself from the site or make up your own. Next, put in the URI string from the Photosynth site. You can get the URI from landing on the actual synth page (out of the address bar) or my clicking the EMBED tag (the little <> carrots) on the page. Next, add an URI to the thumbnail. This is a little trickier for the novice, but I went to the user’s collection of Synths, right clicked on the respective thumbnail of the Synth, view the image properties... Read More Last week at the Real Estate Connect Conference , I did a full hour-long presentation of Photosynth diving into the details of how it works, how to create a Photosynth and how to embed your Photosynth into your applications. In conjunction with my Bing Maps presentations, Aaron Sloman, CEO of speakTech showed off “ MySynth ” a new Facebook application for publishing Photosynth right onto your Facebook profile page. To jump right in, feel free to skip to the MySynth application page to begin publishing your Photosynths to your Facebook page. Once you find the Photosynth you want to publish, simply complete the form on the application page. The Title can be anything you want. You can choose to use the name of the Synth itself from the site or make up your own. Next, put in the URI string from the Photosynth site. You can get the URI from landing on the actual synth page (out of the address bar) or my clicking the EMBED tag (the little <> carrots) on the page. Next, add an URI to the thumbnail. This is a little trickier for the novice, but I went to the user’s collection of Synths, right clicked on the respective thumbnail of the Synth, view the image properties... Read More
  • August
    04

    Bing Maps Imagery & Map Data Release...

    We just deployed 41TB of new satellite imagery, aerial photography and vector data for Bing Maps covering 189,000+ square kilometers of Earth including 12,000+ square kilometers of Bird’s Eye photography. Did we get your town this time? Check out the Bing Maps World Tour to sit back, relax and watch the Bing Maps Silverlight Control take you through every new local with new data. Alternatively, you can immerse yourself into the application and explore for yourself. Check out the full list below. Orthos Angola Austria Australia Belgium Brazil Chile China Cuba Fiji Finland France Germany Guinea India Ireland Kiribati Maldives Mexico Nauru New Caledonia New Zealand Philippines Pitcairn Republic of Korea Russian Federation Samoa Senegal Sri Lanka Sweden Taiwan, Province of China The Democratic Republic of the Congo United States United Kingdom Vanuatu Bird’s Eye Australia Canbera Geelong Melbourne Sydney Canada Charlottetown Fredericton Halifax Montreal Quebec St John’s Sydney St John Italy Asti Benevento Campobass Carpi Cremona Crotone Faenza Imola Mantova Pavia Rovigo Netherlands Amsterdam Leid... Read More We just deployed 41TB of new satellite imagery, aerial photography and vector data for Bing Maps covering 189,000+ square kilometers of Earth including 12,000+ square kilometers of Bird’s Eye photography. Did we get your town this time? Check out the Bing Maps World Tour to sit back, relax and watch the Bing Maps Silverlight Control take you through every new local with new data. Alternatively, you can immerse yourself into the application and explore for yourself. Check out the full list below. Orthos Angola Austria Australia Belgium Brazil Chile China Cuba Fiji Finland France Germany Guinea India Ireland Kiribati Maldives Mexico Nauru New Caledonia New Zealand Philippines Pitcairn Republic of Korea Russian Federation Samoa Senegal Sri Lanka Sweden Taiwan, Province of China The Democratic Republic of the Congo United States United Kingdom Vanuatu Bird’s Eye Australia Canbera Geelong Melbourne Sydney Canada Charlottetown Fredericton Halifax Montreal Quebec St John’s Sydney St John Italy Asti Benevento Campobass Carpi Cremona Crotone Faenza Imola Mantova Pavia Rovigo Netherlands Amsterdam Leid... Read More
  • August
    03

    OLAP and Spatial Data Import COM Add-Ins...

    Here come the rolling punches of MapPoint information. Last week, I told you about the release of the Microsoft® MapPoint® Add-In for SQL Server as a free download to import, edit and save your data from SQL Server 2008 (spatially indexed by geometries and geographies). Well, here is some more good news for MapPoint lovers – we fixed a couple add-ins that had broken with the release of MapPoint 2006. The add-ins were unsupported, but highly useful to many of you using OLAP or importing .shp and .mif files directly into MapPoint. The updates will allow users running MapPoint 2002 – MapPoint 2010 to use the COM add-ins…did I say MapPoint 2010? Yes, I did. More on that in a future post…get the downloads. They are free. MapPoint 2002-2010 OLAP Wizard Add-in This MapPoint 2002-2010 COM add-in allows you to perform queries on OLAP cube (.cub) files and create data maps from the query results. For more information about installing and running the COM add-in, read the article MapPoint OLAP Add-in Sample on MSDN. MapPoint 2002-2010 Spatial Data Import COM Add-in The Spatial Data Import COM add-in allows you to import ESRI SHAPE (.shp) and MapInfo... Read More Here come the rolling punches of MapPoint information. Last week, I told you about the release of the Microsoft® MapPoint® Add-In for SQL Server as a free download to import, edit and save your data from SQL Server 2008 (spatially indexed by geometries and geographies). Well, here is some more good news for MapPoint lovers – we fixed a couple add-ins that had broken with the release of MapPoint 2006. The add-ins were unsupported, but highly useful to many of you using OLAP or importing .shp and .mif files directly into MapPoint. The updates will allow users running MapPoint 2002 – MapPoint 2010 to use the COM add-ins…did I say MapPoint 2010? Yes, I did. More on that in a future post…get the downloads. They are free. MapPoint 2002-2010 OLAP Wizard Add-in This MapPoint 2002-2010 COM add-in allows you to perform queries on OLAP cube (.cub) files and create data maps from the query results. For more information about installing and running the COM add-in, read the article MapPoint OLAP Add-in Sample on MSDN. MapPoint 2002-2010 Spatial Data Import COM Add-in The Spatial Data Import COM add-in allows you to import ESRI SHAPE (.shp) and MapInfo... Read More
  • August
    01

    CP at Real Estate Connect, San Francisco...

    After my short stint in Vegas for the Accela conference next week I’ll be flying up to San Francisco for the Inman Real Estate Connect Conference where I have 3 sessions for you to come learn about Bing Maps in real estate . 1 Bing Maps business level session, 1 Bing Maps technical session and 1 Photosynth session. I’ll even be bringing in a partner from SpeakTech to discuss their work and experience in building out the new Grubb and Ellis Spotlight web site that was unveiled at RealComm. Here’s an overview of the sessions: August 5, 2009 Business Impact: Innovative Websites that Distinguish Your Brand and Deliver Results To be competitive in today’s market, it’s key to provide rich user experiences. Learn how you can take advantage of latest innovative technology that brings mapping, imagery, data, and multimedia together to create immersive real estate websites that engage customers and drive business results. August 5, 2009 Business Impact: Bring Properties to Life Using Photosynth This session is an in-depth, how-to session on Photosynth, a technology introduced in the 12pm session. You will learn how you can use Photosynth to... Read More After my short stint in Vegas for the Accela conference next week I’ll be flying up to San Francisco for the Inman Real Estate Connect Conference where I have 3 sessions for you to come learn about Bing Maps in real estate . 1 Bing Maps business level session, 1 Bing Maps technical session and 1 Photosynth session. I’ll even be bringing in a partner from SpeakTech to discuss their work and experience in building out the new Grubb and Ellis Spotlight web site that was unveiled at RealComm. Here’s an overview of the sessions: August 5, 2009 Business Impact: Innovative Websites that Distinguish Your Brand and Deliver Results To be competitive in today’s market, it’s key to provide rich user experiences. Learn how you can take advantage of latest innovative technology that brings mapping, imagery, data, and multimedia together to create immersive real estate websites that engage customers and drive business results. August 5, 2009 Business Impact: Bring Properties to Life Using Photosynth This session is an in-depth, how-to session on Photosynth, a technology introduced in the 12pm session. You will learn how you can use Photosynth to... Read More