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Maps Blog — Nov 2009

  • November
    30

    Bing Maps Platform in Flash/Flex/ActionScript

    So, you’re stuck using ActionScript in Flex so you can produce Flash applications. You’re all excited about the Bing Maps Silverlight Control , but are getting some directive that requires you to use Flash; but, man, you really love Bing Maps . No problemo. The Bing Maps Platform team has partnered with AFComponents (AFC) to provide a Flash-based interface for building robust map applications. AFC has created a very robust SDK for creating your Flash-based Bing Maps applications. Supported through AFC, their Flash controls access Bing Maps in a supported fashion and fall inline with the Bing Maps TOUs . If you’re a commercial customer, you still require a commercial license; however, now you no longer have to wrap your own Flash control by accessing our tiles via the Bing Maps Web Service or reverse engineer our tiles schema and URI definitions directly to create your Flash control (a TOU violation!). AFC has you covered – you just need to access their SDK for overlaying data. And, yes, their service get’s Bird’s Eye images so if you love Bird’s Eye and need them in Flash you can get them! And to be clear, if you’re using Flash I really... Read More So, you’re stuck using ActionScript in Flex so you can produce Flash applications. You’re all excited about the Bing Maps Silverlight Control , but are getting some directive that requires you to use Flash; but, man, you really love Bing Maps . No problemo. The Bing Maps Platform team has partnered with AFComponents (AFC) to provide a Flash-based interface for building robust map applications. AFC has created a very robust SDK for creating your Flash-based Bing Maps applications. Supported through AFC, their Flash controls access Bing Maps in a supported fashion and fall inline with the Bing Maps TOUs . If you’re a commercial customer, you still require a commercial license; however, now you no longer have to wrap your own Flash control by accessing our tiles via the Bing Maps Web Service or reverse engineer our tiles schema and URI definitions directly to create your Flash control (a TOU violation!). AFC has you covered – you just need to access their SDK for overlaying data. And, yes, their service get’s Bird’s Eye images so if you love Bird’s Eye and need them in Flash you can get them! And to be clear, if you’re using Flash I really... Read More
  • November
    29

    Bing Maps Platform Road Show – North America

    We’re kicking off a North American Road Show to bring the Bing Maps Platform expertise to you. First stop – Reston, VA (then, Chicago, IL). The Bing Maps Platform Road Show will illustrate the use of Bing Maps Platform diving deep into the APIs highlight some killer applications built atop the platform. Here’s the Marketing info you can send to your CIO to get clearance, Clarence. On the Road with Bing Maps: Learn Exciting New Ways to Bring Location-Based Data to Life - Bing Maps is all about the power of location―from enhancing existing applications with maps and address validation, to creating completely new Web mapping solutions. At this event, experts will provide an overview of Bing Maps as a powerful visualization tool for geographic and location-based information. With highlights of scenarios such as locators, fleet/asset tracking, data visualization portals, and location intelligence, we’ll present a deep dive into the Bing Maps Platform, including details on specific features, AJAX, Web Services, and new Silverlight APIs. We’ll also review exciting recent enhancements, exploring ways to integrate with GIS systems and leverage SQL 2008 spatial... Read More We’re kicking off a North American Road Show to bring the Bing Maps Platform expertise to you. First stop – Reston, VA (then, Chicago, IL). The Bing Maps Platform Road Show will illustrate the use of Bing Maps Platform diving deep into the APIs highlight some killer applications built atop the platform. Here’s the Marketing info you can send to your CIO to get clearance, Clarence. On the Road with Bing Maps: Learn Exciting New Ways to Bring Location-Based Data to Life - Bing Maps is all about the power of location―from enhancing existing applications with maps and address validation, to creating completely new Web mapping solutions. At this event, experts will provide an overview of Bing Maps as a powerful visualization tool for geographic and location-based information. With highlights of scenarios such as locators, fleet/asset tracking, data visualization portals, and location intelligence, we’ll present a deep dive into the Bing Maps Platform, including details on specific features, AJAX, Web Services, and new Silverlight APIs. We’ll also review exciting recent enhancements, exploring ways to integrate with GIS systems and leverage SQL 2008 spatial... Read More
  • November
    25

    The Climate Mystery - A Bing Maps Game...

    For those of you who will be stuffing yourself full of tryptophan-laced turkey followed by a night of forced family interaction, I’ve got something for you. Instead of breaking out the Pictionary, Trivial Pursuit or Risk you can logon to The Climate Mystery game featuring Bing Maps . The impetus for the game was to build a website about global warming in time for the COP 15 Climate Summit in Copenhagen on December 7, 2009. Four researchers who were supposed to help create the site have gone missing and what was a website dedicated to saving the Earth has been hacked and is getting continually littered with games, videos and assignments. Axel is the main developer of the site, so you’ll need to help him figure out what’s going on with the site. Follow the clues, but beware - in the videos, The Four missing researchers sometimes seem lost. Sometimes they seem to be taking part in an experiment, involving weekly Climate Assignments. So, where are The Four? Who is The Council? Can Bing Maps help you figure all of this out? It’s all very mysterious. Eat turkey. Watch football. Solve The Climate Mystery . Be thankful for Bing Maps . CP – Follow me on... Read More For those of you who will be stuffing yourself full of tryptophan-laced turkey followed by a night of forced family interaction, I’ve got something for you. Instead of breaking out the Pictionary, Trivial Pursuit or Risk you can logon to The Climate Mystery game featuring Bing Maps . The impetus for the game was to build a website about global warming in time for the COP 15 Climate Summit in Copenhagen on December 7, 2009. Four researchers who were supposed to help create the site have gone missing and what was a website dedicated to saving the Earth has been hacked and is getting continually littered with games, videos and assignments. Axel is the main developer of the site, so you’ll need to help him figure out what’s going on with the site. Follow the clues, but beware - in the videos, The Four missing researchers sometimes seem lost. Sometimes they seem to be taking part in an experiment, involving weekly Climate Assignments. So, where are The Four? Who is The Council? Can Bing Maps help you figure all of this out? It’s all very mysterious. Eat turkey. Watch football. Solve The Climate Mystery . Be thankful for Bing Maps . CP – Follow me on... Read More
  • November
    19

    Bing Maps China Expands Reach

    The Bing Maps China site just released some huge updates to their site. Following the release to Bing Maps ( Bing Maps Gets An Overhaul…And, Some New Features ) and Bing Maps UK ( Released: Bing Maps UK ), the Bing Maps China site has updated much of their data, added tons of new data and added a few new features. Check out the list: Yellow Pages – Over 8 million yellow page listings are now searching from Bing Maps China. Business Photos – Hundreds of thousands of business front photos are now available as a part of our YP listings results. Transit – Bing Maps China has had transit information for a while now; however, the site now hosts hundreds of transit lines around China Road Data Refresh – Updated the entire country with new road network data inclusive of over 4 million road segments Traffic – Higher fidelity, wider coverage traffic flow information for more roads around the country Performance Enhancements – Route and transit calculation times cut by over 50% Signposts (Directions) – visual improvements for driving directions Signposts (Highway Exits) - visual improvements for highway exit... Read More The Bing Maps China site just released some huge updates to their site. Following the release to Bing Maps ( Bing Maps Gets An Overhaul…And, Some New Features ) and Bing Maps UK ( Released: Bing Maps UK ), the Bing Maps China site has updated much of their data, added tons of new data and added a few new features. Check out the list: Yellow Pages – Over 8 million yellow page listings are now searching from Bing Maps China. Business Photos – Hundreds of thousands of business front photos are now available as a part of our YP listings results. Transit – Bing Maps China has had transit information for a while now; however, the site now hosts hundreds of transit lines around China Road Data Refresh – Updated the entire country with new road network data inclusive of over 4 million road segments Traffic – Higher fidelity, wider coverage traffic flow information for more roads around the country Performance Enhancements – Route and transit calculation times cut by over 50% Signposts (Directions) – visual improvements for driving directions Signposts (Highway Exits) - visual improvements for highway exit... Read More
  • November
    18

    European Environment Agency's Use of Bing...

    Last year, I blogged about The European Environmental Agency’s partnership with Microsoft which resulted in a (then) Virtual Earth web site that monitors the bath water around Europe, (see: Eye on Earth Water Watch (and Virtual Earth) ). Well, the project is back and now using the Bing Maps Silverlight Control , a new UI and addition data overlays for air quality. Per the press release, Eye On Earth was launched in May 2008 with WaterWatch, an application presenting water-quality data on an interactive site powered by Bing Maps. With this new update, Eye On Earth gets not just a fresh look and feel for both air and bathing water information, it also becomes one of the newest applications built on Windows Azure and SQL Azure hosting the Geo Observatory Data Store. The site’s user interface provides interactive information from Europe-wide to street level, based on data from air-quality measurement stations and citizens’ input. It translates scientific data into easily understandable terms. Read the full press release, Interactive Technology Empowers Europeans to Manage Environmental Change . The Bing Maps Silverlight Control is an ideal platform for building... Read More Last year, I blogged about The European Environmental Agency’s partnership with Microsoft which resulted in a (then) Virtual Earth web site that monitors the bath water around Europe, (see: Eye on Earth Water Watch (and Virtual Earth) ). Well, the project is back and now using the Bing Maps Silverlight Control , a new UI and addition data overlays for air quality. Per the press release, Eye On Earth was launched in May 2008 with WaterWatch, an application presenting water-quality data on an interactive site powered by Bing Maps. With this new update, Eye On Earth gets not just a fresh look and feel for both air and bathing water information, it also becomes one of the newest applications built on Windows Azure and SQL Azure hosting the Geo Observatory Data Store. The site’s user interface provides interactive information from Europe-wide to street level, based on data from air-quality measurement stations and citizens’ input. It translates scientific data into easily understandable terms. Read the full press release, Interactive Technology Empowers Europeans to Manage Environmental Change . The Bing Maps Silverlight Control is an ideal platform for building... Read More
  • November
    16

    Bing Maps Goes Hollywood (at PDC)

    The Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC) kicks off tomorrow and Bing Maps will have some fun, yet informative events going on. First off, if you’re at PDC you should follow the @BingMaps handle on Twitter for up to the minute information about what’s going on at the show. Plus, Bing Maps is running a Twitter contest throughout PDC. Check out the contest at http://www.microsoft.com/maps/twittercontest . Bing! Also, if you’re at the show come check us out at the following: Bing Maps Booth – We have a Bing Maps kiosk in the booth pavilion, so come talk with us during expo hours. Hands-On-Lab - Bing Maps hands-on-lab, “ Develop Visually Engaging Applications with Bing Maps Silverlight Control ”, WEB010, will be running at the HOL stations in the Web Pavilion. Chalk Talk – Tuesday, Nov. 17 from 1P to 2P Keith Kinnan will be doing a deep dive into the Bing Maps Silverlight Control. Ask the Experts – Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 5:30P – 7P. Keith Kinnan and I will be on hand to answer any Bing Maps questions you have. Chalk Talk – Thursday, Nov. 19 from 10A to 11A I will be doing an overview of the... Read More The Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC) kicks off tomorrow and Bing Maps will have some fun, yet informative events going on. First off, if you’re at PDC you should follow the @BingMaps handle on Twitter for up to the minute information about what’s going on at the show. Plus, Bing Maps is running a Twitter contest throughout PDC. Check out the contest at http://www.microsoft.com/maps/twittercontest . Bing! Also, if you’re at the show come check us out at the following: Bing Maps Booth – We have a Bing Maps kiosk in the booth pavilion, so come talk with us during expo hours. Hands-On-Lab - Bing Maps hands-on-lab, “ Develop Visually Engaging Applications with Bing Maps Silverlight Control ”, WEB010, will be running at the HOL stations in the Web Pavilion. Chalk Talk – Tuesday, Nov. 17 from 1P to 2P Keith Kinnan will be doing a deep dive into the Bing Maps Silverlight Control. Ask the Experts – Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 5:30P – 7P. Keith Kinnan and I will be on hand to answer any Bing Maps questions you have. Chalk Talk – Thursday, Nov. 19 from 10A to 11A I will be doing an overview of the... Read More
  • November
    14

    Vampires + Bing Maps + Silverlight = So...

    With the impending release of the much anticipated teen vampire romance, Twilight: New Moon , the Bing team has put together The Virtual Twilight Tour , a blood-sucking fun application for you to view an exclusive Twilight video tour brings Forks, La Push, Port Angeles, and Volterra right to your computer so that you can see 16 of Twilight’s and New Moon’s most exciting locations, such as the Cullen house , Fork’s Police Station , Fork’s Hospital , Bella Italia , the dress shop , the book store , and the high school , where you can also take a virtual tour . Just scroll over the Bing Map for location-based navigation and check out the Bing searches in the mix. There’s one part in the Twilight book where Bella looks up the word ‘vampire’ using her “favorite search engine" and then hits the bookstore in Port Angeles. Try it yourself on the virtual tour and see what happens. The application uses Bing Maps Silverlight control not just for location context, but also because of the native integration with media elements like video and audio. In fact, the Bing Maps Silverlight control interactive SDK has samples on how to overlay scalable... Read More With the impending release of the much anticipated teen vampire romance, Twilight: New Moon , the Bing team has put together The Virtual Twilight Tour , a blood-sucking fun application for you to view an exclusive Twilight video tour brings Forks, La Push, Port Angeles, and Volterra right to your computer so that you can see 16 of Twilight’s and New Moon’s most exciting locations, such as the Cullen house , Fork’s Police Station , Fork’s Hospital , Bella Italia , the dress shop , the book store , and the high school , where you can also take a virtual tour . Just scroll over the Bing Map for location-based navigation and check out the Bing searches in the mix. There’s one part in the Twilight book where Bella looks up the word ‘vampire’ using her “favorite search engine" and then hits the bookstore in Port Angeles. Try it yourself on the virtual tour and see what happens. The application uses Bing Maps Silverlight control not just for location context, but also because of the native integration with media elements like video and audio. In fact, the Bing Maps Silverlight control interactive SDK has samples on how to overlay scalable... Read More
  • November
    12

    Released: Bing Maps UK

    If you’re in the UK and go to Bing Maps via Bing.com/maps you will get redirected to Multimap.com…or, at least you would’ve until now. Going to Bing Maps will take you to the new Bing Maps experience in the UK. We’ve introduced a slough a features just for the UK market (and some shared with the US market). Also, for those who still want the Multimap.com experience you can still access it directly via Multimap.com ; however, over the next few weeks you will be asked if you’d like try the new Bing Maps experience instead – I’d advise you try it. Once you go Bing, you never go…wait. Never mind. Check out the features. Redesigned Navigation – An updated navigation bar that matches up with that of Bing Maps US – changing the colors to black and adding a zoom bar instead of just zoom buttons; however, you’ll also notice in the drop down when you hover over the Road (maps link) you’ll see in addition to the Road map options for London Street Map and Ordnance Survey Map, plus thumbnails of each. Default Search: Location – Since this is Bing MAPS, and based on user feedback we thought it... Read More If you’re in the UK and go to Bing Maps via Bing.com/maps you will get redirected to Multimap.com…or, at least you would’ve until now. Going to Bing Maps will take you to the new Bing Maps experience in the UK. We’ve introduced a slough a features just for the UK market (and some shared with the US market). Also, for those who still want the Multimap.com experience you can still access it directly via Multimap.com ; however, over the next few weeks you will be asked if you’d like try the new Bing Maps experience instead – I’d advise you try it. Once you go Bing, you never go…wait. Never mind. Check out the features. Redesigned Navigation – An updated navigation bar that matches up with that of Bing Maps US – changing the colors to black and adding a zoom bar instead of just zoom buttons; however, you’ll also notice in the drop down when you hover over the Road (maps link) you’ll see in addition to the Road map options for London Street Map and Ordnance Survey Map, plus thumbnails of each. Default Search: Location – Since this is Bing MAPS, and based on user feedback we thought it... Read More
  • November
    11

    Web Cast: Building Location-based Applications...

    Planning on entering NAVTEQ’s LBS Challenge ? Planning on using Bing Maps ? You should probably tune into my session to get the skinny on how the heck you’re going to do that. See my blog post, “ Bing Maps Globally Sponsors NAVTEQ’s 2010 LBS Challenge .” Register for my web cast on the NAVTEQ’s Network for Developers Live Meeting site scheduled for next Tuesday, November 17 @ 9AM PST – write that down. I’ll get into the different aspects of how use Bing Maps for web and mobile, talk about some coding opportunities and discuss the possibility of using Silverlight on Windows Mobile. Building Location-based Applications with Bing Maps This webinar will provide a deep understanding of the Bing Maps Platform including high level feature descriptions and code level demonstrations for both web and mobile applications. This session will be technical in nature and is meant for a developer audience interested in building applications using Bing Maps for the Navteq LBS Challenge. I hope you can tune in. CP – Follow me on Twitter @ChrisPendleton Planning on entering NAVTEQ’s LBS Challenge ? Planning on using Bing Maps ? You should probably tune into my session to get the skinny on how the heck you’re going to do that. See my blog post, “ Bing Maps Globally Sponsors NAVTEQ’s 2010 LBS Challenge .” Register for my web cast on the NAVTEQ’s Network for Developers Live Meeting site scheduled for next Tuesday, November 17 @ 9AM PST – write that down. I’ll get into the different aspects of how use Bing Maps for web and mobile, talk about some coding opportunities and discuss the possibility of using Silverlight on Windows Mobile. Building Location-based Applications with Bing Maps This webinar will provide a deep understanding of the Bing Maps Platform including high level feature descriptions and code level demonstrations for both web and mobile applications. This session will be technical in nature and is meant for a developer audience interested in building applications using Bing Maps for the Navteq LBS Challenge. I hope you can tune in. CP – Follow me on Twitter @ChrisPendleton
  • November
    11

    Bing Maps Imagery Release, November 2009

    A bit of an early surprise for my friends who are at Tech Ed Europe 2009 with me. In this special drop of imagery for Bing Maps we focus on, guess where…Europe! And, mostly Eastern Europe. Yesterday, while at Tech Ed Europe, I met with journalists from Norway, UK, Czech Republic, Spain, Croatia, Russia and Austria and most of them asked when we’ll have better imagery / photography in their respective countries. Well, at least I can make a few of them happy. Below, you’ll find the information for this release…all 178,720 square kilometers of it. And, as always, check out the full details on the Bing Maps World Tour Application . Bulgaria (1,225 sq. km) Czech Republic (10,808 sq. km) Estonia (1,418 sq. km) Hungary (23,840 sq. km) Latvia (12,763 sq. km) Lithuania (9,681 sq. km) Poland (24,912 sq. km) Romania (24,435 sq. km) Russian Federation (15,636 sq. km) Slovakia (2,018 sq. km) Slovenia (314 sq. km) Switzerland (6,227 sq. km) Turkey (45,443 sq. km) CP – Follow me on Twitter @ChrisPendleton A bit of an early surprise for my friends who are at Tech Ed Europe 2009 with me. In this special drop of imagery for Bing Maps we focus on, guess where…Europe! And, mostly Eastern Europe. Yesterday, while at Tech Ed Europe, I met with journalists from Norway, UK, Czech Republic, Spain, Croatia, Russia and Austria and most of them asked when we’ll have better imagery / photography in their respective countries. Well, at least I can make a few of them happy. Below, you’ll find the information for this release…all 178,720 square kilometers of it. And, as always, check out the full details on the Bing Maps World Tour Application . Bulgaria (1,225 sq. km) Czech Republic (10,808 sq. km) Estonia (1,418 sq. km) Hungary (23,840 sq. km) Latvia (12,763 sq. km) Lithuania (9,681 sq. km) Poland (24,912 sq. km) Romania (24,435 sq. km) Russian Federation (15,636 sq. km) Slovakia (2,018 sq. km) Slovenia (314 sq. km) Switzerland (6,227 sq. km) Turkey (45,443 sq. km) CP – Follow me on Twitter @ChrisPendleton
  • November
    10

    Bing Maps Gets An Overhaul…And, Some New...

    If you visited Bing Maps today you may have noticed a new look and feel. Well, that’s because it has a new look and feel. Specifically, the navigation bar is now black to match the Bing color set. Well, that’s the obvious change; however, I’ll go ahead and provide you with a list of new features you may not notice right off the bat. Draggable Routes – Yes! This is a great (and much requested) feature added to Bing Maps allowing you to generate a route, then in the case that you need to change the route, you can simply grab any part of it and drag it to where you want the route to actually go. To use draggable routes, click the directions link in the welcome pane or the car icon near the bottom of the welcome pane. Enter a start and end, generate a route, then grab anywhere on the route to move the route line. The route will regenerate for you. Zoom Bar – No longer just a zoom in and zoom out button, the zoom bar allows you to jump to specific zoom levels within predefined settings. Command Parsing – Want driving directions? Enter “Bellevue, WA to Space Needle” in the Bing Maps search box. Want traffic info? Enter “Seattle... Read More If you visited Bing Maps today you may have noticed a new look and feel. Well, that’s because it has a new look and feel. Specifically, the navigation bar is now black to match the Bing color set. Well, that’s the obvious change; however, I’ll go ahead and provide you with a list of new features you may not notice right off the bat. Draggable Routes – Yes! This is a great (and much requested) feature added to Bing Maps allowing you to generate a route, then in the case that you need to change the route, you can simply grab any part of it and drag it to where you want the route to actually go. To use draggable routes, click the directions link in the welcome pane or the car icon near the bottom of the welcome pane. Enter a start and end, generate a route, then grab anywhere on the route to move the route line. The route will regenerate for you. Zoom Bar – No longer just a zoom in and zoom out button, the zoom bar allows you to jump to specific zoom levels within predefined settings. Command Parsing – Want driving directions? Enter “Bellevue, WA to Space Needle” in the Bing Maps search box. Want traffic info? Enter “Seattle... Read More
  • November
    09

    Bing Maps Silverlight Control 1.0 Released

    After months of residing online as a community technology preview (CTP), the Bing Maps Silverlight Control (Version 1.0) has arrived and the .dlls are ready for your grubby, coding hands and vividly, creative minds to start bringing to life the next generation of location-based applications. The Bing Maps Silverlight Control adds stunning aesthetic, unmatched performance and an innovative revolution to an already strong arsenal contained under the Bing Maps Platform’s umbrella. Let’s skip the marketing jazz and go straight for the gusto – what’s in the Bing Maps Silverlight Control v. 1? Enter bullet list… Everything from the CTP was brought forward including support for Deep Zoom, pixel to lat/lon reversal (and vice versa), vector graphics, scalable images and video placement, etc, etc. For more on the CTP check out my blog post, “ Introducing The Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control ” or watch my session from MIX 2009 . Built on Silverlight 3: We’ve upgraded to the latest bits of Silverlight to keep your application development efforts bleeding edge. Support for Expression Blend: Add the Bing Maps Silverlight... Read More After months of residing online as a community technology preview (CTP), the Bing Maps Silverlight Control (Version 1.0) has arrived and the .dlls are ready for your grubby, coding hands and vividly, creative minds to start bringing to life the next generation of location-based applications. The Bing Maps Silverlight Control adds stunning aesthetic, unmatched performance and an innovative revolution to an already strong arsenal contained under the Bing Maps Platform’s umbrella. Let’s skip the marketing jazz and go straight for the gusto – what’s in the Bing Maps Silverlight Control v. 1? Enter bullet list… Everything from the CTP was brought forward including support for Deep Zoom, pixel to lat/lon reversal (and vice versa), vector graphics, scalable images and video placement, etc, etc. For more on the CTP check out my blog post, “ Introducing The Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control ” or watch my session from MIX 2009 . Built on Silverlight 3: We’ve upgraded to the latest bits of Silverlight to keep your application development efforts bleeding edge. Support for Expression Blend: Add the Bing Maps Silverlight... Read More
  • November
    09

    Bing Maps Terms of Use Changes; Benefit...

    I mentioned in my “Bing Maps Silverlight Control 1.0 Released” blog post that we altered the Bing Maps terms of use and it would require a post all on its own. Well, here’s why. We’ve made a bunch of changes which makes things easier to understand, easier to use and easier to get started. The way the mapping industry grew up, depended on counting transactions. A transaction is either (a) a geocoding request/response, a routing request response, a search request response or 8 map tiles (256 x 256 pixels). Transactions still have their place for stateless APIs, but we’re moving on by introducing the concept of a session. Sessions will be used with the Bing Maps AJAX Map Control and the Bing Maps Silverlight Control. A session is basically defined as loading the map control and exploring at will – no tile limitations. I’m going to make it as clear and simple as I can, so here goes: Bing Maps AJAX Control – all maps rendered onto the client upon the initial request is considered 1 session . Session includes any requests for geocoding, routing or search. Bing Maps Silverlight Control - all maps rendered onto the client upon the... Read More I mentioned in my “Bing Maps Silverlight Control 1.0 Released” blog post that we altered the Bing Maps terms of use and it would require a post all on its own. Well, here’s why. We’ve made a bunch of changes which makes things easier to understand, easier to use and easier to get started. The way the mapping industry grew up, depended on counting transactions. A transaction is either (a) a geocoding request/response, a routing request response, a search request response or 8 map tiles (256 x 256 pixels). Transactions still have their place for stateless APIs, but we’re moving on by introducing the concept of a session. Sessions will be used with the Bing Maps AJAX Map Control and the Bing Maps Silverlight Control. A session is basically defined as loading the map control and exploring at will – no tile limitations. I’m going to make it as clear and simple as I can, so here goes: Bing Maps AJAX Control – all maps rendered onto the client upon the initial request is considered 1 session . Session includes any requests for geocoding, routing or search. Bing Maps Silverlight Control - all maps rendered onto the client upon the... Read More
  • November
    09

    The Scottish Government Goes with Bing...

    The Scottish Government launched their Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) site which identifies small area concentrations of multiple deprivation across all of Scotland in a fair way and allows effective targeting of policies and funding where the aim is to wholly or partly tackle or take account of area concentrations of multiple deprivation is now using a Bing Maps Silverlight interface to visualize their data. The SIMD Interactive Bing Map is a mapping tool which can be used to identify Scotland's most deprived areas and their location within each local authority area . Now, this is a perfect example of an application that would require a Bing Maps Silverlight interface. There is just a massive amount of data to visualize and it’s done in a compact, yet elegant manner using simple lists and checkboxes. Within the application, the default interface loads all of the geographies as semi-transparent overlays. You can then click anywhere on the map which will select the respective region, zoom to it, shade it as a vector graphic, then query the polygon and return information about the respective polygon to a table below the map with additional information such as the immediate... Read More The Scottish Government launched their Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) site which identifies small area concentrations of multiple deprivation across all of Scotland in a fair way and allows effective targeting of policies and funding where the aim is to wholly or partly tackle or take account of area concentrations of multiple deprivation is now using a Bing Maps Silverlight interface to visualize their data. The SIMD Interactive Bing Map is a mapping tool which can be used to identify Scotland's most deprived areas and their location within each local authority area . Now, this is a perfect example of an application that would require a Bing Maps Silverlight interface. There is just a massive amount of data to visualize and it’s done in a compact, yet elegant manner using simple lists and checkboxes. Within the application, the default interface loads all of the geographies as semi-transparent overlays. You can then click anywhere on the map which will select the respective region, zoom to it, shade it as a vector graphic, then query the polygon and return information about the respective polygon to a table below the map with additional information such as the immediate... Read More
  • November
    05

    YellowPages.com’s Mobile Efforts with Bing...

    For the past years, I’ve worked closely with Yellow Pages (owned by AT&T Interactive) getting Bing Maps onto their Yellow Pages.com web site; however, they’ve also been working on some mobile applications that use Bing Maps. You can see the applications from your mobile browser at http://m.yp.com . I was able to commandeer a video from them that illustrates all of the offerings from the mobile side of the house. Sorry, it’s a You Tube video . :-/ The Yellow Pages mobile site includes several features from Bing Maps – road maps, layering pushpins on the maps, aerial photos, traffic information and driving directions. Now, I just traded in my T-Mobile Dash for something else, but I will tell you that a site like this was critical to my WAP browsing experience. For those of you who rely on WAP, you will thank the AT&T Interactive for this. Super light weight, super simplistic - exactly what you'd be looking for when you're using a WAP site for browsing for locations near you in real time. CP – Follow me on Twitter @ChrisPendleton For the past years, I’ve worked closely with Yellow Pages (owned by AT&T Interactive) getting Bing Maps onto their Yellow Pages.com web site; however, they’ve also been working on some mobile applications that use Bing Maps. You can see the applications from your mobile browser at http://m.yp.com . I was able to commandeer a video from them that illustrates all of the offerings from the mobile side of the house. Sorry, it’s a You Tube video . :-/ The Yellow Pages mobile site includes several features from Bing Maps – road maps, layering pushpins on the maps, aerial photos, traffic information and driving directions. Now, I just traded in my T-Mobile Dash for something else, but I will tell you that a site like this was critical to my WAP browsing experience. For those of you who rely on WAP, you will thank the AT&T Interactive for this. Super light weight, super simplistic - exactly what you'd be looking for when you're using a WAP site for browsing for locations near you in real time. CP – Follow me on Twitter @ChrisPendleton