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Maps Blog — Feb 2010

  • February
    22

    Go Offline with the Bing Maps Server (Web...

    For a while now, I’ve blogged about the Virtual Earth Server and it’s offline capabilities for those of you who want Bing Maps imagery and data, but have internet connectivity limitations / requirements for behind-the-firewall-only use. If you’ve ever wanted to dive deeper into the Virtual Earth Web Server, now is your chance. Oh, and, by the way it’s now called the Bing Maps Server to align with our brand. So, henceforth what was the Virtual Earth Server is now the Bing Maps Server. On February 24 (that’s this Wednesday!) at 8AM Pacific Standard Time, we’ll begin kicking on a series of web casts to illustrate the technologies within and around the Bing Maps Server. There are currently 3 web casts scheduled as follow which dive deep into the solution as a whole, IT requirements and infrastructure, and developer aspects respectively. If you’re at all interested in the Bing Maps Server as an offline server solution for your geospatial mapping needs put all of these on your calendar. Wednesday, 24 February 2010, 08:00 AM Pacific Standard Time: Microsoft Bing Maps Server (Part 1 of 3): When the Internet Isn't an Option Wednesday, 3 March... Read More For a while now, I’ve blogged about the Virtual Earth Server and it’s offline capabilities for those of you who want Bing Maps imagery and data, but have internet connectivity limitations / requirements for behind-the-firewall-only use. If you’ve ever wanted to dive deeper into the Virtual Earth Web Server, now is your chance. Oh, and, by the way it’s now called the Bing Maps Server to align with our brand. So, henceforth what was the Virtual Earth Server is now the Bing Maps Server. On February 24 (that’s this Wednesday!) at 8AM Pacific Standard Time, we’ll begin kicking on a series of web casts to illustrate the technologies within and around the Bing Maps Server. There are currently 3 web casts scheduled as follow which dive deep into the solution as a whole, IT requirements and infrastructure, and developer aspects respectively. If you’re at all interested in the Bing Maps Server as an offline server solution for your geospatial mapping needs put all of these on your calendar. Wednesday, 24 February 2010, 08:00 AM Pacific Standard Time: Microsoft Bing Maps Server (Part 1 of 3): When the Internet Isn't an Option Wednesday, 3 March... Read More
  • February
    21

    Windows Phone and Bing Maps

    Last week at Mobile World Congress 2010 in Barcelona, Spain I sat in the overflow room watching Steve Ballmer and Joel Belfiori announce Windows Phone 7 Series – I tweeted many atweet via Twitter, so feel free to check out my tweets for more information there. It was standing room only and the 50+ people in the overflow room were applauding and cheering at the 50 inch plasma as the demos went off perfectly. As any good evangelist would do, I afterwards went in and interviewed one of the Program Managers on the Windows Phone team. Ian Todd was demoing at the Windows Phone booth all day, but took some time “back stage” to give me the full one on one context where Windows Phone and Bing Maps come together. Check out my video for the full details of Bing Maps on Windows Phone. I have one of these fancy Kodak Zi8 cameras which apparently won’t focus on the device screen very well, but you’ll get the gist. Also, make sure you’re at MIX 2010 in Las Vegas next month for Windows Phone developer announcements. I’ll be there, so we can chat Bing Maps. CP – Follow me on Twitter @ ChrisPendleton Last week at Mobile World Congress 2010 in Barcelona, Spain I sat in the overflow room watching Steve Ballmer and Joel Belfiori announce Windows Phone 7 Series – I tweeted many atweet via Twitter, so feel free to check out my tweets for more information there. It was standing room only and the 50+ people in the overflow room were applauding and cheering at the 50 inch plasma as the demos went off perfectly. As any good evangelist would do, I afterwards went in and interviewed one of the Program Managers on the Windows Phone team. Ian Todd was demoing at the Windows Phone booth all day, but took some time “back stage” to give me the full one on one context where Windows Phone and Bing Maps come together. Check out my video for the full details of Bing Maps on Windows Phone. I have one of these fancy Kodak Zi8 cameras which apparently won’t focus on the device screen very well, but you’ll get the gist. Also, make sure you’re at MIX 2010 in Las Vegas next month for Windows Phone developer announcements. I’ll be there, so we can chat Bing Maps. CP – Follow me on Twitter @ ChrisPendleton
  • February
    21

    Web Application Toolkit Features Bing Maps

    If you’re really looking to jumpstart your Bing Maps development you’re going to want to check out the new web application toolkit . The toolkit provides sample ASP .NET code for common scenarios such as pushpins on the Bing Maps Silverlight Control and creating a store locator. Read on the info I scraped from the site. Web Application Toolkits help ASP.NET web developers quickly complete common tasks. Each Web Application Toolkit download contains reusable assets - e.g. controls, class libraries, endpoints etc. and a sample application that shows how to use them. Earlier this year we launched 7 Web App Toolkits; IE8 Extensibility, Bing Search, REST Services, Mobile Web Applications, Template-driven Email, Social Web Apps, FAQs. We received a great response from the community and had plenty of suggestions for new toolkits! Over the past couple of months we’ve been busy in the lab creating three new Web Application Toolkits and are excited to launch them today! A common scenario for Web developers is to provide location based information rendered on an interactive map. For example, showing the location of an office or a store location. The Bing Maps SDKs including... Read More If you’re really looking to jumpstart your Bing Maps development you’re going to want to check out the new web application toolkit . The toolkit provides sample ASP .NET code for common scenarios such as pushpins on the Bing Maps Silverlight Control and creating a store locator. Read on the info I scraped from the site. Web Application Toolkits help ASP.NET web developers quickly complete common tasks. Each Web Application Toolkit download contains reusable assets - e.g. controls, class libraries, endpoints etc. and a sample application that shows how to use them. Earlier this year we launched 7 Web App Toolkits; IE8 Extensibility, Bing Search, REST Services, Mobile Web Applications, Template-driven Email, Social Web Apps, FAQs. We received a great response from the community and had plenty of suggestions for new toolkits! Over the past couple of months we’ve been busy in the lab creating three new Web Application Toolkits and are excited to launch them today! A common scenario for Web developers is to provide location based information rendered on an interactive map. For example, showing the location of an office or a store location. The Bing Maps SDKs including... Read More
  • February
    15

    Using Bird’s Eye on Broadcast

    King 5 (NBC) in Seattle recently did a story about a rather precarious intersection which challenges the legality of tickets issued at a 5-way intersection via a camera system ( RCW 46.63.170 basically states that camera systems are only legal for 4-way intersections). In order to really illustrate the intersection, King 5 used Bing Maps and more specifically Bird’s Eye imagery, to really bring the story to life. Check out this video to see how it was used. Bing Maps is natively integrated into Curious / VizRT for you broadcast editors out there; however, King 5 upped the game a bit by using the Bird’s Eye photos to really make it shine. CP – Follow me on Twitter @ ChrisPendleton King 5 (NBC) in Seattle recently did a story about a rather precarious intersection which challenges the legality of tickets issued at a 5-way intersection via a camera system ( RCW 46.63.170 basically states that camera systems are only legal for 4-way intersections). In order to really illustrate the intersection, King 5 used Bing Maps and more specifically Bird’s Eye imagery, to really bring the story to life. Check out this video to see how it was used. Bing Maps is natively integrated into Curious / VizRT for you broadcast editors out there; however, King 5 upped the game a bit by using the Bird’s Eye photos to really make it shine. CP – Follow me on Twitter @ ChrisPendleton
  • February
    12

    Bing Maps Imagery Release, February 2010

    This is a pretty exciting release, especially if you’re Romanian. In this release, we’ve added….wait for it…over 1 million square kilometers of new imagery! Can you even fathom how much data this is? Now, all of you who’ve sent me emails pointing out shortfalls in the Bing Maps imagery can rest assure that we are updating it and publishing some amazing and quite recent new imagery. And, for the first time ever, we’ve added Bird’s Eye for Romania and expanded our Enhanced Birds Eye outside the United States! Here are the details: Bird’s Eye Italy – 5,547 sq. km. Netherlands – 554 sq. km. Romania – 1,414 sq. km. Spain – 512 sq. km. Sweden – 1,174 sq. km. United States – 120,181 sq. km. (!!!) Aerial (Ortho) Australia - 54,488 sq. km. Botswana - 46,179 sq. km. Canada - 391 sq. km. Lesotho - 6,201 sq. km. Mexico - 584,527 sq. km. Morocco - 109,448 sq. km. Namibia - 47,199 sq. km. New Zealand - 57,540 sq. km. Portugal – The Whole Country! South Africa - 221,336 sq. km. Enhanced Bird’s Eye Haiti Mexico... Read More This is a pretty exciting release, especially if you’re Romanian. In this release, we’ve added….wait for it…over 1 million square kilometers of new imagery! Can you even fathom how much data this is? Now, all of you who’ve sent me emails pointing out shortfalls in the Bing Maps imagery can rest assure that we are updating it and publishing some amazing and quite recent new imagery. And, for the first time ever, we’ve added Bird’s Eye for Romania and expanded our Enhanced Birds Eye outside the United States! Here are the details: Bird’s Eye Italy – 5,547 sq. km. Netherlands – 554 sq. km. Romania – 1,414 sq. km. Spain – 512 sq. km. Sweden – 1,174 sq. km. United States – 120,181 sq. km. (!!!) Aerial (Ortho) Australia - 54,488 sq. km. Botswana - 46,179 sq. km. Canada - 391 sq. km. Lesotho - 6,201 sq. km. Mexico - 584,527 sq. km. Morocco - 109,448 sq. km. Namibia - 47,199 sq. km. New Zealand - 57,540 sq. km. Portugal – The Whole Country! South Africa - 221,336 sq. km. Enhanced Bird’s Eye Haiti Mexico... Read More
  • February
    11

    New Bing Maps Application: Streetside Photos

    So, you have all these killer photos of different cities around the world just sitting on some hard drive or server and the best you can do with them is send them to friends as is, right? Isn’t it funny that the photos you tend to zip through are the ones with no people in them, but when you were there man it was a cool shot that you just HAD to capture? Well, we’re giving those photos some love (and context) with our latest mash-in to the Bing Maps Application Gallery. We’ve just rolled out a new application that is currently in a tech preview phase that pulls photos from Flickr® , associates them with Bing Maps Streetside photos and then overlays them by stretching the photo to form fit where in the world it belongs. The new application called Streetside Photos is currently available in Seattle, San Francisco and Vancouver (Canada) - (hello, Olympics!!) to view your Flickr photos in a whole new way. Check out the Bing Search post, Spatial Search: The New Frontier for a full read on how we're changing how we think of search. Check this out. Here’s Pike’s Market Place in Seattle with just our Streetside images. Now, check it out with a Flickr... Read More So, you have all these killer photos of different cities around the world just sitting on some hard drive or server and the best you can do with them is send them to friends as is, right? Isn’t it funny that the photos you tend to zip through are the ones with no people in them, but when you were there man it was a cool shot that you just HAD to capture? Well, we’re giving those photos some love (and context) with our latest mash-in to the Bing Maps Application Gallery. We’ve just rolled out a new application that is currently in a tech preview phase that pulls photos from Flickr® , associates them with Bing Maps Streetside photos and then overlays them by stretching the photo to form fit where in the world it belongs. The new application called Streetside Photos is currently available in Seattle, San Francisco and Vancouver (Canada) - (hello, Olympics!!) to view your Flickr photos in a whole new way. Check out the Bing Search post, Spatial Search: The New Frontier for a full read on how we're changing how we think of search. Check this out. Here’s Pike’s Market Place in Seattle with just our Streetside images. Now, check it out with a Flickr... Read More
  • February
    09

    Bing Maps Platform Survey – Your Input...

    It’s survey time again, where you get the chance to provide direct feedback to the Product Management team to help make The Bing Maps Platform better. We want to hear what’s important to you so we can prioritize accordingly. You want a WPF control? How about multi-modal routing? Traffic in France (got that request today)? Let’s hear it. Fill out the survey below and see your vote count toward making The Bing Maps Platform everything you want it to be one feature at a time. Take the survey now ! CP – Follow me on Twitter @ ChrisPendleton It’s survey time again, where you get the chance to provide direct feedback to the Product Management team to help make The Bing Maps Platform better. We want to hear what’s important to you so we can prioritize accordingly. You want a WPF control? How about multi-modal routing? Traffic in France (got that request today)? Let’s hear it. Fill out the survey below and see your vote count toward making The Bing Maps Platform everything you want it to be one feature at a time. Take the survey now ! CP – Follow me on Twitter @ ChrisPendleton
  • February
    09

    New Bing Maps Application: Winter Games

    Not going to Vancouver for the Olympic games? Well, we’ve got everything you need right in Bing Maps’ new application: Winter Games . In coordination with NBCOlympics.com , get up to the minute information about the 2010 Winter Olympics in everything from venues to news. Click the Venues bar on the left to see the different venues where the events are taking place. Click the Medal Count bar to see every country mapped out with the number of bronze, silver and gold medals awarded to the respective country. Click the Winter Games News and Blogs to get the latest information about the Winter Olympic Games from news sources and bloggers on site. Finally, check out the Winter Games Tweets which filters information from our Twitter Maps application specific to the Olympics. CP – Follow me on Twitter @ ChrisPendleton Not going to Vancouver for the Olympic games? Well, we’ve got everything you need right in Bing Maps’ new application: Winter Games . In coordination with NBCOlympics.com , get up to the minute information about the 2010 Winter Olympics in everything from venues to news. Click the Venues bar on the left to see the different venues where the events are taking place. Click the Medal Count bar to see every country mapped out with the number of bronze, silver and gold medals awarded to the respective country. Click the Winter Games News and Blogs to get the latest information about the Winter Olympic Games from news sources and bloggers on site. Finally, check out the Winter Games Tweets which filters information from our Twitter Maps application specific to the Olympics. CP – Follow me on Twitter @ ChrisPendleton
  • February
    09

    New Bing Maps Book Helps Developers

    Parlez-Vous Français? Well, if you do and you want to learn how to build applications using The Bing Maps Platform have I got a book for you. Yesterday, at Microsoft Tech Days France, I met Nicolas Boonaert who is the author of the first and only book about Bing Maps, “ Bing Maps - Guide complet de la cartographie interactive (Broché) .” Now, this is not to be confused with my good friend Chandu Thota’s book “ Programming MapPoint in .NET ” or Microsoft Research’s (and former MapPoint Technical Evangelist) B.J. Holtgrewe’s “ MapPoint for Dummies .” Boonaert’s book is a great read for anyone interested in developing anything in Bing Maps including 3D, AJAX, Silverlight and Mobile. He even touches a bit on licensing. From the Amazon.com France web site : “ Ce livre sur Bing Maps (anciennement Virtual Earth) s'adresse à des développeurs débutants à confirmés, curieux de la cartographie interactive et des nouvelles technologies orientées Web. Le livre couvre l'ensemble des possibilités de l'API Bing Maps for Entreprise de Microsoft, à travers des cas... Read More Parlez-Vous Français? Well, if you do and you want to learn how to build applications using The Bing Maps Platform have I got a book for you. Yesterday, at Microsoft Tech Days France, I met Nicolas Boonaert who is the author of the first and only book about Bing Maps, “ Bing Maps - Guide complet de la cartographie interactive (Broché) .” Now, this is not to be confused with my good friend Chandu Thota’s book “ Programming MapPoint in .NET ” or Microsoft Research’s (and former MapPoint Technical Evangelist) B.J. Holtgrewe’s “ MapPoint for Dummies .” Boonaert’s book is a great read for anyone interested in developing anything in Bing Maps including 3D, AJAX, Silverlight and Mobile. He even touches a bit on licensing. From the Amazon.com France web site : “ Ce livre sur Bing Maps (anciennement Virtual Earth) s'adresse à des développeurs débutants à confirmés, curieux de la cartographie interactive et des nouvelles technologies orientées Web. Le livre couvre l'ensemble des possibilités de l'API Bing Maps for Entreprise de Microsoft, à travers des cas... Read More
  • February
    08

    Bing Maps Powers The National Grid

    Remember when President Obama announced support for a national smart grid ? Well, we’re seeing some of this money being put to good use on the National Grid web site in the form of smart grid data visualization using The Bing Maps Platform . In partnership with iFactor Consulting , The National Grid now has 5 areas (Massachusetts, Nantucket, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Upstate New York) online outlining coverage areas and pinpoint outage issues in a simple to use application. In a mail from Brad Selio,” National Grid US recently completed the release of a new section of their website, called Outage Central. The functionality on this site is powered by iFactor Consulting’s Storm Center product, and delivers real-time power outage information to customers, the media, and emergency officials. The interactive outage maps on the site are built using Microsoft Bing Maps, providing a powerful, easy to use mapping experience which detailed data coverage throughout the service territory. The solution also features interactive forms which allow a user to check current outage status and report power problems. These forms are built using the ASP.NET 3.5 platform from... Read More Remember when President Obama announced support for a national smart grid ? Well, we’re seeing some of this money being put to good use on the National Grid web site in the form of smart grid data visualization using The Bing Maps Platform . In partnership with iFactor Consulting , The National Grid now has 5 areas (Massachusetts, Nantucket, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Upstate New York) online outlining coverage areas and pinpoint outage issues in a simple to use application. In a mail from Brad Selio,” National Grid US recently completed the release of a new section of their website, called Outage Central. The functionality on this site is powered by iFactor Consulting’s Storm Center product, and delivers real-time power outage information to customers, the media, and emergency officials. The interactive outage maps on the site are built using Microsoft Bing Maps, providing a powerful, easy to use mapping experience which detailed data coverage throughout the service territory. The solution also features interactive forms which allow a user to check current outage status and report power problems. These forms are built using the ASP.NET 3.5 platform from... Read More
  • February
    04

    Vancouver Applications Feature Bing Maps

    All eyes will be watching Vancouver in the next couple weeks since the 2010 Winter Olympics roll into town. For those of you who won’t just be watching, but instead living the Olympics the Microsoft Canada Development Centre published a contest challenging developers to create interesting applications featuring the Bing Maps Platform and below are the resulting, quite helpful visitor applications. The Apps were developed by Developers at the Microsoft Canada Development Centre (MCDC) in Richmond, Vancouver. They are developing these apps in their ‘spare time’ as an initiative to get them more engaged with the local developer community. These apps will be ‘launched’ in early Feb and targeted at citizens and visitors during the Olympics. The apps utilize open data from the City of Vancouver ( http://data.vancouver.ca ) and platformed using the MS Open Government Data Initiative (OGDI) and Windows Azure – making them true cloud computing apps. All source code will be placed in Codeplex for shared use after the contest has finished. MapWay (Xinyang Qiu)- a way to find City of Vancouver facilities and Olympic events. Free Finders (Avi Brenner... Read More All eyes will be watching Vancouver in the next couple weeks since the 2010 Winter Olympics roll into town. For those of you who won’t just be watching, but instead living the Olympics the Microsoft Canada Development Centre published a contest challenging developers to create interesting applications featuring the Bing Maps Platform and below are the resulting, quite helpful visitor applications. The Apps were developed by Developers at the Microsoft Canada Development Centre (MCDC) in Richmond, Vancouver. They are developing these apps in their ‘spare time’ as an initiative to get them more engaged with the local developer community. These apps will be ‘launched’ in early Feb and targeted at citizens and visitors during the Olympics. The apps utilize open data from the City of Vancouver ( http://data.vancouver.ca ) and platformed using the MS Open Government Data Initiative (OGDI) and Windows Azure – making them true cloud computing apps. All source code will be placed in Codeplex for shared use after the contest has finished. MapWay (Xinyang Qiu)- a way to find City of Vancouver facilities and Olympic events. Free Finders (Avi Brenner... Read More
  • February
    01

    Bing Maps Imagery Release, January 2010...

    As I mentioned in my previous content update blog post, Bing Maps Imagery Release, January 2010 (Part 1), the amount of data being released into Bing Maps for January was so large that we have to break it into two releases to publish it. So, with that, I give you the second half totally 446,000+ square kilometers of new ortho imagery: Brisbane (Australia) Brisbane International Airport Area (Australia) Gold Coast (Australia) Murarrie-Raby Bay (Australia) Auckland (New Zealand) United Kingdom (21,000+ sq km) Santa Barbara, CA (USA) Crested Butte, CO (USA) Copper Mountain, CO (USA) Erie, PA (USA) Pittsburgh, PA (USA) Additional areas of interest around the world including Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, South Africa, Swaziland, Morocco, Namibia, Botswana, Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Russia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Latvia, Turkey and Romania. Check the Bing Maps World Tour for full details of the release. This, plus Part 1 of the January 2010 release equates to over 1 million sq. km. of new imagery just for this month. Holy smokes! CP – Follow me on Twitter @ ChrisPendleton As I mentioned in my previous content update blog post, Bing Maps Imagery Release, January 2010 (Part 1), the amount of data being released into Bing Maps for January was so large that we have to break it into two releases to publish it. So, with that, I give you the second half totally 446,000+ square kilometers of new ortho imagery: Brisbane (Australia) Brisbane International Airport Area (Australia) Gold Coast (Australia) Murarrie-Raby Bay (Australia) Auckland (New Zealand) United Kingdom (21,000+ sq km) Santa Barbara, CA (USA) Crested Butte, CO (USA) Copper Mountain, CO (USA) Erie, PA (USA) Pittsburgh, PA (USA) Additional areas of interest around the world including Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, South Africa, Swaziland, Morocco, Namibia, Botswana, Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Russia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Latvia, Turkey and Romania. Check the Bing Maps World Tour for full details of the release. This, plus Part 1 of the January 2010 release equates to over 1 million sq. km. of new imagery just for this month. Holy smokes! CP – Follow me on Twitter @ ChrisPendleton