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Maps Blog — Mar 2012

  • March
    30

    If You're Planning to Attend the Where...

    The youngest member of our family of mapping APIs allows you to build Metro Style applications for the next generation of Microsoft’s operating system. No matter if you are a hardcore .NET developer or if you prefer developing with HTML5 and JavaScript – Bing Maps has you covered. If you’re planning to join us on April 2nd for the Bing Maps for Windows 8 Workshop, be sure to confirm that your registration includes Workshops . Get your mapping applications ready for Windows 8! The Bing Maps Team The youngest member of our family of mapping APIs allows you to build Metro Style applications for the next generation of Microsoft’s operating system. No matter if you are a hardcore .NET developer or if you prefer developing with HTML5 and JavaScript – Bing Maps has you covered. If you’re planning to join us on April 2nd for the Bing Maps for Windows 8 Workshop, be sure to confirm that your registration includes Workshops . Get your mapping applications ready for Windows 8! The Bing Maps Team
  • March
    20

    New ‘Via’ Waypoints feature added to the...

    The Bing Maps team has added a new feature to the Bing Maps REST Services Routes API called “via” waypoints. This feature already exists on the Bing Maps consumer site ( http://www.bing.com/maps ) as the ability to drag-and-drop a route to create one or more “via” waypoints. We are excited to expose it to developers using the Bing Maps REST Services API. The first question that might come to mind is “If there is a new “via” waypoint, then how is that different from a “waypoint”?” For the sake of discussion, let’s call our beloved old waypoint a “stop” waypoint. First, a little bit of context. In the “old world”, the Routes API only supported “stop” waypoints, and a Routes API request could have two or more “stop" waypoints. In the simplest scenario, two waypoints specify the start and the end locations of the route, and the result is a route leg between these two locations with an itinerary (i.e., set of driving instructions). Adding additional “stop” waypoints adds additional route legs, each with its own itinerary. It is important for a route leg to have its... Read More The Bing Maps team has added a new feature to the Bing Maps REST Services Routes API called “via” waypoints. This feature already exists on the Bing Maps consumer site ( http://www.bing.com/maps ) as the ability to drag-and-drop a route to create one or more “via” waypoints. We are excited to expose it to developers using the Bing Maps REST Services API. The first question that might come to mind is “If there is a new “via” waypoint, then how is that different from a “waypoint”?” For the sake of discussion, let’s call our beloved old waypoint a “stop” waypoint. First, a little bit of context. In the “old world”, the Routes API only supported “stop” waypoints, and a Routes API request could have two or more “stop" waypoints. In the simplest scenario, two waypoints specify the start and the end locations of the route, and the result is a route leg between these two locations with an itinerary (i.e., set of driving instructions). Adding additional “stop” waypoints adds additional route legs, each with its own itinerary. It is important for a route leg to have its... Read More
  • March
    16

    The Bing Maps Forums

    By Ricky Brundritt, EMEA Bing Maps Technology Solution Professional The Bing Maps MSDN forums are one of the best places to ask a question if you need help developing with Bing Maps. This forum has served us well for many years, but over time, it’s become more difficult to manage. As the number of Bing Maps API’s has grown, it has become increasingly difficult to answer questions. In many cases, someone would respond to a question with what seems to be a very valid answer, only to find out that the user was using a different API. Needless to say, this has resulted in it taking longer to get the answer you need. Another issue was that the Bing Maps forums were located under the Windows Live Development forum category. This made it hard to find the Bing Maps forums in the first place. Many of the regulars on the Bing Maps forum have been asking for sub-forums for the different API’s for quite some time. I remember first requesting this myself nearly 3 years ago when I first became a moderator for the forums. A couple of years ago a set of forums were created under the Bing Community site; however, these forums were not adopted by many developers. The developers... Read More By Ricky Brundritt, EMEA Bing Maps Technology Solution Professional The Bing Maps MSDN forums are one of the best places to ask a question if you need help developing with Bing Maps. This forum has served us well for many years, but over time, it’s become more difficult to manage. As the number of Bing Maps API’s has grown, it has become increasingly difficult to answer questions. In many cases, someone would respond to a question with what seems to be a very valid answer, only to find out that the user was using a different API. Needless to say, this has resulted in it taking longer to get the answer you need. Another issue was that the Bing Maps forums were located under the Windows Live Development forum category. This made it hard to find the Bing Maps forums in the first place. Many of the regulars on the Bing Maps forum have been asking for sub-forums for the different API’s for quite some time. I remember first requesting this myself nearly 3 years ago when I first became a moderator for the forums. A couple of years ago a set of forums were created under the Bing Community site; however, these forums were not adopted by many developers. The developers... Read More
  • March
    16

    Three New Bing Maps V7 Modules

    By Ricky Brundritt, EMEA Bing Maps Technology Solution Professional In September of 2011 we started the Bing Maps v7 Module CodePlex Project . The purpose of this project was to create a centralized location where developers could find and share useful modules that expand the functionality of the Bing Maps V7 API. Since the start of the project, we’ve had 12 modules submitted and a handful of new modules currently in development. It’s safe to say that this project is absolutely worth looking into. Today I would like to highlight the three newest modules added to the project: Drag Handle Module Download here This module was created by Mike Garza , a regular Bing Maps community contributor. This module makes editing shapes easy by adding handles to drag the vertices of the shapes in order to update their values. This is great if you want to give your users a predefined shape on the map and the ability for them to edit it as they see fit. I’ve seen this functionality used a lot for search-type applications as it gives the user the ability to select the area they want to search, even if that area is a complex-looking polygon. Shape Toolbox Module... Read More By Ricky Brundritt, EMEA Bing Maps Technology Solution Professional In September of 2011 we started the Bing Maps v7 Module CodePlex Project . The purpose of this project was to create a centralized location where developers could find and share useful modules that expand the functionality of the Bing Maps V7 API. Since the start of the project, we’ve had 12 modules submitted and a handful of new modules currently in development. It’s safe to say that this project is absolutely worth looking into. Today I would like to highlight the three newest modules added to the project: Drag Handle Module Download here This module was created by Mike Garza , a regular Bing Maps community contributor. This module makes editing shapes easy by adding handles to drag the vertices of the shapes in order to update their values. This is great if you want to give your users a predefined shape on the map and the ability for them to edit it as they see fit. I’ve seen this functionality used a lot for search-type applications as it gives the user the ability to select the area they want to search, even if that area is a complex-looking polygon. Shape Toolbox Module... Read More
  • March
    14

    A New Look for Pushpins, Popups, and Transit

    We’ve just rolled out some exciting new updates to www.bing.com/maps that make it easier for you to find information on the map, explore the layouts of over 850 venues, as well as get to where you’re going with public transit (or transport). Read on to learn more! Pushpin and Popup refresh The pushpin. It’s the most common element overlaid on a map. And today, it’s getting an update. In making these changes, to both the pushpin and corresponding popup, our goals were simple: enable you to find the information you want, more quickly and efficiently, while at the same time minimizing obstruction of the map. Let’s take a deeper look at some before and after examples. The updated pushpins are designed to better overlay on top of our base map color scheme and make it easier to find results when you perform a search. Search related content appears in blue, while user-generated and saved content (such as “My places”) use an orange colored pin. The contrast changes are more pronounced on hover (and for business searches, the corresponding item in the left-hand panel is adjusted as well), and we’ve also added a new small popup to... Read More We’ve just rolled out some exciting new updates to www.bing.com/maps that make it easier for you to find information on the map, explore the layouts of over 850 venues, as well as get to where you’re going with public transit (or transport). Read on to learn more! Pushpin and Popup refresh The pushpin. It’s the most common element overlaid on a map. And today, it’s getting an update. In making these changes, to both the pushpin and corresponding popup, our goals were simple: enable you to find the information you want, more quickly and efficiently, while at the same time minimizing obstruction of the map. Let’s take a deeper look at some before and after examples. The updated pushpins are designed to better overlay on top of our base map color scheme and make it easier to find results when you perform a search. Search related content appears in blue, while user-generated and saved content (such as “My places”) use an orange colored pin. The contrast changes are more pronounced on hover (and for business searches, the corresponding item in the left-hand panel is adjusted as well), and we’ve also added a new small popup to... Read More
  • March
    06

    Announcing: Bing Maps for Metro Style Apps

    On Wednesday, February 29, our friends over in the Windows division proudly unveiled the Windows 8 Consumer Preview release to the world. Today, we are excited to announce a beta of the new Bing Maps SDK for Metro style apps , which provides a set of controls to help you integrate mapping into your Windows Metro style apps. Building apps using JavaScript If you’ve tried to use the Bing Maps AJAX v7 control in a Metro style app using JavaScript, you’ve likely encountered issues (due to sandboxing of the web context) that make it difficult to consume. With the new SDK, we’re now providing a JavaScript control specifically intended for use within your JavaScript apps. This new control is based on our AJAX v7 control, and thus shares a very similar API, but it’s also been enhanced to work within the local app context. For this beta release, you’ll find support for all of the same map types, pushpins, polylines/polygons, infoboxes, and tile layers as AJAX v7, plus the addition of the Venue Maps module. (Directions, traffic, overlays, and other modules are not yet available, but you can still render data provided by our REST APIs.) For more information... Read More On Wednesday, February 29, our friends over in the Windows division proudly unveiled the Windows 8 Consumer Preview release to the world. Today, we are excited to announce a beta of the new Bing Maps SDK for Metro style apps , which provides a set of controls to help you integrate mapping into your Windows Metro style apps. Building apps using JavaScript If you’ve tried to use the Bing Maps AJAX v7 control in a Metro style app using JavaScript, you’ve likely encountered issues (due to sandboxing of the web context) that make it difficult to consume. With the new SDK, we’re now providing a JavaScript control specifically intended for use within your JavaScript apps. This new control is based on our AJAX v7 control, and thus shares a very similar API, but it’s also been enhanced to work within the local app context. For this beta release, you’ll find support for all of the same map types, pushpins, polylines/polygons, infoboxes, and tile layers as AJAX v7, plus the addition of the Venue Maps module. (Directions, traffic, overlays, and other modules are not yet available, but you can still render data provided by our REST APIs.) For more information... Read More