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Maps Blog — May 2013

  • May
    22

    Image Overlays with Bing Maps (JavaScript...

    There are a lot of different types of data that can be overlaid on top of Bing Maps. In this post, we are going to look at how to overlay images on top of the Bing Maps V7 AJAX and Windows Store JavaScript controls. Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of great use cases for overlaying images on top of the map. Some of the more common use cases include: floor plans , satellite imagery of hurricanes or other natural disasters, historic maps , and other maps , There are two main approaches for overlaying images on Bing Maps. The first approach is to turn the image into map tiles ahead of time and serve them up to the application as a custom tile layer. This has been a common approach for many and have accomplished this by using a tool called MapCruncher . This approach does require hosting the tiles on a server, which can be slow going due to the number of tile loads. This approach is ideal for when you want to overlay a high resolution image with a large file size. The second approach is to overlay the image directly on the map and lock it to a specific bounding box, scaling and positioning it accordingly as the map moves. With the Bing Maps Silverlight control we are able to overlay... Read More There are a lot of different types of data that can be overlaid on top of Bing Maps. In this post, we are going to look at how to overlay images on top of the Bing Maps V7 AJAX and Windows Store JavaScript controls. Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of great use cases for overlaying images on top of the map. Some of the more common use cases include: floor plans , satellite imagery of hurricanes or other natural disasters, historic maps , and other maps , There are two main approaches for overlaying images on Bing Maps. The first approach is to turn the image into map tiles ahead of time and serve them up to the application as a custom tile layer. This has been a common approach for many and have accomplished this by using a tool called MapCruncher . This approach does require hosting the tiles on a server, which can be slow going due to the number of tile loads. This approach is ideal for when you want to overlay a high resolution image with a large file size. The second approach is to overlay the image directly on the map and lock it to a specific bounding box, scaling and positioning it accordingly as the map moves. With the Bing Maps Silverlight control we are able to overlay... Read More