Map Cruncher 3.0 Released

Need to crunch more tiles? Need to crunch them faster? Now you can! Download the latest version of Map Cruncher @ http://research.microsoft.com/mapcruncher. Here’s a high-level list of new features: • Far more robust — major internal restructuring of the code makes things much more reliable • Integrated with v4.0 MapControl API — including support for the new…

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Spaceland Launch Video

We had a huge shindig in San Francisco last Monday when we launched Spaceland (aka Virtual Earth 3-D). As a part of the launch there was a video composed to get everyone pumped about the product. You can watch the video (as if you were at the launch) right here: http://soapbox.msn.com/video.aspx?vid=0013b838-ffbb-428a-a21e-d3d5a217c6d9.

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Home Builders Take Note!

Virtual Earth and Map Cruncher prove useful for home builders by allowing you to overlay planned developments. For example, let’s say you’re converting a parcel, adding a street, a block, or entire neighborhood (!) and you want to do some planning or marketing to potential customers; you can use the Map Cruncher tool to overlay…

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Home Services Adopts Virtual Earth

Many, many real estate companies are seeing the power and flexibility of the Virtual Earth platform. It all started with John L. Scott out of Bellevue, WA who set the precedent for Web 2.0 Real Estate site using maps and has spread like wildfire. Now, the Home Services companies have adopted our platform which means…

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Spaceland Launch Review

Mike Boland did a good job of documenting the Virtual Earth 3-D Launch Event (code name Spaceland). Read about it on his blog here: http://www.kelseygroup.com/blog/blog_comment.asp?bi=1452&m=11&y=2006&d=&s= I gotta give props to anyone who quotes me. 🙂

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MapCruncher for 3-D?

Check out this site that has already adopted using Map Cruncher with our Virtual Earth Map Control in 3-D mode: http://www.3dgeomaps.com/. You get the same interface that you do in 3-D mode including building models and digital elevation models; however, now you can add customized map tiles to overlay on the map!

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Where are my pushpins?

In case you’ve run into the problem of your pins not showing up on the map there are a couple things your can do to troubleshoot. 1. Set the appropriate z-level – many times your pins are displayed, but they’re under the map. Virtual Earth will always assume the zero z-level, so ensure that you’ve distinctly…

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Virtual Earth Business Value Webcast

In case you missed my webcast on “Using Mapping and Location Technologies to Grow Your Business” you can view the recorded version here: https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/Register.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032313598&CountryCode=US&IsRedirect=false. Other than the glitch in the middle switching from slides to demos the presentation should be engaging enough to justify a mapping solution if you don’t have one or using mapping…

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Windows Live Local On MTV

Microsoft has teamed up with MTV to promote Windows Live Local on their mtvU (MTV University) show “Quad Squads.” The show is “Apprentice”-like in that it pits two 4-person teams from different universities to complete challenges in order to win prizes. Windows Live Local is highlighted in the 1st episode as a Marketing challlenge –…

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Syndication on Live Maps

Enterprises can now advertise on our 2D maps on Live Maps (aka, Live Local, Windows Live Local or Windows Live Maps). The first to release into the service are our good friends at Petco. Check out the Petco icons hovering over all Petco stores across the US – http://maps.live.com/default.aspx?v=2&ss=yp.petco&cp=32.763027~-117.182751&style=r&lvl=12&tilt=-90&dir=0&alt=-1000&scene=6240888. There are actually multiple advertising opportunities…

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