Geocoding with the Virtual Earth Web Service

For those of you who may want to get access to the 85 million unique rooftop or parcel centroid accurate points we’ve aggregated in the Virtual Earth Web Service (VEWS), I figured it was only fair that I post a little something to help move you along. Hopefully, this helps you get past a sticking…

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Virtual Earth Gallery in trueSpace; Plus a Contest

We’re looking for a few good 3D designers to submit their best 3D work in Microsoft Virtual Earth (or Live Search Maps). A new addition to the Caligari (trueSpace) 3D Authoring and Collaboration site is a Virtual Earth Gallery specifically dedicated projects with geolocation in mind. You can browse through user submitted 3D objects to…

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Getting a Map with the Virtual Earth Web Service

The most basic element of Virtual Earth – maps. The Virtual Earth AJAX control is pretty simple because you could just copy and paste code into notepad, save it and run it in a browser. Well, the Virtual Earth Web Service (VEWS) is a bit of a different animal. It uses WCF and WSDL to…

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Building Virtual Earth Applications for iPhone

Ok, so let’s just jump in with both feet here. I have a post for "Getting a Map with the Virtual Earth Web Service" to tip your toe in the water, but with all of the emails I’m getting about this I better go ahead and just write it up and get it out there…

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Announcing The Virtual Earth Web Service and Virtual Earth Map Control 6.2

If you follow Microsoft Virtual Earth I’m sure you’ve picked up some blog posts that posted some of the features for this release, but those posts mysteriously disappeared. Information leaked out and you wondered, “Was that real?” Well, finally the definitive source on the new Virtual Earth Web Service and the new Virtual Earth Map…

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New Feature Release of Live Search Maps!

We’ve just made updates to our consumer site, Live Search Maps which are tied back to some of the updates in the Virtual Earth platform – there’s a slough of posts coming from me today! For the release we’ve included some AWESOME new features for users to enjoy, so please…enjoy! Communities  Community submitted collections are…

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New Version of Microsoft Virtual Earth 3D and 3DVia

We’ve released a new version of Virtual Earth 3D today. When you get to Live Search Maps and click 3D you’ll be prompted to update your 3D control. As a part of this, you can also download the latest and greatest bits of 3DVia from Dassault Systèmes (or go to the 3DVia download center on…

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Authentication and Tokens with Virtual Earth

So, there’s an MSDN technical article posted online showing users how to authenticate and grab tokens for their Virtual Earth application – Implementing Customer Identification. Microsoft Virtual Earth authentication is required for (1) Enterprise Customers with a Virtual Earth license; (2) access to the staging platform; (3) access to certain features like traffic overlays and…

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Disabling the Bird’s Eye View Indicator

Microsoft Virtual Earth has a very helpful indicator window that lets you know when Bird’s Eye View is available in a particular spot on the map; however, you may find the indicator annoying or a nuisance for smaller maps, so here’s how you disable it. First, here’s an application centered on Las Vegas. Check out…

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Texas Loves Virtual Earth

And, Virtual Earth loves Texas! Check out the Texas Department of Transportation web sites that are leveraging Microsoft Virtual Earth to better visualize their traffic flow and incident information. Check out these cities with their respective information visualization. El Paso launched a few months ago with a simple checkbox format. Check the box for turning…

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