WorldWide Telescope Stars in Virtual Earth

I haven’t talked about WorldWide Telescope since it launched; but, since Microsoft Virtual Earth is a part of that Microsoft Research project I thought it would interest some of you that we decided to include some of the WorldWide Telescope into Virtual Earth. Did you know that the Virtual Earth data centers host all of…

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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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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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The Significance of trueSpace 7.6 and 700,000 Polygons

This needs little explanation, but I wanted to share this with the Virtual Earth crowd to show the raw power of the trueSpace 7.6 rendering engine. The following video shows a rendering of 1500 frames which took only 15 minutes to complete all in real time display mode! The scene is a fantasy city with…

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trueSpace & Virtual Earth Newbie Troubleshooting

It’s been a day since I announced trueSpace for Virtual Earth Development and I figured I’d post a few hiccups I had to overcome while developing my ever-so-cool Random Cubes. This won’t be the end all support FAQs with trueSpace (you should go to their forums for that), but just a few tidbits that may…

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Announcing trueSpace for Virtual Earth 3D Development

Today is a big day. BIG DAY. As you’ll recall, several months ago we acquired Caligari because of their advanced 3D toolset – trueSpace (among other assets). I’ve always felt sketchy about other 3D freeware, so starting today trueSpace 7.6 is now available for download…..FOR FREE! And, there is a direct connection into Live Search…


Enable Virtual Earth Inertia

Inertia is that cool spinning of the globe effect in Microsoft Virtual Earth 3D. Well, it’s actually turned OFF by default so you wouldn’t necessarily know that inertia is available in Virtual Earth but it is. Go figure. Here’s how to enable it: Ensure you have the 3D add on installed. If you don’t or…


3D Models with Virtual Earth-3DVia

Perhaps you know that Virtual Earth-3DVia by Dassault Systems is our software for creating models in Virtual Earth 3D; perhaps you didn’t. I haven’t seen many models built out, but what I’ve seen have been okay – just okay. If you have some sweet models that you’re proud of send the link to your collection….

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Virtual Earth and WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation)

Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) is an incredible new visualization technology from Microsoft and since we are "One Microsoft" with some extremely exciting user experience software coming to the forefront – see Silverlight, Seadragon (aka Deep Zoom) and Surface as examples – Virtual Earth is being the fifth of the beautiful interfaces in our UX arsenal…

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Overcoming Proxy Issues with Microsoft Virtual Earth 3D

Every now and again I get pinged by someone behind a firewall or proxy server that claims they can’t install Virtual Earth 3D. I have some solutions that might overcome your problems. There WERE two problems with proxies and VE3D – (1) installing over a proxy and (2) retrieving tiles over a proxy once you…

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