Virtual Earth 3D Install Issue with Windows 7

If you’ve tried installing Virtual Earth 3D on Windows 7 you may have see a little problem with the installer crashing during setup stating, “Virtual Earth 3D Install has stopped working.” CP to the rescue! As it turns out there’s an issue with the Software Quality Metrics (SQM) in Windows 7 that it doesn’t like…

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Handling Geocoding Error Screens in Virtual Earth

In the Virtual Earth AJAX control, there are certain screens that are somewhat hard to capture and control. We pride ourselves on the level of control we give our users, so here’s a little tidbit to hopefully help you retain what hair is left atop your head. I posted an entry a while back called…

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400: Bad Request for Virtual Earth Web Service

I’ve been getting quite a few messages about this "400: Bad Request" error people are seeing when trying to reference the Virtual Earth Web Service, more specifically when trying to fetch tokens so it’s worth posting a little something on how to fix it. Specifically, the error is, "There was an error downloading ‘http://staging.common.virtualearth.net/find-30/common.asmx’. The…

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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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Don’t Like Microsoft Virtual Earth Imagery? Then, "Patch" It.

There are certain areas of the world where Virtual Earth’s imagery is, well, low resolution. Let’s face it, the world is a huge place and Virtual Earth just having had it’s 3rd birthday is only in the initial phases of rolling out imagery and photography to cover the world. For those of you who just…

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Overcoming Pushpin Limitations in MapPoint 2009

For as long as I’ve worked at Microsoft I’ve seen this issue with a 10,000 pushpin limit in MapPoint 2002, 2004, 2006 and, yes, it still exists in 2009. The issue is this: if you try to import more than 10,000 addresses into MapPoint you’ll get the error, "Only 10000 records may be mapped at…

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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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Limiting Microsoft Virtual Earth Tile Downloads to the Client

There are a couple ways to improve performance in when using Microsoft Virtual Earth. One is to limit the number of tiles requested to the client from the control, but when do you want to do this? If you’re considering limiting the number of tiles downloaded to the client, the best way is to limit…

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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…