Rendering Static Virtual Earth Bird’s Eye Images

It recently occurred to me that there is a misunderstanding within the Virtual Earth Web Service SDK that may lead you to believe that you could set the MapStyle enumeration to get a Bird’s eye image. Not the case. This is part of the method for getting tiles (not an actual map). So, via the…

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Microsoft Virtual Earth on Windows Azure

I reserved a part of my day to explore Windows Azure and how it can work with the Microsoft Virtual Earth Web Service. In my investigation I found out that what I was really interested in is The Azure Services Platform (to clarify any branding issues). In fact, “Windows® Azure is a cloud services operating…

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Developing Mobile Applications with Virtual Earth Web Services

Richard Brundritt and Robert McGovern from Infusion Development just got their “Developing a Mobile Application Using Virtual Earth Web Services” technical article published on MSDN and it’s available for your reading and plagiarizing pleasure. Excerpt: “The constraints of mobile device applications are very different than the traditional web or desktop applications. Unlike a desktop or…

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CoDe Magazine: Virtual Earth 101

Jim Duffy of TakeNote Technologies, and Microsoft MVP, wrote an in depth article for CoDe Magazine covering Microsoft Virtual Earth from the AJAX map control to the Virtual Earth Web Service. Now, most CoDe Magazine articles require a login for paid access, but after pulling a few strings the article is now wide open –…

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Developing Virtual Earth Applications with C++

My good friend Mark Riches from VizRT / Curious recently integrated Microsoft Virtual Earth into the Viz Curious Maps software for television production. They use Virtual Earth maps in broadcast scenarios all over the world. “Viz Curious Maps is the broadcast industry’s de facto standard for the creation of branded maps and geographic animations. By…

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Routing in Virtual Earth Web Service

I’ve been working on this one for a while and it kind of completes the basics for getting started with the Virtual Earth Web Service. The Routing Service in VEWS allows for route calculation and itinerary creation.  The following will get you started using the routing service. In this sample I’ll instantiate the service request,…

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Deep Earth Released Into the Wild

The open source project dubbed Deep Earth has been officially released. The project puts Microsoft Virtual Earth in a Silverlight UX allowing for incredible visual and scalable geospatial data visualization. DeepEarth is a mapping control powered by the combination of Microsoft’s Silverlight 2.0 platform and the DeepZoom (MuliScaleImage) control. At its core, it builds on…

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Developing Virtual Earth iPhone Applications with Objective-C

You’ve been waiting for this post. If you’ve tried doing any iPhone development with Virtual Earth you’ve probably been swearing up a storm, beating down your computer, and lost hours of sleep wondering how Loopt, Weather Central and now NMobile got their iPhone apps working. Well, Colin Cornaby from Consonance Software may just be your…

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Mobile Speed Trap Mapping with iPhone

The newest app in the Apple iStore just may save you some cash. Njection Mobile (NMobile) allows users to find and report current and historical locations along the roads where our friendly law enforcement officers tend to hang out before stopping us for our autographs. NMobile uses Microsoft Virtual Earth to map out where these…

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Pushpins and Virtual Earth Web Service Maps

With the Virtual Earth Web Service not only can you get static maps via the Imagery Service, but you can add some of the default pushpins you see in Live Search Maps to the static map that is returned to you if you set the Pushpins as a part of the request. In the Imagery…

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