Virtual Earth Mobile


When MSN’s Virtual Earth website came online a few months ago, naturally the first thing I did was try it on a Windows Mobile device.  But the website is pretty advanced; it pushes the envelope of what you can do with a pure browser-based app using DHTML, JavaScript, and AJAX.  And, unfortunately, IE Mobile couldn’t render it.  But not being able to access map data on a mobile device just seemed wrong, so I set out to write a Windows Mobile app that could access Virtual Earth’s maps. 


The first step was to figure out how the website worked.  There was no SDK, but viavirtualearth.com had info on how to use VE’s JavaScript control to display a map.  Of course, I already knew that that JavaScript control wouldn’t work on Windows Mobile, but at least now I knew where to find the source code for the control (MapControl.js).  The source code was thankfully not obfuscated, but it didn’t have any whitespace or comments either (presumably to decrease download time).  Now my job basically consisted of adding whitespace to the functions I cared about, and staring at the code until I figured out what it was doing.  And what it was doing was taking four values – latitude, longitude, zoom level, and map type – and encoding them into a URL.  The URL points to a pre-rendered jpeg or png image, called a tile, on the Virtual Earth servers.  (Each tile is 256 pixels square.)  So once I knew that, I knew I didn’t need the JavaScript control at all, I just needed to take those four values, do a bunch of math and transforms to construct a URL, download the URL, and display it.  Then lather, rinse, repeat until I had filled the screen with tiles.  I wrote a C# app to do exactly this, and that’s how Pocket Earth was born.  (I later discovered there already was an app call Pocket Earth, so I renamed my app Virtual Earth Mobile.)


But the Virtual Earth servers can do more than just serve up map tiles; they can also do various flavors of searches.  The simplest search is to search for an address: you take an address string (e.g., “429 Columbus Ave., Boston, MA”) and do an HTTP POST request to http://207.46.159.133/search.ashx and you’ll get back a JavaScript string like “SetViewport(latitude1,longitude1,latitude2,longitude2);”  The four coordinates specify a rectangle on Earth where the address is located.  For a street address, which is essentially a point, a rectangle might not make sense, but if you had searched for, say, “Massachusetts”, you’d definitely need a rectangle.  You might be wondering what the “SetViewport” is for; why not just return four coordinates?  Well, VE’s JavaScript control has a SetViewport function, so you could just have JavaScript evaluate (“eval”) this string, and it would cause the Map Control to display the rectangle specified by the four coordinates.  (Since I don’t have a JavaScript control, my app manually parses out the coordinates.)  There are more details about how to do this kind of search on http://viavirtualearth.com/vve/Articles/3.ashx.


The second kind of search is a search for a business.  Suppose you are looking for restaurants in Boston.  You do the same sort of HTTP POST request to http://207.46.159.133/search.ashx, except now you pass in “Restaurant” and the four lat/long coordinates that bound the area you want to search, and you’ll get back a string containing up to ten search results, each one including the business name, phone number, address, and lat/long.  You also get back a boolean indicating whether there are more search results.  If there are, you can make another request (passing in a different starting index) to get the next batch of ten.  (As with the first kind of search, the string you get back is a JavaScript expression.  Using C#’s RegEx class makes it relatively easy to parse.)


New Windows Mobile 5.0 APIs made it easy to add two features.  The first is “Find a Contact”: pull an address out of your Contacts list and map it.  Using the new ChooseContactDialog() and the WindowsMobile.PocketOutlook.Contact class, this whole feature took ten lines of code.  The second feature is the GPS feature: read your current position from a GPS device and map it.  That was also ten lines of code.  (The GPS classes ship as sample code in the Windows Mobile SDK; they’re not in ROM.)


I said at the beginning that I wrote Virtual Earth Mobile because I wanted to bring map data to mobile devices.  That’s true, but the truth is there were a lot of reasons:



• I wanted to get experience writing a full-fledged managed app. 
• I wanted to dogfood our own development tools, and get some sense of what it’s like to be a Windows Mobile ISV. 
• I thought it would be fun.  I wrote it in my spare time; the running joke was that whenever I came back from vacation the app would have new features.


Having road maps available anytime anywhere is very practical.  Adding satellite/aerial photos isn’t a huge jump in practicality, in my opinion, but the photos certainly are fascinating to look at.   There are all sorts of fun things you can do with them:



• Look at your house from the air. (This is the first thing everyone does.)
• Discover there’s a cemetery you never knew about less than a half mile from the house you grew up in.  (Okay, maybe that’s just me.)
• Check out famous landmarks (Space Needle, St. Louis arch, …)
• Try to find photos where you can make out individual people.
• Quiz your friends to see if they can identify places from the air.  (Here’s one to get you started: http://windowsmobile.members.winisp.net/ve.jpg.)


I’ve always enjoyed looking at maps of unfamiliar places; it’s like taking a virtual tour, and now aerial photos make the tour a little less virtual and a little more real.


The Virtual Earth Mobile app, its help file, and its source code, are all on http://viavirtualearth.com/vemobile.  The app is free, and the source code is under a Shared Source license.  If you want to know more details about how to download images from the Virtual Earth servers, or how to do a search, the source code is the place to go.



 – Jason Fuller


 


Comments (69)

  1. crapo says:

    So where is ve.jpg?

  2. Ryan says:

    That’s easy! Walt Disney World. Disneyland’s Main Entrance area is much smaller. You can clearly see the floral Mickey. 🙂

  3. Jeff says:

    When I open Virtual Earth Mobile i get the following error:

    "An unexpected error has occurred in VirtualEarthMObile.exe.

    Select Quit and then restart this program, or select Details for more information."

    If I select details, it says:

    "VirtualEarthMobile.exe

    Exception

    Application::Run+0xf

    FormPocketEarth::Main_0xa"

    I am running this on my samsung i730.

    Thanks

    Jeff

    jms42200@yahoo.com

  4. Jason Winnebeck says:

    This tool is awesome. But it always starts at Redmond. Looking at the source the initial coordinates are hard-coded. Probably the most immediate feature that is needed is to set a "startup" location which would involve only setting/storing two numbers (lat/long).

    The license appears to allow modification so maybe at least for myself I can recompile with my coords (I’ve never written C# or anything for Mobile — I do Java and C++). Also the MUI hires hack works very well with VEM except for the option dialogs. It would be nice to have native support. If I knew how to code these things I’d offer a fix myself.

  5. Speaking of the GPS access: "(The GPS classes ship as sample code in the Windows Mobile SDK; they’re not in ROM)" – I understand here that you are referring to the managed bits (and I have found the sample), but where is gpsapi.dll? I cannot locate that DLL on my device (Qtek 9100) nor on any WM5 emulator.

    It is my current understanding that a GPS receiver has to expressly support the GPSID for a WM5 device to be able to manage access to a GPS receiver (i.e. the WM5 GPS control panel applet will not be able to ‘manage’ a generic BT GPS receiver) – is my understading correct? …which would explain why the GPS functionality in VEM appears not to work for my device/GPS receiver combination. Correct?

    Thanks..and great post on VEM. I would be great if you guys (WM team) would blog abit about GPS / GPS control panel applet in WM5. 🙂

  6. John says:

    I would also love to see more information about GPS / GPS control panel applet in WM5. 🙂

  7. Vladimir Vincent says:

    Hello,

    Great software..

    I have the hp ipaq 6516 messenger phone with pocket pc 2003 with a square screen (240×240) device. Is it possible to fix the virtual earth mobile to work with that square screen.

    When can you add the GPS support for the pocket pc 2003 and can you add direction help with the GPS. The virtual earth software + GPS will guide the user to a given address.

    Thank you,

    Vlad.

  8. fred felter says:

    Can I save a map or an aerial on my PPC and if so how?

    Great program!

    Fred

  9. windowsmobile says:

    To respond to a few questions posted here:

    1. Gpsapi.dll should be in the Windows directory of any Windows Mobile 5.0 device. gpsapi.lib is in the SDK.

    2. "It is my current understanding that a GPS receiver has to expressly support the GPSID for a WM5 device to be able to manage access to a GPS receiver (i.e. the WM5 GPS control panel applet will not be able to ‘manage’ a generic BT GPS receiver)" This is _not_ true. GPSID can talk to any GPS device on a COM port (which they all are). It should work with any Bluetooth GPS receiver. The catch is that Smartphone did not ship with a GPS control panel, and the control panel is what configures the API. For example, it tells the API what COM port the GPS is on. We have a control panel we hope to release soon as a power toy.

    3. There is no direct way to save a map to your PPC. For what it’s worth, the cached map tiles are stored under Application DataVirtual Earth Mobile.

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  11. Mitchell says:

    I figured I might as well ask here, since although I’ve been looking around, I have yet to find an answer that works.

    I have the Pharos GPS-360 (the one that ships with MS S&T 2005) with a Bluetooth dock so that I can use it with my WM5 PocketPC device. I have the following settings:

    Pharos iGPS-BT (COM8)

    Incoming Port (COM6)

    I can get it to work just fine with Pocket Streets on COM8… but I can’t for the life of me figure out how to configure the WM5 GPS control panel applet so that I can use the GPS with Virtual Earth Mobile. Any suggestions?

    I’ve tried all the combinations with the following:

    Programs: COM6/COM8/GPD6/GPD8

    Hardware: COM6/COM8

    Baud rate: 4800

    Thanks!

  12. Paul says:

    I’m having the same problem as Mitchell. I have the Pharos GPS-360 w/ Bluetooth dock and can’t get it to work with the WM5 GPS control panel and Virtual Earth Mobile.

    I have Mapopolis and Pocket Streets & Trips working with the GPS receiver, but they don’t use the GPS control panel. They use the COM ports I set up in the Bluetooth COM port setup. I’m using COM6 for incoming and COM7 (4800 baud )for outgoing in the Bluetooth COM port setup.

    I’ve tried every combination of COM6 and COM7 in the GPS control panel with no luck. Can anyone help?

    Thanks

  13. Paul says:

    A couple more questions…

    In the Bluetooth COM port setup, the COM ports are referred to as "incoming" and "outgoing".

    In the WM5 GPS Control Panel, they’re referred to as "program" and "hardware".

    How do they relate? Is the "incoming" port the "program" or the "hardware" port?

    Do I need to set up different ports than the "incoming" and "outgoing" ports for the "program" and "hardware" ports?

    Thanks

  14. Tina says:

    hi.

    This is a cool software!

    i just downloaded it into my PC and it looks great. My friend who used to stay in US could see his college clearly with the cars park by.

    The driving directions and turn to turn map, totally handy.

    However, I am from Malaysia and I really hope that i will be able to fully use this software. Is there any way that Malaysia/India/China map will be incorporated into this software?

    THanks,

    Tina.

  15. Thomas says:

    On many Windows Mobile 5.0 devices the GPS control panel function is missing. To get access to the GPS control panel, you have to edit the registry. HKLMControlPanelGPS settings. Delete any "Redirect" values, and add new DWORD value name: "Hide" value:"0" and name: "Group" value:"2".

    When you setup a bluetooth device, add an outgoing port and assign a com number.

    In GPS control panel the GPS hardware port should be set to the com port you chose during BT setup. The GPS program port is the port used by the applications.

  16. Acapulco Rolf says:

    Is it possible to specify the folder in which the cached map .jpeg files are stored?

    Currently the jpegs are stored in /Application Data/VirtualEarthMobile/

    I’d like to have them stored in a folder on my SD storage card,

    say /Storage Card/Application Data/VirtualEarthMobile/

    I’m running Windows Mobile 5 on an O2 XDA Exec

    ROM version 1.13.82 WWE

    ExtROM version 1.13.188 WWE

    Many Thanks

  17. queen says:

    OziPhotoTool takes the digital photos with EXIF metatdata, and tracks that have been downloaded to OziExplorer to determine where the GPS was when the photo was taken. As long as the GPS was in the same location as the camera this represents the location of the photo.

    http://www.yaodownload.com/video-design/miscimagingtools/oziphototool_miscimagingtools.htm

  18. Dwight says:

    "Of course, I already knew that that JavaScript control wouldn’t work on Windows Mobile…"

    Does JavaScript work on Windows Mobile 5.0?  An HP tech told me it was released in November 2005, but later you talk about Windows Mobile 5.0 APIs.  So I do not know if you are saying that JavaScript does not work on Windows Mobile 5.

    I am on Windows CE 4.21 where JavaScript does not work.

  19. Jon says:

    so does this cost money to use? ie gprs costs

  20. gps newbie says:

    Would the GPS control panel show on the t-mobile SDA running WM5?

    The reg key for GPS did not exist so I created it and the values, but nothing happens. I’m trying to get the SDA to work with the teletype GPS receiver.

  21. dio says:

    Firstly,I must congratulate you on this great application!

    Checking the source code,I found out that the making of the "fetch"-tile-url is changed in "MapControl.js" v2. Is it possible for you to share the new logic of this url in some way. How is the tile filename built?The new MapControl.js is really hard to sort out!

    Any help is much appreciated

  22. Thomas says:

    where can i find support for this program? Is the newest version 3 causing problems for anyone else? the WIFI "find me" no longer works and find business no longer works either. I have uninstalled and reinstalled with no luck.. anyone? otherwise this is a killer program. thanks a bunch

  23. doctorgrim says:

    The business search function always returns, "No matches were found for xxx." xxx=whatever you’re searching for.

    I’m using a Samsung i730 with Windows Mobile 5.

  24. thomas says:

    So I am not crazy. good! this is the same thing happening on my tmobile sda.

  25. Jason Fuller says:

    The Virtual Earth server chnaged their interface, which broke a few things in VE Mobile, including driving directions, WiFi, and Business Search.  I’ll try to have an updated version available in a few days.

  26. tad says:

    Thank you Jason. Look foward to seeing the new version. Be happy to test for you if you need it.. Dr. Neil has my email address if you wish.

  27. jmel says:

    Mr. Fuller, how will we know that the version has been updated?

  28. Nathan Tran says:

    This is a great app!! I’m using PPC 2003 on a iPaq hw6515 and the internal GPS is not working (as mentioned by Jason) Will this be ever added..??

    Also, to the folks browsing this page.. Are there similar apps out there for PocketPC where maps are loaded on demand (like this one) and GPS is supported..??

    Thanks,

    –Nathan

  29. Nathan Tran says:

    I’ll take part of my previous comment back..

    The Find by GPS works after I specify the COM port (COM 7 for me..) Still, I’m looking for advanced GPS support like driving directions and such.. Any similar apps out there..??

    Thanks,

    –Nathan

  30. JF says:

    Wonderfull tool!! (I also use ArcPad, GPS Tuner, PocketEarth, VitoNavigarorII, VisualGPSce, LocBrowser, PocketNavigator)

    I easily got it to work with my Holux Bluetooth GPS.  I moved the install files to my SD card, so the software link to the help file is broken.  It would be nice to have + and – icons side by side instead of the separatly located Zoom Out and Zoom In menu items.  Moving (dragging) the map by hand would also be nice.) Got the driving directions done too.  Wonder if I go out now, if all the necessary maps have been properly stored on my unit…

    Great work,  thanks.

  31. Eric says:

    I have installed Virtual Earth Mobile on my MDA Vario. I cannot get my Holux 236 Bluetooth GPS to be recognised.

    It is on com 6 and can be seen by Tom Tom and Route 66.

    Any thoughts anyone?

    Great program guys.

  32. Toysoldier says:

    i got it working on my dopod 577w with a CNAV1000 with differential correction from a beacon in Singapore.

    But the map of singapore is very very brief.

    Cheers

  33. Toysoldier says:

    can someone tell me how can i get a copy of the map of singapore and use it on virtual earth mobile ?

  34. PATEL HAREN says:

    send me the link of pocket earth for smartphone mpx220

  35. sandy says:

    i need a software for pocket pc 2003.GPS in india including road maps and streets.

    THANKING YOU,

    sandy

  36. I couldn’t browse some sites which require virtual java machine support, and also for same reason, I couldn’t use Google Earth to view satelite images of various places of earth. All these above I can do in my destop but not in my newly bought hw HP iPAQ 6516 windows mobile.

    So, Please help me with the java support.

  37. B. Graham says:

    Brilliant software.  It made me grin like a little boy again (and I cut my first code in 1968).  I bought Pocket Streets a while back (as part of AutoRoute 2006) and VEM is what Pocket Streets should have been.

    Now that Gigabyte storage cards are cheaply available, I wonder if an extra level of large cache on the storage card would be useful, so that you could always return to a previously visited place when away from the internet? (It may need an extra level of cache in RAM for performance?).

    BTW, BT GPS worked great, in fact everything I tried worked on my iPAQ hx2190, except for find address/business, which I guess is for the US only at this stage.

    Good luck!

  38. Greg Cothran says:

    Hi.  Great app!

    I’ve been unable to get BTGPS on my Cingular 2125 and CoPilot BT GPS.

    I’ve added the New Outgoing Port to port 6 and tried port 7, and no luck.  Any ideas?

    Thanks!

  39. Mike says:

    Hello Jason,

    Thank you for the nice app.

    One suggestion–add the traffic capability of Virtual Earth. Google Maps for Windows Mobile has now added that capability, it would be great if Virtual Earth Mobile could do so as well.

    Thanks again

  40. I love the software, and I am running it with a Pharos GPS and Cingular 2125. I have one suggestion – can we have the GPS location update in real time, or once every 5 seconds? It would be a great effect to trace current location without having to click the button continuously.

  41. Mike Botts says:

    Super app guys.

    I, like several others, have had trouble connecting BlueTooth GPS to the VEM (I’m on a T-Mobile MDA with an EarthMate BlueTooth BlueLogger GPS). Using Delorme Street Atlas 2007, I have successfully connected to the GPS, but am having trouble with VEM (I actually prefer to explore the world around me with VEM rather than Street Atlas, so I’m very interested in getting the GPS to work).

    I did go into the Mobile5:settings/GPS and set up a hardware port of COM6 (which is the port I set up for the Bluetooth GPS) and a software port of COM7, and have the automatic configure checkbox checked.

    In Street Atlas, I’m using COM6 for the GPS  and it works find … however, I did also try setting it to COM7 and it worked but not as consistantly. Either way, VEM always quickly pops up an error box …  

    …. WHOA, WAIT, never mind … it just worked. Let me see if I can make sense out of this … VEM seems to like it when Street Atlas is already running. I noticed earlier that without Street Atlas connecting to the GPS, the GPS indicates that there is no BlueTooth connection (blue light blinks). When I start up Street Atlas, the GPS shows BlueTooth connection (blue light solid).

    Sooo … perhaps when VEM looks for the GPS, it needs to first somehow initiate the BlueTooth connection for the GPS before it decides that the GPS isn’t there (???). Any thoughts?

    Thanks. Again, great product.

  42. J A says:

    I’m trying to use VEM with a verizon xv6700 and the screen is just white. Iv’e typed in addresses and States and Cities and it cannot find any of them. The wi-fi connection is fine so why is there no map?

  43. Freddy Reyes says:

    I have the same problem that Jason described a while ago:

    "When I open Virtual Earth Mobile i get the following error:

    "An unexpected error has occurred in VirtualEarthMObile.exe.

    Select Quit and then restart this program, or select Details for more information."

    If I select details, it says:

    "VirtualEarthMobile.exe

    Exception

    Application::Run+0xf

    FormPocketEarth::Main_0xa"

    I have a T-mobile MDA (HTC Wizzard)

    Thanks

    Freddy

    You can contact me at http://www.freddyreyes.com

  44. JR Peck says:

    I get the same error as Freddy Reyes but on a Sprint ppc-6700.  It’s running the latest version of the sprint software with .net cf 2.0.  I don’t know if that is the problem (the 2.0)

    The app seems to install fine but wont start.  Throwing the exact same error as the one Freddy shows.

  45. Simone says:

    Hi Jason,

    first of all congratulation, your application is amazing. I come from Italy and I would use driving directions and turn to turn map in my country. Could you tell me, in some way, which part of the source code has to be modified to use European maps for searching. I use the option "More-Lat/Long" to visualize a certain place in Europe and it works.

    Thanks,

    Simone

    You can contact me at simone0904@yahoo.it

  46. Freddy Reyes says:

    On regard of the problem that I had with VEM:

    "When I open Virtual Earth Mobile i get the following error:

    "An unexpected error has occurred in VirtualEarthMObile.exe.

    Select Quit and then restart this program, or select Details for more information."

    If I select details, it says:

    "VirtualEarthMobile.exe

    Exception

    Application::Run+0xf

    FormPocketEarth::Main_0xa"

    I was able to fix it, following these steps:

    1- Uninstall VEM

    2- Delete the install directory (if still exits after uninstallation)

    3- Delete the follwing directory: "Application DataVirtualEarthMobile"

    4- Reinstall VEM and run it

    5- That’s all that you need to do and now it should work fine (it worked for me).

    Thanks

    Freddy Reyes

    http://www.freddyreyes.com

  47. Stanislav says:

    Dear friends. I’m banging my head against my Cingular 2125 (made by HTC – WM5) because there’s no GPS menu option and it’s very important for me to get GPS to work. I’ve set up my DeLorme GPS to work with another program on my phone (just to prove that GPS works) but I can’t figure out a way to get GPS to work with VEM.

    Help is greatly appreciated,

    Thank you,

    Stanislav.

  48. Xorgate says:

    I also have the same problem with the version that removed the menu option.  However, I noticed  that on the last version before the menu option was removed that I could not use the WM5 system connections GPS program port but rather had to the actural Bluetooth serial port COM8 in order to get it to work.  Now (with the latest version) it can not find the Bluetooth GPS port via the system/connections/GPS Programs port (COM0).

  49. Chris says:

    Nice software.

    Is there a way to download the map on my computer and then transfer it to the Tmobile MDA? I’ve been using it on the MDA… but downloading all of San Francisco at various zoom levels is a very tedious process on the device. I want to pre download the map and transfer it to my storage card.

  50. Xorgate says:

    I notice that I can scroll the display by using the joy stick.  Wouldn’t it be nice, , , if I could scroll it using the display.  You know, putting the stylist on the display then dragging it like paper in the direction I want to see. . .  You know what I mean!

  51. Xorgate says:

    Could you please add an option to display the current Long/Lat of the middle on the display.  Put a cross hair on that location and display the long/lat on 1-line at the bottom of the display.

  52. Patrick says:

    I must be really stupid… but how do you install that sw on to your PPC. I have downloaded the file "VirtualEarthMobile.cab" unzipped on my PC and drag&drop into program file on my SD card in my PPC. But when I open the file there is nothing that can be opened except a file name "_setup.xml" And when I open it there is only a bunch of "codes" that is all "Chineese" to me. If any one could help me out I would appreciate. I would like to be able to atleast try this sw.

    Thanks

  53. Patrick says:

    OK forget about my "Stupid" question…

    I got it to work… I was unzipping before tranfering it to my PPC…

    WOW!!! great app at first glance!!! does it only get it’s data via GPRS or can it also be configured to get data via wi-fi?

    Thanks

  54. Xorgate says:

    Could you please add a "Follow me" function.

    A current location cross hair would be required to pan the current display, so as to not require frequent map data.  In other words the cross hair (cursor) could move within a bound region on the display without any map data download until the location would move outside of that boundary.  The boundary could occupy about 80% of the total display area, before a map scroll and subsequent map data download would be required.  I would also like a 1 line display of the current longitude and latitude at the bottom of the display.

  55. okhistmarker says:

    I really like the virtual earth program. The hybrid maps blow away the google maps satellite or map view. I just wish it had the functionality of google maps by allowing me to use the internal gps on my ipaq 6915 the same way google maps does. I will continue to play with it and hope eventually it will replace google as my map/direction program.

  56. Great Software!

    Only 2 suggestions:

    1-Add a function to save maps or use the cached maps to work offline.

    2-Add a + and – buttons to zoom more easly

    Nicola

  57. UweK says:

    Hi,

    i am using a HP IPAQ 4700, WM05.

    Nice programm, thank you. I have a problem:

    The find-menu does not work here. I get a message

    "No search results found for" or there is an error like

    Format Exception

    application:Run+0xF

    FormPocketEarth: Main+0xB.

    Any idea ?

    And some wishes:

    + and – buttons to zoom

    clicking a point in the display should center this point

    Greetings Uwe

  58. India says:

    TO SEE THE PLACE OF MOBILE USER

  59. IaCo says:

    Has the find address error been fixed yet? I just downloaded VEM this morning and tested but its still not working. Is there a patch or a fix or soemthing yet? Also does anyone know what com ports to use with a Pharos BT GPS and a T-Mobile MDA running Windows Mobile 5.0?

    Thaks in advance

    Ian

  60. Chris N says:

    Nicola, if you set the cache size large enough, and set it to be on your storage card VEM will use the previously stored maps.

    However I have a problem related to that: I have plenty of space on my storage card, the size on my cache set large enough,but VEM crashes when  trying to download new maps. Creating a new data directory fixes this but means I have to swop back and forth to access stored maps.

    Does anyone know if there is an inbuilt limit of 60MB in the cache? My limit is set at just under 99MB so it is unlikely that that is the problem. The problem noted by others

    is possibly related to cache size settings too.

  61. Darren says:

    Hi, I’ve been using version 1.68 on an ipaq 2490b and it works great except for the fact that it crashes when I search for an address.  I’ve tried uninstalling and removing the install directory as well as the application datavirtualearthmobile directory and then reinstalling it. I still have the same problems though.  This used to work in the past, but I’m not sure what version I was using before, possibly an older one?

    Any solution to this?

    thanks,

  62. Mutaherul says:

    My this code is not running on windows mobile Internet Explorer ….why ?

    document.getElementById(‘pr1’).style.borderColor = "#FF0000";

  63. Stephen says:

    Virtual Earth works on my BlackJack with the GPS unit. I am unable to make changes to the registry to the BlackJack’s registry (without using the hack to unlock the registry). Any attempts to access the GPS through the GPSID or GPSAPI fails.

    How does Virtual Earth get around updating the registry and access the GPS unit?

  64. Xorgate says:

    Please provide the latest version information on the VEM site.  Please include a list of new features and fixes.

    By the way: When will the next version be released?

  65. Mack says:

    The new HTC Tytn II has a built in GPS but V.E. will not locate it.

    Is there a way to get the phone’s internal GPS to work with V.E. 1.69?

    Thanks.

  66. Fu Fu says:

    I have some Question about Virtual Earth on Mobile

    Can I bring a map to use with my own application or not. If it possible to do it. How can I do it

    Best Regard

    Fu Fu

  67. Gilad Gruber says:

    Hi Guys,

    http://viavirtualearth.com/vemobile.

    is not available. Where can I get the source code of the application?

    BR,

    G