Contents tagged with Virtual Earth

  • Virtual Earth Data Release – December, 2008

    Posted by sumeethevans on December 31 2008, 1:16 AM. Posted in Virtual Earth.

    We’ve been doing some housecleaning the last 2 months with some of our road network data. As a result, a small blog post to let you know of a HUGE refresh / release (48TB worth) of all tile sets where vector information is included – Road, Hybrid Aerial, and Hybrid Bird’s Eye. Thus, we’re cleaning up the streets (as it were):
  • Global vector data updates.
  • Multi-lingual tile sets for all zoom levels (French, Italian, German, Spanish).
  • Japan localized tile sets.
  • All oblique (Bird’s Eye) photography reprocessed with new road labels (minus Japan).
  • New data source for the following countries:
    • Greece
    • Estonia
    • Latvia
    • Lithuania
    • Kaliningrad Oblast of Russia
    • Slovakia
    • Hungary
    • Slovenia
    • Croatia
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • Serbia
    • Montenegro
    • Former Yugoslav Republic Of Macedonia
    • Albania
    • Bulgaria
    • Romania
    • Mexico  

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  • Announcing Live Search Maps India

    Posted by vasudev on September 18 2008, 4:57 PM. Posted in Virtual Earth.

    Just launched the new Live Search Maps India site.

    For a v1 it is SUPER robust. Check out this list of features:

    Street Maps for 9 important Indian cities Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad, and Jaipur and National Road Network of India with roughly 20,000 cities/towns/major localities (as points on the map). Political Map of India with important geographical features that includes national roads connecting around 20,000 Indian cities are on the offer. Highlight is the detailed maps for 9 important Indian cities as mentioned earlier. Within these 9 cities, important places likes monuments, restaurants, hotels are also presented as icons in the maps. Maps of supported cities has been stitched with the national road visually and navigationally.

    Location Search – Global (one need not type the city name), context-aware (i.e. ranking of results considers the map view), error-tolerant (corrects the typos, expands the important abbreviations) and flexiblesolution to find complete or partial address, roads, localities, landmarks and places of general inte...................Continue At Source


  • Announcing trueSpace for Virtual Earth 3D Development

    Posted by bink on July 28 2008, 5:05 AM. Posted in Virtual Earth.

    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 Maps so you can create SUPER high resolution 3D models using trueSpace, then right from the environment upload the model into Live Search Maps as a collection item. Once you've created your collection, you can import your collection into your Virtual Earth application and BAM you have your own custom 3D models in your Virtual Earth application. We'll host the models right in our 3D collections cloud! This is going to be a long post - get some coffee and make it diesel.

    Register and Download trueSpace 7.6 for free.

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  • Virtual Earth Imagery Release - July 2008

    Posted by bink on July 22 2008, 6:40 PM. Posted in Virtual Earth.

    14.3 TB of new imagery for Microsoft Virtual Earth. .


    United States (UltraCam, Microsoft Proprietary)


    • Elizabeth, NJ
    • West Allis, WI   
    • Paterson, NJ
    • Pasadena, TX



    • Entire country!

    Much more countries updated, check at source

  • Virtual Earth May Imagery Release - 69.2TB!

    Posted by sumeethevans on June 12 2008, 4:09 AM. Posted in Virtual Earth.

    Are you kidding me? 69.2 Terabytes?? I was once asked at a show how Microsoft handles so much data when transferring it over the Internet to the data centers.

    New 3D models (Version 2 of the processing software). In addition to Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas and Phoenix we've added Vienna, Seattle and Miami.

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  • The New Release of Live Maps and Virtual Earth 3D is now Live!

    Posted by sumeethevans on April 14 2008, 6:39 PM. Posted in Virtual Earth.

    I'm so glad to finally announce that the latest version of Live Maps is online and ready for you to play with. This ended up being a much bigger release than originally planned including three full sprints of development. As always the changes visible in the user interface only scratch the surface of the dozens of improvements across the application tiers including Geocoding enhancements, browser compatibility (Safari and IE8), parsing improvements, reverse geocoding, printing improvements and tons more. We are also releasing an upgrade of our Map Control to version 6.1 for developers. Give it a try and let us know what you think by dropping a comment here or emailing me at Stevelom at microsoft d com.

    Export your Collection to Your Navigation/GPS device. One of the most common complaints we hear from users is that there is no easy way to get waypoints onto their Nav system from a web map. In this release we added support to export Collections to KML, GPX and GeoRSS which you can load directly to just about any portable Navigation system. No funky network links to get in your way - when you do an export the resulting file contains the geometry your nav system needs without having to be connected to the net. You can now plan your trip on the web by creating a Collection of Waypoints, then use the Export feature to take them with you on the road.

    This Export capability isn't limited to use on Nav systems of course. the exported files are standard KML, GPX or GeoRSS and can be used in any application compatible with one of these file formats. You can import a KML file and convert it to GeoRSS for instance. Or Export a Collection to view it in Google Earth. Or convert a GeoRSS feed to GPX... 

     Improved 3D cities. Our new 'Version 2' cities are much more densely modeled, feature higher resolution textures, and include rendered trees. Cities now have thousands more buildings than before especially noticeable as you move from a city core out to its suburbs. It all adds up to make Virtual Earth much less virtual and takes us a large step closer to delivering a truly impressive mirror world experience. Initially Las Vegas, Dallas, Denver and Phoenix have received the v2 face lift, but all future cities will get these enhancements with hundreds being online before the end of the year.

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  • Virtual Earth Map Control SDK 4.0

    Posted by sumeethevans on October 15 2007, 8:47 PM. Posted in Virtual Earth.

    This software development kit (SDK) provides programming references and how-to topics for getting started with the map control for Virtual Earth™. You can use this control to build your own Web sites that use Virtual Earth maps.
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  • FedEx Integrates Virtual Earth

    Posted by vasudev on September 27 2007, 10:46 AM. Posted in Virtual Earth.

    "Federal Express has launched their new drop box locator service using Virtual Earth. Search for the nearest drop boxes and you'll get a resulting list of locations. Near the top of the result list is a "View Area Map" link which opens up a div containing a Virtual Earth map plotting each of the drop box locations and a legend. You can also check or uncheck different types of results such as "FedEx Staffed," "Self-Service," and "FedEx Authorized Ship Center." You can then update the results for the list and the map. Each location on the map contains a popup with the location name and address.

    From the list of results you can also link off to a page with a map and driving directions. Pretty nice looking locator. I'll be expecting more robust functionality such as finding locations along a route or drag and refresh maps; and/or, detailed information in the popups such as hours of operation and a click to call phone number. All in time, I suppose."

  • Microsoft Virtual Earth reveals US Navy secrets

    Posted by bink on September 4 2007, 6:40 PM. Posted in Virtual Earth.

    A sharp-eyed user of Microsoft's Virtual Earth has found images of classified US Navy technology.

    The image shows an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine being pulled out of the water at the Trident Submarine Base in Bangor, Maine and displays its propeller in full view.

    Submarine propellers are highly classified and are usually hidden when submarines go into dry dock.

    Dan Twohig, a deck officer on the Washington state ferry service, found the image when he was searching for a new house. He also writes a blog about shipping called Monster Maritime, on which he broke the news of the discovery.

    "The prop photos were not taken from a satellite but by an airplane on a mapping run of the area," he wrote.

    "I am certain that I am not the first person to see this photo, but I was just the first person to point it out and say: 'Whoa, I don't think that the military is going to be happy with this.'

    "Satellites are one thing, but frankly, I am surprised that the air space over sensitive bases like Bangor is not better controlled."

    Details of submarine propellers are highly secret, since they are the primary noise producing part of the submarine during cruising. Modern designs are built to reduce cavitation, the process by which bubbles form as the blades turn underwater.

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  • Sex offender database plotted on Microsoft Virtual Earth

    Posted by sumeethevans on August 27 2007, 5:30 AM. Posted in Virtual Earth.

    Worried that there might be sex offender living in your street? Vision 20/20 is now offering a free web-based service, the Peach of Mind (POM) Offender Locator, that allows those living in the US to easily locate sex offenders in their area by typing in an address, or simply zooming up on a map. According to Vision 20/20, there are 650,000 registered sex offenders living in the US, with that number growing by 25,000 each month. "Wouldn’t you like to know if any of them are living in your neighborhood?" asks the company.  Right clicking on the POM Offender Locator map plots all registered sex offenders in a particular area on a Microsoft Virtual Earth map. Clicking on a sex offender brings up profile that includes a picture and key prices of information, as well as an address. Vision 20/20 is a Houston based telemetry service provider, with a mission "to keep everybody safe". The company also offers a free POM Alert System, which will send you an email if a sex offender moves into your area, and POM Pilot (GPS), a paid-for service, which allows you to track the location of individuals and vehicles. POM Pilot (GPS) can be set up so that you will receive an alert if the individual leaves a predefined or if a vehicle exceeds the speed limit. At the time of writing POM Pilot GPS didn't seem to be available.Continue At Source
  • Virtual Earth 3D (Beta) 1.1

    Posted by bink on August 24 2007, 10:31 PM. Posted in Virtual Earth.

    Virtual Earth 3D brings you another step closer to knowing "what it is like out there". You can search, browse, and organize local information viewed in three dimensions, just the way it exists in the real world. This enables you to more effectively find the data that is relevant to you, making Live Maps more useful than ever. Even better -- it's just plain fun!Download At Source
  • Virtual Earth Imagery Update - August 2007

    Posted by sumeethevans on August 22 2007, 9:15 AM. Posted in Virtual Earth.

    Better late than never, but a guy's gotta take vacation after the fiscal year! In case you haven't seen it elsewhere, here's the latest imagery updates pushed out to Live Search Maps / Virtual Earth (15.65 TB in all):

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