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Virtual Earth 3D within Live Search Maps
Developed by Microsoft
Latest release v7 / April 10, 2008
OS Microsoft Windows
Genre Web mapping service
Virtual globe
Website http://maps.live.com
http://virtualearth.com

Live Search Maps (previously Windows Live Maps and Windows Live Local) is a web mapping service provided as a part of Microsoft's Windows Live online applications services suite and powered by the Microsoft Virtual Earth framework. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Windows_Live_Local_logo. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (824x682, 962 KB) Screen shot of Virtual Earth 3D within Windows Live Local. ... For other uses, see Software developer (disambiguation). ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... Code complete redirects here. ... is the 100th day of the year (101st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... An operating system (OS) is a software that manages computer resources and provides programmers with an interface used to access those resources. ... Windows redirects here. ... Web mapping is the process of designing, implementing, generating and delivering maps on the World Wide Web. ... NASA World Wind, an open source virtual globe with stars and advanced atmosphere & sunlight effects Microsoft Virtual Earth 3D within Windows Live Local site Earthsim, real-time Earth render with atmosphere modeling 3D Weather Globe & Atlas, Earth render with satellite cloud coverage and atmosphere A virtual globe is a 3D... A website (alternatively, web site or Web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or more web servers, usually accessible via the Internet. ... Web mapping is the process of designing, implementing, generating and delivering maps on the World Wide Web. ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... Windows Live is the collective brand name for a set of services and software products from Microsoft. ... Screenshot of MSN Virtual Earth in Internet Explorer 6 Windows Live Local in Windows Internet Explorer 7 Screenshot of Virtual Earth 3D within Windows Live Local Windows Live Local is a free web map server provided as a part of Microsofts Windows Live online applications services suite. ...

Contents

Features

Street Maps

Users can browse and search topographically-shaded street maps for many cities worldwide. Maps include certain points of interest built-in, such as metro stations, stadiums, hospitals, and other facilities. It is also possible to browse public user-created points of interest. Search can cover public collections, businesses or types of business, locations, or people. A street map is a map showing roads and other travelways. ...


For some countries, like South Africa, and South Korea, Live Search Maps has data on highways and some arterial roads, but lacks local streets or alleys. There is also detailed map data available for several global cities in developing countries like Rio de Janeiro, Istanbul, and Mexico City. However, for such cities, the detail of the map decreases significantly as one moves outward from the city center. “World city” redirects here. ... This article is about the Brazilian city. ... Location of Istanbul on the Bosphorus Strait, Turkey Coordinates: , Country Turkey Region Province Istanbul Founded 667 BC as Byzantium Roman/Byzantine period AD 330 as Constantinople Ottoman period 1453 as Constantinople (internationally) and various other names in local languages Turkish Republic period 1923 as Constantinople, officially renamed as Istanbul in... Nickname: Location of Mexico City Coordinates: , Country Federal entity Boroughs The 16 delegaciones Founded c. ...


Live Search Maps has a tendency to mark certain unsigned three-digit Interstates in the United States, such as I-444[1] , I-110[2], , I-478[3], and the Interstate Highways in Alaska. [4]. Still other auxiliary Interstates, whose signs are not posted for various reasons, are labeled incorrectly as part of another Interstate. Examples are I-695 (DC), which is labeled as part of I-295 (DC)[5], and I-878, which is labeled as I-678.[6] Some auxiliary Interstate Highways are not signed, typically because the routes are already known by another name, and marking them would add to confusion. ... Interstate 444 (abbreviated I-444) is an auxiliary route of the Interstate Highway System, with both ends at Interstate 244 in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma. ... Interstate 110 is the designation for five tertiary interstate routes in the United States associated with the main route Interstate 10. ... Interstate 478 is an unsigned Interstate Highway in New York City. ... There are four officially designated Interstate Highways in Alaska. ... Interstate 695 is the unsigned designation for the Southeast Freeway in Washington, D.C., running east from I-395 past the north end of I-295 to end at Pennsylvania Avenue. ... The 8. ... Interstate 878 is an unsigned route number for the Nassau Expressway in Queens, New York. ... Interstate 678 (I-678) is a north-south interstate highway spur route that runs 14 miles (23 km) entirely within two boroughs of New York City: Queens and the Bronx. ...


Satellite Images

Live Search Maps also includes several terabytes of satellite and aerial imagery. In many areas, maximum resolution is approximately 4.5 pixels per meter. Elsewhere, especially in the most remote areas of the world, top resolution is a few orders of magnitude less. Users may toggle labels on or off, choosing whether to see the ground as it would appear from an airplane versus closer to how it would appear on a map. This is the first crude picture obtained from Explorer 6 Earth satellite. ... Aerial imagery is the technique of photographing a land area from a high altitude, usually from an airplane. ...


List of countries that have detailed satellite images:

Windows Live Maps viewed in 3D and, birds eye view. The bottom image shows the quality to which the image can be seen

Bird's eye view

In over 100 cities in the United States[7] and in over 80 European locations,[8] a bird's-eye view offers aerial photos from four angles. These Pictometry images are much more detailed than the aerial views from directly above buildings. Signs, advertisements, pedestrians, and other objects are clearly visible in many bird's eye views. Rio de Janeiro birds-eye view. ... Pictometry International is a Rochester, New York-based company that provides detailed aerial photography. ...


3D Maps

The 3D Maps feature lets user see buildings in 3D, with the added ability to rotate and tilt the angle in addition to panning and zooming. To attempt to achieve near-photorealism, all 3D buildings are textured using composites of aerial photography. This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Spherical texture mapping Texture mapping is a method, pioneered by Edwin Catmull, of adding detail, surface texture, or colour to a computer-generated graphic or 3D model. ... The Georgian terrace of Royal Crescent (Bath, England) from a hot air balloon Intersection of E42 and E451 from an aircraft soon after takeoff from Frankfurt International Airport Moreton Island in Queensland, Australia Aerial photography is the taking of photographs of the ground while not supported by a ground-based...


To view the 3D maps, users must install a plugin, then enable the "3D" option on "Virtual Earth". In addition to exploring the maps using a mouse and keyboard, it is possible to navigate the 3D environment using an Xbox 360 controller or another game controller in Windows Vista or Windows XP. As of April 2007, users may also use 3Dconnexion's SpaceNavigator input device. For other uses, see Plug in. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A game controller is an input device used to control a video game. ... Windows Vista (pronounced ) is a line of operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, Tablet PCs, and media centers. ... Windows XP is a line of operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. ... SpaceNavigator 3Dconnexion, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Logitech International S.A., manufacturers a line of human interface devices for manipulating and navigating computer generated 3D imagery. ...


Currently, roughly 68 cities worldwide may be viewed in 3D, including most of the major cities in the United States and a few cities in Canada, the United Kingdom, and France.[9] Some additional cities have had a select few important landmarks modelled in 3D, such as the Colosseum in Rome. Terrain data is available for the entire world. It is also possible to use a simple 3D modelling program called Virtual Earth - 3DVIA to add one's own models to the 3D map. The Colosseum by night: exterior view of the best-preserved section. ... For other uses, see Rome (disambiguation). ...


The following is a partial list of cities that have most areas rendered in 3D:


United States Atlanta, Augusta, Aurora-Naperville, Baton Rouge, Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Cape Coral, Chattanooga, Chicago, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Coral Springs, Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Huntsville, Indianapolis, Jackson, Jacksonville, Joliet, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Mobile, Montgomery, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland (OR), Redmond, Rockford, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Savannah, Seattle, Shreveport, St. Louis, St. Petersburg, Tacoma, Tallahassee, Tampa, Tucson, West Palm Beach.


Canada Calgary, Edmonton, Hamilton, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec, Toronto


United Kingdom Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Eastbourne, Gloucester, Liverpool, Northampton, Plymouth, Swindon, Wolverhampton


France Toulouse, Vannes


ClearFlow

Microsoft announced in March 2008 that it will be releasing its latest software technology called “ClearFlow”. It is a Web-based service for driving directions available on Live.com in 72 cities across the U.S.[10] The tool took five years for Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence team to develop. ClearFlow provides real-time traffic data to help drivers avoid traffic congestion. Differing from Yahoo! Maps, Google Maps and Mapquest, ClearFlow not only gives information for alternative routes, but supplies traffic conditions on city streets adjacent to highways.[11] Clearflow anticipates traffic patterns, while taking into account sporting/arena events, time of day and weather conditions, and then reflects the back ups and their consequential spill over onto city streets. Often, ClearFlow found it may be faster to stay on the highway instead of seeking alternative side street routes, which involve traffic lights and congestion as well.[12] AI redirects here. ... Yahoo! Maps web site Yahoo! Maps is a free online mapping portal provided by the Yahoo! network, based out of Sunnyvale, California. ... Google Maps (for a time named Google Local) is a free web mapping service application and technology provided by Google that powers many map-based services including the Google Maps website, Google Ride Finder and embedded maps on third-party websites via the Google Maps API. It offers street maps... Screenshot from MapQuest MapQuest is a map publisher and free online Web Map Service, owned by AOL. The company was founded in 1967 as Cartographic Services , a division of R.R. Donnelley & Sons in Chicago, Illinois. ...


According to U.S Microsoft employee and artificial intelligence expert, Eric Horvitz, “…ClearFlow would be integrated into Live Search Mobile and other Microsoft mobile applications, including in-car navigation and personal navigation devices.”[13] Clearflow will be available at no cost. The one draw back of Clearflow is that it offers no real-time updates regarding highway and road closures or accidents.[14]


Other features

Live Search Maps showing where there is traffic and relevant details
  • Terrain details are also available in 3D mode.
  • Finding, viewing, and printing driving directions
  • Traffic viewing (in several major cities)
  • User points of interest that can be stored and shared
  • Drawing on maps
  • A location finder that can locate the user's location
  • Integrated route calculation
  • Street-level photos (from all directions) in Seattle, WA (city center) and San Francisco, CA (city center). Users can view these photos by driving a race or sports car, or by having a walk. Street-level photography is currently only available as part of a separate tech preview site.

This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... A point of interest, or POI, is a specific point location that someone may find useful or interesting. ... Seattle redirects here. ... San Francisco redirects here. ...

History

Live Search Maps was based on existing Microsoft technologies such as Microsoft MapPoint, and TerraServer. The original version lacked many of its now-distinguishing features, including birds' eye view and 3D maps, and the Collections functionality was limited to a single "Scratchpad" of points of interest. Upon its release in December 2005, Windows Live Local became the public face of the Virtual Earth platform. On November 6, 2006, Microsoft added the ability to view the maps in 3D using a .NET managed control and managed interfaces to Direct3D. Microsoft has recently referred to this product officially as "Live Search Maps", integrating it as part of its Live Search services. Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... Three maps generated by MapPoint North America 2001 (outside the detailed dataset), Encarta 2005 (not very detailed) and Microsoft AutoRoute 2004 (highly detailed). ... TerraServer-USA web site For other uses, see TerraServer. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Microsoft . ... Direct3D is part of Microsofts DirectX API. Direct3D is only available for Microsofts various Windows operating systems (Windows 95 and above) and is the base for the graphics API on the Xbox and Xbox 360 console systems. ... It has been suggested that MSN Search be merged into this article or section. ...


Military Base Deletions

Early in 2008, following criticism that the similar programme Google Earth may be used as a reconnaissance platform by terrorists, Microsoft began a program of deleting high definition aerial views of military bases and other similar installations from Live Search Maps.[15] Google Earth is a virtual globe program that was originally called Earth Viewer and was created by Keyhole, Inc. ...


One example of such a deletion can be witnessed by viewing the Aviano Air Base in Northern Italy.[3] Whilst the base is viewable in low resolution from a low zoom levels, zooming in reveals only farmland. It is unclear what location the photographs actually depict. Another example is the naval base in Toulon, France, which was blanked out in white. US F-16s at Aviano Aviano Air Base is a base of the United States Air Force, in the northeastern part of Italy, at the foot of the Italian Alps, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Pordenone. ...


United Kingdom

From 11 April to 15 April 2008, users in the UK who navigated to http://maps.live.com/ were automatically redirected to Multimap.com, making it very difficult to access Live Search Maps.[16] The issue was due to what the Live Search Maps team called "a couple of unfortunate bugs."[17] is the 101st day of the year (102nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 105th day of the year (106th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... Multimap. ...


Updates

  • v1 (Beagle) (July 2005)
  • v2 (Calypso) (December 2005) - "Bird's-eye imagery" released.
  • v2.5 (February 2006)
  • v3 (Discovery) (May 2006) - Real time traffic, collections, new API.
  • v4 (Endeavour) (September 2006) - People search, drawing on maps, new imagery.
  • v5 (Spaceland) (November 2006) - 3D viewer, building models in 15 cities.
  • Data update (December 2006) - New 3D models and high-resolution imagery for 6 new areas.
  • Data update (January 2007) - Over 100 European cities with bird's-eye coverage added.
  • Data update (29 March 2007) - 3.8TB of bird's-eye imagery, orthophotos and 3D models of 5 British cities.
  • v5.5 (Falcon) (3 April 2007) VE 3D plugin for Firefox, GeoRSS support, area calculations.
  • v6 (Gemini) (15 October 2007) - New data, party maps, traffic based routing, v6 MapControl, Bird's Eye in 3D, etc.
  • v6.1 (GoliatH) (10 April 2008) - Improved quality of 3D models, improved KML support and new export capabilities, street labels on Bird's Eye imagery, MapCruncher integration, HD filming capabilities, Clearflow traffic report system.

API may refer to: In computing, application programming interface In petroleum industry, American Petroleum Institute In education, Academic Performance Index This page concerning a three-letter acronym or abbreviation is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... An orthophoto or orthophotograph is an aerial photograph that has been geometrically corrected (orthorectified) such that the scale of the photograph is uniform, meaning that the photo can be considered equivalent to a map. ... GeoTagging, sometimes referred to as Geocoding, is the process of adding geographical identification metadata to various media such as websites, RSS feeds, or images. ... This article is about high-definition video technology. ...

Compatibility

Microsoft states that Live Search Maps can be used with Internet Explorer 5.5 and later, with Mozilla Firefox 1.5 on Windows and Mac OS X, and with Safari[18]. Firefox on Linux and Firefox 2.0 also appear to work. Opera is stated to be usable "with some functionality limitations".[19] Windows Internet Explorer (formerly Microsoft Internet Explorer abbreviated MSIE), commonly abbreviated to IE, is a series of graphical web browsers developed by Microsoft and included as part of the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems starting in 1995. ... Firefox redirects here. ... Safari is a web browser developed by Apple Inc. ... Opera is a web browser and Internet suite developed by the Norwegian Opera Software company. ...


Users of browsers that are not considered compatible, as well as users of versions of compatible browsers that are not supported, will be directed away from viewing the map without an error message. An example of a Web browser (Mozilla Firefox) A web browser is a software application that enables a user to display and interact with text, images, videos, music and other information typically located on a Web page at a website on the World Wide Web or a local area network. ...


WebKit-based browsers such as Konqueror have experienced problems accessing Live Search Maps and related websites.[20] WebKit is an application framework included with Mac OS X v10. ... Konqueror is a file manager, web browser and file viewer, which was developed as part of the K Desktop Environment (KDE) by volunteers and runs on most Unix-like operating systems. ...


The 3D Maps viewer plug-in requires Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, or Windows Vista, with Internet Explorer 6/7 or Firefox 1.5/2.0.[21] As of 2005, Windows XP is the current desktop version of the Microsoft Windows operating system. ... Windows Server 2003 (also referred to as Win2K3) is a server operating system produced by Microsoft. ...


See also

The Geospatial Web or Geoweb is a relatively new term that implies the merging of geographical (location-based) information with the abstract information that currently dominates the Internet. ... Google Earth is a virtual globe program that was originally called Earth Viewer and was created by Keyhole, Inc. ... Google Maps (for a time named Google Local) is a free web mapping service application and technology provided by Google that powers many map-based services including the Google Maps website, Google Ride Finder and embedded maps on third-party websites via the Google Maps API. It offers street maps... Three maps generated by MapPoint North America 2001 (outside the detailed dataset), Encarta 2005 (not very detailed) and Microsoft AutoRoute 2004 (highly detailed). ... Mobile GMaps running on a Nokia 6600 phone Mobile GMaps is a free piece of software that displays Google Maps and MSN Virtual Earth maps and satellite imagery on Java-enabled mobile phones, PDAs or other devices. ... Animation showing atmosphere and shading effects in v1. ... Pictometry International is a Rochester, New York-based company that provides detailed aerial photography. ... TerraServer-USA web site For other uses, see TerraServer. ... Yahoo! Maps web site Yahoo! Maps is a free Web Map Server provided by the Yahoo! network, based out of Sunnyvale, California. ...

References

  1. ^ Live Local Search
  2. ^ Live Local Search
  3. ^ Live Local Search
  4. ^ Live Local Search
  5. ^ Live Local Search
  6. ^ Live Local Search
  7. ^ List of bird's eye view cities in the US
  8. ^ List of bird's eye view sites in Europe
  9. ^ List of 3D cities
  10. ^ http://www.maps.live.com
  11. ^ Markoff, John (2008-04-10). "Microsoft Introduces Tool for Avoiding Traffic Jams". New York Times. Retrieved on 2008-04-10.
  12. ^ Glazowski, Paul (2008-04-10). "Microsoft Implements 'Clearflow' Traffic Artificial Intelligence in Live Maps". Marshable Social Networking News. Retrieved on 2008-04-10.
  13. ^ Sterling, Greg (2008-04-10). Four Year Effort Culminates In “Clearflow” Traffic on Microsoft Live Search Maps”. Retrieved on 2008-04-10.
  14. ^ Microsoft ClearFlow aims to get drivers out of jams". electronista (2008-04-10). Retrieved on 2008-04-10.
  15. ^ http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,335751,00.html
  16. ^ [1]
  17. ^ [2]
  18. ^ http://virtualearth.spaces.live.com/Blog/cns!2BBC66E99FDCDB98!14512.entry
  19. ^ http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/download/newsroom/msn/WLLocalRG.doc
  20. ^ Bug 15120 - Offender Locator page does not load (Windows Live Maps mashup)
  21. ^ System requirements for Virtual Earth 3D (Beta)

2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 100th day of the year (101st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 100th day of the year (101st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 100th day of the year (101st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 100th day of the year (101st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 100th day of the year (101st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 100th day of the year (101st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 100th day of the year (101st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 100th day of the year (101st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

Live Search Maps

Official Team Blogs

Developers resources

  • Via Virtual Earth - Resource for Live Search Maps developers
  • MSDN MapPoint Center - Official developer center for Virtual Earth and MapPoint Web Services

ASP.NET

  • Web.Maps.VE - The industries First ASP.NET AJAX Virtual Earth Mapping Server Control. This control allows map events to be handled from within Server-Side .NET code without Postbacks; completely eliminating the requirement to use JavaScript. A full JavaScript API is also available to allow fully customized implementations.

Other

  • Flash Earth - Compares satellite images from Virtual Earth with other mapping websites such as Google Maps, and Yahoo Maps
  • Bird's Eye Tourist - Links to "bird's-eye" images
  • Earthcities.flappie.nl - Birth's Eye Cities in MSN Virtual Earth in Belgium and The Netherlands

 
 

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