Latest Posts

Virtual Earth Conference

The 2017 Via Virtual Earth Conference is On!


Our 1st Annual Via Virtual Earth Conference is going to be happening in San Diego this May!


This conference is all about creating mapping software. The conference is going to focus on how mapping technologies will revolutionize several areas of our society.


Update: We’ve received an exclusive travelocity coupon from one of our sponsors: Travelocity (obviously). You can save 15% off hotels surrounding the San Diego Convention Center

Who is This Conference For?

The Conference is for all users of Via Virtual Earth, as well as programmers, tinkerers, and …

Read More

Browser Debugging for Virtual Earth

Tracing program execution and debugging code are two of the major challenges of developing JavaScript applications.  These challenges are especially apparent in Virtual Earth, which is essentially a large obfuscated JavaScript library with limited documentation on available methods and no documentation on how the backend API works.  An additional challenge when debugging Virtual Earth applications is deciphering all the CSS classes and HTML elements applied in order to display the Virtual Earth map.  Fortunately, there are many available debugging tools that can be used to help you understand the back end of Virtual Earth applications.  In this article, we will …

Read More

Customizing Route Pushpins in V5

Using Virtual Earth version 5.0, you can create driving routes with automatically generated pushpins along the route that contain the driving itinerary inside the pushpin bubbles. After a VEMap.GetRoute call is made in Version 5.0, a VERoute object is returned. The VERoute has itinerary directions but has no information as to the co-ordinate of the route pushpins and no access to their InfoBox descriptions. This article will discuss how to manipulate these pushpins and generate your own version 5.0 route pushpins.

customized-route-pushpinsFigure 1 – Customized route pushpins

The “_dm” Object

To actually manipulate these route pushpins, it’s important to take …

Read More

Fun with IE Image Filters and Virtual Earth

I was playing today with some logos in Photoshop and noticed our graphic design team had inverted our gold logo on a black background to be a nice blue logo on a white background. For fun, I happened to have a Virtual Earth project open at the time and I inverted the default road map in Photoshop.

Wow now thats actually pretty cool, not sure what the usages would be but I wonder how to do this on the VE control?

I know that IE provides filters that can be applied in CSS and this got me thinking about what

Read More