More updates to Virtual Earth

Microsoft has just released a new version of Live Search Maps (named Gemini), as well as revealed a few more places that were updated in the past few days.

The new version has a lot of cool stuff:

  • 1-Click Directions – Also known as “party maps”, this is a single permalink that you can send out, and each person can get directions to it from their house with a single click.
  • Route Around Traffic – It’s a check box option to have it automatically route around traffic jams, based on the live traffic data.
  • Data Import – Import GeoRSS, GPX and even some KML.
  • Birds Eye View in 3D – A way to view Birds Eye imagery while in 3D mode.  It’s kinda weird, but very cool.
  • 3D Tours and Videos of Collections – You can build a “tour” (fly around, look at stuff, etc), then share it with others by sending them a simple URL.  They can control the tour using DVD-style controls.
  • 3D Modelling – Using Dassault, you can create 3D buildings in VE.
  • Collection Search and Explore – A search engine for more content.
  • Enhanced Detail Pages – More info about each business listed in VE

You really need to read their full post to get details about all of those enhancements.

Also, there was more to their latest imagery update than we posted a few days ago.  In addition to all of that Birds Eye data, the following was also added:

Birds Eye Imagery

  • Madrid, Spain
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Dopenhagen, Denmark

Ortho Imagery

  • Imperial County, CA
  • Fresno, CA
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • North Kentucky
  • Kern County, CA
  • Louisville, KY
  • Merced, CA
  • Blythe, CA
  • Lexington, KY
  • Willow Springs, AZ
  • Wilmington, NC
  • Placer County, CA
  • St. George, UT
  • Ft. Pierce/Stuart, FL
  • Northeast Ohio
  • Pensacola, FL
  • Catalina Island, CA
  • Ft. Myers, FL
  • Panama/Tallahassee, FL
  • Florida Keys, FL
  • Gainesville/Ocala, FL
  • US 19, WV

Satellite Imagery

  • Banff, Canada
  • Everglades, FL, United States
  • Freeport, Bahamas
  • Grand Teton/Yellowstone, CA, United States
  • Pusan, South Korea
  • Malta
  • Marsh Harbor, Bahamas
  • North Bimini, Bahamas
  • Whistler, Canada
  • Helsinki, Finland

All in all, it amounts to an astounding amount of new stuff for VE.  Very impressive!


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