Rendering Historic Maps on Bing Maps

One of the Bing Maps APIs feature that has gained a lot of traction is the ability to overlay custom tiles atop the Bing Maps tiles to illustrate tons of data in a raster format. But when you want to render census data, weather illustrations or even historic maps of what an area used to look […]

One of the Bing Maps APIs feature that has gained a lot of traction is the ability to overlay custom tiles atop the Bing Maps tiles to illustrate tons of data in a raster format. But when you want to render census data, weather illustrations or even historic maps of what an area used to look like, you’ll first render that information prior to putting in on the map (using Tile Pyramid Schema or Map Cruncher) and overlay it onto the map (using map.AddTileLayer() in AJAX; or, MapTileLayer.TileSource.Add(tileSource) in Silverlight) and set the opacity (VETileSourceSpecification.Opacity in AJAX; or, MapTileLayer.Opacity in Silverlight). The Time Map contains historic maps of the town of Shrewsbury and parts of London using the Bing Maps AJAX Control.  An State of Queensland provides an Bing Maps Silverlight application that allows users to control the year using a simple sliding bar.