Enhancements To Bing Maps User Interface Launched

Bing Maps today received some enhancement to its interface. The most apparent changes are to task and navigation controls, --we've made it easier to find the most common actions to complete your task at hand," announced Dan Polivy over at Bing Maps blog."We've consolidated actions that were previously scattered throughout the page, and concentrated them […]

Bing Maps today received some enhancement to its interface. The most apparent changes are to task and navigation controls, --we've made it easier to find the most common actions to complete your task at hand," announced Dan Polivy over at Bing Maps blog.

"We've consolidated actions that were previously scattered throughout the page, and concentrated them along the top, where you expect to find them. We've included text labels for most of the buttons. And, most importantly, we've focused on making the controls accessible while still allowing the map to be the focus of the page," explained Polivy.

"These improvements are being rolled out to all of our international sites with appropriate market-specific functionality. For example, Bing Maps users in the UK will still have access to the London Street Map and Ordnance Survey styles, along with our standard Road map, via the vector style drop-down. The public transport overlay, showing tube, DLR, and tram networks, is also readily available from the navigation bar when the map is centered over the greater London area."

"The team also improved access to Bird's eye 45-degree perspective, viewable from all four compass directions, as well as high resolution Aerial imagery by making them directly accessible from the top of the navigation bar. At the same time, you can now more easily switch between various road and imagery styles with a single click. You also have option to view either of the imagery styles with or without labels, depending on your preference.

"If you're visiting Bing Maps with a browser that supports the W3C Geolocation API, you'll find a new button (called locate me) available to the left of the breadcrumb that, when clicked, will center the map on your current location as reported by your browser," revealed Polivy.

"You'll receive the highest accuracy results--including a pin and approximate radius--when using a computer with WiFi enabled. You can turn off the pin by clicking the button again," added Polivy.

(Note: all browsers will prompt you to share your location after you click the locate me button; if you choose not to allow access, Bing Maps will be unable to center the map on your location.)

[Source: Bing Maps blog]