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Bing Maps REST API, AJAX Control v7, and Account Center Updates

Bing Maps released several updates and new features in the Bing Maps:

Bing Maps REST Web Services

Support for Multiple Image Formats
Previously a request for static images through the Imagery-API would have always returned results in the PNG-format. With the new release you now have the choice between PNG, JPG and GIF. While PNG provides the best quality, JPG gives you the best compromise between quality and size.

Ordnance Survey GB Maps and Collins Bartholomew Style support added to REST web service API — now available in the UK. The Ordnance Survey Maps are available from zoom-level 10 to 15 and the Collins Bartholomew style is available from level 10 to 17.

Traffic Incidents
Traffic data is currently only available in the United States and in Canada. “With the latest release we are now also adding traffic incident information through a separate API call in the REST web service,” explsins Bing.

“The result can be returned in either XML or JSON format. The latter is particularly useful, if you want to drop the response into the Bing Maps AJAX Control,” Bing said.

Bing Maps AJAX Control aside from several bug-fixes, also received support for touch events in Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 Developer Preview. Also new is an alternative style for the dashboard as well as a breadcrumb that resembles the look and feel of the consumer site. This new look and feel is implemented as an optional module.

Bing Maps Account Center is a one stop shop to create keys, generate usage reports and upload and manage data sources. The latter is only available for our licensed customers. This release introduce some changes in the user interface as well as bug fixes and additional reports.

“Most notably is the changed behavior when you upload data sources that contain both address information and latitudes and longitudes. Before, this would have triggered a process that reverse geocodes all latitudes and longitudes and overwrites existing address information which was certainly not in the interest of those who want to upload an already geocoded data source, for example when migrating from Multimap or MapPoint Web Service. Note: if you only provide a latitude and longitude the upload will still start the batch reverse geocoding,” explains Bing.

“For those still using MapPoint Web Service or the Bing Maps Token to authenticate you will now find your usage reports in the Bing Maps Account Center as well,” added Bing.

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