TAG: bing maps

Windows Phone location tool in emulator down? No problem!

To enable developers to test applications that somehow rely on location services without having an actual device, Microsoft added a location tool to the Windows Phone emulator back in Mango release. For some reason, the tool stopped working and the Bing map is not rendered if you try to use it today. Without a map, you can’t add pushpins to it which would simulate your device actually having latitude and longitude – location somewhere on Earth.…

Bing maps data bound pushpins fade-in animation

When you use Bing Maps and place pushpins on it, you have two basic options. One is to fetch all the pushpins (actually, locations) from some service and then programmatically add them to the map, or you can bind all the pins (locations) through MapItemsControl with ObservableCollection. In this article, I’ll show you how to add pins from the background worker in case you’re fetching a lot of them at the same time and…

Show a tooltip for tapped pushpin on Windows Phone

I’ve been working on a Windows Phone project which includes a lot of pushpins on Bing maps which carry information important to the user. Now, I wanted some form of interaction in the form of a tooltip – user can request more information about particular pushpin by tapping on it. Of course, the word tooltip might be misleading because it usually involves mouse pointer placed above a control for a short period of time before the…

Making a custom Windows Phone Bing Maps PushPin from an image

Standard pushpins that can be used on a Bing map can get rather boring. Most of the applications which have certain artwork and styling need to use custom pushpins to display different things on a map. In this article, I’ll show how to quickly create a custom pushpin from Expression Design to the application Let’s start from a design application such as Expression Design or a free Paint.NET. Create an image that will…

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