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Perhaps this seems like a request for the Bing Maps team, but I'd like to make it simple for everyone to embed a map of synths and panos on Photosynth.net
I copied the address for a few simple map pages and pasted them into some iframes on a WordPress blog and they function okay, although they are quite crowded from an interface perspective when viewed at such a low resolution. http://notes.natelawrence.net/synthymaptests/
If you ever do officially offer embed code for your maps, I think that the Photosynth header could be dispensed with and the search box and zoom/rotation controls brought inline with the Photosynth logo.
The tray of thumbnails along the lower edge of the map view should probably adapt to different scales as well.
One other critical factor for usability is that the area that the map views is currently very resolution-dependent and this absolutely needs to be changed.
Having to manually change zoom=2 to zoom=0 is beyond many users + zooming by factors of 2 is really a bit too imprecise, even if it does avoid any issues of fewer or (ideally always) more pixels from map tiles being drawn to an area of the screen's pixels.
Far better would be capturing the center of the viewport (which I believe the lat/long already does) but additionally capturing the left/right and upper/lower edges of the screen on the map and using that to fit to the edges of the embed.
For this reason, one might automatically generate the embed code at the same aspect ratio as the user's tab at the time that the code is requested.
Offering an editor for embed resolution which can maintain this aspect ratio when a width or height is manually specified would also be helpful.
Yes, I feel embedding a map view to be very useful.
Thanks for this suggestion. I agree that we would have to strip out a lot of the "chrome" to make a nicely embeddable map view.