Topic: Request: Include Map Style in Map Links

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Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
I do enjoy that as I move around the map, I can get a link that will take another person to the same latitude, longitude, zoom level and display the category(ies) of content that I had filtered to, however I would like to see the map style currently selected also added to these links.

For example, when zoomed to the map all the way, the map likes to automatically switch to Bird's Eye View when the link is clicked, however when no Bird's Eye photos have been captured in an area, the satellite imagery available from 'Aerial' is actually more desirable (mainly because the 'aerial' photography appears to have projected onto Bing's topology model at less than full resolution).

For this reason, I'd like to see the ability to link specifically to road map style or aerial imagery as the backdrop.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
In areas where planes actually have flown over an area and captured true Bird's Eye View photos at 45 degrees, this is often preferable to the top down imagery of the 'Aerial' option as Bird's Eye is often higher resolution or more colourful than the top down imagery, however since you can rotate to a Bird's Eye photo of a location approaching from North, South, East, or West (and some locations are visible in multiple Bird's Eye photos from each direction).

Ideally, if I intend to link to a Bird's Eye View backdrop for the map, I would like the map link to include which Bird's Eye image I am navigated to, how far I am zoomed in to it, and which part of the photo my viewer is centered on, to ensure that those who receive my link will see what I intended to show them.

Currently if I am zoomed far enough into the map for the map to automatically switch to Bird's Eye, it will only load the photo from the South looking North (which may not be the best/desired view).
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
It isn't currently available, but when the WebGL 3D Bing Maps control is released to the web, I fully expect that control to be available on Photosynth's new website and in your new apps as a backdrop for synths ans panos.

The ability to link to an exact point in space with a particular imagery type turned on is even more important then.