Make your own Street View

GoPano Micro A few weeks ago we dispatched a student intern to walk through Norton Common near Earthware’s office, holding a pole with an iPhone and GoPano lens attached to it. Short of being on fire, he couldn’t have drawn more attention to himself. Google Street View is...
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Transport for London's Journey Planner is now using Google Maps!

This year Earthware have been working alongside the TfL Online Team and BAE Systems Detica to create the new Transport for London Journey Planner. As of tomorrow you are able to try it out for yourself! We have been working on this very exciting project since January, creating the mapping...
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Google Maps visual refresh and UK road styling

We’re enjoying investigating the forthcoming update to Google Maps, here at Earthware. As part of understanding the consequences of the new look and feel for one of our clients, we noticed that the specific road styling for the UK seems to have been removed. Here is a picture of...
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Our First Edits With Google Map Maker UK!

You may be aware that today Google Map Maker was released in the UK and already we have put this to use for the residents of Letchworth Garden City! A few weeks ago I was trying to show a friend how to walk from the Letchworth Morrisons’ car park to...
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Inaugural Ordnance Survey Developer Event

Last night London played host to the inaugural OS Developer Event and it was great to be there. I always enjoy having the chance to meet with members of the OS development and support teams and would recommend attending to anyone! During the workshop part of the evening we implemented...
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Earthware are officially 'Windows 8 Elite'!

On Friday we received the good news from Microsoft that thanks to the submission of our first Windows 8 app, Meet½Way, we at Earthware are now officially ’Windows 8 Elite’! So, what is this ‘Meet½Way’? Meet½Way began back in August as a result of our ‘Earthware Day...
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Bing Maps Street Side Imagery for London, UK

Today Bing Maps have released their first street side imagery outside of North America in our very own UK capital city London. This first release appears to cover the capitals major roads but lets hope there is lots more to come over the next few months. Below is an overview...
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Free Charity Mapping Tool

With Microsoft Bing Maps’ latest Terms of Use which enable not for profit organisations to use Bing Maps free of charge, Earthware have been working with the Bing Team to develop a free mapping tool which enables not for profit organisations to create, customise and embed project or events maps...
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Earthware - how we became famous...

Ok – so it It might be a slight over exaggeration to say that we are famous but we have been on TV. Or at least a piece of our work has! If you follow our The Technology Studio blog you may be familiar with our Kinect hack that turned a...
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Earthware feature in this month's Bing Maps newsletter

We were delighted that this month we featured in the Bing Maps newsletter for a blog article we wrote regarding relative performance of mapping APIs (see below). If you want to read our full blog article please click here. Cool If you can't see the contents of this email, click...
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Puffersphere "Roving Eye" videos seen over half a million times

The two videos that we posted showing the “Roving Eye” that we developed using a Kinect and a PufferSphere have now been seen over 500,000 times on YouTube in less than three weeks. If you haven’t seen them yet, then here are the two videos. Giant eyeball following...
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5 ways to make your web mapping fly!

Over the past four years here at Earthware we have encountered a number of performance challenges when creating mapping applications on the web. We thought it might be helpful to bring together the 5 most common issues we’ve encountered, both when helping other developers or in some of our...
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Quake sequence leading up to Japan tsunami

We always say that displaying data on a map is one of the best ways to bring information to life, especially when the information has a geographical element. One obvious place where this is true is when looking at the pattern of earthquakes. The US Geological Survey publishes a list...
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Earthware presents to Multimap migration clients interested in Bing Maps

Yesterday, we were delighted to be invited to present at a workshop event held at Microsoft’s Victoria offices in London to an audience of approximately 60 people who were interested in exploring how Bing Maps can help them drive their business results. The audience was a good mix of...
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OFFICIAL Microsoft Bing Maps community event in the UK 27th October

We have been working behind the scenes with Bing’s PR agency 3-Monkeys, on an official Microsoft Bing Maps community event for the UK and you can now sign up to attend next Wednesday 27th October. Here’s the intro: “Bing invites you to an informal panel discussion and Q...
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GoLearnTo continues to show how to place technology at the heart of the online experience

Now in our fourth year of partnership with GoLearnTo.com we are delighted that the website we have been involved in developing continues to go from strength to strength. In the last month GoLearnTo has added no less than four awards and nominations to their impressive array of successes including...
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Earthware's TheWorldCupMap has grown and now includes CountryBehindTheCup map

Regular readers of our blog will have heard about Earthware’s TheWorldCupMap which we launched at the beginning of the 2010 World Cup football tournament. This week has seen our newest addition to the map, CountryBehindTheCup, being launched. Continuing our partnership with Skyworks, the company behind the high definition video...
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Google Maps launch property listings - is this the beginning of the end of the property portals?

Having your property listed on a online map has become an essential part of the property marketing process so its little surprise really that Google have joined the party launching their latest addition to Google Maps in the UK – property listings. Any property portal, estate agent or even individual seller...
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TheWorldCupMap, Earthware's Avimap demo, is being promoted up by the BBC

It seems that we are not the only people who think that TheWorldCupMap, Earthware's tour of the World Cup stadiums, is pretty cool. The guys at BBC sport also agree and have added it to their dedicated World Cup page alongside their own venue guide and Fifa's offering too. It's...
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Earthware launches TheWorldCupMap an Avimap demo using Bing Maps Silverlight and Azure hosting

Here at Earthware we are all very excited about the World Cup. However, it’s not the goals (or lack of!) that has got us energised, it’s our latest web based mapping solution, Avimap, which provides an interactive aerial tour of all the stadiums hosting World Cup football matches...
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Bing Maps App SDK Goes Live

It’s something of a milestone week for Microsoft’s Bing Maps with the launch of its Map App SDK (Software Development Kit) at Microsoft’s TechEd convention in New Orleans. Developers can now download the Bing Map App SDK and start building, testing and submitting applications which if approved...
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Google Maps gets 3D treatment in the form of Earth View

This week has seen a further development in global web based mapping technology with Google’s announcement that it has augmented Google Earth into Google Maps, creating a 3D rendering of certain locations when used with a supported browser. This update to Google Maps, called Earth View, enables users to...
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The Beginning of the End for the Travel Brochure?

For the past thirty years or more, the travel industry has relied upon the trusty printed brochure to wet our appetites for holidays at home and abroad. We’ve become accustomed to the idea of thumbing through acres of paper and booking our escape to the sun based on fuzzy...
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Google Street View Launched UK Wide In Commercial Property Website

Within hours of Google launching Google Street View imagery covering 99% of UK roads, Earthware has released their first implementation of the new imagery in commercial property portal NovaLoca.com. The Google Street View imagery in NovaLoca.com allows users to view commercial property in the major UK cities and...
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Google Street View Launches UK wide

Google Maps have today launched Google StreetView imagery for the entire UK and we mean the entire UK!  Nearly a quarter of a million roads across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are now available to ‘walk’ down from your computer screen. The 360 degree pictures mean you can have...
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Bing Maps Add Spatial Streetside Photos

Bing Maps have just released their latest offering to web based digital mapping and it’s pretty impressive. New features include tagged photos from Flickr which overlay the exact location on the Bing Maps Streetside imagery, putting a static image in context of it’s local surroundings enabling the user...
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BBC Show the “Art of the Possible” with Microsoft Bing Maps Silverlight SDK

At the inaugural Bing Maps User group in the UK, Jim Lynn from the BBC was invited to present on a project that he led at the BBC to explore how Bing Maps Silverlight can be used.  I am not a techie but found this a fascinating exploration into how...
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Want to Know Where Bird’s Eye is Available in the UK on a Map?

We often get asked by our clients, and prospective clients, what areas of the UK are covered by Bird’s Eye imagery. Whilst we have a long list of place names this isn’t always helpful as what you really want is to see is the UK Bird’s Eye...
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Bings Maps Launch Streetside, Enhanced Bird’s Eye and many more new features

After months of biting their tongues, Bing have finally announced their latest additions to Bing Maps by releasing the beta version of Silverlight Bing Maps which features two new map modes (Streetside View and Enhanced Bird’s Eye) plus an Application Gallery and also Photosynth to name just a few...
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Earthware help Rovster launch a new type of property website

Earthware are delighted to have been invited by Gary McCausland (from BBC1’s “Axe the Agent” to do the web design, web development, interactive mapping and SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) for his new venture Rovster. Rovster allows a property owner who wants to “sell my house privately” to sign up...
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Great Example of Using Overlays and Heat Maps in Microsoft Bing Maps

At Earthware we are always on the lookout for Microsoft Bing Maps (formally Microsoft Virtual Earth) implementations that use mapping to display useful information in a really intuitive way.  We are especially keen to see overlays (or heat maps) being used in Bing Maps.   We came across a...
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See you all at this years AGI conference

This year Earthware are taking part, for the first time, in the AGI conference’s new GeoWeb stream on September 23rd - 24th 2009. Our technical direction Brian Norman will be talking about the future of web based mapping in the travel and real estate markets at 11:15 on...
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Will Properties and Advertising on Google Maps Change the Real Estate Market?

Google has never hidden the fact that whilst it is a company driven by innovation, it also needs to drive revenue and profit and the most prevalent route for this is has been through advertising (via pay per click). However, as Google now broadens its offerings, it appears to be...
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Congratulations to Earthware's Brian Norman on becoming a Windows Live Platform Microsoft MVP

The Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award programme is an annual award given to members of the technical community that show an outstanding contribution as they actively share their expertise with peers. There are over 100 million people participating in technical communities each year, yet only 3,500 are awarded the...
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Earthware develops 'Bing Maps World Tour' for Microsoft

The Microsoft Bing Enterprise Mapping team approached Earthware two months ago, with an idea to communicate their monthly imagery releases to clients and partners in a more visually engaging format. With each month’s imagery release potentially covering hundreds of updated locations worldwide the current system of publishing a simple...
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Google takes Street View Mapping off-road

Google has announced the launch of the Google Tricycle. As the Google Street cars whiz through the larger roads of cities and towns around the world capturing 360 degree images of the area, there are some places they just can't reach. This is where the Google Tricycle will come in...
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Microsoft Announces Photosynth Commercial Terms

Having released Photosynth for commercial use Microsoft  have now announced their commercial terms making it clear how this technology can be used. Using Photosynth As long as the synths embedded in a website comply with the terms of use, are publicly available and use under 20GB of storage they...
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Microsoft makes Photosynth commercial and Earthware adds property Photosynths in Virtual Earth maps to London property website

Microsoft has just announced the release of the latest updates to their Photosynth technology, which through an integration with Microsoft Virtual Earth means that the technology can now be used commercially. What is Photosynth? Photosynth ‘stitches’ together digital photos of any object or location giving the user a 3D, 360-degree...
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Property Mapping by Earthware Now Marketing Property in LonRes

LonRes had been looking at ways to further develop their already successful London property portal, and when they came across EarthwareProperty on London-Executive.com they immediately saw the potential it held for improving the user experience when using LonRes to find and market property. But the thing that really caught...
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Google Map Street View UK are Finally Live!

Google have now release streetview for 23 cities in the UK,  only five months after we first included Seety’s excellent London street views in our EarthwareProperty product ;-) The cities current covered are: London Bristol Norwich Liverpool Southampton Birmingham Oxford Derby Nottingham Cambridge Manchester Sheffield Scunthorpe York Leeds Bradford...
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Virtual Earth Silverlight Control CTP available Friday, we've been playing already

You may have heard the news today that the new Virtual Earth Silverlight map control Community Tech Preview was announced today at MIX09! We have been lucky enough to be Beta testing the control for a few weeks now here at Earthware and its been a real eye opener to...
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'Mapmania' : Why Maps are the New Interface and will be a Defining Trend of 2009

The team at Trendwatching.com have been gazing into their crystal balls to predict the defining consumer trends of 2009 which could be applied profitably and help you ride out the recession. 'Mapmania' (everything mapping related) was listed in the top 10 trends for 2009. Currently mapping works well for...
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Property Technology Wins London Executive An Award

At Earthware we aim to use the latest in web based mapping technology to bring our client’s products and services to life which is why we make five promises to all of our clients including ‘to challenge ourselves to meet our client’s expectations’ and ‘to care about what...
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EarthwareProperty Has Gone North

Cathedral Lettings are the Durham specialists when it comes to letting residential property. Their vision is to use their local knowledge and expertise in the lettings market to ‘match good tenants with good properties’ and make the process as simple as possible for both the tenant and landlord. It is...
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We Have Been Busy Web Developing Again.

Earthware have now made live their latest web development project, an online estate agency website for residential property in Buckinghamshire, DreamSpot. The journey began back in April 2008 when the two Neil’s first met. Neil Osmond, Earthware’s Operations Director and Neil Wood Managing Director of DreamSpot...
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London UK street level views now live, but not from Google!

It's an exciting day here at Earthware, after months of development on the latest version of our Earthware Property real estate mapping solution it's now live on the commercial property portal Novaloca.com  with brilliant street level views of central London from our partners Seety. To try out street...
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SQM Meets Captain Birds Eye

SQM Meets Captain Birds Eye “Captain Birds Eye” aka Georges Verdis, general manager of London Executive, is featured in the June edition of SQM magazine giving rave reviews to his “new toy” Property Bird, an implementation of our mapping solution for residential and commercial property. We...
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Who leads the way in Interactive Property Mapping?

In order to help with the launch of our new interactive property mapping product, we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at what the mapping looks like for a number of the top Estate agency chains and property portals. Our findings are hardly scientifically robust...
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Earthware creates Microsoft Eos Generali on behalf of 3DVia

This project involved the creation of a proposed building the Eos Generali in the heart of the Paris business district for a Microsoft presentation also in Paris. The video that appears above was created by the lads at 3DVia to show off the tools at their disposal and also the...
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Wind Farm Presentation aids local planning campaign

This project that has been recently completed represents a new venture for Earthware that puts our 3D and mapping skills to a new and innovative use. Video: Stonish Hill WindFarm We have used the plans from a local planning application for a proposed wind farm and created a scale virtual...
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