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KML from Bing satellite

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  • I now live in the Philippines, and where I live there are very poor road maps, so we are working to develop GPS mapping of the country. We are all volunteers working on this free RoadGuide.ph project. 

    We have found Bing satellite to be much better than google, as they have only cleared up the main towns, also Bing seems to display at a better resolution.

    But the problem is creating the KML files in bing for us to use, as we are not always able travel to all 7,000 odd islands. 

    Will Bing be introducing this service? which by previous comments in the forum is in popular demand.

    Thank you

    John

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013 3:17 PM

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  • Are you looking to load a KML file on top of Bing Maps? If so there are a couple of direct ways to do this already. If you want to simply upload it to the Bing Maps consumer site you can go to bing.com/maps and click on the My Places button once signed in. You can upload a KML file and it will display on the map. You can then share the map with others or keep it private. Note that there is a limit of 200 items per KML allowed with that functionality.

    Alternatively, if you are creating a WPF or Windows Phone app then SharpKML works great for reading KML files: http://sharpkml.codeplex.com/ I've used this in a number of projects to read KML files.

    If you want to use KML files in JavaScript or with the Windows 8 control the SharpKML library isn't yet supported. Bing Maps did support KML files in Bing Maps V6.3.  As for future plans, those a normally not made available to the public.


    http://rbrundritt.wordpress.com

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013 3:48 PM
  • Hi Ricky, I imported this library to my project but don't know how to use it. I have a button on a map to allow user to import a kml file. Other posts said that I have to use parsers from SharpKML but I don't know the syntax of that command. Could you please show me how to use the SharpKML library? Thanks in advance.

    Best regards,

    Faro

    Thursday, August 15, 2013 2:49 PM
  • There is a ton of documentation available on the SharpKML site: http://sharpkml.codeplex.com/wikipage?title=Extracting%20information%20from%20a%20Kml%20file&referringTitle=Documentation

    Once you parse the file simply turn the shapes into Bing Maps compatible shapes


    http://rbrundritt.wordpress.com

    Sunday, August 25, 2013 5:20 PM