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a little Virtual Earth Control

, 2 Jun 2008 CPOL
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A small introduction to load Virtual Earth Maps into C#

Screenshot - scr.png


I simply want to realize a User Control to load VEarth Maps into a Windows Form.

The Main problem is that you can load these maps in HTML pages.

So.. i will load in a WebBrowser Control... but a new problem occurs... capture events from HTML pages.


If you use these maps for commercial purposes; read the Microsoft license ($$$$).

To save maps and copy pictures, i use a class from SharpDevelop (Juergen Thomas, Berlin (Germany) -

Using the code

Using this control is very easy.

Create a New Windows Forms Project, then include the DLL as component.

Insert the Control in the form and simply call the method:


There are various method to control the map and the visualisation, I think no explication is needed:

// To Show the initial map 
public void ShowInitialMap()

// and to close the map
public void unInit() 

This methods are to change the map type and to show (or hide) the dashboard, and change it's style.

public enum DashboardStyleEnum  {
public void DashBoardShow()
public void DashBoardHide()
public void DashBoardSet(DashboardStyleEnum dStyle)
public enum MapStyleEnum  {
        Road ,
        Aerial ,
        Hybrid ,
public void SetMapStyle(MapStyleEnum mStyle)

To move in the map and zoom:
All Coordinates are in decimal format.

public void GoToCoordinates(double Latit, double Longit) 
public void SetZoomLevel(Int16 zLevel)
public void ZoomOut()
public void ZoomIn()
public void ZoomWorld()
public void ZoomBest()

To add and remove pushpin on the map:

public void AddPushpin(Int32 IDPush, Double lat, Double lon, String Descrizione)
public void AddPushpin(Int32 IDPush, Double lat, Double lon, String Descrizione, String iconAddress)
public void RemovePushpin(Int32 IDPush)
public void RemoveAllPushpins()

To save the map and print it:

public Bitmap GetMapImage()
public Boolean SaveMapAsBitmap(String FileName)
public Boolean SaveMapAsBitmap()
public void PrintMapDefaultSettings()
public void PrintMapPreview()
public void PrintOptions()

Advanced methods, do not use them if you don't know how you can send as parameter!!!
I declared public to allow everyone send different command directly to the map, based on SDK specification:

public void ExecuteCommandOnMap(String commandText)
public void ExecuteCommandOnMap(String commandText, String commandParameters)
public void ExecuteCommand(String commandText)
public void ExecuteCommand(String commandText, String commandParameters)

The two events; always handle them to avoid a noisy sound when the mouse is on the map:

public class OnMoveOnMapEventArgs : EventArgs
public Double Lat;
public Double Lon;
public DateTime ora;

private void OnClickOnMap(object sender, VEarth.OnClickOnMapEventArgs e)
private void OnMoveOnMap(object sender, VEarth.OnMoveOnMapEventArgs e)

Points of Interest

Virtual Earth SDK:


uh.. first version :p


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Comments and Discussions

GeneralMy vote of 1 PinmemberSedArash16-Oct-11 5:24 
GeneralExecuteCommand and ExecuteCommandOnMap Pinmemberjonnesvik26-Aug-10 2:06 
GeneralMy vote of 1 PinmemberKerkia4-Mar-09 15:43 
Questioncs_Andr.Controls PinmemberKerkia4-Mar-09 15:41 
GeneralUse with compact framework PinmemberDalli15-Feb-09 8:05 
GeneralMouse movement on BirdsEye view Pinmembersteve gregory20-Jan-09 2:55 
GeneralNot much use PinmemberRichardTrainer5-Aug-08 4:20 
NewsThey uploaded the source. PinmemberAlpha Nerd2-Jun-08 10:55 
GeneralSource for the dll PinmemberMetalRob2-Jun-08 0:47 
GeneralRoutes and Directions PinmemberMegaSurfer19-May-08 12:01 
Generalneed help PinmemberAmine barigo8-May-08 15:30 
GeneralWould appreciate source for DLL Pinmembercwford0124-Apr-08 5:03 
QuestionHow to get the Place name?? PinmemberMember 38458158-Apr-08 19:58 
Generalany news on the source for the DLL Pinmemberpcummings17-Feb-08 5:20 
QuestionAdding several pushpins PinmembergunnarJonsson4-Dec-07 23:00 
QuestionRe: Adding several pushpins PinmemberMember 361493031-Aug-08 19:19 
GeneralIconAddress PinmembergunnarJonsson29-Nov-07 4:25 
GeneralSources Pinmemberthaos2K26-Nov-07 7:28 
GeneralRe: Sources PinmemberAndrea_866-Nov-07 7:30 
GeneralRe: Sources PinmemberJohn Witcher7-Dec-07 10:22 
QuestionSourceCode Pinmembermichbex11-Nov-07 9:32 
QuestionSourcecode to VEarthControl.dll ? PinmemberGMEKS14-Aug-07 9:22 
AnswerRe: Sourcecode to VEarthControl.dll ? PinmemberPiascas14-Sep-07 2:24 
GeneralRe: Sourcecode to VEarthControl.dll ? Pinmembercnlsmuts17-Nov-07 11:10 
GeneralRe: Sourcecode to VEarthControl.dll ? PinmemberJohn Witcher27-Nov-07 18:32 

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