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Old 11-09-2016, 09:33 PM   #1
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Bing Bird's Eye Maps deteriorating?

Anyone else notice the "New Version" is slow, and often produces garbled images? I have reported this to Bing of course, but curious if others have noticed the deterioration.
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Old 11-09-2016, 10:05 PM   #2
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Hmm, I just tried viewing Marcy and can't say it behaved badly. However, I did notice a delay when toggling between Aerial and Bird's Eye views. Sometimes it seemed like I needed to change the zoom level to coax the transition between the two views.
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Old 11-09-2016, 10:59 PM   #3
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Another hmmm,

I mostly use Bing to see various waterways and potential paddling routes.
Different compass points of view often have different levels of resolution, and sometimes are clearly photos from different seasons.

Even so, the images are pretty darn good.
Compare this Bing bird's eye image to my photo from a similar perspective.
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Old 11-10-2016, 06:07 PM   #4
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Yeah Bing is great and I can show lots of examples of cool images. But some things I used to be able to look at are now mangled in the "new Version."

So I may or may not be able to show an example. (Because I have not been able to post ANY images on this site, regardless of size or file type, for some time.) (Edit: Hey, looks like it worked!)

But I have tried to attach an image from the "new version" of bird's eye, looking at the ridge on the way from Blueberry to Porter. This image would render perfectly in the "previous version", but is completely mangled in the "new version." (All caches cleared, same results in IE and Chrome.)
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Old 03-28-2017, 05:29 PM   #5
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So the performance of the "upgraded" Bing Birds Eye view has continued to DEgrade to the point where it is almost unusable:

>view simply goes blank when trying to rotate; have to back all the way out, rotate, and then zoom in again.
>The old "birdseye satellite data is all gone. The new "birdseye" view is just a "tilted" google overhead shot.
>Site operates extremely slowly, and images are mangled.

This is the same in Chrome or IE. Not a problem on my end, I have great high speed internet, caches are always clear, and every other site works great.

So I'm giving up on Bing. Can anyone suggest another site that can provide imagery like the old (now unavailable) Birdseye View?
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Old 03-29-2017, 10:54 AM   #6
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If your PC is running Windows 10, have you tried the Maps app?

If you select Aerial view and 3D mode, you'll get the ability to pan/zoom/rotate the view just like in Google Earth (GE). The rendering is very good and faster than GE on my PC. It isn't as feature-rich as GE but it's great for "flying over" and exploring the terrain.
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Old 03-29-2017, 08:27 PM   #7
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Thanks, Taras.

I've stayed with Windows 7. 7 is solid and businesslike. 10 ha a cludgy cellphone look and poor performance.

But I may try Google Earth - what are the best options to select there?
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Old 03-29-2017, 10:18 PM   #8
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FWIW, I have Win10 running on two computers and it works flawlessly. One of them is a ten-year old laptop PC that originally came with Vista. I joined the Windows Insider program and got a free upgrade for it (officially the free Win 10 upgrade was only for Win 7 and up). The laptop runs better than ever (on a 10 year-old Core Duo with 4Gb RAM). The other PC is a late-model all-in-one that originally ran Win 8.1. It runs just fine with Win 10. All my old apps run on it with any hiccups including a discontinued one that is over ten years old. I updated my father's laptop before the free upgrade offer expired. It runs fine as well.

As for aesthetics, most operating systems have moved away from the skeuomorphic look favored in the past. Apple's iOS moved to the "flat look" in version 7. Google's Android switched to Material Design in version 5. Windows 10 continues with the Metro/Modern design language started in Windows 8. Even many flavors of desktop Linux have adopted a more streamlined appearance.

Google discontinued updates for the PC version of Google Earth. It's still available but won't receive enhancements. They incorporated some of GE's features into Google Maps but it isn't quite the same thing.
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