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Old 03-04-2018, 07:09 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by TCD View Post
Starting a new thread on this - I was reminded of this today while bushwhacking:

I use the wonderful "Topo Map Browser" that Colden46 developed at the site, and it works well. Of course the satellite photos are mostly the Google "straight down" photos. But in some locations, when you zoom in, the view switches to the angled, rotatable "Birds Eye" view. (A good place to see this is at Hoover Dam.)

Interestingly, on Bing's own site, the Birds Eye view is NOT available at Hoover Dam. But it IS available on the "Topo Map Browser."

So Colden46, somehow your topo map software is tapping into the old "Birds Eye" data at some locations. Do you know how it's doing this? Is it possible we might be able to recover access to this data base in the Adirondacks?
MS corp decided to refocus / streamline their business, thus Bird's Eye has been re-directed to areas of "most eyeballs" (cities and metro areas).


The old data is (at least partially) still on the servers somewhere, but is considered outdated / obsolete and thus not really accessible. Perhaps older SDK can still pull some of it out, the new SDK does not seem to access any of it.

More info on SDK here:

Last spring ('17) there was an obvious imaging flight/mission over SE Catskills (repeated, fairly low passes in same direction of same aircraft on a fair weather day). I have no idea who was doing it, but NYS did not have any official plans for new ortho imagery in that part of the state.
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