DeepEarth: Silverlight 2.0 + Virtual Earth + DeepZoom / Seadragon

DeepEarth, a new Silverlight 2.0 mapping control, provides developers with the ability to use the Virtual Earth mapping elements in their own web applications. So what you ask? Well tt has been combined with DeepZoom, essentially Microsoft’s Seadragon technology converted for use across multiple browser and platforms… For those not in the know, Seadragon aims to make browsing images, no matter how large or how many, a speedy, seamless, and smooth experience. Deep Zoom has been put to use by a few companies, like the Hard Rock Café Memorabilia webpage.

Version 1.0 of DeepEarth was recently released with the following:

  • Fully implemented map control with property and event model
  • Fully templated set of map navigation controls
  • Layers for inclusion of Points, LineStrings and Polygons (OGS)
  • Conversion library for geography to screen coordinate systems
  • Geocoding (find an address)
  • Reverse Geocoding (getting an address from a point on the map)
  • Routing (Directions)
  • Marque zoom selection (default Ctrl-click and drag or from menu toggle)
  • Map rotation
  • Provides imagery as tile layers, a robust Virtual Earth implementation supporting the
  • official token-based tile access and web services

Now if the above video fails to sway you scoot over to the working version of DeepEarth that you can try out if you have Silverlight installed. The DeepEarth bits are available on Microsoft’s open source website, CodePlex. You’ll also need a Virtual Earth Developer Account and, if you want to get rid of the “Staging” watermark, you’ll need to send an e-mail to the Virtual Earth Licensing Team. Version 2.0 is slated for a February 2009 release.