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Adding Bing Imagery to Maps in MapInfo Pro

Products affected: MapInfo Pro™
MapInfo Pro ships with built-in capabilities to easily add various layers from Microsoft Bing Tile Servers which can make good looking maps great looking maps.

Here’s a screenshot of a simple USA vector map in MapInfo Pro 17:
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Users running the most current version of MapInfo Pro, as well as users of MapInfo Pro who have a current maintenance agreement, have access to the following 2 Bing layers:

Bing Aerial
– this is the classic “satellite” view of a given area of the world. To add a Bing Aerial layer to a mapper in MapInfo Pro, go to Home and then hit the down arrow on the Open button and dialog will display various tables, workspaces, maps, etc. that can be added to the current mapper.

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In this screenshot, the original States layer (a vector layer) has been moved above the Bing layer (a raster layer) in Layer control and has had the style changed via “Style Override” to only show a red border so that the Bing Aerial tiles will display properly:

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Bing Hybrid – this layer consists of the Bing Aerial layer with some additional vector Street Data.

(The Bing Hybrid layer is added in the same fashion as the Bing Aerial (via Home>Open)):

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The Bing Hybrid layer displays the Bing Aerial Tiles plus additional data such as city names, highways and highway shields, etc.:


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Bing Roads - for users who purchase MapInfo Pro Premium, an additional Bing layer is available called Bing Roads. This is a vector layer and is similar to what a user would find in a traditional paper map or atlas. The Bing Roads layer is added to a mapper in the same way as the other Bing layers:


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As the user zooms in to the mapper (Map>Navigate), additional tiles/detail will be loaded accordingly.

Bing Aerial:


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Bing Hybrid:

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Bing Roads:
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Quick Tip – The quality of any Bing layer can be maximized by right-clicking on the mapper and choosing “Nearest Tile Server Level” – when choosing that option, MapInfo Pro will adjust the zoom to the nearest Bing tile level to maximize the quality of the image.
 
Changing the Map Zoom to the Nearest Tile Server Level
Based on a selected zoom level, a tile server provides various types of information. In MapInfo Pro, zoom on a tile server layer to any specified scale. In doing so, the tile server images may stretch making them appear fuzzy and pixilated. To correct for this, select to display tile server images at an optimal zoom level based on the tile server and current screen resolution. This is a one-time adjustment to the current display.
To change the zoom to the nearest optimal display for the tile server image:
On the Layer Control window, right-click the tile server layer and select Change Zoom to Nearest Tile Server Level from the pop-up menu.
If there are multiple tile server layers in a map, the Zoom to Nearest Tile Server Level dialog box opens where a tile server layer can be chosen.

The mapper redraws with a zoom to the nearest tile server layer level.

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Bing layers can also be combined with and use the translucency slider to create unique custom views.
Here the Bing Roads Translucency was increased to 50% (higher values make the layer more translucent) so that some of the Aerial imagery can display:


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Here we see both layers – the underlying Bing Aerial and the Bing Roads above, with a translucency setting of 50%:
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Hopefully this article demonstrates how easily MapInfo Pro users can add powerful Tile-based Bing Imagery to their maps.

Note: for users who desire Bing Roads access within MapInfo Pro, they need to contact their Sales Rep. to discuss
MapInfo Pro Premium.


For a demonstration of these steps, please watch this video:

 
UPDATED:  July 2, 2019