Extending PivotViewer with Bing Maps

Lately I’ve been extending the PivotViewer control with extra functionality to see how far the PivotViewer experience can be taken. Most notably LobsterPot has launched the Pivot showcase which features the enhanced PivotViewer – I’ve blogged about this recently.

Today the next update to the PivotViewer has been released and it now features a Bing Maps view for any collection with geographic data. So far only the flickr collection has this feature, but were are planning more in the future. The map feature can be activated via the new map view control, see screenshot top right.

Silverlight PivotViewer with Bing Maps

At this point in time the mapping experience is pretty basic, but I’m planing to add smarter clustering around points that are close together, item details when clicked and to view a larger version of the image when zoomed in.

5 Responses to “Extending PivotViewer with Bing Maps”

  1. 1 cyberaxe June 13, 2011 at 7:04 am

    Amazing… I’m working on a project where I’d like to list all of the local business and their information from bing in a normal pivot layout. Idea on the code I’d need for JIT from bing maps?

  2. 3 Matt1011 April 8, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Hi Roger,

    Great work what you are doing with powerful data visualizations.

    I’m very interested in combining flickr with pivotviewer. For some reason when I try loading http://pivot.lobsterpot.com.au/flickr after a few seconds of loading it just displays a bar at the top (on both Chrome 18 or IE 9) with:


    I have silverlight 5.0.61118.0 and have been able to view other pivotviews and can use bing maps. Any thoughts?



    • 4 Roger April 8, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      Hi Matt,
      It looks like there is a problem with the Flickr connection which I hope to resolve soon. If you want to see an example of combining maps with PivotViewer then have a look at our PASS Chapters Pivot – http://pivot.lobsterpot.com.au/PASSChapters you’ll see an additional button in the views tool bar that will allow you to switch to the Maps view.

  3. 5 Matt1011 April 28, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Hi Roger,

    It’s working for me now, looks like the connection is fixed. Thanks for the additional link. Very neat how you have combined the data analysis strengths of the PivotViewer with the spatial capabilities of Bing Maps. The clustering really helps keep the map clean when zoomed out.

    I have put together a proof-of-concept pivot collection for a study I am working on to analyze a couple thousand graphs. If I get approval to proceed further in the next week or two, I would like to put a few finishing touches on the tool, such as being able to filter specific items to show their geotaged Flickr images on a Bing map. If you might be interested in participating on this assignment, please let me know and I’ll send you log in instructions to the site and we can explore scope.



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