Visio and Bing Maps for Travel Photos

I am not sure how to categorise this article because it covers Visio, Bing Maps and travel.  I went to Pisa and Florence for a weekend break this month, and took many photos that I stitched together with Microsoft ICE (Image Composite Editor).  Well, I wanted to show-off these photos as I have done on previous articles, but I wasn’t satisfied with how I presented them before. so I re-used and adapted some of my previous work (see!3350D61BC93733A9!1005.entry), and some of John Goldsmith’s (see, and one of Chris Roth’s blogs (see

Firstly, I couldn’t resist taking this photo of a bollard, on the Lungarno Amerigo Vesspucci in Florence, that has been used over and over again to lock-up locals motorbikes:


I created a series of panoramic images using Microsoft ICE, and then located them on Bing Maps.  I created two Bing Maps Collections (we flew into Pisa airport on the way to Florence for the weekend)  :

Florence :!2115

Pisa :!2100

I created a Camera Position master in Visio, and adapted my previous code to import the KML files from the above Bing Map collections into Visio.

image I can adjust the splay and angle of the camera to approximate the vista covered by the panoramic views.

I then saved the Visio 2010 document (two pages) as web pages, and altered the frameset.js file, as shown by John, so that the PhotoUrl is displayed as a thumbnail, and the MoreInfoUrl and Bing Maps Url links are available in the Details panel.


In addition, clicking on a Camera Position shape opens the Deep Zoom web page for that view.

Here is the final output: 

Enjoy (I hope).


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