Just tried adding a Bing Map to a site plan following this blog https://communities.bentley.com/products/microstation/b/microstation_blog/posts/like-v8i-you-ll-love-connect---make-using-bing-maps-a-snap-by-using-microstation-connect-edition
The aerial view drops in OK but the quality is rubbish. How do I get a better/sharper display of the map. @Shawn McGaffick
Thanks Jesse for pointing this comment out to me.
I agree the attachment is easy enough and as a simple background it is acceptable for viewing.
But zoom into a small area such as a driveway or curb, and the quality leaves a bit to be desired. Very pixelated.
However, we are just using Bing Maps as a background, we simply consume the images. Raster Manager will still be the desired tool for anything more substantial like clipping, moving, ordering etc. and having multiple imagery types.
Between you and I, I think we really meant “Background” Map and that was it, when it comes to View Attributes. Great tool to orientate yourself, a quick check of geometry to reality. But not meant to replace standard aerial images, that are at much higher resolution.
An example of what you might be running into is pick an area in Bing maps (https://www4.bing.com/maps), then zoom to its Maximum zoom level, anything displayed with larger pixel sizes will be lower quality.
Then in MicroStation locate the same area, the same area in MicroStation at that zoom level does not look all that bad.
However, if I zoom into MicroStation more, the image obviously gets more granular as the pixel size on the screen increases and gets distorted and looks terrible. Bing Maps prevents (in their app) us from zooming past the maximum level.
I believe we are really at the mercy of Bing Maps on this one, again we consume what they provide. Their imagery that is posted for Bing Maps is not meant for this fine of detail, I think they are really for routing and planning. Using them as a background is a great planning tool, but not for finer detail. This is my opinion and I’m not an expert on all Bing Maps can do outside of MicroStation.
Again, use Bing Maps “Background” as simply that, a background while anything needing better scaled resolution, such as a set of plans with clipped imagery, then we need to continue with Raster Manager.
Then you guarantee you have the detail/resolution at the zoom factor needed.
Hope that makes sense and I understood your question and comment.
Shawn McGaffick said:
It does thank you, and I understand about the background bit and that we are at the mercy of Microsoft for the resolution. Shame really as this could be a really useful tool!