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Microsoft Research has quietly released a tool called MapCruncher that allows you to import PDF, EMF, WMF, TIFF, JPG, and other formats and georegister them to the MSN Virtual Earth maps. It then exports the image tiles and code necessary to do a Virtual Earth mashup of your images.


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Methinks they are trying to play catchup with Google Earth (GE) as GE has always been able to upload image overlays, rubbersheet them and export a geoerferenced KML.

I wonder what in the world Microsoft will do to counter GE's Sketchup implementation - perhaps an alliance with Autodesk?

FWIW I tried to download and install MapCruncher and was told I needed to fist install some newer version of .Netlblahblah on my machine and I got bored so I bailed on it.

Has anyone tried MapCruncher and can comment on it compared to the built-in (simple) ImageOverlay from GE?

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