Virtual earth Virtual earth is a Microsoft product that is able to provide aerial imagery and road maps. The “road” setting adds streets and street names to your map, The aerial gives you a basic satellite image, and the “hybrid” gives you a satellite image along with city names and state borders, Enabling you to be able to view your working area satellite image background. To add this layer all you need to do is click on the Virtual Earth icon. This icon is located in the Data Ribbon, and It is located in the GIS Services Toolbar below the Ribbon. Once Virtual Earth is added to the map, it will appear in the layers list. There are three types of maps Virtual Earth can display; Road, Aerial, and Hybrid. The map above shows the Aerial Map. You can see this because the word Aerial in the layer list has a check by it. If you would like to switch the type of map, then click in the box next to the type of map you want displayed. The map below displays a road map. The last type of map you can display is the Hybrid map. Click on the box next to Hybrid to display this type of map. Hybrid will show aerial photos and road information at the same time. If you enter the layer properties of Virtual Earth, you can click on the details button to get some more options. Clicking on the image type drop down will let you change the map to Aerial, road, or hybrid. The default level lets you set the resolution level to whatever you want. The higher it is the better the picture is going to be, but you will get a longer loading time. Clicking on the Cache Tab at the top of the window will bring up this page. To improve speed and performance, Virtual Earth caches data on the local machine. Over time you may wish to clear the cache to reduce disk usage of to correct invalid data. Click on the clear cache button to do this. Once you have you will receive this message, click ok. Virtual Earth is a very useful GIS Service in Everest GIS. You can use Virtual Earth as a base map for you project for whatever purpose you may need.
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