Pushpin clustering makes Bing Maps data easier to manage

One of the new powerful features found in the latest preview release of the Bing Maps V8 Web control is Clustering module – a new function for clustering data points displayed on the map – and a new post has been published on the Bing blog, detailing the usage of this new feature.

The feature works by grouping pushpins – or representations of data on a map, one of the capabilities of Bing Maps Web control – into “clusters” for easy navigation, since too much data can result in too many pushpins that covers the map. Clustering can be added to any app as a part of the map feature via a few lines of code.

An example of clustered pushpins.

An example of clustered pushpins.

The clusters will be represented by pushpins with numbers inside to indicate the number of contained pushpins; users can zoom in to get a detailed view of the pushpins. Moreover, developers can give a bit more character to their clusters with a variety of customization options, including displaying images to represent clusters, or making shape-changing icons whose size corresponds to the number of pushpins in the clusters.

Customizing the clusters.

Customizing the clusters.

Overall, pushpin is a very useful feature of Bing Maps Web control for data-driven apps with map capabilities, and the new Clustering module introduced in V8 should greatly improve user experience.

Image credits: Bing blog

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