In the last several articles, we learned the benefits of using the Bing Maps API and how to get a free Bing Maps API key.  We also covered how to use the Bing Maps V8 Web Control to create static Maps and maps with routes and directions and how to extract the data from the control to potentially save it to a database.

In this article, we will learn how to potentially take that data to generate a static map with pan and zoom capabilities.

However, this article does not assume that you have an understanding of the Bing Maps V8 Web Control. After reading this article, you should have enough information to use the Bing Maps API to generate maps on your own.

Example of a Static Bing Map With Pan and Zoom Capabilities

The following map is a birdseye view of the Eifel Tower in Paris France. This was generated using Galaxie Blog's static map interface which uses the Bing Maps V8 Web Control.

Code to Render a Static Map

The code to render a static map with zoom and panning capabilities is relatively straightforward. Here we have some JavaScript and HTML, although I am using ColdFusion to generate the code from the database, there is no server-side code that is necessary.

Examining this Code

Inspecting the JavaScript

In the getStaticMap() function, the static map location contains the latitude and longitude of the Space Needle in Seattle, separated by a comma. 

The NavigationBarMode variable determines how the navigation bar is displayed. In my implementations, I generally use the compact setting, other choices are default, minimized, and square. See for more information.

The center, mapTypeId, and zoom view options can be set implicitly when creating a new map as we have done here, however, these options can also be set using map.setView in our example below. 

function getStaticMap() {
	var map = new Microsoft.Maps.Map('#staticMap',

		mapTypeId: Microsoft.Maps.MapTypeId.road,
		center: new Microsoft.Maps.Location(47.6205,-122.349),
		zoom: 12

The mapTypeId determines how the map is rendered. In our example, we used the popular Birdseye view. Other popular options are aerial, satellite imaging, and road. The best way to visualize the options is to close the birdseye view by clicking on the 'x' button in the map above and changing the map type. I have included some pictures below for clarification.

The zoom property determines how much zoom is applied to the map. Valid ranges are 1 through 20, you will probably find the best results near the middle of this scale- I typically use a zoom of 12.

The zoom property is automatically handled when using either the Birds Eye or Streetside view, however, it is still necessary to specify this as your user may change the map type on their own. 

At the bottom of the JavaScript, we are setting a center variable that gets the absolute center of the image, coloring our round push-pin with a reddish hue (D4D4D4), setting the push-pin anchor properties, and applying the push-pin to the map.

However, setting a push-pin is not required, and is probably best to omit this logic if using Bing Maps birdseye view.

Client-Side HTML

The HTML is quite trivial here, we are simply invoking the Bing Maps API, passing our Bing Maps Key, and rendering our Bing Map inside of the empty static map DIV.

<script type='text/javascript'>
	function getStaticMap() {

        // ***********************************************************************
        // Script for Static Map
        // ***********************************************************************

        // Create a location. 
        var staticMapLocation = new Microsoft.Maps.Location(47.6205,-122.349);

        // Create a compact horizontal navigation bar
        var staticNavigationBarMode = Microsoft.Maps.NavigationBarMode;

        // Map declaration
        var staticMap = new Microsoft.Maps.Map(document.getElementById('staticMap'), {
            // compact navigation bar	
            navigationBarMode: staticNavigationBarMode.compact, 

            // Use our unique location
            center: staticMapLocation,

            mapTypeId: Microsoft.Maps.MapTypeId.road,
            zoom: 12

        // Create a center variable for the pushpin
        var staticMapCenter = staticMap.getCenter();

        // Create custom Pushpin
        var pin = new Microsoft.Maps.Pushpin(staticMapCenter, {
            anchor: new Microsoft.Maps.Point(12, 39)

        // Add the pushpin to the map


<!-- The type argument is a Galaxie Blog argument -->
<script type='text/javascript' src='<cfoutput>#bingMapsKey#</cfoutput>&callback=getStaticMap&type=static' async defer></script>

<div id="staticMap" class="entryMap"></div>

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