Do Crunches Really Work?

Last week, Microsoft released a beta version of a tool called MapCruncher. MapCruncher allows you to take a rendered image (GIF, PNG, JPG) and create a set of map tile layers that can be then drawn over a Virtual Earth (VE) map with the correct projection. Since Redfin’s map is based on VE’s platform, I… Read More

Redfin Moves the Earth

There’s a pretty big technology change on Redfin.com today – the integration of Microsoft Virtual Earth as our underlying map platform. Redfin pioneered the use of satellite maps to display information about for sale homes. We built an in-house mapping solution using imagery acquired from various sources (mostly the USGS.) Since then a few other… Read More