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ArcGIS Software - Bing Maps Changes

Esri has recently announced changes to the use of Microsoft’s Bing Maps within ArcGIS software products.

Complimentary use of Bing Maps within ArcGIS software will be phased out by 30 September 2013.

To assist you with this transition, below is an outline of some frequently asked questions.

How does this affect your use of Bing Maps within ArcGIS software?

To continue accessing Bing Maps within ArcGIS for Server, ArcGIS for Desktop, all web APIs and mobile SDKs, you will need to obtain your own Bing Maps key from MapData Services, or directly from Microsoft, by 30 September.  Again, pricing for this licence key will depend on the nature of your Bing Maps usage. More information on the types of keys available can be found on the Microsoft website.

Access to Bing Maps within ArcGIS Online is also changing.  Following the March 2013 release of ArcGIS Online, Bing Maps will no longer be available for free in the ArcGIS Online default gallery. 

Find out more about the changes to Bing Maps access in ArcGIS Online.

What will happen to the maps I've created in ArcMap using Bing Maps?

To continue accessing Bing Maps in your existing ArcGIS projects after 30 September, you will need to obtain a Bing Maps licence key.  If you do not apply a Bing Maps licence key to your existing ArcMap project by this date, you will not be able to access the Bing Maps layer on your map. 

Alternatively, there are a number of free basemaps available for use within ArcMap, including the World Street Map, Topographic Map, Canvas Map and National Geographic World Map

How do I obtain a Bing Maps licence key?

To avoid any disruption to your use of Bing Maps, please ensure you obtain a licence key from MapData Services, or directly from Microsoft by 30 September 2013.  There may be a cost associated with this, depending on your usage requirements. Information on the different types of licence keys is available on the Microsoft website, including trial, basic and enterprise licence key options.

The following information is used to determine the pricing of the licence key:

  • The number of ArcGIS for Desktop users in your organisation who would use Bing Maps;
  • A summary of web-based applications used for internal purposes;
  • A summary of web-based applications available externally, including a description of each application and an estimate of daily visitors; and
  • The number of mobile devices that may access Bing Maps.

How do I input a Bing Maps key into ArcGIS for Desktop?

Functionality will be added through patches or a service pack (released prior to September 2013) so users can enter their own Bing Maps key to start using Bing Maps basemaps.  ArcGIS Server, the Web APIs and SDKs are already Bing Maps-ready. Users can enter their own Bing licence key and immediately use Bing Maps in their web and mobile applications.

  • ArcGIS 10.1 for Desktop users will have to install Service Pack 2 before being able to input a Bing Maps key. 
  • ArcGIS 10 for Desktop users will have to install a patch to use their Bing Maps key. 
  • ArcGIS Desktop 9.3.1 will no longer support the use of Bing Maps after 30 September 2013. If you wish to continue using Bing Maps beyond this date, you will need to upgrade to a newer version of ArcGIS for Desktop. Alternatively, you may access any of the ArcGIS Online maps.

How do I input a new Bing Maps key into ArcGIS Explorer Desktop?

You will need to install ArcGIS Explorer Desktop Build 2500. This version will be released shortly. If you have an earlier version of ArcGIS Explorer Desktop, Bing Maps will continue to be available for use until 30 September 2013.

How do I input a new Bing Maps key in my web applications?

In your code, you need to search for the Bing Maps key you are currently using. You will need to replace this key with the one you obtain from MapData Services or directly from Microsoft.

I have previously obtained a Bing Maps key from Esri Australia to use in my ArcGIS for Server applications. How long can I keep using this key?

The keys will be valid until 30 September, 2013.

What will happen to web maps I’ve created using a Bing Maps basemap if I don’t acquire a Bing license?

Existing web maps will continue to work and show Bing Maps, even after Bing Maps is removed from the Esri default basemap gallery.  The changes only apply to new web maps that are created.

What are my other complimentary basemap and imagery options?

There are a number of high-quality basemaps and services you can use in ArcGIS Online and your ArcGIS applications, with the World Street Map, World Topographic Map, Canvas Map and National Geographic World Map providing a range of cartographic options.  In addition to these resources, the World Imagery map service will be adding more detailed imagery for Australia in the near future.  ArcGIS Online also provides geocoding services with worldwide coverage.

If you require more detailed data for your ArcGIS applications, MapData Services offers a range of mapping solutions, including MDS Foundation Map and a range of street, aerial and satellite imagery products.

Who can I contact for more information?

If you have any questions about the changes to Bing Maps, please contact your account manager, or call our Client Service Centre on 1800 447 111.

For information about obtaining a Bing Maps licence key, please contact MapData Services on 02 8436 2800.