Maybe ArcWeb is what you're looking for
If we are counting hands, you can count me in for wanting something like this too. I don't have access to the internet at all times, but would love to be able to preload and save the images...
I've been able to cache imgages just by browsing around area's while I do have active internet connection I.E when I'm in my driveway. Keep in mind you won't be able to zoom in and out on these cached images.
It's a bit of a pain but the only way I've been able to do it.
OK. After I saw the post from Chuck I simply could not resist. Screw being tired, forget that I have a meeting ungodly early tomorrow - when you have an opportunity to give back to the MP3Car community you take it no matter what the cost, well, almost
Anyway, I wrote this quick and dirty tool that should do the trick. You will need .NET Framework 2.0, but 1.1 may do. You can use this URL to convert a ZIP code to lat/long which you will need for the utility: http://www.zipinfo.com/search/zipcode.htm.
Enter the lat/long, select zoom, hit preview, pan around, and when you are satisfied hit the download button. Select your Streetdeck\Virtual Earth folder (don't select the Hybrid folder inside), and voila!
The tool will download +-8 images of the hybrid map in each direction with the image you have in the preview in the center, very rough I know, but hey I whipped it up in the past 2 hours.
BIG DISCLAIMER: I don't actually have SD running right now so I could not verify that this thing works, so please don't judge too harshly. I will be fixing my CarPC and SD this weekend so I will give it a try and polish. But in the mean time try it and tell me what you think.
Download it from: http://www.vulfson.com/SDMapCache.exe
p.s. Thanks for the pointer Chuck!!!
thanks for taking the initiative to come up with something. i'll give it a try once my internet starts working in my car pc. Any chance you actually work for microsoft . speculating based on your location.
i'll give you any feedback once i get this up and running.
I did not make it clear, but... You actually can run this from any PC, and then copy the folder(s) that the app makes to your Streetdeck\Virtual Earth\Hybrid folder.
It's not the easiest way but it works if you don't have internet in your CarPC. I am also working on a neat syncing solution that does not require any network connectivity, hopefully this weekend I will get to work on it and then I can post more details.
Thanks for the kind words!
p.s. Yes, I do work for Microsoft, in fact I work for the Automotive team (if you've heard of the Ford SYNC project - that's my team, check it out on http://www.syncmyride.com - coming to a Ford vehicle near you very soon!)
thats a cool work project. didnt think of microsoft venturing out in this realm. any chance of u incorporating this with your car pc?
anyways back to topic. I'll check it out this weekend.
I just finished playing with this, did everything between 5 and 16 for the three places I go the most then copied it over to my CarPC... Congrats man it works Thank you very much. Is there any way I could get the source I have few ideas to improve the app id like to try out. Thanks again.