A couple new API tips were posted today on some Virtual Earth related blogs.
First, the Virtual Earth / Live Maps Blog explains how to display their slick new hill shaded tiles using the VE API. I’ve already mentioned how good looking I thought these tiles are, so it’s nice to see an easy way to use them in the API.
The other is an article from Via Virtual Earth about how to customize your own mini-map inside of the VE API. While it’s not possible to really customize the default mini-map, the article explains how to create your own mini-map and customize it any way you want. It’s a bit cumbersome, but the article explains it in a very detailed step-by-step manner. Well worth the read if you’re developing any applications using VE.