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Submitting a Map App

Once you have developed and tested your map app, you can submit it for publication using the Bing Maps Account Center.

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You do not need a Bing Maps Key to develop or submit a Bing Map App.

Upload Your Map App

The Bing Maps Account Center allows you to upload your map app for review by the Bing Maps team. If a map app completes the inspection process and is approved, you can publish it to the Map App Gallery so that it is available to all Bing Maps users.

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Before submitting your map app for review, make sure you have already tested your map app using the Map App Test Tool as described in the Using the Map App Test Tool topic and reviewed the inspection process checklist found in the Map App Requirements topic in the Bing Map App SDK.

Loading Your Map App XAP File

If you built your map app using the Map App SDK template project as described in the Bing Map App SDK, then a XAP file is built for you and you can submit this file to the Bing Maps Account Center. This XAP file contains the necessary components for your map app to run within the Bing Maps site, as well as metadata information used to construct a gallery card for your map app. To customize your map app gallery card, you can modify the metadata.xml file found in the Map App SDK template project before building and uploading your map app XAP file.

  1. From the Bing Maps Account Center home page, select the Submit a map app task.

  2. On the Submit a map app page, select Custom map app XAP and click Browse.

  3. Browse to the …\bin folder of your map app project and select your map app *.xap file. Click Open.

  4. Read the Bing map app submission addendum and check the box to the left of I agree to the Bing map app submission addendum.

  5. Click the Submit button to submit your map app for review. Information about the map app review process is found in the Map App Requirements topic in the Bing Map App SDK.

Loading Your Map App DLL File(s)

If you do not have a *.xap file, you can still upload your map app by packaging your assemblies into a ZIP file.

  1. On the Submit a map app page of the Bing Maps Account Center, select Custom map app ZIP.

  2. Provide a name, description, and publisher for your map app. These strings are used to construct a map app card in the Map App Gallery page that users select to launch your map app.

  3. If there are any initialization parameters for your map app, list them in the Startup parameters field.

  4. Click the Browse button next to the Icon field. Select a PNG file to use on the gallery card corresponding to your map app in the Map App Gallery. Information about creating user-friendly map app icons is found in the Designing Bing Map Apps section of the Bing Map App SDK.

  5. Click the Browse button next to the Map app files field. Navigate to the location of a ZIP file which contains your map app plug-in DLL, any supporting assemblies, and a configuration file (*.config.xml) if one exists. Select the ZIP file and click Open.


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    Do not include the Bing Map App API DLLs or the Silverlight SDK DLLs in your ZIP file.

  6. Read the Bing map app submission addendum and check the box to the left of I agree to the Bing map app submission addendum.

  7. Click the Submit button to submit your map app for review. Information about the map app review process is found in the Map App Requirements topic in the Bing Map App SDK.

Use a KML File

If you simply want to display data found at a given URL on the map, you can submit a KML file location to Bing Maps.

  1. On the Submit a map app page of the Bing Maps Account Center, select Use a KML file.

  2. Provide a name, description, and publisher for your KML map app. These strings are used to construct a map app card in the Map App Gallery page that users select to launch your map app.

  3. Enter the URL to the KML file that contains data to display on the map.

  4. Click the Browse button next to the Icon field. Select a PNG file to use on the gallery card corresponding to your KML map app in the Map App Gallery. Information about creating user-friendly map app icons is found in the Designing Bing Map Apps section of the Bing Map App SDK.

  5. Read the Bing map app submission addendum and check the box to the left of I agree to the Bing map app submission addendum.

  6. Click the Submit button to submit your map app for review. Information about the map app review process is found in the Map App Requirements topic in the Bing Map App SDK.

View Map App Publication Status

After you have submitted your map app, select View my map apps to view the status of your submission. The status of your map app in the My map apps page is first set to Created. Subsequently your map app status will be one of the following:

  • Succeeded The map app passed the automated inspection process. If you are ready, you can now click Publish to publish your map app to the Map App Gallery on Bing Maps. Or you can click Update to update your map app files and resubmit your map app for inspection.


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    After you click Publish, it can take up to 10 business days for your map app to be live on Bing Maps.

  • Failed The map app did not pass the automated inspection process. A link to the inspection report is provided. In this case you need to fix the issues recorded in the inspection report and then resubmit your map app by clicking Update. Information about requirements for map apps submitted for publication is found in Map App Requirements in the Bing Map App SDK.

  • Pending The map app is being reviewed by the Bing Maps team.

  • Rejected The map app did not pass the review process. In this case you need to fix the issues in the updated inspection report and then resubmit your map app by clicking Update. Information about requirements for map apps submitted for publication is found in the Map App Requirements topic in the Bing Map App SDK.

  • Published The map app is published live and can be found on the Map App Gallery on Bing Maps.

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