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Is it possible to determine how current the Bing imagery for a certain area is? I've checked the community blog and searched through the monthly updates, but I could not find my study area.

I found posts where they mentioned updating the imagery for the whole country, but with no specifics (is it really the entire country? Or just most of it?). In the credits in Layout View in ArcMap 10.1, I noticed that while Microsoft Corporation is 2012, the other credits are 2010. Does this indicate that the imagery is from that year?

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I've tried to find a way to do it for ages, but it doesn't look like there's one. You can't check it on bing.maps.com either. The way around it is using Show historical imagery tool in Google Earth to determine how your study area looked like in the past, and then to see whether you will be able to tell where Bing imagery fits on the timeline - it's easy to do with areas with some sort of development undertaken recently. I don't think that credits are good indication of imagery date. –  jareks Dec 20 '12 at 8:29
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I just cross-referenced Bing to my house, since due to ongoing construction work I can determine the date of the image pretty well. The not-microsoft date says 2010, but the image is definitely from (mid) 2012. The Microsoft date is (like Google) always the current year, to indicate that the Terms and Conditions are up to date. –  GR_ Dec 20 '12 at 8:48
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You can try this Bing imagery analyzer for OSM. It should show the bing satellite and aerial photos overlaid with their capture date. Is that what you're looking for?

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Here is the direct link to the tool.

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Yes! Thank you! –  Arabella Dec 20 '12 at 9:57
    
That's an awesome tool! –  Cody Brown Dec 20 '12 at 14:46
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