We regretfully report that Microsoft’s MSRMaps server (formerly known as Terraserver) is shutting down. For the last 10 years, MSRMaps has given TopoFusion its base “topo” and black and white aerial tilesets for the United States. After May 1, copies of TopoFusion will no longer be able to pull new tiles for either of these tilesets. Might be time to do some batch downloading!
Here is the official announcement:
Terraserver was a key piece in creation of TopoFusion, so it’s with a heavy heart that we bid farewell to it. Fortunately we still have great tilesets like MyTopo, Open Cycle Map, Color Aerials, Open Aerial, Canadian Topo’s, among many others! Terraserver maps were getting quite out of date, and I don’t think any of our users base relied on the old black and white aerials any more since they have been superseded by more up-to-date and color aerial images. Still, sometimes the superfast load times and older sourced maps did come in handy, so we’ll miss it.
There’s still time to download and permanently saved Terraserver tiles to your TopoFusion map cache! Get downloading!
Edit: See new version 4.5 for the new US Topo tileset, with the same Topo maps as MSRMaps.