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Creating Overlays in OpenStreetMap MapsBack to Android Cookbook Home | Up to Chapter: Location and Map Applications

Author: Rachee Singh ('racheesingh')
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FormatLanguage: WikiFormat

Creating Overlays in OpenStreetMap Maps


You need to create overlays for your OpenStreetMap


Instantiate an Overlay class and add the overlay to the point you wish to demarcate on the map.


To get started with OpenStreetMaps, see this recipe: Using OpenStreetMap.

By placing a Drawable (Overlay) on the map, a programmer would like to demarcate points of interest on the OSM. To add overlays, firstly, we need to get a handle on to the MapView defined in the XML layout of the Activity.

        mapView = (MapView) this.findViewById(R.id.mapview);

Then we enable zoom controls on the MapView using the 'setBuiltInZoomControls' method and also set the zoom level to a reasonable value.

        mapController = this.mapView.getController();

Then we create two GeoPoints, the first one (mapCenter) is to center the OSM around the point when the application starts and the second (overlayPoint) is where the overlay will be placed.

        GeoPoint mapCenter = new GeoPoint(53554070, -2959520); 
        GeoPoint overlayPoint = new GeoPoint(53554070 + 1000, -2959520 + 1000); 

To add the overlay, we create an ArrayList of 'OverlayItems'. To this list, we will add the overlays we wish to add to the OSM.

        ArrayList<OverlayItem> overlays = new ArrayList<OverlayItem>();
        overlays.add(new OverlayItem("New Overlay", "Overlay Description", overlayPoint));

To create the overlay item, we need to instantiate the ItemizedIconOverlay class (along with appropriate arguments specifying the point at which the overlay has to be placed, resource proxy etc). Then we add the overlay to the OSM.

        resourceProxy = new DefaultResourceProxyImpl(getApplicationContext());
        this.myLocationOverlay = new ItemizedIconOverlay<OverlayItem>(overlays, null, resourceProxy);

Then a call to the 'invalidate' method is needed to update the MapView so as to see the changes we made to it.


Here is how the OpenStreet MapView with the added overlay looks:

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