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Drawing the ItemizedOverlay

Drawing the ItemizedOverlay

As the name suggests, ItemizedOverlay allows you to supply a list of points of interest to be displayed on the map specifically, instances of OverlayItem. The overlay, then, handles much of the drawing logic for you. Here are the minimum steps to make this work:

First, override ItemizedOverlayOverlayItem as your own subclass (in this example, SitesOverlay)

In the constructor, build your roster of OverlayItem instances, and call populate() when they are ready for use by the overlay

Implement size() to return the number of items to be handled by the overlay

Override createItem() to return OverlayItem instances given an index

When you instantiate your ItemizedOverlay subclass, provide it with a Drawable that represents the default icon (e.g., push-pin) to display for each item

The marker from the NooYawk constructor is the Drawable used for the last bullet it shows a push-pin, as illustrated in Figure 34-1 earlier in this chapter.

You may also wish to override draw() to do a better job of handling the shadow for your markers. While the map will handle casting a shadow for you, it appears you need to provide a bit of assistance for it to know where the bottom of your icon is, so it can draw the shadow appropriately.

For example, here is SitesOverlay:

private class SitesOverlay extends ItemizedOverlay<OverlayItem> {
private List<OverlayItem> items = new ArrayList<OverlayItem>();
private Drawable marker = null;
public SitesOverlay(Drawable marker) {
this.marker = marker;
items.add(new OverlayItem(getPoint(40.748963847316034,
-73.96807193756104), "UN", "United Nations"));
items.add(new OverlayItem(getPoint(40.76866299974387,
-73.98268461227417), "Lincoln Center",
"Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center"));
items.add(new OverlayItem(getPoint(40.765136435316755,
-73.97989511489868), "Carnegie Hall",
"Where you go with practice, practice, practice"));
items.add(new OverlayItem(getPoint(40.70686417491799,
-74.01572942733765), "The Downtown Club",
"Original home of the Heisman Trophy"));
protected OverlayItem createItem(int i) {
public void draw(Canvas canvas, MapView mapView,
boolean shadow) {
super.draw(canvas, mapView, shadow);
protected boolean onTap(int i) {
items.get(i).getSnippet(), Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();
public int size() {

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