Android :: Overlay Vs ItemizedOverlay?Oct 24, 2009
I want to draw 20 pins on a MapActivity. Each pin has a small pin image, but I have to dynamically overlay a small bit of text over each pin at runtime.
Looks like I have two options:
#1) Itemized Overlay This is the suggested method. I put all my pins in one ItemizedOverlay object, and that counts as a single Overlay object for my MapView.
#2) One Overlay per pin Create a separate Overlay instance for each pin I need to render.
The problem I see with using method #1 is that you need to set a drawable for the item. This would mean that I need to create 20+20 (one for focused/non-focused state each) bitmaps and keep them in memory for the duration of my app. On the other hand, Overlay lets you override the draw method so I can do the simple compositing at runtime.
The other issue with Itemized Overlay - although it handles focus for you - does it move the focused item to the front of the z-order when selected?