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TMS FNC Maps v2.1: Introducing OverlayViews

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The new TMS FNC Maps update includes support for OverlayViews. This is a heavily improved equivalent of the Marker Labels functionality in TMS VCL WebGMaps and TMS FMX WebGMaps. OverlayViews are a Google Maps API specific functionality and therefore currently only available in TTMSFNCGoogleMaps. OverlayViews can be positioned anywhere on the map and support HTML tags.


3 ways to use OverlayViews


1. Connected to a Marker

The OverlayView is automatically displayed below an existing Marker and functions as a Marker Label. 

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In code, adding a call to AddOverlayView on an existing Marker with the text that goes in to the OverlayView as a parameter value is all that is needed.

var
  m: TTMSFNCGoogleMapsMarker;
begin
  TMSFNCGoogleMaps1.BeginUpdate;

  m := TTMSFNCGoogleMapsMarker(TMSFNCGoogleMaps1.AddMarker(TMSFNCGoogleMaps1.Options.DefaultLatitude, TMSFNCGoogleMaps1.Options.DefaultLongitude));
  m.AddOverlayView('Hello <font color="red">World</font>!<br>This is an <b>OverlayView</b>.');

  TMSFNCGoogleMaps1.EndUpdate;



2. Positioned at a fixed Coordinate

The OverlayView is positioned at a fixed coordinate on the map. The size of the OverlayView remains fixed regardless of the map's zoom level.

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In code, setting the Latitude and Longitude coordinates will position the OverlayView at that exact location on the map.

var
  ov: TTMSFNCGoogleMapsOverlayView;
begin
  TMSFNCGoogleMaps1.BeginUpdate;

  ov := TMSFNCGoogleMaps1.AddOverlayView;
  ov.CoordinatePosition := cpCenterCenter;
  ov.Coordinate.Latitude := TMSFNCGoogleMaps1.Options.DefaultLatitude;
  ov.Coordinate.Longitude := TMSFNCGoogleMaps1.Options.DefaultLongitude;
  ov.Padding := 5;
  ov.Width := 500;

  ov.Text := '' +
      '<h1 id="firstHeading" class="firstHeading">Uluru</h1>'+
      '<div id="bodyContent">'+
      '<p><b>Uluru</b>, also referred to as <b>Ayers Rock</b>, is a large ' +
      'sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the '+
      'Northern Territory, central Australia. It lies 335&#160;km (208&#160;mi) '+
      'south west of the nearest large town, Alice Springs; 450&#160;km '+
      '(280&#160;mi) by road. Kata Tjuta and Uluru are the two major '+
      'features of the Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park. Uluru is '+
      'sacred to the Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara, the '+
      'Aboriginal people of the area. It has many springs, waterholes, '+
      'rock caves and ancient paintings. Uluru is listed as a World '+
      'Heritage Site.</p>'+
      '<img src="https://www.tripsavvy.com/thmb/XHi4Ec428VJFk_bsvNtv6fx5-bE=/2000x1500/filters:fill(auto,1)/GettyImages-675746097-5a8b94a427364afc89f054f71ceda86f.jpg" width="200"></img>' +
      '<p>Attribution: Uluru, <a target="_blank" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Uluru&oldid=297882194">'+
      'https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Uluru</a> '+
      '(last visited June 22, 2021).</p>'+
      '</div>';

  TMSFNCGoogleMaps1.EndUpdate;


3. Positioned between preset Bounds

The OverlayView is positioned between fixed Bounds coordinates on the map and the size changes depending on the map's zoom level.

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When the map is zoomed out, the size of the OverlayView image automatically adapts to keep it inside the Bounds coordinates.

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In code, set the OverlayView Mode to omBounds to keep it positioned and sized between the Bounds coordinates.
In this example an image is used to display a different style of map at that location. To make sure the image fills the entire available space,  it's width and height must be set to 100%. Optionally the Padding, BackgroundColor, BorderColor and other configuration settings can be added.

var
  ov: TTMSFNCGoogleMapsOverlayView;
begin
  TMSFNCGoogleMaps1.BeginUpdate;

  ov := TMSFNCGoogleMaps1.AddOverlayView;
  ov.Mode := omBounds;
  ov.Text := '<img src="https://storage.googleapis.com/geo-devrel-public-buckets/newark_nj_1922-661x516.jpeg" style="position:absolute;width:100%;height:100%;">';
  ov.Bounds.NorthEast.Latitude := 40.773941;
  ov.Bounds.NorthEast.Longitude := -74.12544;
  ov.Bounds.SouthWest.Latitude := 40.712216;
  ov.Bounds.SouthWest.Longitude := -74.22655;
  ov.Padding := 0;
  ov.BackgroundColor := gcNull;
  ov.BorderColor := gcNull;

  TMSFNCGoogleMaps1.EndUpdate;


Available now

The TMS FNC Maps v2.1 update is available now. You can download the latest version and start using the new OverlayViews feature right away!




Bart Holvoet


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This blog post has received 2 comments.


1. Monday, September 27, 2021 at 6:51:29 PM

Hello
Does OverlayView work for Android applications???
If it is where can I find an example of use???
I''ve been trying to use it but always receive an exception and I cannot see the message down the marker.
With many thanks in advance??
Rafael

Rafael Hurtado


2. Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 11:24:20 AM

Please contact us via support email with detailed description of the error you experience. The samples + code snippets are available in the installation directory.

Pieter Scheldeman




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