Xamarin.Forms Maps is a powerful data visualization component that displays statistical information for a geographical area. It has highly interactive and customizable features such as zooming, panning, selecting, legends, markers, bubbles, and color mapping. Using the Maps control, you can render various maps, such as for sales, political boundaries, weather, elections, and routes.
Shape layers provide options to render geographical shapes or custom shapes in Xamarin.Forms maps.
Shapefiles (.shp) and GeoJSON (.json) data can be bound to maps to render any geometric shape.
The default style of a shape can be customized using the color, stroke, and thickness properties.
The Xamarin.Forms Maps control allows you to render any custom shape to make a map look like building infrastructure, a sports stadium, plane or bus seat arrangements, and more.
Load multiple shape files in a single map view. For example, add a sublayer over a main shape layer to view geographic features of a country such as rivers, valleys, and cities.
Built-in support for external imagery services, such as Bing Maps and OpenStreetMap, is used to visualize satellite, aerial, street map, and other imagery tiles without using shapefiles. Apart from Bing maps and OpenStreetMap, you can also render maps from other map providers such as Google Maps and TomTom.
Xamarin OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a map of the world built by a community of mapmakers that is free to use under an open license. It allows users to view geographical data in a collaborative way from anywhere on Earth.
Xamarin Bing Maps, owned by Microsoft, is a map of the entire world. It supports three types of map views: aerial, aerial with labels, and road.
Set the initial zoom level automatically based on map geo-bounds or distance (KM/miles) from a geo-point center value.
Map shapes can be easily annotated with labels to improve the readability of particular shape’s names.
The look and feel of the default labels can be customized using the font style, size, and color properties.
Labels can be aligned smartly within shape boundaries and can be trimmed or hidden to avoid labels overlapping.
Produce a heat map by customizing shape colors based on the underlying shape value.
Equal color mapping differentiates a shape’s fill color based on its underlying value and color. For example, colors can be applied to states based on their winning political candidates.
Colors can be applied to shapes by comparing their values with desired numeric ranges. For example, colors can be applied to states based on their population density.
Markers allow you to denote a place with symbols, like pins, or display a message at specific coordinates on a map.
The marker type can be changed to built-in shapes such as circles, diamonds, rectangles, or squares to highlight a place.
Customize markers by adding images or any custom shape to highlight a location.
Bubbles are used to add additional information to shapes such as population density or land area. They are rendered with various magnitudes and colors based on the underlying data values of the shapes.
The default color of a bubble and its transparency can be customized using the fill and opacity properties.
The minimum and maximum sizes of a bubble can be customized.
A legend is used to provide valuable information for interpreting maps with various colors, shapes, or other identifiers based on the data and application requirements.
The position of a legend can be changed or moved to any place inside the maps.
The default size of a legend icon can be customized.
The end user experience is greatly enhanced by a set of user interaction features such as selection, zooming, and panning.
A particular area or shape can be selected or highlighted on user interaction to bring the center of the view over other shapes in a map.
Zooming allows end users to get a closer look at a particular area of interest on a map by stretching and pinching it. Panning allows end users to move a map around to focus on a specific area and navigate across its regions.
Drill down in a map to display different shape data located on another layer. For example, you can drill down to a continent in a world map to show the continent separately on another layer.
The tooltip control displays a pop-up with additional information about the shapes, markers, and bubbles when the end user taps the Xamarin.Forms Maps elements.
Easily get started with XamarinForms Maps using a few simple lines of XAML and C# code, as demonstrated below. Also explore our Xamarin.Forms Maps Example that shows you how to render the Xamarin.Forms Maps control.
<maps:SfMaps> <maps:SfMaps.Layers> <maps:ShapeFileLayer/> </maps:SfMaps.Layers> </maps:SfMaps>
using Com.Syncfusion.Maps; SfMaps maps = new SfMaps(this); ShapeFileLayer layer = new ShapeFileLayer(); maps.Layers.Add(layer); SetContentView(maps);
You can find our Xamarin Maps demo here.
No, this is a commercial product and requires a paid license. However, a free community license is also available for companies and individuals whose organizations have less than $1 million USD in annual gross revenue and five or fewer developers.
A good place to start would be our comprehensive getting started documentation.
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