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How to bypass the Windows system palette for colorbanding (gradient colors)

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In a D2 app. I present sampled data in trendcurves, using normal Delphi
routines like Canvas.MoveTo, Canvas.LineTo etc.
Now i'd like to extend the capabilities and plot the data as you sometimes
can see it in a wheather chart (all colors having gradients).
If I use the normal Delphi methods, the colors are rounded to the
NearestColor. That's not what I want since I know the video card is able to
display more precise colors.
Can anyone help me or explain it a little bit?
(Note: I already have digged into sourcecode of gradientform,
gradientcaption and gradientbutton, all found on DSP but that's not giving
the right solution).
Many thanks in advance.

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 There are many solutions to the problem involving palette manipulation etc. however I suspect that the quickest solution for you will be this:

  If you use LineTo to generate the display output then you are using a Pen to generate the colour(color, are you un the US?). Pen colours are always rounded as you say to the nearest palette entry. If however you use a Brush to define the colour then the diplay will dither the colours for you as you are requesting. To use a Brush then you simply have to use the Rectangle command, for example, rather than a LineTo.

  Incidentally, in high colour mode the pen colours will be displayed correctly as the palette will have enough entries to accurately represent your output.

  Steven.
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