Reading pixel values using C++

I'am currently doing a project on data compression using C++. I need to open an image file and read the pixel values.  
Is there an equivalent of the getpixel command of C in C++?
Hope to hear from someone out there soon. Thanks in advance.
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nietodCommented:
an easy (though innefficient) method would be to create a memorydevice context and load it with the image.  then use getpixel.

Alternately, you can parse the image file if you know its format.  The windows bitmap formats are documented and not too hard to parse.  A Windows META file would be almost impossible to parse, specially in this context.  

I can provide more specifics on either technique.
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RONSLOWCommented:
You can load an image from an external file with LoadImage (under win95 at least) - this creates a bitmap (or a DIB if you prefer).  Or you can directly read the image into a bitmap (lots of sample code around for this)

You can then either use GetPixel/SetPixel to access it pixel-by-pixel.

However, in your case, you would probably be better off with GetDIBits to get ALL the pixel data at once into a buffer that you can access any way you want.


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