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How to read Byte by Byte From Clipboard Image data?

Posted on 1998-05-09
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Hi experts,
I have stored an image in clipboard.  Now i want to read the image byte by byte so that i can break it into pieces and send it over the tcp/ip based network to another station, where this station will re-assamble the data and display it in its image box or picture box.

Thanks in advance
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Option Explicit
Private Declare Sub CopyMemory Lib "kernel32" Alias "RtlMoveMemory" (dest As Any, source As Any, ByVal numBytes As Long)

Dim bytPic() As Byte

Private Sub Form_Load()
    Dim lSize  As Long
    Dim picCur As Variant
   
    Clipboard.Clear ' Clear Clipboard.
    Clipboard.SetData LoadPicture("c:\windows\FOREST.BMP")
    picCur = Clipboard.GetData(vbCFBitmap)
   
    lSize = FileLen("c:\windows\forest.bmp")
    ReDim Preserve bytPic(0 To lSize - 1) As Byte
   
    Call CopyMemory(ByVal VarPtr(bytPic(0)), ByVal VarPtr(picCur), lSize)
   
End Sub

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by:msali
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Thanks for the example but in this case u are reading the filesize from the disk.  In my project i have captured the image using bitblt and do not want to save it since saving the file i.e., disk I/O is slow.  I will be capturing the image in a timer event so lots of images in maybe 5-10 to 15 seconds of time.

waiting for a reply.
thanks a mil
regards,
msa.
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Then calculate the size as you capture it!?
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Dear anthonyc,
This is exactly the problem i am facing.  I do not know how to address the memory (DC).  That is why i tried to place the img in the clipboard - assuming i might be able to access the clipboard memory.  Listed below is the code of my cliping the image:

Sub CopyScreen(canvas As Object)
    Dim screendc&
   
    canvas.AutoRedraw = True
    screendc = CreateDC("DISPLAY", "", "", 0&)
    tempLong = StretchBlt(canvas.hdc, 0, 0, Screen.Width, Screen.Height, screendc, 0, 0, Screen.Width, Screen.Height, SRCCOPY)
    tempLong = DeleteDC(screendc)
    canvas.AutoRedraw = False
   
End Sub

Private Sub Timer1_Timer()
    CopyScreen Me
    Me.Caption = "Icu Uc Me - " & Counter
    Counter = Counter + 1
End Sub

regards,
msa.
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