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I've created a control which basically just draws a trace according to data supplied to it.  It does this using the line(x1,y1)-(x2,y2) function.
Basic problem - it's slow.  I may have up to 32 of these updating continuously in my project, and with the possibility of 1000 data points - this can mean drawing tens of thousands of lines in each iteration - which I want to happen once every two seconds or so.

So, what can anybody suggest?  Is there a better way of drawing these lines which goes faster?  I was hoping I may be able to get each instance of my control to work in parallel using multithreading, but I can't figure it out.

Cheers-
Rob
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by:kswinney
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You can use the API calls "MoveTo" and "LineTo" which will draw significantly faster than VB's line method... but you might also try "Polygon" which will draw several line segments at once.

HTH.
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by:robholden
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I found LineTo and MoveToEx in the WIN32API.  However I can't seem to get them to work.  The API seems to have loads of graphics type calls, its quite overwhelming.  Could you post a bit of sample code to give me a starting point please?

Cheers
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Ok, anybody else got any ideas?
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by:muffinthedog
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Seems you might be able to use a memory DC and just BitBlt or StretchBlt it to where ever. Have some old code somewhere (not for a plot though) if you would like... May B write a leetle Dee el el function, pass an array and a hwnd, and have it update the window?
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        I'd try using the API function Polyline. It's easy to do:
1) Declare the function in a module (just paste this)
Type POINTAPI
     x As Long
     y As Long
End Type
Declare Function Polyline& Lib "gdi32" (ByVal hdc As Long, lpPoint As POINTAPI, ByVal nCount As Long)

2) Create a POINTAPI vector to store your points: (10 for example)
Dim ptVector(1 to 10) as POINTAPI

3) Call the function telling it how many points from that vector are you going to paint.
If you're going to paint in a form then hdc = MyForm.hdc; if on a PictureBox hdc = MyPicture.hdc; or if on a printer hdc = Printer.hdc
Dim Foo as Long
foo = Polyline(hdc , ptVector(1) , 10 )

You're all set. If foo = 0 it means that the function failed, otherwise it worked.

                  Javier Martinez

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I like this solution - it is seriously fast.

Cheers-
Rob
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