How to shrink image in high quaulity?

I want to shrink monochrome images in high quality. I have tried to use StretchBlt and set stretch mode to HALFTONE. The effect is very good but the HALFTONE mode doesn't support WIN9x. And I also tried to apply convolution algorithm to smooth images before shrinking, when the shrinking rate is not very high, say 0.4, the effect is acceptable, but if the rate is high, less than 0.3, the effect is bad. To improve the shrinking quality, I have convert the monochrome images from 1 bit to 8 bit format. Is there anyone know how do I shrink images in high quality?
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Answers2000Commented:
Convert them to gray scale when scaling down.

Algorithm is:-

For every pixel in destination bitmap
  Work out a square/rectangle of pixels in source bitmap
  X = The average color (black = 0, white=255) of pixels in this source square. Simply loop over this square, add up a running total, and at end divide by how many pixels in this square.
  Set destination pixel color to RGB(X,X,X)


Example:

Assume scaling down by half: 2X2 square in monochrome, has 0, 1, 2 or 3 pixels set to white. If it's  This can means destination pixel is RGB(0,0,0), RGB(64,64,64), RGB(128,128,128),RGB(192,192,192) or RGB(255,255,255)

If you scale down by 1/3 or more, you're going to start losing data, but will work. You probably need to go 24 bit color at this point to get it to look really good.
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PearlChenAuthor Commented:
Thank you very much, anwser2000. I have tried your algorithm in my program and the result turned out to be what I exactly want. I converted the bilevel bitmaps into gray scale bitmaps(8 bits per pixel), then selected a pallete created by myself which including 256 steps of gray scale.

I have thought my desired result must be gained through some complicated algorithm. I didn't expect it is so easy. The truth is always simple.
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