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Figuring out preview font size

HI there,

I'm working on a report designer. Here's the problem:

the user chooses a paper format A4 (210mm by 297mm)
the user places a text "Test1" on the paper.
the user specifies that the text shuld be shown with Times New Roman size 10.
the user zooms the paper, making the width of paper 420 pixles.

My question is now - how many pixels wide should the text be  ?

best regards
NetGeek
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JaccoCommented:
You can let windows do the scaling of things when you use function like:

BOOL SetWindowExtEx(
    HDC hdc,      // handle of device context
    int nXExtent,      // new horizontal window extent  
    int nYExtent,      // new vertical window extent
    LPSIZE lpSize       // original window extent
   );

or SetViewPortExtEx

Regards Jacco
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NetGeekAuthor Commented:
hmm, could you explain that in a bit more detail ? which values should i put as the different parameters ?

NetGeek
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JaccoCommented:
It is even simpler when using metafiles. I cooked up a sample.

Try sizing the form.

Regards Jacco

procedure TForm1.FormCreate(Sender: TObject);
var
  sz: SIZE;
begin
  FMetafile := TMetafile.Create;
  FMetaFile.Width  := Printer.PageWidth;
  FMetaFile.Height := Printer.PageHeight;
  FCanvas := TMetafileCanvas.Create(FMetafile, Printer.Handle);
  FCanvas.Font.PixelsPerInch := GetDeviceCaps(Printer.Handle, LOGPIXELSX);
  FCanvas.Brush.Color := clWhite;
  FCanvas.Brush.Style := bsSolid;
  FCanvas.Rectangle(0, 0, Printer.PageWidth, Printer.PageHeight);
  FCanvas.Font.Name := 'Times New Roman';
  FCanvas.Font.Size := 10;
  FCanvas.TextOut(10, 10, 'Font Size 10');
  FCanvas.Font.Name := 'Times New Roman';
  FCanvas.Font.Size := 36;
  FCanvas.TextOut(10, 100, 'Font Size 36');
  FCanvas.Font.Size := 72;
  FCanvas.TextOut(10, 400, 'Font Size 72');
  FCanvas.Brush.Color := clBlue;
  FCanvas.Brush.Style := bsSolid;
  FCanvas.Ellipse(200, 1000, 500, 1900);
  FCanvas.Free;
end;

procedure TForm1.PaintBox1Paint(Sender: TObject);
var
  lRect: TRect;
  liOffset: Integer;
begin
  if (Width / Height) > (210 / 297) then
  begin
    // use full height center width
    liOffset := Width div 2 - Round(Height * 210 / 297) div 2;
    lRect := Rect(liOffset, 0, liOffset + Round(Height * 210 / 297), Height);
  end else begin
    // use full width center height
    liOffset := Height div 2 - Round(Width * 297 / 210) div 2;
    lRect := Rect(0, liOffset, Width, liOffset + Round(Width * 297 / 210));
  end;
  PaintBox1.Canvas.StretchDraw(lRect, FMetafile);
end;

procedure TForm1.btnSaveClick(Sender: TObject);
begin
  FMetaFile.SaveToFile('d:\wmf.wmf');
end;

procedure TForm1.btnPrintClick(Sender: TObject);
begin
  Printer.BeginDoc;
  Printer.Canvas.Draw(0, 0, FMetaFile);
  Printer.EndDoc;
end;
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JaccoCommented:
Forgot to say:

Make a form with two buttons and a alClient PaintBox like this.

type
  TForm1 = class(TForm)
    PaintBox1: TPaintBox;
    btnSave: TButton;
    btnPrint: TButton;
    procedure FormCreate(Sender: TObject);
    procedure PaintBox1Paint(Sender: TObject);
    procedure btnSaveClick(Sender: TObject);
    procedure btnPrintClick(Sender: TObject);
  private
    { Private declarations }
    FMetaFile: TMetafile;
    FCanvas: TMetafileCanvas;
  public
    { Public declarations }
  end;
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NetGeekAuthor Commented:
looks very interesting, I'll check it out first thing monday morning

NetGeek
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NetGeekAuthor Commented:
that was just perfect, you even wrote my preview funktion for me :)

Thank you very much
Net Geek
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JaccoCommented:
You are welcome :-) Thanks for the points. If you want to preview at for example 100 or 200 percent you can try using a TScrollBox setting the VertScrollBar.Range and HorzScrollBar.Range property to higher values and having a TPaintBox aligned alClient on it.

Regards Jacco
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