Java2D Area intersections.

Posted on 2004-04-17
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Last Modified: 2008-01-16
Hi Guys,

I was wondering if any of you could help.  I need to test whether two Area objects actually overlap as in their path's - not the bounding boxes.  The only solution I've come up with so far is adding the area's then testing if the resulting pathiterator is different to the first.  This seems a little "around the houses" though.  I've given this question 500 points as I require a quick response.


Question by:ChrisEvans1234
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CEHJ earned 750 total points
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>>The only solution I've come up with so far is adding...

Sounds like quite a good one to me ;-)

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RodionP earned 750 total points
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Well, you could try subtracting one from another and see if you have nothing, then areas don't intersect, but this is pretty much the same techniue as you used except using different functionality. I believe all the set operations provided by API are exactly for kind of problems that you have. Please elaborate the question, I might not understand you correctly.

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I don't think using the subtraction operation would have saved time - instead I used the Intersection routine then count the number of edges in the resulting pathiterator:

public boolean doesAreaIntersect(Area lhs, Area rhs) {
            PathIterator pi = lhs.getPathIterator(null);
            if (pi == null) {
                  return false;
            } else {
                  int count =0;
                  while (!pi.isDone()) {
                  if (count < 1) {
                        return false;
                  } else {
                        return true;
As far as I can see, this is the quickest and most in-expensive way to do this.
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ID: 10849762
8-) You could be right -- the Area area is new to me ;-)

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