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Is there a way to Edit or Open a Picture control at Runtime?

Posted on 2004-04-23
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In VB6: When I select Project / Components, go to the Insertable Objects tab, and tick "Bitmap Image" (MSPAINT.exe), then click on the "Picture" icon on the Palette & draw one on my Form...

At Design Time, I can right-click that Picture control and select Edit, and voila!  I can draw free-form right in the picture!  Or I can right-click and Open to bring up MSPAINT and edit it with all the Paint features, and when I close, the changes are copied back to the form.  That's great, but...

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How do I do that at RUNTIME?

I want to include a little drawable area in my form, at least with freeform drawing and ability to enter and position your own text.  I can handle saving and loading that bitmap to/from a file at the appropriate times.

But how do I talk to that MSPAINT.EXE invocation that seems to be loaded??

Or is there another Control or OCX that would let me do that?

Thanks in advance if you can help!
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Question by:nicthu
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by:Mike Tomlinson
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Just add a PictureBox to your form and use this code to allow the user to draw on it:

Option Explicit

Dim lastX As Single
Dim lastY As Single
Dim mouseIsDown As Boolean

Private Sub Form_Load()
    Picture1.AutoRedraw = True
End Sub

Private Sub Picture1_MouseDown(Button As Integer, Shift As Integer, X As Single, Y As Single)
    If Button = vbLeftButton Then
        lastX = X
        lastY = Y
        mouseIsDown = True
    End If
End Sub

Private Sub Picture1_MouseMove(Button As Integer, Shift As Integer, X As Single, Y As Single)
    If mouseIsDown Then
        Picture1.Line (lastX, lastY)-(X, Y)
        lastX = X
        lastY = Y
    End If
End Sub

Private Sub Picture1_MouseUp(Button As Integer, Shift As Integer, X As Single, Y As Single)
    mouseIsDown = False
End Sub
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JMoon5FTM earned 125 total points
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I don't know if you can do that by inserting the Bitmap Image directly, but I know this'll work.

Insert an OLE control.  Tell it to create a Bitmap image (or any other type of object you might want to do this with).  Then, at run-time:

ole1.DoVerb -1 'edit in-frame, if supported; otherwise, open in new window
ole1.DoVerb -2 'open in own window

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by:nicthu
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Which OLE control do I insert?
Or where do I find such an OLE control?
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by:nicthu
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Nevermind, I found it on the Palette!

Awesome -- you get the points, dude!

p.s.  Is there another DoVerb for "Save current object to a file"?
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Nevermind again, I found the ReadFromFile and SaveToFile methods!
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