converting .shp to .bmp using c++

Hi ,

Can anyone help to solve the following problem,

How to convert shape files to bmp images using c++

How to create a bmp image using c++

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mikeant78Connect With a Mentor Commented:
I assume that you are working on a Windows platform. Based on Google search it looks like .shp file is a text format with graphics instructions. If you are willing to parse that format yourself you can do the following:

1. read in the .shp file
2. Create a Windows DIB section (in-memory) bitmap. This can be done similar to the following:

                               UByte* pbitmapData;
                               UInt bytespp = 3, bitspp = bytespp *8;
                    // Bytes/line
                    UInt bpl = ((bytespp*width)+3)&(~3);

            struct      {
                  BITMAPINFOHEADER      Header;
                  RGBQUAD                        Colors[256];
                  }      Info;
            // Initialize header for bmp info
            Info.Header.biSize            = sizeof(BITMAPINFOHEADER);
            Info.Header.biWidth            = width;
            Info.Header.biHeight            = -SInt(height);
            Info.Header.biPlanes            = 1;
            Info.Header.biBitCount      = bitspp;
            Info.Header.biCompression      = BI_RGB;
            Info.Header.biSizeImage      = bpl*height;
            Info.Header.biXPelsPerMeter      = 0;
            Info.Header.biYPelsPerMeter      = 0;
            Info.Header.biClrUsed            = bytespp*256;
            Info.Header.biClrImportant      = Info.Header.biClrUsed;

            HBITMAP hbmp = ::CreateDIBSection(0, (BITMAPINFO*)&Info, DIB_RGB_COLORS, (VOID**)&pbitmapData, NULL, NULL);

3. Create a device context and select bitmap into it. You will be able to draw into the bitmap with it.

      HDC hdc=CreateCompatibleDC(0);
      SelectObject(hdc,hbmp );

4. Parse the .shp file and use Windows GDI to draw into the HDC. This will draw into the bitmap.

5. Close the hdc when you are done with DeleteDC(hdc).

6. Serialize the bitmap to file. This can be done similar to the following (you will need to modify this based on file IO mechanism, etc.):

      BITMAPFILEHEADER            bmh;
      BITMAPINFOHEADER            bmi;
      SInt                  size, w;      
      SInt                  height = pbitmap->GetHeight();
      UByte                  *pbuffer;      

// Determine the data size
      size      = height * bpl;

#define      PACK_INT16_B(b1,b2)      SInt16(UInt8(b1)|(UInt8(b2)<<8))

      // Initialize file header
      bmh.bfType            = PACK_INT16_B('B','M');
      bmh.bfSize            = sizeof(BITMAPFILEHEADER) + sizeof(BITMAPINFOHEADER) + size;
      bmh.bfReserved1            =
      bmh.bfReserved2            = 0;
      bmh.bfOffBits            = sizeof(BITMAPFILEHEADER) + sizeof(BITMAPINFOHEADER);
      // And bitmap header
      bmi.biSize                  = sizeof(BITMAPINFOHEADER);
      bmi.biWidth            = width;
      bmi.biHeight            = height;
      bmi.biPlanes            = 1;
      bmi.biBitCount            = 24;
      bmi.biCompression       = BI_RGB;
      bmi.biSizeImage            = size;
      bmi.biXPelsPerMeter   =
      bmi.biYPelsPerMeter   = 0;
      bmi.biClrUsed      = 1<<24;
      bmi.biClrImportant      = 0;

      // Last line in temporary bitmap's used as a buffer
      pbuffer      = pbitmapData + size;
      w      = bpl;

      // We need to flip the bitmap data
      // Windows bitmaps are bottom - up
      for (SInt i=0; i<(height>>1); i++)
            memcpy(pbuffer, pbitmapData+i*w, w);
            memcpy(pbitmapData+i*w, pbitmapData+(height-i-1)*w, w);
            memcpy(pbitmapData+(height-i-1)*w, pbuffer, w);

      // And finally write the data
      pfile->Write((UByte*)&bmh, sizeof(BITMAPFILEHEADER));
      pfile->Write((UByte*)&bmi, sizeof(BITMAPINFOHEADER));
      if (pfile->Write(pbitmapData, size)<size)
            return 0;

Note that this is just sample code to give you the idea. You will need to modify it for your purpose.

Of couse, it may be a better idea to try to find a libraray/program which already does what you need.

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