The format of the bitmap is not supported

Hi,

I have a 256 color bitmap image that's 14 X 14 pixels in size.  I used the following code to write a number between 1 and 99, and save it, to create 99 versions of the bitmap.  The images get created and look fine.  But when I call the following line, I get an exception.  It works fine for the stock image file (blank dot) which I use as a base.  But when any image I created is used, it throws an exception.

symbol = mpControl.ActiveMap.Symbols.Add( fileName );


Exception: "The format of the bitmap is not supported.  Bitmaps must be compressed and use 1, 4, 8 or 24 bit color."

What can I do differently to so that the 99 images I create will appear no different from the stock image?

Thanks,
Bob


for ( int number=1; number<=99; number++ )
{
string breadCrumbFileName = Preferences.ImagesDir + colorName + number.ToString() + ".bmp";
if ( handles.Utils.FileExists( fileName ) )
{
      Image outputImg = Image.FromFile(fileName);
      Bitmap outputBmp = new Bitmap(outputImg);
      Graphics g = Graphics.FromImage(outputBmp);

      // do something with "g"
      Font arial            = new Font( "Arial", 7 );
      Font arialBold      = new Font( arial, FontStyle.Bold );

      if ( number < 10 )
      {
            g.DrawString(number.ToString(), arialBold, Brushes.White, new PointF(3,1));
      }
      else
      {
            g.DrawString(number.ToString(), arialBold, Brushes.White, new PointF(0,1));
      }

      // release the graphics
      g.Dispose();

      // save the changes in the original fileName
      outputBmp.Save( breadCrumbFileName, System.Drawing.Imaging.ImageFormat.Bmp);
}

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AlexFMConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Try to replace last line with the following code:

// save the changes in the original fileName
//     outputBmp.Save( breadCrumbFileName, System.Drawing.Imaging.ImageFormat.Bmp);

Bitmap output24 = new Bitmap(outputBmp.Width, outputBmp.Height, PixelFormat.Format24bppRgb);
g = Graphics.FromImage(output24);
g.DrawImage(outputBmp, 0, 0);
g.Dispose();

output24.Save( breadCrumbFileName, System.Drawing.Imaging.ImageFormat.Bmp);

This code converts bitmap to 24 bpp format. Accorfing to error message, this must solve the problem.
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ba272Author Commented:
I suspect the problem involves the bit depth.  My prior raised that question.  But I don't know how to check that ot set that.
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ba272Author Commented:
Alex,

I am having trouble compiling.  PixelFormat could not be found.  I am using VS 2003.  What namespace is that?  WMEncoderLib does not work.

Bob
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AlexFMCommented:
System.Drawing.Imaging Namespace
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ba272Author Commented:
Thanks.  It works.  But that presented a new problem.

I write the digits as white, but apparently it's transparent, because many are hard to read because of there they end up on a map.

Any idea how to make this non-transparent?


Thanks,
Bob
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ba272Author Commented:
I'd like the text I am writing in the circle and the circle to be non-transparent.  But I'd like the four corners to be transparent.
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AlexFMCommented:
I don't know what are requirements of the control you are working with, maybe there is transparent color property, which is set to white.
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ba272Author Commented:
that's okay.  You got me over the big hump.

Bob
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