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Display 100 Images at Once

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I have a situation where I need to display 100 (actually, 130 images at once).  I am developing an application where it displays The Japanese Hiragana (or Katakana depending on what section you are in).  There are (not exact, would be like saying there are 30 english alphabet letters when there is actually only 26), about 46? basic letters (aeiou, ka ke, etc to n) plus the Ga series and the Ryo series.  Thus 50 basic, 30? extended and 30? advanced letter combinations.

I need to display one larger image (only about 100x100 pixels), and then each alphabet letter (only about 30x30 pixels each).  Thus I will end up with about 110? pictures on my page.

VB.Net as a distributed desktop application displays the images FAST.  the issue is the controls themselves, the 100 picture boxes, take FOREVER to display.   Each image needs to be a separate picture box as the image positions will be randomized.  It's to prompt the user to select the corect letter to the sound played and the Romanji displayed, or vice versa.  (thus a single image of all the hiragana / katakana does not suffice).


What is the best way to utilize this/do this?  Put the images in three side or 5 side by side or more repeaters/datagrids or whatever are avail for VB.net, do it in Flash instead, or ditch the whole process and develop it as a website?  i've been trying to avoid doing it as a website b/c I'd like to be able to drop it on a laptop to take on trips with me.

THanks for your help
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you could create a custom control that draws the images in a grid like fashion and handling the mouse actions to know which image got clicked thus you can draw the images manually and that's faster than the resources required for 100 picture boxes and the images you could store in an image list in the application

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Provided an answer but didn't provide much insight/code.  Thank you for the help, it atleast pointed me in the right direction.
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