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Zoom a picturebox control- Visual Basic 6

Here is the situation.

I have a picturebox(container) that I have loaded several(between 14-50) activeX controls into.  These activex controls are displaying real time data.  Because I have so many controls loaded, the resolution on them is terrible/unreadable. (Imagine a frame control with 10 lables displaying data on them, and then having a few dozen of these controls dispersed in the picturebox)

All of the examples I have seen so far deal with zooming in on the picturebox that contains a static image, not activeX controls.

My objective:

Is to be able to zoom into the picturebox control and view the activex controls in a larger resolution and still have the controls in their active state.

Thanks for your assitance.
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Mike TomlinsonMiddle School Assistant TeacherCommented:
As far as I know there isn't any efficient way to do this...

I suppose you could add a second PictureBox to the form and then take screenshots of the first one and enlarge/crop the image to make a "zoomed" window in the second PB.
Mike TomlinsonMiddle School Assistant TeacherCommented:
*But if you don't have good resolution with the controls in the first PB, you would just be enlarging an already bad image and making it worse.

Do you have control over these activeX controls?
michiganblkmanAuthor Commented:
Yes.  I have full control over these activeX controls.
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Mike TomlinsonMiddle School Assistant TeacherCommented:
Maybe you could code them to display themselves in "normal" or "zoomed" mode.  Then you can toggle toggle them from the main app...either individually or all as a group?

It's a little vague I know.  Give us more details on your ActiveX controls.  What do they do and how are they layed out?
michiganblkmanAuthor Commented:
The activex controls represent stations in a production line configuration.

The control consists of several lables that identify station ID, bottleneck information, two progress bars to reflect TimeStarved and TimeBlocked data, upstream in formation, downstream information etc.

A scenario is in a multi laned production line the product can take several "Paths" thru the assembly process. For example, From station 1, the product COULD flow to station 2, or station 3, or station 4,  then all of these stations would flow into a station 5.

Some examples of the paths that the product could flow from the above scenario would be

1, 2, 5
1, 3, 5
1, 4, 5

With that in mind, if the production manager wanted to evaluate the efficiency on path "1, 4, 5" the application would  dynamically "draw" out stations 1, 4 and 5 on the screen.

Further, I want to include the functionality to zoom into the individual stations or region of stations, or have the application automatically scroll to identified problem areas in the assembly process.

I am at the point where I can draw the various path configurations into the picturebox control
michiganblkmanAuthor Commented:
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Mike TomlinsonMiddle School Assistant TeacherCommented:
Sorry for the dry spell there...

Without seeing code for your controls I really can't make any specific recommendations.

The only generic suggestion I can make is change the FONT SIZE to larger when you want to "zoom in".  Then change it back to smaller when you are done.

Obviously you would just change the height of controls like the progressbar to make them bigger.
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