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Is there a way in vb.net for a user to select a pencil and add some color to an image and that color change be saved?
I am trying to write a program where I work for low income kids to mark where they have cavities on an image.

I realize this is not easy but I would be greatful if someone could point me in the correct direction.

Thank you.
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Drawing like that in .NET is surprisingly easy.  Even saving the image is fairly simple.  

Take a look at: http://www.codeproject.com/vb/net/Freehand_Drawing.asp

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I will take a look, Thank you
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That works great but how can I save the markings for this person.  I know I can made a table and store the corodinates but I am not sure how to save or retrieve.

Thank you
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Ah, I thought you were just interested in saving the image as an image.  If it's the actual points you need to store that'd take a little more work.  Is the aim to have a file stored on disk that lists the coordinates where the kid painted so you can reconstruct the image later?
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Yes that is exactly what I need to do.  The drawing part works great btw.  The image in the box is a diagram of childrens teeth.  We need to mark where they have a cavities  :-(  then be able to pull up their records next time we see them.   Because of the demographics it in not unusally for them to have many areas shaded.  Thank you.

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Yeah, I just figured you'd be saving the image directly so you could just display it again.

Here's what I'd suggest to save the coordinates
1.  Declare:
Private _coordinates As New StringBuilder

2.  Each time you paint a point on the screen, add as a string
_coordinates.Append(x & "," & y & ControlChars.NewLine)

(where x and y are whatever variables you're using for the coordinates in the painting part)

3.  To save, write that out to disk.  See http://www.freevbcode.com/ShowCode.Asp?ID=4492 for examples of file I/O


To read, you'd have a trickier problem.  Upon reading each line you'd have to do something like:
Dim pieces As String() = line.Split(",") ' Assuming 'line' is the line just read from the file.

Now paint a new point using pieces(0) as the X coordinate and pieces(1) as the Y coordinate.
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Thank you for your help
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