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Display a Powerpack RectangleShape at runtime

Posted on 2009-05-08
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The generation of the shape is controlled at runtime by data read from a file to set all the properties I care about e.g. Size, Location, Color, BorderWidth etc. Now, I would like to render it on a form. This should be trivial, but I can't just add it as a control so something different must be done...

Do I need to create some container on the form first, am I missing one of the commands to cause it to draw and/or connect it to a specific form, something else?? Probably a dumb question...
Dim rc As RectangleShape

        rc = New RectangleShape

        rc.Location = New Point(100, 100)

        rc.Size = New Point(150, 150)

        ' ... now what

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Question by:MarkBottomley
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ToddBeaulieu earned 125 total points
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Check this out:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/microsoft.visualbasic.powerpacks.rectangleshape.aspx

I whipped this example up...
    Private Sub DrawRectangle()

        Dim canvas As New Microsoft.VisualBasic.PowerPacks.ShapeContainer

        Dim rect1 As New Microsoft.VisualBasic.PowerPacks.RectangleShape
 

        ' Set the form as the parent of the ShapeContainer.

        canvas.Parent = Me
 

        With rect1

            ' Set the ShapeContainer as the parent of the RectangleShape.

            .Parent = canvas

            .BorderWidth = 2

            .BorderStyle = DashStyle.Solid

            .BorderColor = Color.DarkBlue
 

            .CornerRadius = 5

            .FillColor = Color.LightBlue

            .FillStyle = FillStyle.Solid

            .FillGradientStyle = FillGradientStyle.ForwardDiagonal

            .FillGradientColor = Color.AntiqueWhite
 

            ' Set the location and size of the rectangle.

            .Left = 10

            .Top = 10

            .Width = 100

            .Height = 100

        End With
 

    End Sub

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by:MarkBottomley
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The addition of a Canvas is not obvious when just adding the PowerPack items in the form designer - thanks
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