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Indicates that the drawing functions that will be used are intended for:
  • the specified Image control,
  • Versions 17 and later
    Reports and QueriesWindows an Image variable.
    New in version 17
    Reports and QueriesWindows an Image variable.
    Reports and QueriesWindows an Image variable.
    an Image variable.
Note: dStartDrawing initializes all the parameters required to create a drawing for a given element.
Example
// Start drawing in the "IMG_ImageDrawing" control
ResDrawing = dStartDrawing(IMG_ImageDrawing)
// Drawings performed in the "IMG_ImageDrawing" control
...
// End of drawing in the "IMG_ImageDrawing" control
dStartDrawing(IMG_Image1)
dFont("Arial", 12, iNormal, 0)
dText(4, 0, "I am writing my text in an Image control!")
Syntax

Starting a drawing in an Image control Hide the details

<Result> = dStartDrawing(<Image control> [, <Options>])
<Result>: System integer
  • Memory DC (device context) of the Image control,
  • 0 if an error occurred.
This parameter can be used to call system routines (functions of Windows API). In this case, we recommend that you use a system integer.
<Image control>: Control name
Name of Image control where the drawing will be performed.
<Options>: Optional Integer constant (or combination of constants)
Drawing options:
Versions 22 and later
dDisplayAsynchronous
New in version 22
dDisplayAsynchronous
dDisplayAsynchronous
Versions 16 and later
dDisplayManual
New in version 16
dDisplayManual
dDisplayManual
dWithOpacityAllows the opacity to be managed in the different drawing functions used by the Image control. Used for example to create a drawing saved in PNG format with management of alpha layer.
dErase
(Default value)
Erases the drawing found in the Image control.
dGridlinesOpacityThe drawing is displayed over gridlines in order to highlight the transparent or semi-transparent sections of drawing. The gridlines are not saved in the image.
dNoEraseDoes not erase the drawing found in the Image control.
dOnChartUsed to draw in an Image control in which a chart was already drawn. In this case, the chart drawing is not erased.
Versions 17 and later
Reports and Queries

Starting the drawing in an Image variable Hide the details

<Result> = dStartDrawing(<Image> [, <Options>])
<Result>: Boolean
  • True if the drawing was initialized,
  • False otherwise.
<Image>: Image variable
Name of an Image variable.
<Options>: Optional Integer constant (or combination of constants)
Drawing options:
dWithOpacityAllows the opacity to be managed in the different drawing functions used by the Image variable. Used for example to create a drawing saved in PNG format with management of alpha layer.
dGridlinesOpacityThe drawing is displayed on a gridline in order to highlight the transparent or semi-transparent sections of drawing. The gridlines are not saved in the image.
dNoEraseDoes not erase the drawing found in the Image variable.
dOnChartUsed to draw in an Image variable in which a chart was already drawn. In this case, the chart drawing is not erased.
No drawing option is used if this parameter is not specified.
Reports and Queries

Starting the drawing in an Image variable Hide the details

<Result> = dStartDrawing(<Element> [, <Options>])
<Result>: Boolean
  • True if the drawing was initialized,
  • False otherwise.
<Element>: Image variable
Name of an Image variable.
<Options>: Optional Integer constant (or combination of constants)
Drawing options:
dWithOpacityAllows the opacity to be managed in the different drawing functions used by the Image variable. Used for example to create a drawing saved in PNG format with management of alpha layer.
dGridlinesOpacityThe drawing is displayed on a gridline in order to highlight the transparent or semi-transparent sections of drawing. The gridlines are not saved in the image.
dNoEraseDoes not erase the drawing found in the Image variable.
dOnChartUsed to draw in an Image variable in which a chart was already drawn. In this case, the chart drawing is not erased.
No drawing option is used if this parameter is not specified.
New in version 17
Reports and Queries

Starting the drawing in an Image variable Hide the details

<Result> = dStartDrawing(<Image> [, <Options>])
<Result>: Boolean
  • True if the drawing was initialized,
  • False otherwise.
<Image>: Image variable
Name of an Image variable.
<Options>: Optional Integer constant (or combination of constants)
Drawing options:
dWithOpacityAllows the opacity to be managed in the different drawing functions used by the Image variable. Used for example to create a drawing saved in PNG format with management of alpha layer.
dGridlinesOpacityThe drawing is displayed on a gridline in order to highlight the transparent or semi-transparent sections of drawing. The gridlines are not saved in the image.
dNoEraseDoes not erase the drawing found in the Image variable.
dOnChartUsed to draw in an Image variable in which a chart was already drawn. In this case, the chart drawing is not erased.
No drawing option is used if this parameter is not specified.
Reports and Queries

Starting the drawing in an Image variable Hide the details

<Result> = dStartDrawing(<Element> [, <Options>])
<Result>: Boolean
  • True if the drawing was initialized,
  • False otherwise.
<Element>: Image variable
Name of an Image variable.
<Options>: Optional Integer constant (or combination of constants)
Drawing options:
dWithOpacityAllows the opacity to be managed in the different drawing functions used by the Image variable. Used for example to create a drawing saved in PNG format with management of alpha layer.
dGridlinesOpacityThe drawing is displayed on a gridline in order to highlight the transparent or semi-transparent sections of drawing. The gridlines are not saved in the image.
dNoEraseDoes not erase the drawing found in the Image variable.
dOnChartUsed to draw in an Image variable in which a chart was already drawn. In this case, the chart drawing is not erased.
No drawing option is used if this parameter is not specified.
Reports and Queries

Starting the drawing in an Image variable Hide the details

<Result> = dStartDrawing(<Image> [, <Options>])
<Result>: Boolean
  • True if the drawing was initialized,
  • False otherwise.
<Image>: Image variable
Name of an Image variable.
<Options>: Optional Integer constant (or combination of constants)
Drawing options:
dWithOpacityAllows the opacity to be managed in the different drawing functions used by the Image variable. Used for example to create a drawing saved in PNG format with management of alpha layer.
dGridlinesOpacityThe drawing is displayed on a gridline in order to highlight the transparent or semi-transparent sections of drawing. The gridlines are not saved in the image.
dNoEraseDoes not erase the drawing found in the Image variable.
dOnChartUsed to draw in an Image variable in which a chart was already drawn. In this case, the chart drawing is not erased.
No drawing option is used if this parameter is not specified.
Reports and Queries

Starting the drawing in an Image variable Hide the details

<Result> = dStartDrawing(<Element> [, <Options>])
<Result>: Boolean
  • True if the drawing was initialized,
  • False otherwise.
<Element>: Image variable
Name of an Image variable.
<Options>: Optional Integer constant (or combination of constants)
Drawing options:
dWithOpacityAllows the opacity to be managed in the different drawing functions used by the Image variable. Used for example to create a drawing saved in PNG format with management of alpha layer.
dGridlinesOpacityThe drawing is displayed on a gridline in order to highlight the transparent or semi-transparent sections of drawing. The gridlines are not saved in the image.
dNoEraseDoes not erase the drawing found in the Image variable.
dOnChartUsed to draw in an Image variable in which a chart was already drawn. In this case, the chart drawing is not erased.
No drawing option is used if this parameter is not specified.
Remarks

Special cases

  • dStartDrawing must be called before the other drawing functions. dStartDrawing is used to define the element (Image control or Image variable) onto which the drawing functions will be applied.
  • When drawing in an Image control:
    • the drawing functions operate on a copy ("bitmap") of image. You can use the drawing functions of Windows (via API or CallDLL32) but these Windows functions must use the DC (Device Context) returned by dStartDrawing.
    • dEndDrawing and dStartDrawing must not be called in the same process. The drawing will not be displayed if dEndDrawing and dStartDrawing are called in the same process: it will be automatically erased.
Reports and Queries

Drawing with management of opacity

Creating a drawing with management of opacity is used to easily save the images in PNG format with management of Alpha layer.
To save a PNG drawing with management of Alpha layer:
  1. Use dStartDrawing. This function is used to define, if necessary, the element onto which the drawing functions will be applied as well as the drawing mode. The dWithOpacity constant is used to indicate that the drawing will manage the opacity. The dGridlinesOpacity constant is used to display gridlines underneath the different drawing areas.
  2. Configure the opacity of your drawings with the following functions:
    dBackgroundDeclares the background color and its opacity for the next drawings.
    dPointDeclares the color of the points and their opacity for the next drawings.
    dPenDeclares the color of the lines and their opacity for the next drawings.

    Note: dPixelOpacity is used to find out the opacity of a point.
  3. Use dSaveImagePNG to save your drawing in PNG format with management of alpha layer (opacity).
Limit: In "Management of opacity" mode, dText is limited to the use of True Type fonts.
Related Examples:
The drawing functions Unit examples (WINDEV): The drawing functions
[ + ] Using the main drawing functions of WINDEV to:
- Initialize an Image control for drawing
- Draw simple shapes
- Write a text into a drawing
- Change the color in a drawing
Component : wd240pnt.dll
Minimum required version
  • Version 9
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