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, 18 Sep 2007 CPOL
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This application is a combination of two projects from The Code Project: DrawTools by Alex Fry and SVGPad by Maurizio Bigoloni


SvgPaint is the simplest SVG editor. This application is a combination of two projects from The Code Project: DrawTools by Alex Fry and SVGPad by Maurizio Bigoloni. This application implements only trivial graphics elements from SVG format, no rendering, no transforming, etc.

Sample screenshot

How It Works

Sample screenshot

SvgLib reads and parses the Svg file and creates object SvgDoc with SvgElements.

Then, from SvgElements, create the DrawObjects, objects by DrawObject library.

After editing using the DrawTools library, the graphics objects may be saved in the edited Svg file.

I do not use serialization because it is used in the DrawTools project. I added to DrawObjects static methods that create an XML string with graphic elements in Svg format.

I also added a few graphics classes into used projects:

  • SvgPolyline into SvgPad
  • DrawText, DrawImage into DrawTools

Moreover, I added scaling capability and filling.

How to Transform Svg Elements to Draw Objects

After created SvgDoc, calling recursing method AddFromSvg() (beginning from root element), that, for all Svg elements, calls static method CreateDrawObject() of the DrawObject class:

public void AddFromSvg(SvgElement ele) 
	while (ele != null) 
		DrawObject o = this.CreateDrawObject(ele); 
		if (o != null) 
		SvgElement child = ele.getChild(); 
		while (child != null) 
			child = child.getNext(); 
		ele = ele.getNext(); 

The method CreateDrawObject() of basic class DrawObject has input parameter SvgElement and calls static method Create() of inherited draw objects that create themselves.

Then, the new draw objects add to GraphicsList object:

DrawObject CreateDrawObject(SvgElement svge) 
	DrawObject o = null; 
	switch (svge.getElementType()) 
		case SvgElement._SvgElementType.typeLine: 
			o = DrawLine.Create((SvgLine )svge); 
		case SvgElement._SvgElementType.typeRect: 
			o = DrawRectangle.Create((SvgRect )svge); 
		case SvgElement._SvgElementType.typeEllipse: 
			o = DrawEllipse.Create((SvgEllipse )svge); 
		case SvgElement._SvgElementType.typePolyline: 
			o = DrawPolygon.Create((SvgPolyline )svge); 
		case SvgElement._SvgElementType.typeImage: 
			o = DrawImage.Create((SvgImage )svge); 
		case SvgElement._SvgElementType.typeText: 
			o = DrawText.Create((SvgText )svge); 
		case SvgElement._SvgElementType.typeGroup: 
			o = CreateGroup((SvgGroup )svge); 
	return o; 

Graphics Classes

Sample screenshot

For more details, see DrawTools and SVGPad projects on The Code Project site.

I thank Alex Fry and Maurizio Bigoloni for these interesting projects.


  • 18th September, 2007: I added print/preview and exported into JPG, GIF, PNG formats
  • 16th November, 2006: Initial version 

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Comments and Discussions

BugBugs found PinmemberFei Hap Lee8-Apr-14 17:45 
QuestionAlgorithm PinmemberAshwini615-Dec-12 1:52 
GeneralMy vote of 5 Pinmembermanoj kumar choubey20-Feb-12 20:27 
GeneralGood work PinmemberFco. Javier Marin17-Oct-08 6:47 
GeneralNode and Edges Problem Pinmemberkrish_knight32618-Sep-07 23:47 
Hi Code Project

Your applications is excelent. but only problem when i connect two of the diagrams it suppose to edge should be connected. In our applications that functionality is not working. when i move the connected diagram it suppose to move with edge. Please can you develop for me and i need that urgent. please assist me. One more is. This file is save into xml file that is fine. When you implement that edge functionality. In that xml file it should be display source and destinations edges aswell.

My friend i need this program with above functionality. if you dont mine, please send to me. i need my friend. pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. if your not understand anyting please mail to me my mail id is




GeneralRe: Node and Edges Problem PinmemberShokhin21-Sep-07 0:43 
General[Message Removed] Pinmembernompel1-Oct-08 8:32 
GeneralIn the demo,missed the namespace Pinmembersun37855475927-Aug-07 3:45 
GeneralRe: In the demo,missed the namespace PinmemberShokhin4-Sep-07 19:24 
QuestionI what to Add more shapes? what i have to do Pinmemberkrish_knight32630-Jul-07 0:03 
AnswerRe: I what to Add more shapes? what i have to do PinmemberShokhin4-Sep-07 19:29 
GeneralForm1.cs(design) is not displaying in .net window Pinmembersendnewsletters2-May-07 1:28 
GeneralRe: Form1.cs(design) is not displaying in .net window PinmemberShokhin5-May-07 20:35 
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QuestionScreenShots missing PinmemberAndrew Novik29-Nov-06 20:33 
AnswerRe: ScreenShots missing PinmemberShokhin29-Nov-06 22:30 
GeneralSource code missing PinmemberTony Bermudez29-Nov-06 17:29 
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