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Double Buffering With GDI+

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Simple example about Double Buffering with GDI+
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This is a simple example about GDI+ which I used in my first GDI+ project.This article is focused on Double Buffering. First if you want to add GDI+ supports to your project,you can refer to Starting with GDI+ By Christian Graus.
The main part of my example is in OnPaint function that you can see everything there,Image,Font,Brush and etc.They are very clear so I don't discuss about them.I only explain "Double Buffering" here.

As you know you can draw images into your windows and create a brush or pen from TextureBrush and draw shapes or line, using the image.Even you can draw a text using the images by supplying TextureBrush.(you can see the examples in this article or Christian Grause articles)

I think one of the most important use of images is Double Buffernig technique.This technique is used when the drawing we wish to create has many details,and it is time consuming to draw even with a fast computer.In this situation it seems the image creeps on to the screen while being drawn.For example in mapping applications or CAD/CAM applications we would encounter this problem. In this technique instead of drawing in the screen,first we draw into an image and then we draw the iamge into the window. Here is my example in double buffering:

srand( (unsigned)time( NULL ) );
int number = rand();
number /= RAND_MAX + 1;
number *= 254;

Rect rc(rect.left,,rect.right,rect.bottom);
   Bitmap bmp(rect.right,rect.bottom);

// Create a Graphics object that is associated with the image.
Graphics* graph = Graphics::FromImage(&bmp);

for(int x=0;x<rect.right;x++)
 for(int y=0; y<rect.bottom; y++)
     double number = rand();
     number /= RAND_MAX + 1;
     number *= 254;
     Pen pen(Color(number,number,number,number));
// Draw the altered image.

It takes 36 seconds to paint the screen on my computer(AMD 1.33GHtz and 256Mb RAM) without double buffering but only 5 seconds with this technique.You know,it is not interesting to wait 36 seconds each time that your window need to repaint!

Finally I want to thank Christian Graus for his supports and good articles about GDI+ which I used some of his codes and ideas.


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GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
manoj kumar choubey17-Feb-12 0:53
membermanoj kumar choubey17-Feb-12 0:53 
GeneralMemory leak Pin
old6714-Feb-08 13:57
memberold6714-Feb-08 13:57 
You should delete the Graphics you get from Graphics::FromImage().

Thanks for the double buffer example!
Generaldouble buffering Pin
martin_man24-Aug-05 16:43
membermartin_man24-Aug-05 16:43 
Generalsalam Pin
dSolariuM11-Dec-04 20:26
memberdSolariuM11-Dec-04 20:26 
GeneralIt seem's that Pin
dSolariuM11-Dec-04 20:22
memberdSolariuM11-Dec-04 20:22 
GeneralMy Image Still Flickers!!! Pin
Rassul Yunussov5-Sep-04 20:39
memberRassul Yunussov5-Sep-04 20:39 
Generalit's not interesting to wait 36 seconds... Pin
visionz10-Dec-03 9:14
membervisionz10-Dec-03 9:14 
GeneralRe: it's not interesting to wait 36 seconds... Pin
Mazdak13-Dec-03 11:06
memberMazdak13-Dec-03 11:06 
GeneralGDI+ can't create a bitmap in memory Pin
Sam Klaneski4-Oct-03 6:15
memberSam Klaneski4-Oct-03 6:15 
GeneralRe: GDI+ can't create a bitmap in memory Pin
Yixin Liu31-Dec-03 9:15
memberYixin Liu31-Dec-03 9:15 
GeneralHaving trouble replicating your idea Pin
MHK14-May-03 14:40
memberMHK14-May-03 14:40 
GeneralMemory Leak Pin
marc_cohn23-Feb-03 12:49
membermarc_cohn23-Feb-03 12:49 
GeneralMy image still flickers! Pin
Hidde Wallaart16-Aug-02 6:35
memberHidde Wallaart16-Aug-02 6:35 
GeneralRe: not any more! Pin
Hidde Wallaart20-Aug-02 0:38
memberHidde Wallaart20-Aug-02 0:38 
GeneralHowever, this method will not work for a scroll view that is using GDI+. Pin
xxxyyyzzz6-Feb-03 18:43
memberxxxyyyzzz6-Feb-03 18:43 
GeneralRe: not any more! > can't get it to autorefresh Pin
Anonymous24-Feb-03 10:22
sussAnonymous24-Feb-03 10:22 
GeneralRe: not any more! &gt; can't get it to autorefresh Pin
martybeavis5-Nov-03 13:14
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kowit_x26-Nov-02 11:33
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Swinefeaster27-Nov-02 22:43
memberSwinefeaster27-Nov-02 22:43 gives you doublebuffering automatically Pin
Anonymous13-Feb-02 4:16
memberAnonymous13-Feb-02 4:16 
GeneralRe: .net gives you doublebuffering automatically Pin
Mazdak13-Feb-02 6:05
memberMazdak13-Feb-02 6:05 
GeneralRe: .net gives you doublebuffering automatically Pin
Anonymous31-Jan-04 9:18
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