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ImageList Wizard

, 25 Nov 2002
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A wizard application for creating ImageLists

Introduction

Creating ImageLists is a very time consuming activity especially when one isn't using VS.NET. ImageList Maker is a .NET powered wizard that will help developers create ImageList Assemblies.

Creating ImageLists with this wizard is a very easy and straight forward process. The application creates a C# source file and when specified it also creates and compiles an assembly.

System Requirements

  • Microsoft Windows 95+ / NT4+
  • Microsoft .NET SDK (version 1.0 release; not Beta 1, 2, etc)
  • A humoristic attitude.

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Generated Source Code

This code is automatically compiled to an assembly DLL for you if you choose the option in the wizard.

namespace MyNamespace 
{
    using System;
    using System.Resources;
    using System.Drawing;
    using System.Windows.Forms;
    using System.Collections;
    using System.ComponentModel;
    
    public class MyImageList 
    {
        private ArrayList imgNames;
        private ImageList _imageList;
        
        // Get Set property for imagelist
        public ImageList TheImageList 
        {
            get 
            {
                return(_imageList);
            }
            
            set 
            {
                _imageList = value;
            }
        }
        
        // Get property for image names 
        public ArrayList ImageNames 
        {
            get 
            {
                return imgNames;
            }
        }
        
        // Constructor
        public MyImageList() 
        {
            _init();    
        }        
        
        // Retrives image index in this image list 
        // by saved filename
        public int GetIndex(string iname) 
        {
            return imgNames.IndexOf(iname);
        }
        
        // Initializing image list
        private void _init() 
        {
            // Creating a resource manager containing the images
            ResourceManager Rm = new ResourceManager(
                "TSIML_MyImageList", GetType().Assembly);
            
            // General
            _imageList = new ImageList();
            _imageList.ImageSize = new Size(
                (int) Rm.GetObject("IWIDTH"),
                (int) Rm.GetObject("IHEIGHT"));
                 
            _imageList.TransparentColor = 
                (Color) Rm.GetObject("ITRANS");
                
            _imageList.ColorDepth = ColorDepth.Depth32Bit;
            
            // Getting image names;
            imgNames = (ArrayList)Rm.GetObject("INAMES");
            
            // Loadng images in the image list
            foreach(object name in imgNames) 
            {
                _imageList.Images.Add(
                    (Image)Rm.GetObject((string)name));
            }
        }
    }
}

How to use the output

Here is a code example to show you how to use the resulting source code by ImageList Maker

// created on 31-5-2002 at 12:03
namespace TrueSoftware 
{
    using System;
    using System.Windows.Forms;
    using System.Resources;
    using MyNamespace;
    
    public class MyImageList_TestApp : Form 
    {
        public MyImageList_TestApp() 
        {
            // General
            Width = 320;
            Height = 200;
            Text = "MyImageList Test Application " +
                "by TrueSoftware";

            StartPosition = FormStartPosition.CenterScreen;
            
            // Creating and Populating a listview
            MyImageList imgMyImageList = new MyImageList();
            ListView lvTestView = new ListView();
            
            // ********************************************
            // Assigning the imgMyImageList.TheImageList to 
            // the listview's LargeImageList
            lvTestView.LargeImageList = 
                imgMyImageList.TheImageList;
            
            // Populating
            foreach(object name in imgMyImageList.ImageNames) 
            {
                lvTestView.Items.Add(
                    (string) name,
                    imgMyImageList.GetIndex((string)name));
            }
            
            // Setting some properties
            lvTestView.Dock = DockStyle.Fill;
            
            // Adding listview to the main form
            Controls.Add(lvTestView);
        }
        
        public static void Main(string[] args) {
            Application.Run(new MyImageList_TestApp() );
        }
    }
}

Updates

22 Nov2002
  • Updated downloads.
09 Aug 2002
  • Beta source code added to Imlmaker.zip
  • Final source code with documentation in progress
01 June 2002
  • Long directory names bug has been solved.

License

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About the Author

Gevik Babakhani
Web Developer
Netherlands Netherlands
Gevik Babakhani is a software architect currently residing in The Netherlands. He started programming as hobby from the age of 12. His professional career began in 1997. Since then he works fulltime as a software architect. Currently he dedicates time and effort in Microsoft.NET.
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Comments and Discussions

 
QuestionSource code? PinadminChris Maunder6-Aug-02 2:34 
Generalresulting source code PinmemberThomas Freudenberg31-May-02 6:55 

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