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Drawing Lines And Rectangles Using the Mouse

, 17 Mar 2003
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Simple program utilizing the mouse to draw lines and rectangles.

Sample Image - linerect.jpg

Introduction

This is my first program submittal to this site. I wrote this tiny snippet of code to show how to draw simple lines and rectangles in VS.NET using C#. The program is not perfect. The main problem to the procedure is, it doesn't bound the user from drawing beyond the form's boundary. Perhaps when I have time, I'll look into the ability to limit the selection process to the form. One solution would be to check the mouse pointer location on the form and restrict the user from going beyond the form's boundary. If anyone comes up with a better idea, please post your comments or solutions.

There were several submittals to this site regarding drawing selection rectangles and rubberband lines. For those of you who ran across these submittals, you might want to take a look at this tiny program to get some ideas.

The main trick to this program is in the mouse move:

if (((RadioButton)thisform.Controls[0]).Checked) 
{
   ControlPaint.DrawReversibleLine(thisform.PointToScreen(ps), 
                           thisform.PointToScreen(pe), Color.Black);
   pe = new Point(e.X, e.Y);
   ControlPaint.DrawReversibleLine(thisform.PointToScreen(ps), 
                           thisform.PointToScreen(pe), Color.Black);
} 
else 
{
   ControlPaint.DrawReversibleFrame(thisform.RectangleToScreen(SelectRect), 
                           Color.Black, FrameStyle.Dashed);
   SelectRect.Width = e.X - SelectRect.X;
   SelectRect.Height = e.Y - SelectRect.Y;
   ControlPaint.DrawReversibleFrame(thisform.RectangleToScreen(SelectRect), 
                           Color.Black, FrameStyle.Dashed);
}

The DrawReversible procedures toggle the drawing between the specified color and the background color. Also, you will need to attain the screen coordinates in order to begin drawing where the mouse is pointed to on the form.

I hope this program helps beginning control builders to gain some ideas on .NET drawing procedures.

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coolshot26
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A software programmer hobbyist who have been developing for a number of years spanning multiple languages and platforms.

Comments and Discussions

 
GeneralDrawing Lines And Rectangles Using the Mouse in Picture Box [modified] PinmemberMrKyaw15-Jul-12 22:03 
GeneralMy vote of 5 Pinmembertakerman26-Apr-12 10:12 
GeneralMy vote of 5 Pinmembermanoj kumar choubey20-Feb-12 0:04 
Generalwe can correct this example by this code Pinmemberyummysms16-Feb-10 1:12 
QuestionWhere is the source code? PinmemberRDurando5-Nov-08 23:18 
AnswerRe: Where is the source code? PinmemberSickness16-Feb-09 7:11 
GeneralCursor.Clip Pinmembertomzhu102413-Dec-07 22:07 
GeneralMore Explaination! Pinmemberrobert11029-Sep-06 6:00 
GeneralRedrawing lines and rectangle Pinmembermitreviper10-May-04 23:49 
GeneralRe: Redrawing lines and rectangle Pinmember
MadHatter ¢
21-Jan-05 17:53 
Invalidate();
 

1. do drawing in either the Paint event handler or override OnPaint
2. Invalidate() will cause the device to be re-drawn.
 



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GeneralStopping th cursor leaving the form PinmemberRoger Allen19-Mar-03 6:18 
GeneralRe: Stopping th cursor leaving the form PinsussAnonymous5-Jan-04 4:42 
GeneralComments. Pinmember73Zeppelin18-Mar-03 16:14 
GeneralRe: Comments. PinsussBill Lien18-Mar-03 20:58 
GeneralRe: Comments. PinmemberVlad Vissoultchev19-Mar-03 4:37 
GeneralArticle format PinmemberSteve McLenithan18-Mar-03 15:57 

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