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Graphics on the Fly Directly from ASP.NET Server Control without .ASPX page

, 23 Mar 2003
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This is a simple method to display a custom drawn graphic on the fly without referencing an .aspx page.

Sample Image - print.png


This is a simple article to demonstrate rendering a graphic image on the fly from within a server control without using an .aspx page. One caveat, I have not gotten this method to work at design time, only run time.

On an .aspx page, you would normally create a bitmap with GDI+, and then use this syntax to draw it:

Response.ContentType = "image/jpeg";
objBitmap.Save(Response.OutputStream, System.Drawing.Imaging.ImageFormat.Jpeg); 

The only examples I had seen which created graphics on the fly (buttons and charts) all included an .aspx page which they would call from the Render method with a query string. The .aspx page would then render the graphic based on the query string.

Here is a way to render the graphic at runtime without the .aspx page.

using System.Drawing;
using System.Drawing.Imaging;
protected override void Render(HtmlTextWriter output) 
  Bitmap objBitmap = new Bitmap(120,30); 
  Graphics objGraphics = Graphics.FromImage(objBitmap);
  //Fill the background 
  objGraphics.FillRectangle(new SolidBrush(Color.LightBlue),0,0,120,30); 
  //Create blue-yellow bullet point 
  objGraphics.FillEllipse(new SolidBrush(Color.Blue),3,9,10,10); 
  objGraphics.FillEllipse(new SolidBrush(Color.Yellow),4,10,8,8); 
  //Draw text next to bullet point 
  objGraphics.DrawString("Submit", new Font("Tahoma",8), 
                     new SolidBrush(Color.Green), 16,8); 
  Page.Response.ContentType = "image/jpeg"; 
  //Tidy up 

I am not sure of the implications of writing directly to the Page class from within the Render method, but this works at runtime. If anyone knows of a method that works at design time, please let me know.


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Comments and Discussions

GeneralLimited to one image Pinmembermohaaron17-Aug-06 10:50 
QuestionRendering on the fly in UserControl? PinmemberPhoenix 2 You30-Dec-05 11:09 
GeneralI got one wich uses custom image control and no .aspx files PinmemberFaiz VP9-Nov-05 8:53 
GeneralShow images WITHOUT using Response.OutputStream PinsussRangaraya26-Feb-04 14:20 
GeneralDemo Pinmemberarody9-Nov-03 13:44 
GeneralI'm not convinced.... PinmemberPaul B25-Mar-03 3:30 
GeneralRe: I'm not convinced.... PinmemberAndrew S Traub19-May-03 8:10 
GeneralRe: I'm not convinced.... Pinmembergerbenvl28-Dec-03 9:48 
GeneralRe: I'm not convinced.... PinmemberAndrew S Traub29-Dec-03 4:31 
GeneralRe: I'm not convinced.... PinmemberLisaStar11-Apr-05 11:40 
Generalcant get to work Pinmemberlanzerp23-Mar-03 20:39 
GeneralRe: cant get to work PinmemberAndrew S Traub19-May-03 8:09 
GeneralRe: cant get to work PinmemberShaman25-Nov-03 5:01 
GeneralRe: cant get to work Pinmembergerbenvl26-Dec-03 11:56 
GeneralAlternatives and Concerns PineditorHeath Stewart23-Mar-03 18:07 
GeneralHey Andrew PineditorNick Parker22-Mar-03 4:01 
GeneralRe: Hey Andrew PinmemberAndrew S Traub22-Mar-03 10:01 
GeneralRe: Hey Andrew PineditorNick Parker22-Mar-03 11:25 

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