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Drawing trackers, moving and resizing the objects using double buffering.

, 5 Jun 2003
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Drawing, Positioning and resizing the Boxes with double buffering


In VC++ we have a class CRectTracker which helps drawing the trackers and also there is function a DrawFocusRect() with which tracker behavior can be achieved. In C# I did not find any kind of such functionality (if there is then I am unaware at the moment.). So I decided to make program which draw box with tracker and allows manipulation with the box with the help of trackers.

Key features

  • Drawing trackers
  • Moving the boxes having trackers attached to it.
  • Resizing the box with the help of trackers.
  • Selection is made in Z Order.

I tried to avoid Form’s Invalidate() function as it generates flickering effects and drawing is not smooth. I designed the program in a way to maximize the usage of double buffering to avoid flickering effect.

Using the code

Class CRectTracker

Methods Functionality
DrawSelectionGhostRect() Draws the given ghost rectangle on the specified bitmap
InitTrackerRects() Initializes the eight rectangle of the tracker.
DrawSelectionTrackers() Draws the already initialized tracker rectangles
CursorCheck() Checks the position of the cursor and changes the form cursor with appropriate cursor and returns the border of the rectangle for the resizing purpose.

In the main program there are three modes of the program. First is the “None mode” which indicates that user is not drawing, second mode is the “Drawing mode” and it is invoked when user selects the Box icon from the toolbar and third is the “selection mode” it is invoked when user selects a box for changing the positioning or size.  

There is main bitmap which holds the current drawing. Whenever a change is required like drawing rubber band selection or drawing tracker a copy of the main bitmap is made and saved in TrackerImage bitmap and all the changes are made in it and in the end it is assigned to the main bitmap. Even when repaint is required then RePaintForm() function is called instead of calling paint() function of the form to avoid the flickering effect.


A simple program that demonstrates double buffering & tracker drawing is included. OnPaint() generates flickering effects so it is recommended to draw first on the bitmap and then on the form.


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Comments and Discussions

QuestionI can't open the demo code. Better code idea? PinmemberMember 33908644-Jul-09 6:18 
GeneralMy vote of 1 PinmemberMrtnk25-Jun-09 0:26 
GeneralRe: My vote of 1 PinprofessionalEd Gadziemski8-Mar-14 11:08 
Generaldraw a rectangle on image PinmemberBabita Shivade29-Apr-09 1:14 
Questionhow to add a tracker for a bit map Pinmembersandun neelanga30-Oct-07 23:09 
AnswerRe: how to add a tracker for a bit map Pinmember00thilani2-Jan-08 6:41 
Generalsource code PinmemberRaja Sekhar Bandaru25-Apr-07 14:31 
GeneralRe: source code Pinmemberkhurram7t825-Apr-07 21:27 
Questionhow to delete a selected object? Pinmemberyuxuant31-Oct-05 19:28 
AnswerRe: how to delete a selected object? Pinmemberkhurram7t85-Nov-05 6:31 
Generalthanks! I have a question Pinsussxu xiaodong7-Jun-04 3:24 
GeneralRe: thanks! I have a question Pinmemberkhurram7t88-Jun-04 18:49 
GeneralExcellent Pinsusscql6021-Nov-03 9:06 
GeneralRe: Excellent PinmemberNickle18-Jan-04 10:19 
GeneralThanks PinmemberXboss30-Sep-03 20:22 
GeneralDrawing a Tracker PinmemberJay Giganti12-Sep-03 5:23 
Generalthanks Pinmemberbirol.bellikan@kibarholding.com27-Jun-03 1:22 
GeneralThanks! PinmemberJoost Huizinga11-Jun-03 3:31 
Generalmultiple selection & group move PinmemberDan Colasanti6-Jun-03 8:05 
Generalcorner resizers & Z-order selection problems PinmemberDan Colasanti6-Jun-03 7:58 
GeneralRe: corner resizers & Z-order selection problems Pinmemberkhurram_manglian@yahoo.com6-Jun-03 16:48 
GeneralRe: corner resizers & Z-order selection problems PinmemberNickle18-Jan-04 10:18 
QuestionAny chance doing this in C++? PinmemberWREY6-Jun-03 2:28 
AnswerRe: Any chance doing this in C++? PinmemberSledgeHammer6-Jun-03 5:18 

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