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I wrote a program, that shows my images and their data (date, camera model, ISO, ...). If there is a GPS tag it also show's the map, where the picture was taken.

The problem:

The picture show's up after all data has been loaded, including the map.

But I want to get the picture as soon as possible and the data can show's up later.
I tried to solve the problem with backgroundWorker, but it doesn' work.

Here is the code for loading the picture:
pictureBox1.ImageLocation = photosPath + "\\" + listView1.Items[CurPic-1].Text;
this.Refresh();        //I also tried to refresh the form, picture box, ...
lblName.Text = listView1.Items[CurPic - 1].Text; //the name of the current pic
lblGPS.Text = "/";          //In case, there is no GPS tag - write /

The background worker calls two methods:

private void loadData_DoWork(object sender, DoWorkEventArgs e)
            show_info(pictureBox1.ImageLocation);   //loading data
            showlocation(getlocation(pictureBox1.ImageLocation));   //getting location and showing map

This code works, just the same as without background worker. Is there any other way to solve this. Please help.
Posted 24-Dec-12 6:23am

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Solution 1

Try this (warning: will block the UI!):
pictureBox1.WaitOnLoad = true;
pictureBox1.Load ("...");
Rddezh 24-Dec-12 13:00pm
It still takes a few moments to load but it is much better. Thank you, very much!
Ravi Bhavnani 24-Dec-12 13:11pm
You may want to consider having a background thread load images (into Image objects), then set the loaded Image into the PictureBox. This has 2 advantages: (1) your UI will not be locked and (2) the image file will not be locked by the .NET PictureBox. See this method:

/// <summary>

/// Loads an image from a file without locking the file.


/// <param name="filename">The filename.</param>

/// <returns>The image.

public static Image ImageFromFile (string filename)


using (FileStream stream = new FileStream (filename, FileMode.Open, FileAccess.Read)) {

return Image.FromStream (stream); }


PS: Please rate my answer if you find it useful. Thanks.
Rddezh 24-Dec-12 13:17pm
Right now, I'm making a class Photo. In this class I have all data about image and the image itself.

Then I will create an array of this class. It will hold 3 images - current one, the next one and the previous one. After moving to another picture I will be able to load the image directly from the class and load the next one in the background.

So thanks for all help.
Ravi Bhavnani 24-Dec-12 13:22pm
Cool! I've been building something similar (a basic photo cataloger). Will post an article on CP one of these days.


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