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Windows 7 Multitouch Application Development (Part – II)

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Windows 7 Multitouch Application Development

In my last post Windows 7 Multitouch Application Development (Part - I), I described how to handle multitouch image manipulation in Windows 7 which gives a very basic idea on the multitouch development. That code used multitouch manipulation for the entire screen. If there are multiple images in the screen, this will raise events for all of them.


In this post, I will show you how to manage multitouch events for all the images separately. See one such image manipulation demo here.

For this, we have to assign a unique touch-id for each finger on the screen. As long as the finger touches the screen, the associated touch-id will remain the same for that particular finger. If the user releases his finger, the system will release the touch-id and that can be again assigned by the system automatically on next touch. So, how can we get the touch-id? You can get it from the StylusEventArgs (i.e., args.StylusDevice.Id). The stylus device will automatically generate this ID for each touch; the only thing is you have to assign it with the respective finger touch.

First of all, we will create a User Control which will consist of a single image and the XAML code for its RenderTransform. This is the same thing we did in the previous post which was inside the Window, but here, it will be inside the User Control (Picture class). Create a DependencyProperty to assign the ImageLocation dynamically.

<UserControl x:Class="Windows7MultitouchDemo.Picture"


    <Image Source="{Binding Path=ImageLocation}" Stretch="Fill" Width="Auto"

           Height="Auto"  RenderTransformOrigin="0.5, 0.5">
                <RotateTransform x:Name="trRotate"/>
                <ScaleTransform x:Name="trScale"/>
                <TranslateTransform x:Name="trTranslate"/>

To track the multi-touch simultaneously for the above “Picture” user control, you can use the PictureTracker class which comes with the Windows 7 Training Kit. You can download it from the Microsoft website. It looks similar to this:

/// <summary>
/// Track a single picture
/// </summary>
public class PictureTracker
   private Point _prevLocation;
   public Picture Picture { get; set; }
   public void ProcessDown(Point location)
       _prevLocation = location;
   public void ProcessMove(Point location)
       Picture.X += location.X - _prevLocation.X;
       Picture.Y += location.Y - _prevLocation.Y;
       _prevLocation = location;
   public void ProcessUp(Point location)
       //Do Nothing, We might have another touch-id that is
       //still down

Now, we have to store all the active touch-ids associated with the PictureTracker class. So, we will use a Dictionary for that. We will use the same PictureTrackerManager class which again comes with the Windows 7 Training Kit.

private readonly Dictionary<int, PictureTracker> _pictureTrackerMap;

Create an instance of the PictureTrackerManager class inside your Window1.xaml.cs and register the stylus events with the PictureTrackerManager events. So now, whenever a touch occurs on the Picture, the PictureTrackerManager will first find the associated touch-id for the respective instance and raise an event to process the same.

//Register for stylus (touch) events
StylusDown += _pictureTrackerManager.ProcessDown;
StylusUp += _pictureTrackerManager.ProcessUp;
StylusMove += _pictureTrackerManager.ProcessMove;



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Kunal Chowdhury is a Microsoft "Windows Platform Development" MVP (Most Valuable Professional), a Codeproject Mentor, Telerik Developer Expert, Nokia Developer Champion, Windows 10 Champion, Microsoft Rockstar, Speaker in various Microsoft events, Author, passionate Blogger and a Software Engineer by profession.

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