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BitMap Contour To Windows Region

, 16 Sep 2005
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An article on how to generate an outline of a bitmap. Used when designing user shaped dialogs.

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The CBitmapHandling class was designed to calculate the contour points in a bitmap. It looks at the bitmap and finds pixel points different from white, it then places these start and stop pixel points in a Vertex of CPoint class. When it has found the outline of the bitmap, it then generates a Windows region. If you use this region in your OnInitDialog and then set the window region using SetWindowRgn(m_WinRgn, TRUE ), your window will then be shaped like the outline.

Using the code

The code consists of a header file and a CPP file.

#include "BitMapHandling.h"
using namespace HandlingBitmaps;

BOOL CMyShapedWindowDlg::OnInitDialog()
 VERIFY( SetWindowPos( NULL, 0, 0, m_nW, 
         m_nH, SWP_NOMOVE | SWP_NOOWNERZORDER ) ); // size and pos. of window
         // cut of areas of region, which you do not really need. 
         // fx. maybe you have bitmap buttons drawn under your bitmap window.
 CBitmapHandling bh;
 bh.BitMapContourToWinRgn(&m_WinRgn, IDB_BITMAP);
 VERIFY( SetWindowRgn(m_WinRgn , TRUE ) );

 return TRUE; // return TRUE unless you set the focus to a control


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GeneralDemo Project Pin
gancev18-Apr-07 4:14
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GeneralBitmap Pin
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Generalembedded systems Pin
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GeneralBetter solution Pin
serup31-Aug-05 3:15
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GeneralRe: Better solution Pin
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GeneralSome Bugs Pin
nebbi27-Jan-04 22:47
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GeneralRe: Some Bugs Pin
serup28-Jan-04 21:32
memberserup28-Jan-04 21:32 
Thank you very much for your time.
It seems that what I from the beginning thought was just a matter of making, is actually not so easy, well ! I still think that the concept of this solution is holding. I think that perhaps it could be possible to cover all the figure configurations, if this example was build for recursive calling, meaning it could solve easy parts first, then save some intermediate info and then call itself to carry on, however this was a pet project and unfortunately I do not have time at present to pursue this, interesting, solution, perhaps you have ? Anyway, I enjoyed thinking about the problem once again.

- JohnnySmile | :)

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