LEADTOOLS Getting Started

LEAD Technologies, Inc. supports your programming endeavors with thousands of function examples, tutorials, and demo programs. These showcase LEADTOOLS core features and demonstrate some of the simple, yet powerful applications that can be produced with LEADTOOLS. LEAD provides the following:

Demo Programs

Demo Executables

These pre-compiled demo executables allow you to quickly to try toolkit functionality without needing to open a project or write code. Demo executables are found in the appropriate platform subdirectory of the installation path \BIN folder (i.e., c:\leadtools\Bin\DotNet).

Demo Project Source Code

LEADTOOLS toolkits include the complete demo project source code for hundreds of LEADTOOLS features, including those shown in demo executables. This enables you to review, change, and copy demonstrated program functionality. Demo project source code is found on the installation path in the appropriate platform subdirectory of the \EXAMPLES folder (i.e., c:\leadtools\Examples\DotNet). Source code for the demos is provided in the LEADTOOLS installation.

Hosted and Online Demos

Hosted and online demos showing LEADTOOLS functionality are published to our website. Source code for the demos is provided in the LEADTOOLS installation.

Demo Tutorials

Tutorial programs are straightforward, stepwise models that show useful solutions to real world problems. You can use these as a starting point, cut and paste code, or simply review them for highlights on how to write code use specific feature. Tutorial (model) programs are found in the relevant help file, listed in the table of contents (left panel of the documentation) under "Tutorials."

For example, the "Loading and Displaying an Image" tutorial for .NET is documented in here.

Video Trainers

Getting Started video tutorials with full audio voice-over that walk through key coding tasks are hosted on the LEADTOOLS YouTube video channel.

Developer Support Forum

The LEADTOOLS Developer Support Forum is clearly organized and support-moderated so that all queries include solutions. The forum provides code tips, solution samples, FAQs, and troubleshooting advice.


The LEADTOOLS Blog provides news, how tos, sample projects, and other valuable information organized by date, author, categories, and tags.

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