RasterCodecs Async Operations

LEADTOOLS support loading and saving images using asynchronous operations with .NET async and await functionality. This support is included in the .NET Standard toolkit and is added through extensions methods in the .NET Framework toolkit using the Leadtools.Async.dll assembly.

The RasterCodecs class contains the following asynchronous methods for dealing with images:

Method Description
Task<CodecsImageInfo> RasterCodecs.GetInformationAsync(ILeadStream stream, bool totalPages,) Asynchronously gets the image information from a stream containing image data.
Task<CodecsImageInfo> RasterCodecs.GetInformationAsync(ILeadStream stream, bool totalPages, int pageNumber) Asynchronously gets the image information about a specific page from a stream containing image data.
Task<RasterImage> RasterCodecs.Load(ILeadStream stream) Asynchronously loads the specified image stream using default options.
Task<RasterImage> RasterCodecs.Load(ILeadStream stream, int pageNumber) Asynchronously loads the specified page from an image stream using default options.
Task<RasterImage> RasterCodecs.Load(ILeadStream stream, int pageNumber, int bitsPerPixel, CodecsLoadByteOrder order, int firstPage, int lastPage) Asynchronously loads the specified image stream using specific options.
Task RasterCodecs.Save(RasterImage image, ILeadStream stream, RasterImageFormat format, int bitsPerPixel) Asynchronously saves one or more pages of a RasterImage to a LEAD stream in any of the supported compressed or uncompressed formats.
Task RasterCodecs.Save(RasterImage image, ILeadStream stream, RasterImageFormat format, int bitsPerPixel, int firstPage, int lastPage, int firstSavePageNumber, CodecsSavePageMode pageMode) Asynchronously saves a RasterImage to a LEAD stream in any of the supported compressed or uncompressed formats.
Task<bool> RasterCodecs.CanLoadSvgAsync(ILeadStream stream) Asynchronously determines whether the specified image, document or vector data can be loaded as SVG.
Task<bool> RasterCodecs.IsSvgAsync(ILeadStream stream) Asynchronously determines quickly whether the URL contains an SVG image.
Task<ISvgDocument> RasterCodecs.LoadSvgAsync(ILeadStream stream, int pageNumber, CodecsLoadSvgOptions options) Asynchronously loads a page from a stream containing an image, document or vector file as SVG

All of these methods accepts as the first parameter an object of type ILeadStream that determine the input stream (in load or getting information) or output stream (in save) to use. The methods also return a .NET Task object with result and can be used with the async keyword.

ILeadStream is an interface that has the following implementation in LEADTOOLS:

Class Description
LeadStream ILeadStream support for any .NET System.IO.Stream
LeadFileStream ILeadStream support for a physical file disk.
HttpClientLeadStream ILeadStream support for a remote URL

The main implementation is the LeadStream class that wraps a .NET System.IO.Stream. LeadStream also contains the Factory class member that can be used to quickly create ILeadStream objects form various input or output sources.

LeadStream.Factory.FromStream: Wraps a .NET System.IO.Stream. If the input/output image data is in a .NET stream, then simply create a new ILeadStream using the following:

C#
System.IO.Stream stream = ... 
ILeadStream leadStream = LeadStream.Factory.FromStream(stream); 

For example, the following code snippet will load an image from a .NET memory stream:

C#
public static async Task Example() 
{ 
   // Load a file into a memory stream 
   string fileName = @"C:\users\public\documents\LEADTOOLS Images\ocr1.tif"; 
   using (Stream stream  = new MemoryStream(File.ReadAllBytes(fileName))) 
   { 
      // Create an ILeadStream from the .NET stream 
      using (ILeadStream leadStream = LeadStream.Factory.FromStream(stream)) 
      { 
         // Load an image asynchronously 
         using (var rasterCodecs = new RasterCodecs()) 
         { 
            using (RasterImage image = await rasterCodecs.LoadAsync(leadStream)) 
            { 
               // Use the image 
               Console.WriteLine($"Image loaded, size is {image.Width} by {image.Height} pixels"); 
            } 
         } 
      } 
   } 
} 

The FromStream method accepts the autoDisposeStream boolean parameter that is false by default. This parameter determines the ownership of the underlying stream and will be set into the ILeadStream.DisposeStream property. For example, the above code can be modified as follows to transfer the ownership of the memory stream to ILeadStream and thus will be disposed when the leadStream object is disposed:

C#
// Removing the using from here 
Stream stream = new MemoryStream(File.ReadAllBytes(fileName)); 
// Create an ILeadStream from the .NET stream 
// Pass true to transfer the ownership to ILeadStream: 
using (ILeadStream leadStream = LeadStream.Factory.FromStream(stream, true)) 
{ 
   // Should be true: 
   System.Diagnostics.Debug.Assert(leadStream.DisposeStream); 
   // Load an image asynchronously 
   using (var rasterCodecs = new RasterCodecs()) 
   { 
      using (RasterImage image = await rasterCodecs.LoadAsync(leadStream)) 
      { 
         // Use the image 
         Console.WriteLine($"Image loaded, size is {image.Width} by {image.Height} pixels"); 
      } 
   } 
 
   // The next statement Disposes ILeadStream and since DisposeStream property is true, will also 
   // 'stream' will also be disposed 
} 

FromStream supports seekable and non-seekable streams. If the stream is non-seekable, it will internally use the RasterCodecs feed load mechanism to perform the action. Refer to RasterCodecs.StartFeedLoad for more information. Example using non-seekable stream (in this instance, a stream to a resource in a remote URL):

C#
using (var httpClient = new HttpClient()) 
{ 
   var url = "https://demo.leadtools.com/images/tiff/ocr1.tif"; 
   using (var stream = await httpClient.GetStreamAsync(url)) 
   { 
      // Create an ILeadStream from the .NET stream 
      using (ILeadStream leadStream = LeadStream.Factory.FromStream(stream)) 
      { 
         // Load an image asynchronously 
         using (var rasterCodecs = new RasterCodecs()) 
         { 
            using (RasterImage image = await rasterCodecs.LoadAsync(leadStream)) 
            { 
               // Use the image 
               Console.WriteLine($"Image loaded, size is {image.Width} by {image.Height} pixels"); 
            } 
         } 
      } 
   } 
} 

The HttpClientLeadStream implementation of ILeadStream is designed to perform exactly as the above and LeadStream.Factory contains the LeadStream.Factory.FromUri helper method for creating ILeadStream objects from a .NET Uri object. For example, the code above can be simplified as follows:

C#
var url = "https://demo.leadtools.com/images/tiff/ocr1.tif"; 
// Create an ILeadStream from a URI 
using (ILeadStream leadStream = await LeadStream.Factory.FromUri(new Uri(url))) 
{ 
   // Load an image asynchronously 
   using (var rasterCodecs = new RasterCodecs()) 
   { 
      using (RasterImage image = await rasterCodecs.LoadAsync(leadStream)) 
      { 
         // Use the image 
         Console.WriteLine($"Image loaded, size is {image.Width} by {image.Height} pixels"); 
      } 
   } 
} 

The HttpClient property of HttpClientLeadStream can be used to customize the options used when using the .NET HttpClient object.

The LeadFileStream implementation of ILeadStream is designed to work with a physical file on disk. An object can be created with the desired access and share modes or by using the LeadStream.Factory.OpenFile and LeadStream.Factory.CreateFile helper methods as follows:

C#
string inputFileName = @"C:\users\public\documents\LEADTOOLS Images\ocr1.tif"; 
string outputFileName = @"C:\users\public\documents\LEADTOOLS Images\ocr1-saved.png"; 
 
RasterImage image; 
 
using (var rasterCodecs = new RasterCodecs()) 
{ 
   // Create an ILeadStream from an input file 
   using (ILeadStream leadStream = LeadStream.Factory.OpenFile(inputFileName)) 
   { 
      // Load the image asynchronously 
      image = await rasterCodecs.LoadAsync(leadStream); 
   } 
 
   // Create an ILeadStream for the output file 
   // Create an ILeadStream from an input file 
   using (ILeadStream leadStream = LeadStream.Factory.CreateFile(outputFileName)) 
   { 
      // Save the image asynchronously 
      await rasterCodecs.SaveAsync(image, leadStream, RasterImageFormat.Png, 0); 
   } 
} 

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