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Implementing Annotations

Annotations are based on vectored drawing functions and are associated with bitmaps as an overlay of the displayed image. LEADTOOLS supports a number of annotation types, including lines, rectangles, audio clips, hotspots, redact objects, polygons, and containers. A container is a specialized annotation object that lets you position and group other annotation objects, including other container objects. For a full list of available annotation types, refer to Types of Annotations.

LEADTOOLS maintains annotations separately from bitmaps. Your application code is responsible for maintaining the relationships between images and annotations. For example, the annotation example that ships with LEADTOOLS, creates an annotation file that has the same name as its associated image file, but with a different extension. When the image file is loaded, the program looks for an associated annotation file and loads it as well.

The functions supported by LEADTOOLS let you create automated annotations or non-automated annotations, depending on your applications requirements.

Annotations C++ Class Hierarchy Chart

The following figure displays the Annotations class hierarchy chart:

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Automated Annotations

Automated annotations require an automation object to be associated with the top-level container, also known as the root container. This automation object lets you maintain default properties for all objects in the root container. For example, you can use it to set the default font and the default line width. Keep in mind, however, that scaling factors affect the appearance of these default measurements. The values are set based on the scaling factors that are in effect at the time you create the object. Features associated with automated annotations are:

You can implement the automation using only a few supporting functions.

First, use the following function to create the root container:

LAnnContainer::Create

Then, use the following functions to create and maintain an automation object:

LAnnAutomation::Create

LAnnAutomation::SetAutoContainer

LAnnAutomation::GetAutoContainer

LAnnAutomation::SetTool

LAnnAutomation::GetTool

LAnnAutomation::SetDpiX

LAnnAutomation::SetDpiY

LAnnAutomation::GetDpiX

LAnnAutomation::GetDpiY

LAnnAutomation::SetAutoHilightPen

LAnnAutomation::GetAutoHilightPen

LAnnAutomation::GetAutoCursor

LAnnContainer::Insert

LAnnotation::SetAutoDefaults

LAnnotation::GetRect

LAnnotation::SetRect

LAnnAutomation::GetShowFlags

LAnnAutomation::SetShowFlags

LAnnotation::GetAutoBackColor

LAnnotation::SetAutoBackColor

LAnnotation::GetOptions

LAnnotation::SetOptions

LAnnotation::SetTextOptions

LAnnotation::GetTextOptions

LAnnotation::GetFillMode

LAnnotation::SetFillMode

The following functions provide selection capabilities:

LAnnotation::IsSelected

LAnnotation::Remove

LAnnContainer::SelectPoint

LAnnContainer::SelectRect

LAnnContainer::GetSelectRect

LAnnotation::GetContainer

LAnnotation::GetTopContainer

LAnnotation::CutToClipboard

LAnnotation::GetType

LAnnotation::ShowLockedIcon

LAnnotation::SetSelected

LAnnContainer::Insert

Use the LAnnotation::CreateAnnObject function to create an annotation class object of the specified type. You can use this static function to get a proper annotation class object that is compatible and of the same type as the passed annotation handle.

You can modify and enhance the automated features using other annotation functions and the WM_LTANNEVENT message.

Note:

In automation mode, the undo feature can cause the values of object handles to change. Therefore, if your application needs to identify the object that is activated or deactivated, you should use the tag property. The LAnnotation::SetTag function sets the tag, and LAnnotation::GetTag gets the current tag.

Note:

The annotation example program that ships with LEADTOOLS is implemented using high-level automated features. For more information about the annotation demo, and to see an example of the automated user interface, refer to Automated User Interface for Annotations.

Non-automated Annotations

Non-automated annotations allow you to customize the creation of and interaction with annotations to suit your own needs. Any LEADTOOLS annotation function, except those requiring an automation object, can be used when working with non-automated annotations. When programming non-automated annotations, it is important to remember:

For a list of functions pertaining to various aspects of implementing annotations, refer to:

Annotation Functions: Implementing Automation.

Annotation Functions: Working with the Toolbar.

Annotation Functions: Input and Output

Annotation Functions: Creation, Deletion and Copying

Annotation Functions: Global Properties

Annotation Functions: Size, Position and Shape

Annotation Functions: Object Properties

Annotation Functions: Display and Printing

Annotation Functions: Realizing to a Bitmap

For more information on annotations, refer to:

Automated User Interface for Annotations.

Types of Annotations.

Low-Level Coordinate System for Annotations.

Implementing Annotation Security

Implementing Annotation Hyperlinks

Annotation Objects - Default Values

Annotation Objects - Automated Features

Grouping and Ungrouping Annotation Objects

Key Annotation Features

Calibrating Annotation Ruler Objects

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