Key Annotation Features

LEADTOOLS continually updates annotation features. Some of these features alter the way annotations are displayed. Other features change or enhance the user interface. To maintain backward compatibility within version 14, most of these featureswere disabled by default, and had to be enabled by calling the LAnnotation::SetOptions function. In LEADTOOLS version 15, these options will be enabled by default.

The following features are being introduced:

The following paragraphs describe each feature in more detail.

Rubber Stamp Display Style

In previous versions of LEADTOOLS, you could draw any of 26 predefined rubber stamp annotations. While any of these metafiles can be changed, users have asked for more contemporary-looking defaults. LEADTOOLS has responded and developed new default images. The following figure displays a sample of the original style and the new style:

image\draft.gif

The new rubber stamp style can be enabled using the following code snippet:

L_VOID ExampleEnableOption(LAnnAutomation& annAutomation) 
{ 
   L_UINT nRet, uOptions = 0; 
   nRet = annAutomation.GetOptions( &uOptions); 
   nRet = annAutomation.SetOptions( uOptions | OPTIONS_NEW_STAMP_METAFILES); 
} 

XP Style Annotation Toolbar

The annotation toolbar has been updated to have a Windows-XP look and feel. As with previous versions of LEADTOOLS, the annotation toolbar can be customized with your own images.

This figure displays a sample of the original style and the new style.

For more information on toolbars, see the documentation for ANNBUTTON and the functions LAnnToolBar::FreeToolBarButtons, LAnnToolBar::GetToolBarButtons, LAnnToolBar::SetToolBarButtons

The new XP-style annotation toolbar can be enabled using the following code snippet:

L_VOID ExampleEnableOption(LAnnAutomation& annAutomation) 
{ 
   L_UINT nRet, uOptions = 0; 
   nRet = annAutomation.GetOptions( &uOptions); 
   nRet = annAutomation.SetOptions( uOptions | OPTIONS_NEW_TOOLBAR); 
} 
Alpha Background Fill Option: 
An alpha option that allows you to specify an alpha value from 0 (completely transparent background) to 255 (completely opaque background) inclusive. 
The new alpha background fill option can be enabled using the following code snippet: 
L_VOID ExampleEnableOption(LAnnAutomation& annAutomation) 
{ 
   L_UINT nRet, uOptions = 0; 
   nRet = annAutomation.GetOptions( &uOptions); 
   nRet = annAutomation.SetOptions( uOptions | OPTIONS_NEW_ALPHA); 
} 
When enabled, you can right-click an annotation object to display the Fill dialog with the new alpha option. Here you can enter an alpha value from 0 255 inclusive. The following figure displays the Fill dialog for the Stamp object: 
The following figure displays rectangle annotation objects using different alpha values: 
For more information, see the documentation for LAnnotation::GetFillMode and LAnnotation::SetFillMode. 
Annotation Rotate Option 
In previous versions of LEADTOOLS, annotation objects could be rotated by holding the <SHIFT> key while dragging a handle. With the new rotate options, two rotate handles are displayed on a selected object. One of the handles is the "gripper" handle, which rotates the object when dragged. The other handle is the "center" handle, which determines the center of rotation. The center of rotation can be moved by dragging. The gripper handle can be moved anywhere by dragging. 
The following figure illustrates a rotate by dragging the "gripper" handle: 
The following figure illustrates moving the "center" handle: 
The rotate handles can be reset to a default location by right-clicking the annotation object, and selecting the Reset Rotate Handles option, as shown in the following figure: 
The rotate handles can be globally hidden or displayed by right-clicking on the image (not an annotation object), and selecting the Hide Rotate Handles For All Objects option, as shown in the following figure: 
The new annotation rotate object can be enabled using the following code snippet: 
L_VOID ExampleEnableOption(LAnnAutomation& annAutomation) 
{ 
   L_UINT nRet, uOptions = 0; 
   nRet = annAutomation.GetOptions( &uOptions); 
   nRet = annAutomation.SetOptions( uOptions | OPTIONS_NEW_ROTATE); 
} 

Annotation Side Handles

In previous versions of LEADTOOLS, rectangular annotation objects were displayed with four handles to manipulate the object. With this new feature, rectangular objects are displayed with four additional side handles. Dragging the side handles resizes the annotation object only in one dimension. Dragging the corner handles resizes the object in two dimensions, preserving the aspect ratio.

The new annotation side handles can be enabled using the following code snippet:

L_VOID ExampleEnableOption(LAnnAutomation& annAutomation) 
{ 
   L_UINT nRet, uOptions = 0; 
   nRet = annAutomation.GetOptions( &uOptions); 
   nRet = annAutomation.SetOptions( uOptions | OPTIONS_NEW_ SIDE_HANDLES); 
} 

The following figure displays a sample of the original style and the new style:

Annotation Multi-select

In previous versions of LEADTOOLS, you could select multiple objects and manipulate the objects by dragging any handle of any object. When moving a handle, the results were often not intuitive. With the new multi-select option, all selected objects are outlined with a multi-select border. The multi-select border has eight resize handles, and two rotate handles. Now, moving, resizing, and rotating multiply select objects is clear and easy to do.

The new annotation multi-select feature can be enabled using the following code snippet:

L_VOID ExampleEnableOption(LAnnAutomation& annAutomation) 
{ 
   L_UINT nRet, uOptions = 0; 
   nRet = annAutomation.GetOptions( &uOptions); 
   nRet = annAutomation.SetOptions( uOptions | OPTIONS_NEW_ MULTI_SELECT); 
} 

The following figure displays a sample of the original style and the new style:

Annotation Cursors

This new feature displays different cursors for many tasks in automated annotation mode. This feature displays unique annotation cursors in the following situations:

All annotation cursors can be changed to your own custom cursors by calling the LAnnAutomation::SetAutoCursor and LAnnAutomation::GetAutoCursor functions.

The new annotation cursors can be enabled using the following code snippet:

L_VOID ExampleEnableOption(LAnnAutomation& annAutomation) 
{ 
   L_UINT nRet, uOptions = 0; 
   nRet = annAutomation.GetOptions( &uOptions); 
   nRet = annAutomation.SetOptions( uOptions | OPTIONS_NEW_ CURSORS); 
} 

The following figure displays some of the new cursors:

ESC to Cancel

In previous versions of LEADTOOLS, the ESC key was not set to cancel actions in annotation automation mode. With this new feature, a user can press the ESC key to cancel many actions in annotation automation mode. For example, when drawing an annotation, pressing ESC will cancel the annotation completely. When rotating, resizing, or moving an annotation, pressing ESC will cancel the action leaving the annotation unchanged.

The new ESC to Cancel feature can be enabled using the following code snippet:

L_VOID ExampleEnableOption(LAnnAutomation& annAutomation) 
{ 
   L_UINT nRet, uOptions = 0; 
   nRet = annAutomation.GetOptions( &uOptions); 
   nRet = annAutomation.SetOptions( uOptions | OPTIONS_NEW_ ESC_CANCEL); 
} 

Calibrate Ruler Feature

With this feature, a user can automatically calibrate a ruler to the desired size. This is useful when a user wants to interactively measure something in an image. Note that there are four annotations objects used for measuring:

LAnnRuler

LAnnPolyRuler

LAnnCrossProduct

LAnnProtractor

Any of these objects can be calibrated. To calibrate a ruler:

1.

Load desired image

2.

Draw an LAnnRuler object and size to desired size. In this example, we will calibrate the diagonal to be 2 feet. The following figure displays an uncalibrated ruler:

3.

Right-click the LAnnRuler object and select Ruler Properties, and then Ruler, as shown in the following figure:

 

The following figure appears:

image\RulerDialog.gif

4.

Click the Calibrate button to open the Calibrate Ruler dialog. The following figure displays:

image\calibraterulerdialog.gif

 

In the Calibrate dialog, set the Ruler Length to 2 and the Ruler Measurement to feet. Select the Apply to Newly Created Rulers check box. Click the OK button to close the Calibrate dialog. Click the OK button to save your selections and close the Ruler Properties dialog.

5.

Draw a new ruler to measure any part of the image, as shown in the following figure:

The new calibrate ruler feature can be enabled using the following code snippet:

L_VOID ExampleEnableOption(LAnnAutomation& annAutomation) 
{ 
   L_UINT nRet, uOptions = 0; 
   nRet = annAutomation.GetOptions( &uOptions); 
   nRet = annAutomation.SetOptions( uOptions | OPTIONS_NEW_ CALIBRATE_RULER); 
} 

For more information on calibrating rulers, see the documentation for LAnnotation::CalibrateRuler, and the topic Calibrating Annotation Ruler Objects.

Dot Dash Lines

Annotation objects can be drawn with thick lines of any style. The following example illustrates this:

image\dotdash.gif

This feature can be enabled using the following code snippet.

L_VOID ExampleEnableOption(LAnnAutomation& annAutomation) 
{ 
   L_UINT nRet, uOptions = 0; 
   nRet = annAutomation.GetOptions( &uOptions); 
   nRet = annAutomation.SetOptions( uOptions | OPTIONS_NEW_ DOT_DASH_LINES); 
} 

XML Format

Annotations could be saved in one of two non-XML formats:

They can also be saved to a text-based format for annotations ANNFMT_XML. This format follows the XML (Extensible Markup Language) standards.

There are many advantages of using the ANNFMT_XML format:

This option does not need to be enabled using LAnnotation::SetOptions. To use this feature, simply pass the flag ANNFMT_XML to the annotation save functions. For more information, see the documentation for LAnnContainer::Save, LAnnContainer::SaveOffset, LAnnContainer::SaveMemory, LAnnContainer::Load, LAnnContainer::LoadOffset, LAnnContainer::LoadMemory.

Text Annotation Options

For the following text based annotations, you can now change the text color so that it is different from the border color. Also, you can optionally show or hide the text.

For the following text based annotations, you can now optionally show or hide the border.

These properties can also be set for the following annotation objects for purposes of recursion:

To see these new features:

1.

Draw an LAnnText object

2.

Right-click the object

3.

Select Text Properties and then Text

4.

In the Text dialog, select the Show Border check box

5.

Click the Text Color button to change the color to blue. This figure displays the Text dialog.

6.

The following figure displays the original text object before and after changing the text color to blue:

image\textcolor.gif

This feature can be enabled using the following code snippet.

L_VOID ExampleEnableOption(LAnnAutomation& annAutomation) 
{ 
   L_UINT nRet, uOptions = 0; 
   nRet = annAutomation.GetOptions( &uOptions); 
   nRet = annAutomation.SetOptions( uOptions | OPTIONS_NEW_ TEXT_OPTIONS); 
} 
For more information, see the documentation for the LAnnotation::SetTextOptions, and LAnnotation::GetTextOptions functions. 

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