Saves an array of annotation containers to the specified file.


#include "l_bitmap.h"

L_LTANN_API L_INT L_AnnSaveMulti(pFile, phObjects, nCount, uFormat, fSelected, pSaveOptions)


L_TCHAR * pFile

Character string that contains the name of the file to save.


Pointer to an array of handles to annotation container objects. Each annotation container object can include multiple annotation objects.

L_INT nCount

The number of objects in the phObjects array.

L_UINT uFormat

Format for saving annotation data. Possible values are:

Value Meaning
ANNFMT_XML [0x0005] Save as an XML text format. This is the only format supported for this call. All other values return ERROR_FEATURE_NOT_SUPPORTED.

L_BOOL fSelected

Flag that indicates which objects to saved. Possible values are:

Value Meaning
TRUE Save all objects that have the selected property set to TRUE. For getting and setting the selected property, use the L_AnnGetSelected and L_AnnSetSelected functions.
FALSE Save only the specified object.


Pointer to a SAVEFILEOPTION structure that contains optional extended save options. Pass NULL because this parameter is currently ignored.


Value Meaning
SUCCESS The function was successful.
< 1 An error occurred. Refer to Return Codes.


This function saves an entire array of annotation container objects with each page of the multipage annotation file corresponding to one of the annotation containers. If pFile already exists, it will be overwritten. If phObjects contains many annotation containers, then this function will create the multipage annotation file much faster than repeated calls to L_AnnSave. Note that this function only supports the ANNFMT_XML format. Passing any other format for uFormat will return an ERROR_FEATURE_NOT_SUPPORTED error.

Required DLLs and Libraries


Win32, x64.

See Also




This example creates an annotation container with two objects, saves ten copies of the container in a multipage annotation file, and then reloads the ten containers from the file.

#define MAX_ANN_CONTAINERS (10) 
extern "C" L_VOID AnnSaveMultiExample(L_HWND hwnd, L_TCHAR *pszFileMultiOut) 
   HANNOBJECT hContainer = NULL; 
   HANNOBJECT hEllipse = NULL; 
   ANNRECT rc = {0,0, 600,600}; 
   L_AnnCreateContainer(hwnd, &rc, L_TRUE, &hContainer); 
   // Create a rectangle object 
   ANNRECT rcRect = {20,20,120,120}; 
   L_AnnCreate(ANNOBJECT_RECT, &hRect); 
   L_AnnSetForeColor(hRect, RGB(255,0,0), 0); 
   L_AnnSetRect(hRect, &rcRect); 
   L_AnnSetVisible(hRect, L_TRUE, 0, NULL); 
   L_AnnInsert(hContainer, hRect, L_FALSE); 
   // Create an ellipse object 
   ANNRECT rcEllipse = {120,120,220,220}; 
   L_AnnCreate(ANNOBJECT_ELLIPSE, &hEllipse); 
   L_AnnSetForeColor(hEllipse, RGB(0,0,255), 0); 
   L_AnnSetRect(hEllipse, &rcEllipse); 
   L_AnnSetVisible(hEllipse, L_TRUE, 0, NULL); 
   L_AnnInsert(hContainer, hEllipse, L_FALSE); 
   for (int i=0; i<MAX_ANN_CONTAINERS; i++) 
      hObjects[i] = hContainer; 
   // This saves a multipage annotation file -- there will be MAX_ANNCONTAINERS pages 
   L_AnnSaveMulti(pszFileMultiOut, hObjects, MAX_ANN_CONTAINERS, ANNFMT_XML, L_FALSE, NULL); 
   // Now load the multipage annotation file.  Assume we do not know the number of pages in the file. 
   // Call the function twice -- the first time to get the number of pages in the multi-page annotation file 
   L_INT nItemsRead = 0; 
   L_AnnLoadMulti(pszFileMultiOut, NULL, 0, &nItemsRead, NULL); 
   if (nItemsRead != 0) 
      HANNOBJECT *phObjects = new HANNOBJECT[nItemsRead]; 
      L_AnnLoadMulti(pszFileMultiOut, phObjects, nItemsRead, &nItemsRead, NULL); 
      delete phObjects; 
   // Cleanup 
   L_AnnDestroy(hContainer, ANNFLAG_RECURSE); 
   MessageBox(hwnd, TEXT("Finished"), TEXT(""), MB_OK); 

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