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AnnCodecs Class

Provides support for loading and saving objects to annotation files.
public class AnnCodecs 
Public Class AnnCodecs  
@interface LTAnnCodecs : NSObject 
public class AnnCodecs 
   ref class AnnCodecs 

This class supports loading and saving annotation objects from/to XML strings as well as getting information about previously saved annotations data.

This class also supports saving and loading multipage annotation data where each page contains a full Annotation Container.

Use the AnnCodecs.Save or AnnCodecs.SaveToString methods to save an annotation container as XML file or data. You can then use the browser capabilities to save this XML data to disk or use a Web Service to store it on a server. The SerializeOptions property can be used to set saving options and monitor the objects being saved.

Use the AnnCodecs.Load or AnnCodecs.LoadFromString methods to load an annotation container from XML file or data. The XML data must be previously loaded from disk using the browser capabilities or obtained from a server using a Web Service. The DeserializeOptions property can be used to set loading options, monitor the objects being loaded and handle errors.

Use the AnnCodecs.LoadAll or LoadAllFromString methods to load all the annotation containers from a multipage XML file or data.

Use the AnnCodecs.SaveAll or SaveAllToString methods to save an array of annotation container as multipage XML file or data.

Use GetInfo, GetInfoFromString to check if an XML data contains valid annotations data such as the format and number of pages.

LEADTOOLS supports saving multiple annotations into the same data. This can be used to save the annotations of a multipage document in the same data.

Use SaveLayer(String,AnnLayer,AnnFormat,Int32), SaveLayer(Stream,AnnLayer,AnnFormat,Int32) and AnnCodecs.SaveLayerToString to save individual annotation layers.


This example will create a container, adds a line and rectangle objects to it. Then it will save it, obtain its information and load it back.

using Leadtools.Annotations.Engine; 
public void AnnCodecs_AnnCodecs() 
	// Create a new annotation container, 8.5 by 11 inches 
	AnnContainer container = new AnnContainer(); 
	// Size must be in annotation units (1/720 of an inch) 
	container.Size = LeadSizeD.Create(8.5 * 720, 11 * 720); 
	double inch = 720.0; 
	// Add a red line object, from 1in 1in to 2in 2in 
	AnnPolylineObject lineObj = new AnnPolylineObject(); 
	lineObj.Points.Add(LeadPointD.Create(1 * inch, 1 * inch)); 
	lineObj.Points.Add(LeadPointD.Create(2 * inch, 2 * inch)); 
	lineObj.Stroke = AnnStroke.Create(AnnSolidColorBrush.Create("Red"), LeadLengthD.Create(1)); 
	// Add a blue on yellow rectangle from 3in 3in to 4in 4in 
	AnnRectangleObject rectObj = new AnnRectangleObject(); 
	rectObj.Rect = LeadRectD.Create(3 * inch, 3 * inch, 1 * inch, 1 * inch); 
	rectObj.Stroke = AnnStroke.Create(AnnSolidColorBrush.Create("Blue"), LeadLengthD.Create(1)); 
	rectObj.Fill = AnnSolidColorBrush.Create("Yellow"); 
	// Show the container 
	ShowContainer("Before save", container); 
	// Create the codecs object to save and load annotations 
	AnnCodecs codecs = new AnnCodecs(); 
	// Save the container 
	string destFileName = @"container.xml"; 
	codecs.Save(destFileName, container, AnnFormat.Annotations, 1); 
	// delete the container 
	container = null; 
	// Show information about the data we just saved 
	AnnCodecsInfo info = codecs.GetInfo(destFileName); 
	string message; 
	if (info.Format == AnnFormat.Annotations) 
		message = "Version: "; 
		message += info.Version; 
		message += " No. of pages: "; 
		message += info.Pages.Length; 
		message += " page nos: "; 
		for (int i = 0; i < info.Pages.Length; i++) 
			message += info.Pages[i] + " "; 
		message = "Invalid annotations data"; 
	// Load the container we just saved 
	container = codecs.Load(destFileName, 1); 
	// Show it 
	ShowContainer("After load", container); 
private void ShowContainer(String message, AnnContainer container) 
	string str = message + "\nContainer size: "; 
	// Add the size 
	double inch = 720; 
	double width = container.Size.Width / inch; 
	double height = container.Size.Height / inch; 
	str += width + " by " + height + " inches" + "\n"; 
	// Add the objects 
	str += "Contains " + container.Children.Count + " objects(s)\n"; 
	for (int i = 0; i < container.Children.Count; i++) 
		AnnObject annObj = container.Children[i]; 
		str += "Object: " + annObj.FriendlyName + " at "; 
		for (int j = 0; j < annObj.Points.Count; j++) 
			LeadPointD pt = annObj.Points[j]; 
			double x = pt.X / inch; 
			double y = pt.Y / inch; 
			str += "(" + x + ", " + y + ") "; 
		str += "\n"; 

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