Applying Actions

Actions are processes that can be applied to the images attached to cells within the container/image viewer. LEADTOOLS supports several standard or "built-in" actions and custom or "user-defined" actions.

Features of Version 16 and above:

General

Support has been added for the following built-in actions:

  • Nudge tool region: expands the region border using the mouse. Also serves as a region painter.

  • Shrink tool region: shrinks the region border using the mouse.

Action Behaviors

  •  Nudge tool: Click and drag to expand the region.

  •  Shrink tool: Click and drag to shrink the region.

Window Levels

Set default values either by using LImageViewerCell::GetDefaultWindowLevelValues or have them calculated internally when the images are first set in the control using either LImageViewerCell::SetCellBitmapList or LImageViewerCell::SetRequestedImage (when the low memory usage feature is enabled). For more information about the low memory usage feature, refer to the LImageViewerCell::EnableCellLowMemoryUsage function. To reset the window level values to the default values call LImageViewerCell::ResetWindowLevelValues.

To get the default window level values, call LImageViewerCell::SetDefaultWindowLevelValues.

To get the current window level values call LImageViewerCell::GetActionProperties. To set the current window level values call LImageViewerCell::SetActionProperties.

Fitting an Image to a Cell

It is possible to fit an image to a cell. To do so, set the bIsFit value of the DISPCELLPROPERTIES structure to true (also remembering to set the corresponding uMask value), and then send this structure to the function LImageViewerCell::SetCellProperties.

Features of Version 15 and above:

Built-in Actions

LEADTOOLS supports the following built-in actions:

  • Window Leveling: Maps grayscale intensities using a user defined color map (LUT).

  • Alpha: A window-leveling factor used when the window leveling lookup table is not linear.

  • Scale: Increases or decreases the size of the image in the cell.

  • Offset: Changes the offset of the image within the cell.

  • Magnifying Glass: Magnifies the image in the cell.

  • Stack: Scrolls the images within the cell.

  • Annotation ruler: adds a ruler object to the cell.

  • Annotation rectangle: adds a rectangular object to the cell.

  • Annotation ellipse: adds an elliptical object to the cell.

  • Annotation angle: adds an angle object to the cell.

  • Annotation highlight: adds a highlight object to the cell.

  • Annotation arrow: adds an arrow object to the cell.

  • Annotation text: adds a text object to the cell.

  • Rectangle region: adds a rectangular region to the cell.

  • Square region: adds a square region to the cell.

  • Elliptical region: adds an elliptical region to the cell.

  • Circular region: adds a circular region to the cell.

  • Free hand region: adds a free hand region to the cell.

  • Polygon region: adds a polygonal region to the cell.

  • Magic Wand region: sets a region based on the color at a selected point, growing outward in all directions from that point. Dragging increases the deviation allowed from the selected color..

  • Color Range region: adds a color range region to the cell.

Custom Actions

Custom actions are completely controlled by the user, including any mouse movement and keystroke association. These are handled through the LImageViewerCell::ActionCallback function. This callback function must be set by setting LImageViewerCell::EnableActionCallback to TRUE.

Adding Actions

Regardless of whether the action is built-in or custom, any action must be added to a container before it can be used. To add an action to a container, call LImageViewerCell::AddAction. Since the Image Viewer supports custom actions, there is no limit on how many actions a container can have. However, an action cannot be added to a container twice. To determine how many actions are currently in a particular container, call LImageViewerCell::GetActionCount.

Next, assign a mouse button or a keyboard key to the action. To assign a mouse button to the action, call  LImageViewerCell::SetAction, and pass the action and associated mouse button values together. For example,  if the Window Level action is assigned to the left mouse button, when the user clicks and hold the mouse button, then drags in any direction,. the brightness and contrast of gray image will be changed according to the direction of drag. An action can only be assigned to one mouse button.

To assign a keyboard shortcut to the action call LImageViewerCell::SetKeyboardAction. This allows you to set a keystroke to imitate the mouse movement in any of four ordinal directions. For example, assign  the key Shift + Left to initiate the same effect as dragging the mouse to the left. To get the current keystroke combination associated with a specific action, call LImageViewerCell::GetKeyboardAction.

Once the action has been added, it is considered "active". To determine whether a specific action is active, call LImageViewerCell::IsActionActive. To check whether the button or the flag is valid to be assigned to the specific action, use the function LImageViewerCell::IsButtonValid.

The LImageViewerCell::SetAction function also lets the user decide whether the applied action will affect one cell, selected cells, or all cells in the container, and whether the action is applied during mouse movement or after mouse button release. You can also retrieve the assigned mouse button and flags to the specified action by calling the function LImageViewerCell::GetActionButton.

Window Levels

Set default values using LImageViewerCell::SetCellBitmapList .

To get the current window level values call LImageViewerCell::GetActionProperties. To set the current window level values call LImageViewerCell::SetActionProperties.

Action Properties

Each action has both general and specific properties. The general properties, like the cursor, are common to all cells within the container. These are applied at the container level. Specific properties, such as the width used by the window level action, are used to manually change values used by the action. These are applied at the cell level. The properties used by each action are contained in an action-specific structure.

Action properties that apply to the entire container can be found in the DISPCONTAINERACTIONPROPS structure. Each of the action-specific structures also contains a DISPCONTAINERACTIONPROPS structure, as well as other properties, related to the specific action. Some of the additional properties related to the specific properties are also applied at the container level and are therefore "general" properties, while others are applied at the cell level and are therefore "specific" properties.

The current properties associated with a specific action can be retrieved by calling LImageViewerCell::GetActionProperties. To change the properties for a specific action, call LImageViewerCell::SetActionProperties. When an action is no longer needed in a container, it can be removed by calling LImageViewerCell::RemoveAction.

Action Behaviors

  • Window level

    •  Click and hold the mouse to start the effect. Releasing the assigned mouse button ends the action.

    •  Dragging the mouse to the left decreases the center parameter.

    •  Dragging the mouse to the right increases the center parameter.

    •  Dragging the mouse upward decreases the width parameter.

    •  Dragging the mouse downward increases the width parameter.

  •  Alpha

    •   Click and hold the mouse to start the effect. Releasing the assigned mouse button ends the action.

    •  Dragging the mouse to the left increases the alpha factor.

    •  Dragging the mouse to the right decreases the alpha factor.

  •  Scale

    •   Click and hold the mouse to start the effect. Releasing the assigned mouse button ends the action.

    •  Dragging the mouse downward enlarges the image.

    •  Dragging the mouse upward shrinks the image.

  •  Magnifying Glass

    •  Click and hold the mouse to start the effect. The magnifying glass will appear. Releasing the assigned mouse button ends the action.

    •  Dragging the mouse causes the magnifying glass to move with the cursor.

  •  Stack

    •  Click and hold the mouse to start the effect. Releasing the assigned mouse button ends the action. It is better to assign the mouse wheel to the stack action. So whether the user wheels up or down, the stack action will take effect.

    •  Dragging the mouse downward shows the next frame.

    •  Dragging the mouse upward shows the previous frame.

  •  Offset

    •  Click and hold the mouse to start the effect. Releasing the assigned mouse button ends the action.

    •  Dragging the mouse to the left moves the image to the left.

    •  Dragging the mouse to the right moves the image to the right.

    •  Dragging the mouse upward moves the image up.

    •  Dragging the mouse downward moves the image down.

  •  Rectangle region:  Click and drag to create a rectangular region.

  •  Ellipse region:  Click and drag to create an elliptical region.

  •  Square region:  Click and drag to create a square region.

  •  Circle region:  Click and drag to create a circular region.

  •  Polygon region:  Click at the start point and intermediate points to create a polygonal region. After finishing the shape, double-click to end the action and to complete the region.

  •  Free hand region:  Click and drag to create a custom region.

  •  Magic wand region

    •  Click and hold the mouse to start the effect and to assign the starting point and color. The region will grow outwards from the selected point to the boundaries of that color. Releasing the assigned mouse button ends the action.

    •  Dragging the mouse downward increases the threshold of variation allowed from the selected color.

    •  Dragging the mouse upward decreases the threshold of variation allowed from the selected color.

  •  Color range region

    •   Click and hold the mouse to start the effect. When the user releases the assigned mouse button, the action will end.

    •  Dragging the mouse left/right increases/decreases the lower tolerance.

    •  Dragging the mouse left/right increases/decreases the upper tolerance.

  •  Rectangle Annotation: Click and drag to create a rectangular annotation object.

  •  Ellipse Annotation: Click and drag to create an elliptical annotation object.

  •  Arrow Annotation: Click and drag to create the arrow annotation object.

  •  Text Annotation

    •  Click on the area where the text object must be placed, type the text, and then press Enter to finish.

    •  Pressing Ctrl + Enter causes the editor to create a new line.

  •  Angle Annotation:  Click three times to create the angle annotation object: first click to create the angle base, the second to create the angle apex, and the third to create the angle end.

  •  Ruler annotation: Click and drag to create the ruler annotation object.

  •  Highlight annotation:  Click and drag to create the highlight annotation object.

For more information, refer to the following structures:

DISPWLEVELACTIONPROPS

DISPALPHAACTIONPROPS

DISPMAGACTIONPROPS

DISPOFFSETACTIONPROPS

DISPSCALEACTIONPROPS

DISPSTACKACTIONPROPS

DISPOWNERACTIONPROPS

DISPANNOTATIONPROPS

DISPREGIONPROPS

Working with the LEADTOOLS Medical Image Viewer Control

Using the Medical Image Viewer Control

Image Viewer Cells

Applying Actions

Creating a Bitmap Region Inside the Image Viewer

Implementing Animation

Working with Annotations

Customizeable Title Bar

For more information, refer to:

Introduction

Example Programs

Summary of All Supported Image File Formats

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