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A Programmer's Guide to .NET by Alexei Fedorov

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11.2. The graphics device interface plus (GDI+)

The graphics device interface plus (GDI+) is a portion of the current version of the Microsoft Windows XP operating system. It provides two-dimensional vector graphics, imaging, and typography. GDI+ also adds several new features and optimizes existing ones found in the GDI.

Among the new features in GDI+, we can find alpha blending support for all graphics primitives, gradient, and texture fills, scalable regions, native support for image file formats, such as .jpeg, .png, .gif, .bmp, .tiff, .exif, and .icon, extensible architecture for dynamically adding new image file formats, color management support for sRGB, ICM2, and sRGB64, native ClearType support, full Unicode support on all platforms, ...

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