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Microsoft® Visual Basic® .NET Programmer's Cookbook by Matthew MacDonald

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Chapter 12. Printing and Drawing with GDI+

The Microsoft .NET Framework includes a new model for two-dimensional drawing and printing. It’s called GDI+, and it’s represented by the types in the System.Drawing namespace. GDI+ isn’t an entirely new drawing system—in fact, it’s really just a .NET wrapper on top of the classic GDI (Graphics Device Interface) functions in the Microsoft Windows API. However, the GDI+ classes make it much easier to draw complex shapes, work with coordinates and transforms, and control image processing and rendering quality. GDI+ is also used for printing.

In this chapter, the recipes deal with two uses of GDI+. First you’ll learn about printing, using GDI+ to print simple and complex documents (recipes Print a Simple ...

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