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Metafile Class

Defines a graphic metafile. A metafile contains records that describe a sequence of graphics operations that can be recorded (constructed) and played back (displayed). This class is not inheritable.

Namespace: System.Drawing.Imaging
Assembly: System.Drawing (in system.drawing.dll)

[SerializableAttribute] 
public sealed class Metafile : Image
/** @attribute SerializableAttribute() */ 
public final class Metafile extends Image
SerializableAttribute 
public final class Metafile extends Image
Not applicable.

When you use the Save method to save a graphic image as a Windows Metafile Format (WMF) or Enhanced Metafile Format (EMF) file, the resulting file is saved as a Portable Network Graphics (PNG) file instead. This behavior occurs because the GDI+ component of the .NET Framework does not have an encoder that you can use to save files as .wmf or .emf files.

The following code example demonstrates how to create a Metafile and use the PlayRecord method.


using System;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Drawing.Imaging;
using System.Windows.Forms;

// for Marshal.Copy
using System.Runtime.InteropServices; 

public class Form1 : Form
{
    private Metafile metafile1;
    private Graphics.EnumerateMetafileProc metafileDelegate;
    private Point destPoint;
    public Form1()
    {
        metafile1 = new Metafile(@"C:\Test.wmf");
        metafileDelegate = new Graphics.EnumerateMetafileProc(MetafileCallback);
        destPoint = new Point(20, 10);
    }
    protected override void OnPaint(PaintEventArgs e)
    {
        e.Graphics.EnumerateMetafile(metafile1, destPoint, metafileDelegate);
    }
    private bool MetafileCallback(
       EmfPlusRecordType recordType,
       int flags,
       int dataSize,
       IntPtr data,
       PlayRecordCallback callbackData)
    {
        byte[] dataArray = null;
        if (data != IntPtr.Zero)
        {
            // Copy the unmanaged record to a managed byte buffer 
            // that can be used by PlayRecord.
            dataArray = new byte[dataSize];
            Marshal.Copy(data, dataArray, 0, dataSize);
        }

        metafile1.PlayRecord(recordType, flags, dataSize, dataArray);

        return true;
    }

    static void Main()
    {
        Application.Run(new Form1());
    }
}

System.Object
   System.MarshalByRefObject
     System.Drawing.Image
      System.Drawing.Imaging.Metafile

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

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