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ActivityDesignerPaint Class

Note: This API is now obsolete.

Provides static methods used to draw user interface elements on activity designer surfaces. This class cannot be inherited.


Namespace:  System.Workflow.ComponentModel.Design
Assembly:  System.Workflow.ComponentModel (in System.Workflow.ComponentModel.dll)

[ObsoleteAttribute("The System.Workflow.* types are deprecated.  Instead, please use the new types from System.Activities.*")]
public static class ActivityDesignerPaint

The ActivityDesignerPaint type exposes the following members.

Public methodStatic memberDraw3DButtonDraws a 3-dimensional button on the activity designer surface.
Public methodStatic memberDrawExpandButtonDraws a button that is used to expand and collapse composite designers on the activity designer surface.
Public methodStatic memberDrawImage(Graphics, Image, Rectangle, DesignerContentAlignment)Draws an image on the activity designer surface by using a Graphics, an Image, a Rectangle, and a DesignerContentAlignment.
Public methodStatic memberDrawImage(Graphics, Image, Rectangle, Rectangle, DesignerContentAlignment, Single, Boolean)Draws an image on the activity designer surface by using a Graphics, an Image, a source and destination Rectangle, an DesignerContentAlignment, a single-precision floating-point number, and a Boolean value.
Public methodStatic memberDrawRoundedRectangleDraws a rounded rectangle on the activity designer surface.
Public methodStatic memberDrawTextDraws text on the activity designer surface.
Public methodStatic memberGetRoundedRectanglePathReturns the graphics path used to draw the specified rounded rectangle.


This material discusses types and namespaces that are obsolete. For more information, see Deprecated Types in Windows Workflow Foundation 4.5.

The following example demonstrates a way to use the ActivityDesignerPaint class to draw a custom activity on the workflow design surface. A rounded rectangle is first drawn using the DrawRoundedRectangle method. Text is then drawn using DrawText and is placed at the location of the TextRectangle of the ActivityDesigner. Additionally, the Image associated with the ActivityDesigner is drawn using the DrawImage method of the ActivityDesignerPaint class. Finally, an expand button used by a CompositeActivity is drawn using the DrawExpandButton.

private bool expanded = true;
private bool useBasePaint = false;

public bool UseBasePaint
    get { return this.useBasePaint; }
    set { this.useBasePaint = value; }

public bool Expanded
    get { return this.expanded; }
    set { this.expanded = value; }

protected override void OnPaint(ActivityDesignerPaintEventArgs e)
    if (this.UseBasePaint == true)


private void DrawCustomActivity(ActivityDesignerPaintEventArgs e)
    Graphics graphics = e.Graphics;

    CompositeDesignerTheme compositeDesignerTheme = (CompositeDesignerTheme)e.DesignerTheme;

    ActivityDesignerPaint.DrawRoundedRectangle(graphics, compositeDesignerTheme.BorderPen, this.Bounds, compositeDesignerTheme.BorderWidth);

    string text = this.Text;
    Rectangle textRectangle = this.TextRectangle;
    if (!String.IsNullOrEmpty(text) && !textRectangle.IsEmpty)
        ActivityDesignerPaint.DrawText(graphics, compositeDesignerTheme.Font, text, textRectangle, StringAlignment.Center, e.AmbientTheme.TextQuality, compositeDesignerTheme.ForegroundBrush);

    System.Drawing.Image image = this.Image;
    Rectangle imageRectangle = this.ImageRectangle;
    if (image != null && !imageRectangle.IsEmpty)
        ActivityDesignerPaint.DrawImage(graphics, image, imageRectangle, DesignerContentAlignment.Fill);

        new Rectangle(this.Location.X, this.Location.Y, 10, 10),

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0
Obsolete (compiler warning) in 4.5.2
Obsolete (compiler warning) in 4.5.1
Obsolete (compiler warning) in 4.5

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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