How to: Create a Shape Using a StreamGeometry

StreamGeometry is light-weight alternative to PathGeometry for creating geometric shapes. Use a StreamGeometry when you need to describe a complex geometry but do not want the overhead of supporting data binding, animation, or modification. For example, because of its efficiency, the StreamGeometry class is a good choice for describing adorners.

The following example uses attribute syntax to create a triangular StreamGeometry in XAML.

<Page xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation"
  xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml">
  <StackPanel>

    <Path Data="F0 M10,100 L100,100 100,50Z" 
      StrokeThickness="1" Stroke="Black"/>

  </StackPanel>
</Page>

For more information about StreamGeometry attribute syntax, see the Path Markup Syntax page.

The next example uses a StreamGeometry to define a triangle in code. First, the example creates a StreamGeometry, then obtains a StreamGeometryContext and uses it to describe the triangle.

using System;
using System.Windows;
using System.Windows.Controls;
using System.Windows.Media;
using System.Windows.Shapes;

namespace SDKSample
{
    // Use StreamGeometry with StreamGeometryContext to define a triangle shape. 
    public partial class StreamGeometryTriangleExample : Page
    {
        public StreamGeometryTriangleExample()
        {
            // Create a path to draw a geometry with.
            Path myPath = new Path();
            myPath.Stroke = Brushes.Black;
            myPath.StrokeThickness = 1;

            // Create a StreamGeometry to use to specify myPath.
            StreamGeometry geometry = new StreamGeometry();
            geometry.FillRule = FillRule.EvenOdd;

            // Open a StreamGeometryContext that can be used to describe this StreamGeometry  
            // object's contents. 
            using (StreamGeometryContext ctx = geometry.Open())
            {

                // Begin the triangle at the point specified. Notice that the shape is set to  
                // be closed so only two lines need to be specified below to make the triangle.
                ctx.BeginFigure(new Point(10, 100), true /* is filled */, true /* is closed */);

                // Draw a line to the next specified point.
                ctx.LineTo(new Point(100, 100), true /* is stroked */, false /* is smooth join */);

                // Draw another line to the next specified point.
                ctx.LineTo(new Point(100, 50), true /* is stroked */, false /* is smooth join */);
            }

            // Freeze the geometry (make it unmodifiable) 
            // for additional performance benefits.
            geometry.Freeze();

            // Specify the shape (triangle) of the Path using the StreamGeometry.
            myPath.Data = geometry;

            // Add path shape to the UI.
            StackPanel mainPanel = new StackPanel();
            mainPanel.Children.Add(myPath);
            this.Content = mainPanel;
        }
    }
}

The next example creates a method that uses a StreamGeometry and StreamGeometryContext to define a geometric shape based on specified parameters.

using System;
using System.Windows;
using System.Windows.Controls;
using System.Windows.Media;
using System.Windows.Shapes;

namespace SDKSample
{
    public partial class StreamGeometryExample : Page
    {
        public StreamGeometryExample()
        {
            // Create a path to draw a geometry with.
            Path myPath = new Path();
            myPath.Stroke = Brushes.Black;
            myPath.StrokeThickness = 1;

            // Create a StreamGeometry to use to specify myPath.
            StreamGeometry theGeometry = BuildRegularPolygon(new Point(200, 200), 200, 8, 0);
            theGeometry.FillRule = FillRule.EvenOdd;

            // Freeze the geometry (make it unmodifiable) 
            // for additional performance benefits.
            theGeometry.Freeze();

            // Use the StreamGeometry returned by the BuildRegularPolygon to  
            // specify the shape of the path.
            myPath.Data = theGeometry;

            // Add path shape to the UI.
            StackPanel mainPanel = new StackPanel();
            mainPanel.Children.Add(myPath);
            this.Content = mainPanel;
        }

        StreamGeometry BuildRegularPolygon(Point c, double r, int numSides, double offsetDegree)
        {
            // c is the center, r is the radius, 
            // numSides the number of sides, offsetDegree the offset in Degrees. 
            // Do not add the last point.

            StreamGeometry geometry = new StreamGeometry();

            using (StreamGeometryContext ctx = geometry.Open())
            {
                ctx.BeginFigure(new Point(), true /* is filled */, true /* is closed */);

                double step = 2 * Math.PI / Math.Max(numSides, 3);
                Point cur = c;

                double a = Math.PI * offsetDegree / 180.0;
                for (int i = 0; i < numSides; i++, a += step)
                {
                    cur.X = c.X + r * Math.Cos(a);
                    cur.Y = c.Y + r * Math.Sin(a);
                    ctx.LineTo(cur, true /* is stroked */, false /* is smooth join */);
                }
            }

            return geometry;
        }
    }
}
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