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RenderOptions.CachingHint Attached Property

Gets or sets a value that indicates that rendered content should be cached when possible.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Media
Assembly:  PresentationCore (in PresentationCore.dll)

See GetCachingHint, SetCachingHint
<object RenderOptions.CachingHint="CachingHint" .../>

Property Value

Type: System.Windows.Media.CachingHint
A CachingHint value for the associated DependencyObject. The registered default is. Unspecified For more information about what can influence the value, see Dependency Property Value Precedence.

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This attached property is supported by TileBrush and its derived types. It is intended to be used with brushes that have intermediate surfaces, such as DrawingBrush and VisualBrush.

By default, WPF does not cache the rendered contents of DrawingBrush and VisualBrush objects. In static scenarios, where neither the contents nor the use of the brush in the scene is changing, not caching provides a benefit because it conserves video memory. When a brush with static content is used in a non-static way the default behavior of WPF is to re-render all the content of the brush every frame, even though the content is unchanging. For example, this will happen when a static DrawingBrush or VisualBrush is mapped to the surface of a rotating 3D object. Re-rendering the static content can have a negative impact on performance.

By setting the CachingHint attached property of the brush to Cache, you can increase performance by using cached versions of the tiled brush objects.

The CacheInvalidationThresholdMinimum and CacheInvalidationThresholdMaximum property values are relative-size values that determine when the TileBrush object should be regenerated because of changes in scale. For example, when the CacheInvalidationThresholdMaximum property is set to 2.0, the cache for the TileBrush needs to be regenerated only when its size exceeds two times the size of the current cache.

To access this property in code, use the GetCachingHint and SetCachingHint methods.

The following example shows how to use the caching hint option for a DrawingBrush.

<DrawingBrush x:Key="drawingBrush"
        <GeometryDrawing Brush="Blue">
                    <EllipseGeometry RadiusX="20" RadiusY="20" Center="10,10" />
                <Pen Thickness="10" Brush="Black" />

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0