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DesignerGlyph Class

Draws a glyph at the top-most Z order position on an activity designer.

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

public abstract class DesignerGlyph

The DesignerGlyph class is the base class for all designer glyphs used on a workflow design surface.

Activity designer developers can use classes that inherit from DesignerGlyph to draw custom glyphs onto the surface of an ActivityDesigner. DesignerGlyph classes draw such glyphs at the top-level Z order, which places the custom glyph visually on top of all other glyphs on the designer based on the Priority value of the custom glyph. A lower value for the Priority property indicates a higher priority and therefore draws the glyph at the top-most Z order position on an activity designer.

Notes to Inheritors:

When you inherit from DesignerGlyph, you must override the following members: OnPaint.

The following code example demonstrates a glyph class that derives from the DesignerGlyph class. The code overrides the GetBounds and OnPaint methods.

This code example is part of the Workflow Monitor SDK Sample from the DesignerGlyphProvider.cs file. For more information, see Workflow Monitor.

//Define a glyph to show an activity is executing, i.e. not 'closed' 
internal sealed class ExecutingGlyph : DesignerGlyph
    internal ExecutingGlyph()

    public override Rectangle GetBounds(ActivityDesigner designer, bool activated)
        Rectangle imageBounds = Rectangle.Empty;
        Image image = Resources.Executing;
        if (image != null)
            Size glyphSize = WorkflowTheme.CurrentTheme.AmbientTheme.GlyphSize;
            imageBounds.Location = new Point(designer.Bounds.Right - glyphSize.Width / 2, designer.Bounds.Top - glyphSize.Height / 2);
            imageBounds.Size = glyphSize;
        return imageBounds;

    protected override void OnPaint(Graphics graphics, bool activated, AmbientTheme ambientTheme, ActivityDesigner designer)
        Bitmap bitmap = Resources.Executing;
        bitmap.MakeTransparent(Color.FromArgb(0, 255, 255));
        if (bitmap != null)
            graphics.DrawImage(bitmap, GetBounds(designer, activated), new Rectangle(Point.Empty, bitmap.Size), GraphicsUnit.Pixel);

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 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