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Dynamic Shapes

New Here ,
Dec 27, 2015 Dec 27, 2015

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Hi All,

I am wanting to create a program for drawing simple dynamic shapes similar to Microsoft Visio, where there would be a grid background and several dynamic shapes that would be scale - able.

can any please advise the best course to follow and what applications I should use to create this.

many thanks Michael

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LEGEND ,
Dec 29, 2015 Dec 29, 2015

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I hope you're pretty good at math. Either way you can get quite a bit done using existing JavaScript/Canvas libraries like these two:

Paper.js — Examples

Raphaël—JavaScript Library

They have a lot of automation in them. Take a good look at some of their examples (especially paper) and notice how rather simple the source code is. YMMV but this kind of thing is a very simple thing to do in Flash, however I expect you'll want it to work on mobile devices, so expect a bit of an uphill learning curve.

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Dec 29, 2015 Dec 29, 2015

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I see they are very complex I am looking for something like Visio, simple rectangle, circle, eclipse etc scale-able

and thanks,

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Jan 03, 2016 Jan 03, 2016

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With so many apps already available, why re-invent the wheel?

Nancy

Nancy O'Shea— Product User, Community Expert & Moderator
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Jan 03, 2016 Jan 03, 2016

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hi Nancy,

I am wanting to develop a program, not buy it, thought there may have been something out there that I could use as a template, rather than start from scratch, using Visual Basic.

thanks anyway.

Mike

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Jan 04, 2016 Jan 04, 2016

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Visual Basic? Never would have guessed that.

I think Google is going to be your best friend for this because Visual Basic is going to rely on an extension. GDI+ is integrated into .NET (I've used it in C#) and can "draw" shapes for you but again this is all going to be code-based. Here's a page on GDI+:

Vector Graphics Overview

I hope you find something that has the drawing part finished for you, perhaps an open source drawing project done in VB.NET that you can make use of. But this topic is not at all simple. You will be handling a lot of code.

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