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IS IT POSSIBLE ??!!! Okay, I have been screwing with this for... 9 hours now. I am SICK and TIRED of HBITMAP this and HDC that. This is for C++ Programming using the Windows API (XP,98,whatever). Please, someone help me... I do not want to embarass myself further by saying WHY I need this so desperately (I do not really need it at all), but now that I am into it, I just want an answer. I need to copy whatever crap is on the HDC to an HBITMAP. It cannot be THAT hard, can it. I can easily go the other way (HBITMAP-->HDC), but this is really starting to annoy me... I need sleep. So, if anyone can help me out, I would greatly appreciate it... (Oh, and please do not tell me to refer to any help files or simply say GetDIBits()... I need an example that does not totally suck... THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH in advance.)

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Okay, I finally managed to copy some bits around (NOT HDC --> HBITAMP) from HBITMAP-->HBITMAP. I need someone near me to know how to program in Windows...

(Keep the help coming.)

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Here''s some untested stuff I posted earlier on these forums:

// Use helpful macros from windowsx.h

#include <windowsx.h>
// Need this temporary bitmap so that we can select it

HBITMAP hbmTemp = CreateCompatibleBitmap(hdc, 1, 1);
// SelectBitmap will return current bitmap in DC, which has the DC contents

HBITMAP hbmCurrent = SelectBitmap(hdc, hbmTemp);

// You can get access to the DC contents in device-specific format by calling GetObject

// This structure holds information about bitmap

// Retrieve bitmap information

GetObject(hbmCurrent, &Info, sizeof Info);
// lpBitmapData will point to the bitmap data in DC-specific format

LPVOID lpBitmapData = Info.bmBits;

// Alternatively, you can store the data in a device-independent bitmap,

// whose internal format is known (array of RGBQUADs)

// First, we need to fill BITMAPINFO struct

{ sizeof (BITMAPINFOHEADER), Info.bmWidth, Info.bmHeight, 1, 32 }
// This variable will point to the DIB image data

LPVOID lpDibData;
// Create device independent bitmap

HBITMAP hbmDIB = CreateDIBSection(hdc, &DibInfo, DIB_RGB_COLORS, &lpDibData, 0, 0);
// Copy device image into our DIB

GetDIBits(hdc, hbmCurrent, 0, Info.bmHeight, lpDibData, &DibInfo, DIB_RGB_COLORS);
// You can now use lpDibData to store contents of DC in a file, etc.

// When you''re done, delete the DIB section


// When you''re done with the DC image, select it back to the DC

SelectBitmap(hdc, hbmCurrent);
// Delete temporary bitmap now


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To transfer data from DC to Bitmap and vice versa you need to blit between two compatible DCs that have bitmaps selected. The following code fragment shows how to programmatically take a screenshot from within a Win32 application:

// access desktop DC

HDC hScreen = CreateDC("DISPLAY", NULL, NULL, NULL);

// create a compatible DC to hold our bitmap

HDC hCompDC = CreateCompatibleDC(hScreen);

// get width and height of desktop

int nWidth = GetSystemMetrics(SM_CXSCREEN);
int nHeight = GetSystemMetrics(SM_CYSCREEN);

// create bitmap to receive the screenshot

HBITMAP hBmp = CreateCompatibleBitmap(hScreen, nWidth, nHeight);

// select bitmap into target DC

HBITMAP hOld = (HBITMAP)SelectObject(hCompDC, hBmp);

// blit bits from screen to target buffer

BitBlt(hCompDC, 0, 0, nWidth, nHeight, hScreen, 0, 0, SRCCOPY);

// de-select bitmap

SelectObject(hCompDC, hOld);

// free DCs


// save image or whatever

CBmpImage img;

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Thanks a lot, guys. I just got a lot of sleep, and then I went out and pole-fought with 9-ft long cardboard poles. I feel SO much better, now.

I suppose that my last question is: What is MicroSoft''s format for its cute, little "array of bytes" that are the BitmapBits?

I just want to darken the bitmap by 0x99999999, and before I simultaneously try random things and check the ''net, I wanted to know if anyone here knew.

Good luck !!

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