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Issue 3.6

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Printing Rotated Text

Using declares to draw a rotated string on Windows.

Issue: 3.6 (July/August 2005)
Author: Christian Schmitz
Author Bio: Christian Schmitz is the creator of the Monkeybread Software REALbasic Plugins.
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Article Length (in bytes): 9,283
Starting Page Number: 42
Article Number: 3620
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Recently a REALbasic user asked in the REALbasic newsgroup (comp.lang.basic.realbasic) about how to get the Windows device handle of a graphics object. He needed to talk directly to the Windows API to do some special things like printing rotated text. This article will show how to do this.

How to get the handle

The first difficulty is getting the actual handle. In C, an HDC is a handle for the device context. In REALbasic we can use a simple integer for this. To get it, you currently need a plugin. The MBS Plugins include a "graphics.HandleMBS as integer" function which can be used without registering the plugin collection. Depending on reader feedback we may also offer a special REALbasic Developer plugin for this function in the future.

The HandleMBS function can be used like this in REALbasic:

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