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    Plot zoom and double buffering

    Hi,
    I have a plot program that displaces nodes and connecting lines. The nodes represent WayPoints in a region of the globe.
    I initially scale the plot so that all of the nodes will show. Normally all the nodes are in a region, say the Caribbean Sea.
    The Lat/Long of the WPs are converted to pixels and mapped into the display.
    When I ZoomIn by X2, I change the number of pixels per degree of Lat/Long by X2 and then redraw the plot. I also allow the plot to be repositioned by click and drag with the mouse. The zooming works up to about 16X, which is adequate.


    The problem is there is a small amount of flickering because I don't double buffer the image.
    When I tried double buffering, I ran into problems with the createImage() method call trying to create TOO large an image after zooming in several times, The JVM runs out of space!

    My question: How do I draw the WP and connecting lines when zooming?

    Am I misusing the createImage() method? I'm having it create an image the size of the total zoomed area. This fails when the size of the area becomes too large!

    Is there a way to use translate() or the clip area?

    Why does the original Graphics context allow me to draw a plot up to about 16X with no problems?

    Thanks,
    Norm

    PS. This has posted on another site. Its sort of related to another topic on this site.

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    Just a couple of suggestions....

    I'm not sure about the zooming method you use. If I was to implement this
    I would have vectorized all the elements in the map and mapped those
    elements to a big internal matrix. I would have done this to avoid java
    image zooming, and instead used a fixed size display image that I could
    draw upon. The drawing would be of a selected subsection of this matrix,
    depending on the zoming scale and positioning of the view. I would need
    to get hold of the math for transposing matrix positions to a different scale
    though.
    As I see it, this would facilitate implementation of huge maps and extreme
    zooming, probably only limited by the amount of work that is put into the
    loading/creating of the maps.

    But doing this means a complete rehash of your application
    -----------------------

    You say you use createImage(), so I assume you are not using
    BufferedImage but plain Image ?.

    Have you tried:

    BufferedImage bufImg=new BufferedImage(w,h);
    Graphics bufG=bufImg.getGraphics();

    A BufferedImage can be typecast to Image. I'm not sure if this will fix your
    memory problem but I would have given it a try.
    eschew obfuscation

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