JavaTM 2 Platform
Std. Ed. v1.3.1

java.awt
Class GraphicsConfiguration

java.lang.Object
  |
  +--java.awt.GraphicsConfiguration

public abstract class GraphicsConfiguration
extends Object

The GraphicsConfiguration class describes the characteristics of a graphics destination such as a printer or monitor. There can be many GraphicsConfiguration objects associated with a single graphics device, representing different drawing modes or capabilities. The corresponding native structure will vary from platform to platform. For example, on X11 windowing systems, each visual is a different GraphicsConfiguration. On win32, GraphicsConfigurations represent PixelFormats available in the current resolution and color depth.

In a virtual device multi-screen environment in which the desktop area could span multiple physical screen devices, the bounds of the GraphicsConfiguration objects are relative to the virtual coordinate system. When setting the location of a component, use getBounds to get the bounds of the desired GraphicsConfiguration and offset the location with the coordinates of the GraphicsConfiguration, as the following code sample illustrates:

      Frame f = new Frame(GraphicsConfiguration gc);
      Rectangle bounds = gc.getBounds();
      f.setLocation(10 + bounds.x, 10 + bounds.y);
 
To determine if your environment is a virtual device environment, call getBounds on all of the GraphicsConfiguration objects in your system. If any of the origins of the returned bounds are not (0, 0), your environment is a virtual device environment.

You can also use getBounds to determine the bounds of the virtual device. Call getBounds on all of the GraphicsConfiguration objects in your system. Then, calculate the union of all of the bounds returned from the calls to getBounds. The union is the bounds of the virtual device. The following code sample calculates the bounds of the virtual device.

	Rectangle virtualBounds = new Rectangle();
      GraphicsEnvironment ge = GraphicsEnvironment.
		getLocalGraphicsEnvironment();
	GraphicsDevice[] gs =
		ge.getScreenDevices();
	for (int j = 0; j < gs.length; j++) { 
	   GraphicsDevice gd = gs[j];
	   GraphicsConfiguration[] gc =
	      gd.getConfigurations();
	   for (int i=0; i < gc.length; i++) {
	      virtualBounds =
		virtualBounds.union(gc[i].getBounds());
	   }
      }
 

See Also:
Window, Frame, GraphicsEnvironment, GraphicsDevice

Constructor Summary
protected GraphicsConfiguration()
          This is an abstract class that cannot be instantiated directly.
 
Method Summary
abstract  BufferedImage createCompatibleImage(int width, int height)
          Returns a BufferedImage with a data layout and color model compatible with this GraphicsConfiguration.
abstract  BufferedImage createCompatibleImage(int width, int height, int transparency)
          Returns a BufferedImage that supports the specified transparency and has a data layout and color model compatible with this GraphicsConfiguration.
abstract  Rectangle getBounds()
          Returns the bounds of the GraphicsConfiguration in the device coordinates.
abstract  ColorModel getColorModel()
          Returns the ColorModel associated with this GraphicsConfiguration.
abstract  ColorModel getColorModel(int transparency)
          Returns the ColorModel associated with this GraphicsConfiguration that supports the specified transparency.
abstract  AffineTransform getDefaultTransform()
          Returns the default AffineTransform for this GraphicsConfiguration.
abstract  GraphicsDevice getDevice()
          Returns the GraphicsDevice associated with this GraphicsConfiguration.
abstract  AffineTransform getNormalizingTransform()
          Returns a AffineTransform that can be concatenated with the default AffineTransform of a GraphicsConfiguration so that 72 units in user space equals 1 inch in device space.
 
Methods inherited from class java.lang.Object
clone, equals, finalize, getClass, hashCode, notify, notifyAll, toString, wait, wait, wait
 

Constructor Detail

GraphicsConfiguration

protected GraphicsConfiguration()
This is an abstract class that cannot be instantiated directly. Instances must be obtained from a suitable factory or query method.
See Also:
GraphicsDevice.getConfigurations(), GraphicsDevice.getDefaultConfiguration(), GraphicsDevice.getBestConfiguration(java.awt.GraphicsConfigTemplate), Graphics2D.getDeviceConfiguration()
Method Detail

getDevice

public abstract GraphicsDevice getDevice()
Returns the GraphicsDevice associated with this GraphicsConfiguration.
Returns:
a GraphicsDevice object that is associated with this GraphicsConfiguration.

createCompatibleImage

public abstract BufferedImage createCompatibleImage(int width,
                                                    int height)
Returns a BufferedImage with a data layout and color model compatible with this GraphicsConfiguration. This method has nothing to do with memory-mapping a device. The returned BufferedImage has a layout and color model that is closest to this native device configuration and can therefore be optimally blitted to this device.
Parameters:
width - the width of the returned BufferedImage
height - the height of the returned BufferedImage
Returns:
a BufferedImage whose data layout and color model is compatible with this GraphicsConfiguration.

createCompatibleImage

public abstract BufferedImage createCompatibleImage(int width,
                                                    int height,
                                                    int transparency)
Returns a BufferedImage that supports the specified transparency and has a data layout and color model compatible with this GraphicsConfiguration. This method has nothing to do with memory-mapping a device. The returned BufferedImage has a layout and color model that can be optimally blitted to a device with this GraphicsConfiguration.
Parameters:
width - the width of the returned BufferedImage
height - the height of the returned BufferedImage
transparency - the specified transparency mode
Returns:
a BufferedImage whose data layout and color model is compatible with this GraphicsConfiguration and also supports the specified transparency.
See Also:
Transparency.OPAQUE, Transparency.BITMASK, Transparency.TRANSLUCENT

getColorModel

public abstract ColorModel getColorModel()
Returns the ColorModel associated with this GraphicsConfiguration.
Returns:
a ColorModel object that is associated with this GraphicsConfiguration.

getColorModel

public abstract ColorModel getColorModel(int transparency)
Returns the ColorModel associated with this GraphicsConfiguration that supports the specified transparency.
Parameters:
transparency - the specified transparency mode
Returns:
a ColorModel object that is associated with this GraphicsConfiguration and supports the specified transparency.

getDefaultTransform

public abstract AffineTransform getDefaultTransform()
Returns the default AffineTransform for this GraphicsConfiguration. This AffineTransform is typically the Identity transform for most normal screens. The default AffineTransform maps coordinates onto the device such that 72 user space coordinate units measure approximately 1 inch in device space. The normalizing transform can be used to make this mapping more exact. Coordinates in the coordinate space defined by the default AffineTransform for screen and printer devices have the origin in the upper left-hand corner of the target region of the device, with X coordinates increasing to the right and Y coordinates increasing downwards. For image buffers not associated with a device, such as those not created by createCompatibleImage, this AffineTransform is the Identity transform.
Returns:
the default AffineTransform for this GraphicsConfiguration.

getNormalizingTransform

public abstract AffineTransform getNormalizingTransform()
Returns a AffineTransform that can be concatenated with the default AffineTransform of a GraphicsConfiguration so that 72 units in user space equals 1 inch in device space.

For a particular Graphics2D, g, one can reset the transformation to create such a mapping by using the following pseudocode:

      GraphicsConfiguration gc = g.getGraphicsConfiguration();

      g.setTransform(gc.getDefaultTransform());
      g.transform(gc.getNormalizingTransform());
 
Note that sometimes this AffineTransform is identity, such as for printers or metafile output, and that this AffineTransform is only as accurate as the information supplied by the underlying system. For image buffers not associated with a device, such as those not created by createCompatibleImage, this AffineTransform is the Identity transform since there is no valid distance measurement.
Returns:
an AffineTransform to concatenate to the default AffineTransform so that 72 units in user space is mapped to 1 inch in device space.

getBounds

public abstract Rectangle getBounds()
Returns the bounds of the GraphicsConfiguration in the device coordinates. In a multi-screen environment with a virtual device, the bounds can have negative X or Y origins.
Returns:
the bounds of the area covered by this GraphicsConfiguration.
Since:
1.3

JavaTM 2 Platform
Std. Ed. v1.3.1

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