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AnnotationRepository Class

Represents a collection that stores all annotations that are present in a chart control for any of its element.

Namespace: DevExpress.XtraCharts

Assembly: DevExpress.XtraCharts.v19.1.dll


public class AnnotationRepository :

The following members accept/return AnnotationRepository objects:

Library Related API Members
WinForms Controls ChartControl.AnnotationRepository
ASP.NET Controls and MVC Extensions ChartControlSettings.AnnotationRepository
Reporting XRChart.AnnotationRepository


An object of the AnnotationRepository type is returned by the ChartControl.AnnotationRepository (WebChartControl.AnnotationRepository) property.

Annotations of a particular element (a chart control, pane or series point) are also contained in the AnnotationCollection, returned by the ChartControl.Annotations, XYDiagramPaneBase.Annotations or SeriesPoint.Annotations property of this element.

For more information, refer to Annotations.


This example demonstrates how text and image annotations can be created and anchored to a chart, pane or series point.

using System;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using DevExpress.XtraCharts;
// ...
        private void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e) {
            // Add a text annotation to the chart control's repository.
            chartControl1.AnnotationRepository.Add(new TextAnnotation("Annotation 1"));

            // And, assign a series point to the annotation's AnchorPoint property.
            // This adds the annotation to the series point's Annotations collection.
            chartControl1.AnnotationRepository[0].AnchorPoint =
                new SeriesPointAnchorPoint(chartControl1.Series[0].Points[2]);

            // Now, create an image annotation, and add it to the chart's collection.
            chartControl1.Annotations.AddImageAnnotation("Annotation 2",

            // Define the X and Y absolute coordinates for the annotation, in pixels.
            ((ChartAnchorPoint)chartControl1.Annotations[0].AnchorPoint).X = 150;
            ((ChartAnchorPoint)chartControl1.Annotations[0].AnchorPoint).Y = 150;

            // Obtain the additional pane from the diagram's collection.
            XYDiagramPaneBase myPane = ((XYDiagram)chartControl1.Diagram).Panes[0];

            // And, position the chart's annotation in this pane's right top corner;
            ((FreePosition)chartControl1.Annotations[0].ShapePosition).DockTarget = myPane;
            ((FreePosition)chartControl1.Annotations[0].ShapePosition).DockCorner = DockCorner.RightTop;

            // Another annotation is now being added to the collection of this pane.
            myPane.Annotations.AddImageAnnotation("Annotation 3", Bitmap.FromFile(@"...\...\image.png"));

            // Define its axis coordinates (in units appropriate for the scale type of the axes).
            ((PaneAnchorPoint)myPane.Annotations[0].AnchorPoint).AxisXCoordinate.AxisValue = 2;
            ((PaneAnchorPoint)myPane.Annotations[0].AnchorPoint).AxisYCoordinate.AxisValue = 180;

            // Position the annotation in relation to its anchor point.
            ((RelativePosition)myPane.Annotations[0].ShapePosition).Angle = -135;
            ((RelativePosition)myPane.Annotations[0].ShapePosition).ConnectorLength = 50;

            // You can get an annotation either via the collection of the element to which it is anchored,
            // or centrally, via the chart control's repository (e.g. by its name).
            TextAnnotation myTextAnnotation =
                (TextAnnotation)chartControl1.AnnotationRepository.GetElementByName("Annotation 1");
            ImageAnnotation myImageAnnotation =
                (ImageAnnotation)chartControl1.AnnotationRepository.GetElementByName("Annotation 3");

            // Define the text for the text annotation.
            myTextAnnotation.Text = "<i>Basic</i> <b>HTML</b> <u>is</u> <color=blue>supported</color>.";

            // Enable the interactive positioning for the image annotation.
            myImageAnnotation.RuntimeMoving = true;
            myImageAnnotation.RuntimeAnchoring = true;
            myImageAnnotation.RuntimeResizing = true;
            myImageAnnotation.RuntimeRotation = true;

            // Specify image annotation size mode.
            myImageAnnotation.SizeMode = ChartImageSizeMode.Tile;

            // And, adjust image annotation appearance options.
            myImageAnnotation.ShapeKind = ShapeKind.RoundedRectangle;
            myImageAnnotation.ShapeFillet = 10;
            myImageAnnotation.ConnectorStyle = AnnotationConnectorStyle.Arrow;
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