I'm trying to convert pdf files to images. ImageMagick is a great tool, and using the command line tool gets me desired result.

but i need to do this in my code, So added a reference to imagemagick And the following code sample renders each page of the pdf as an image:

MagickNet.InitializeMagick();
using (ImageList im = new ImageList())
{
    im.ReadImages(@"E:\Test\" + fileName + ".pdf");
    int count = 0;
    foreach (Image image in im)
    {
        image.Quality = 100;
        image.CompressType = mageMagickNET.CompressionType.LosslessJPEGCompression;
        image.Write(@"E:\Test\" + fileName + "-" + count.ToString() + ".jpg");
        ++count;
    }
}

The problem: IT LOOKS LIKE CRAP the rendered image is hardly readable. the problem i realized is it uses the default 72 DPI of ImageMagick. and i can't find a way to set it(96dpi or 120dpi gives good results) via the .Net wrapper.

Am I missing something , or there is really no way to set it via this wrapper?

Converting PDF to images using C#.NET - how to set the DPI

Answers

I had a brief look into this.

The Image.Resolution property can be used to set the PDF rendering resolution but that property is not exposed by the ImageMagick.NET wrapper.

Adding the missing property to the Image class is simple enough.

Index: ImageMagickNET/Image.h
===================================================================
--- ImageMagickNET/Image.h  (revision 59374)
+++ ImageMagickNET/Image.h  (working copy)
@@ -532,6 +532,13 @@
        }


+       // Vertical and horizontal resolution in pixels of the image.
+       property Geometry^  Density
+       {
+           void set(Geometry^);
+       }
+
+
        //----------------------------------------------------------------
        // IO
        //----------------------------------------------------------------
Index: ImageMagickNET/Image.cpp
===================================================================
--- ImageMagickNET/Image.cpp    (revision 59374)
+++ ImageMagickNET/Image.cpp    (working copy)
@@ -1099,5 +1099,9 @@
        return bitmap;
    }

+   void Image::Density::set(Geometry^ density_)
+   {
+       image->density(*(density_->geometry));
+   }
 }

Unfortunately it seems that a bug prevents us from setting the rendering quality while iterating through the PDF pages as you're attempting to do.

Another option would be to open each page separately:

Image image = new Image();
image.Density = new Geometry("1000");  // 1000 dpi
image.Read(@"C:\u\test.pdf[2]");       // Open the 3rd page, index 0 is the first

If the page number is out of range you get a raw C++ exception. While you can catch it in C# the wrapper should probably include a .NET exception class for representing ImageMagick errors.