By Graham Asher on 23 February 2010
The beta version of the CartoType .NET wrapper is now available here. You can use it freely for evaluation and non-commercial applications.
The .NET wrapper allows you to write CartoType applications in any .NET language, on any .NET platform. The API is simple and straightforward to use. You create an Engine object, load some fonts, then create one or more Map objects. The Map class contains about forty public functions that allow you to resize, rotate, pan, zoom, find objects, convert pointer events to map positions, convert to and from latitude and longitude, calculate and display routes, and more.
Drawing a map is very easy. You call Map.GetBitmap, which returns a standard .NET bitmap object for you to draw in a window or save as a file.
Naturally the CartoType .NET wrapper works with Intellisense in the Visual Studio 2008 IDE to display function arguments and tooltips.