B4J Code Snippet [B4X] Multi-platform SVG to B4XBitmap Conversion with a Hidden Webview

I needed to scale and manipulate some iconic images for a project.
There are many sites that offer free, but not unencumbered resources.

I found https://openmoji.org/
All emojis are free to use under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license

These SVG images are scalable. But I still needed a SVG to B4XBitmap converter to manipulate the pixels.
@stevel05 has made wrapper/API for a Java Fx SVG loader. But I needed something that would also work on B4A.

I tried a few things, but then it occurred to me that Webview should be able to do it. And it could!

Here is the conversion Sub:
Private Sub SVG2Bitmap(contents As String) As ResumableSub
    Dim wv As WebView
    Root.AddView(wv, -2 * Root.Width, 0, Root.Width, Root.Height)
    wait for wv_Ready
#if B4J                        'Only difference between B4J and B4A in this snippet
    Dim bm As B4XBitmap = wv.Snapshot
#else if B4A
    Dim bm As B4XBitmap = wv.CaptureBitmap
#End If
    Return bm
End Sub

I placed the Webview offscreen, so it is hidden. But not '.Visible = False', so it is possible to take a snapshot of the rendered SVG.

The output of the attached example is:

I have also attached my SVGPicker, feel free to use.


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William Lancee

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I don't have B4i, and I don't know enough about its webview, its bitmapcreator, or its snapshot to tell you that it will work.
However the code is small and it will be very simple for you to test. Let me know if you do and what you find.