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As part of a project to manage my collection of photos, I wanted to add the capability of displaying a series of files as thumbnails. This posed me with three problems: 1. how to preserve the aspect ratio of the original images 1. how to generate the thumbnails without tying up the application 1. how to avoid running out of memory Because generating thumbnails of images is (I think) of reasonably wide interest I thought I'd write it up as a code snippet. To recreate the project, start with a blank form and add two buttons, btnDetails and btnThumbs. Add …

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I've rewritten this question a half dozen times and each time it makes less sense. In a nutshell, I want to populate a listview with large icons representing image files but I can't get them to come out unstretched. They are always stretched along the x or y axis because the aspect ratios vary. Does anyone know how to create a thumbnail to go into an imageList so that the thumbnail is padded in either direction to prevent stretching?

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The End.