I'm trying to generate the legend of my mapguide map from the mapguide API but I've found any samples...

Have you an idea of how to use GenerateLegendImage function on a layer and how to convert the MgByteReader result to base64 img string ?

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It's indeed not easy, I've done it myself eventually after a lot of fiddling around. But basically what I did is generate the image with GenerateLegendImage().ToFile() then read that file again and transform that file into a base64 string. And then afterwards clean up the file.


    mservice.GenerateLegendImage(layerResource, 1, 15, 15, "PNG", geometryType, category).ToFile(filename);
    using (Image img = Image.FromFile(filename))
            using (MemoryStream m = new MemoryStream())
                img.Save(m, img.RawFormat);
                byte[] bytes = m.ToArray();

                string base64 = Convert.ToBase64String(bytes);

                return base64;

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