This week's book giveaway is in the Testing forum. We're giving away four copies of The Way of the Web Tester: A Beginner's Guide to Automating Tests and have Jonathan Rasmusson on-line! See this thread for details.
No. You can't define a cropped image in the static xml. If you have the cropped image available, you can use it similar to any other image. To get this done at runtime, using Bitmap is the way. Hope it helps.