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  • CraigSchumacker
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    Re: Bitmap Library

    Also, consider this:

    I, like you, use graphics on my apps. I spend as much time in Photoshop as in Alpha.

    If you use a lot of graphics, and want them embedded in Alpha - if for no other reason than wrapping them so they are not as easily borrowed, consider several smaller libraries, rather than one large one.

    You could, say, create a library with your toolbar icons, one for your form icons, one for your "card stack' icons, etc.

    This is only important with large numbers.

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  • Peter.Greulich
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    What Craig said

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  • Peter.Greulich
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    There's nothing to be sorry for; it's not dumb. From the controlpanel's code tab select "New" and the last choice in the list is "Bitmap". I don't believe it needs to be *.bmp, but you can experiment.

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  • CraigSchumacker
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    I think Peter means right click in the code area of the control panel, and add new icons (BMP,JPG,PNG Without transparency) to the ALM file for the workspace / database.

    If you want consistant transparency with PNG, you must keep it as a file on a drive.

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  • Tom Henkel
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    Originally posted by Peter.Greulich View Post
    Tom,

    If you are looking for nice (free) icons, go to https://www.iconfinder.com/ and type in "clipboard". Filter on "Free" and pick the size you want, download and add to Alpha Five as a new image from the controlpanel.
    How/where would one add to the bitmap library? I'm sorry for asking such a dumb question, but I don't see it.

    Tom

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  • Peter.Greulich
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    Tom,

    Perhaps the problem is that even though the Alphabit table is supplied in v10-v12, it's not used. Type in the IW:

    ? A5_PROMPT_FOR_IMAGENAME()

    And select or look for images. You won't find Office36 or any of the others.

    The Alphabit table does still include Office36, etc. It's just that they are no longer used by the system. Don't know where the current library is stored.

    If you are looking for nice (free) icons, go to https://www.iconfinder.com/ and type in "clipboard". Filter on "Free" and pick the size you want, download and add to Alpha Five as a new image from the controlpanel.

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  • Tom Henkel
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    Craig,

    This is the whole line of what is in the "define Picture" location:

    [email protected]:\Program Files\a5V12\Alphabit.bml

    Attached is the preview...

    Like I said, Curious!

    Tomoffice36.jpg

    ...sorry its so small.

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  • CraigSchumacker
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    I do not have [email protected] in my Alpha Five Bitmap library....

    All the names in my version 12 library use the following naming format:

    $$resource.browse.sort.ascending

    I still think you are seeing an echo of an older - orphaned library.

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  • Tom Henkel
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    I just went back into v12 to see if the bitmap libraries are truly the same, and I searched for [email protected] in the v12 bitmap library, and it WAS there, however, the bitmap and text DO NOT appear on the button even though the preview shows appropriately.

    curious-er and curious-er...


    Tom

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  • CraigSchumacker
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    So, if what Peter and I think is so, was version 10 on a different machine where an older folder with an older bitmap assortment (an older alphabit.* group of 3 files) might have existed under an older path?

    When I looked back to a picture of your menu system you posted in 2011, I saw images I remembered from A5, but haven't seen or used in years. If you are still using them, and if there is no way to 'import' or 'export' them, recreating the path as in message 2 may be an alternative.

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  • Peter.Greulich
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    Tom,

    I'm pretty sure v10-11-12 bitmap library hasn't changed.

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  • CraigSchumacker
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    Are you sure these aren't from an earlier library?

    If you look at your 'Information Services Main Menu', then the employee list.... Is it a guy sitting with his feet up on a desk?

    If so, those are from years ago. Maybe version 4, or even earlier than that.

    Not trying to be funny here, but either the picture doesn't exist, or the link is pointing to a location that does not exist.

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  • Tom Henkel
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    believe it or not, the software is smart enough and is looking at the v12 bml.

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  • CraigSchumacker
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    Tom:

    I think it's the same bitmaps year-after-year.

    Your links to the images in the probably include the A5 folder name where you originally created the app.

    Try copying the alphabit.* files to directories you make in the program files folders, like:

    c:\program files\A5v7
    c:\program files\a5v6, etc

    Until you hit on the right path.

    Or, just re-select the images on the buttons, but I think you have an extensive application that spans years of work, right?

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  • Tom Henkel
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    Bitmap Library

    I am evaluating v12 for possible upgrade.

    Right off the bat, I am having problems with bitmaps on buttons.

    I was using the alphabit.bml in ver 10 for bitmaps on buttons in my main menu.

    Lo and behold, those bitmaps either don't exist or are renamed in the alphabit.bml for ver 12.

    Does anyone have an idea about copying the bitmaps from ver 10 into the ver 12 .bml?

    Thanks,

    Tom
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