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  • Storing. Photocopies of Documents

    I have a database file of my family
    How can I store the photocopies of members documents on A5

  • #2
    One approach would involve scanning your documents to JPG image files. Then store them in one or more folders on disk. Then use an Image_file_reference field in your A5 table to link to each one. Each image file should have a unique name and path.

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    • #3
      You have 3 easily available options for Images.
      The field characteristics you use will dictate which search path is used when adding images.

      PNG Image will initially open only a search for .png image types. You cannot change the selection type and upload a .jpeg from here.

      JPeg Image will initially search for .jpeg but will allow you to upload .jpg and .png also.

      Image File Reference is simply a link to the location of the image, however it defaults to .jpg initially.

      To avoid errors with images, I would suggest that the Image File Reference is the better option. If you wish to make an application which you distribute within the family and need to access the images from several locations, you might consider using Dropbox or Google Drive to store the images you wish to share.
      ALWAYS keep a local backup though.
      Ted Giles
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      • #4
        Thanks a lot sir... I will try it and revert back..

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        • #5
          I would never use the Image File Reference. Never!! This is a field that does not have a literal value that can be changed or edited. If at any time the image file that the field is pointed to needs to be moved, the link is broken and the re-connection is a manual one-at-a-time re-pointing. It cannot be done with code because there is no value in the field. I will put together an example of what I recommend in the morning.
          Mike W
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          • #6
            Here is an example of how to have files saved and the file names in a table and not using image file reference.
            Attached Files
            Mike W
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            • #7
              Nice try Mike, but;
              "If you wish to make an application which you distribute within the family and need to access the images from several locations, you might consider using Dropbox or Google Drive to store the images you wish to share."

              I understand why you are opposed to IFR, however it's there for a reason.
              I did a lot of work with Images for a US Licensing operation, and the one thing which was paramount was consistency, both naming convention and image location.

              Without going into too much detail, each image was displayed IF it existed for the item concerned.

              Say you wanted a Receipt.
              There was a Receipts folder on a server.
              The Receipt was named using the item code.
              The search string was server/item code(created locally)/image extension type.
              On opening the images Form, IF a respective image of a receipt existed it was displayed - remember there are 11 different images to contend with.
              As long as the naming convention was adhered to, location was irrelevant.

              So it all depends whether 'L' wants local or with remote capability. (I have a Web app which is used to record Asset Images and data which is much easier to manage using a DT, 'phone or tablet)

              What you demonstrated is a simple local application, which is fine for a single user or a single PC on the same LAN and it works.

              Unfortunately your example has a bug when trying to add a record, which 'L' will find confusing. Not criticising, just saying.

              command: parentform:img1.bitmap.filename = vs_now
              Bad parameter passed to function
              Last edited by Ted Giles; 07-05-2020, 04:14 AM.
              Ted Giles
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              • #8
                Hi Ted,

                "If you wish to make an application which you distribute within the family and need to access the images from several locations, you might consider using Dropbox or Google Drive to store the images you wish to share."
                There is a HUGE difference between Dropbox and Google Drive. Dropbox has local folders and files that are populated through a synching events to maintain the local files constant with the cloud files. It operates in an acceptable fashion. Google Drive is really, an exclusively a cloud storage repository. There is no capability to access a "file" that is in Google Drive from a desktop application. Google has a supposed system like Dropbox but it works .... pardon my grammer... for shit! The Google exchange to local files is a major dog and isn't workable.

                I understand why you are opposed to IFR, however it's there for a reason.
                Yes. Have you ever used IFR and then moved an application to a different location. All the IFR data are literal and if you move them, the links do not update. You have to update them all one-at-a-time.

                I downloaded the example app I uploaded into several computers and ran the tiny app. I don't see the problem you are suggesting.
                Mike W
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                "I rebel in at least small things to express to the world that I have not completely surrendered"

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                • #9
                  Chiming in, I would definitely agree with Mike on Dropbox. I've also had good success with OneDrive which works in the same manner as Dropbox. It does not limit your use to 3 computers for the free version as Dropbox does and gives you more free storage, but if I didn't need it for more than 3 computers I would choose Dropbox, but that's my preference. You should try both, but as Mike so eloquently put it, I would steer clear of Google drive for now. The only thing I know about IFR is that it's infrared. Oh' wait that's image file reference, sorry!

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                  • #10
                    Mike, I understand.
                    The error is this;


                    PM regarding Ira.
                    Ted Giles
                    Example Consulting - UK
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