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  • Image Reference File Question (Web Reports)

    I have a table that originally had photos stored in an image field within the table. I also had a report that when opened over the web via PDF, the picture would show up in it.

    I recently changed the field in the table to an Image File Reference type, and have the pictures stored in a separate folder. The problem is that now the pictures will show up the report when printed locally or saved locally to a PDF, but when opened over the web in PDF, the images do not show up.

    Just wondering if anyone has had a similar problem.
    Sergeant Richard Hartnett
    Hyattsville City Police Department
    Maryland

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    Re: Image Reference File Question (Web Reports)

    I believe when you manually select an image for an image reference field it uses the full path, but there is a script Richard posted here:http://msgboard.alphasoftware.com/al...t=update+image

    which lets you use relative paths... give that a go...

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    • #3
      Re: Image Reference File Question (Web Reports)

      Hi Andrea, and thanks for the reference link. I read it over, and it looks like it explains how to link a whole bunch of images to the image reference file field in the database by the activation of a script, and I will probably use that method later on when I have lots of images, but right now I only have a few, and I have already linked them to the main table.


      What I can't figure out is why the images display fine on the report when printed locally, but not when opened on the web.
      Sergeant Richard Hartnett
      Hyattsville City Police Department
      Maryland

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      • #4
        Re: Image Reference File Question (Web Reports)

        Did you publish the files? - are they on the server? - and if so are they in the correct folder? - write a small grid to check.
        Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
        Albert Einstein, (attributed)
        US (German-born) physicist (1879 - 1955)

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        • #5
          Re: Image Reference File Question (Web Reports)

          Pete I had NOT published them to the server, although I have now, and still nothing. The pictures are stored in the "images" folder, by the way.

          Since the report is actually a function of the desktop side of A5, I honestly didn't think that it would make a difference if the images had been published or not, although I realize it is necessary if the images are to be viewed over the web in a grid.

          If you have any other suggestions of things I should check, I'm all ears.
          Sergeant Richard Hartnett
          Hyattsville City Police Department
          Maryland

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            Re: Image Reference File Question (Web Reports)

            Originally posted by Rich Hartnett View Post
            What I can't figure out is why the images display fine on the report when printed locally, but not when opened on the web.
            Because the image file paths are full paths, local to your dev machine, rather than relative paths.

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            • #7
              Re: Image Reference File Question (Web Reports)

              I had similar problem and it was related to the paths from the point of view of the intranet and the internet. Whe i first made the program i had put a path for my pictures such as //server1/docs/pictures/ which is accesible from the intranet. But from the internet the access to the same document is something like http:\\mywebserver\pictures\
              I hope this help.

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                Re: Image Reference File Question (Web Reports)

                Okay I have solved the problem, although I still don't understand the "why."

                I had my images store in a folder within my project. The path was /NCPD/RMS/images. When in there, the images would show up in the report if printed from a desktop, but not over the web in PDF format, and when I created a test grid (as suggested by Pete, good idea by the way), the images would not show up in the web grid either. However, Pete's suggestion revealed that the path the grid was looking for, was BHPD/DailyLog/images, which was really odd, because I don't have an "images" folder in that project.

                I put a few images in the "that" folder (BHPD/DailyLog/images), and sure enough, they showed up everyplace. The problem is, I didn't want them in there, I wanted them to stay with the correct project. I kept playing around with it, and finally got it to work by creating the images folder in the /NCPD/project, but not any deeper. So now the images are in /NCPD/images, and they work fine.

                I still don't know why the system kept defaulting to the BHPD project, although it is the first (alphabetically) of many project folders I have on this server, so maybe that has something to do with it.

                Anyway, thanks everyone for the suggestions.
                Sergeant Richard Hartnett
                Hyattsville City Police Department
                Maryland

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                • #9
                  Re: Image Reference File Question (Web Reports)

                  Well done.

                  It's the old "never Give Up" process.
                  Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
                  Albert Einstein, (attributed)
                  US (German-born) physicist (1879 - 1955)

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                  • #10
                    Re: Image Reference File Question (Web Reports)

                    I kept at this, it was a bug - Jerry has now advised the following.

                    Peter

                    We had added a fix and it should be in the next release build. You can now have the same image in the grid and detail without any problems. If you use image file reference fields, we also found a problem. If you didn't specify an alias for the image path in the component, the system might not find the linked image if it was in the database folder or a subfolder under the data. The system now will add the alias to the database folder as a default. If you specifed a full path in the image file reference, that will still work.

                    Jerry Brightbill
                    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
                    Albert Einstein, (attributed)
                    US (German-born) physicist (1879 - 1955)

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                    • #11
                      Re: Image Reference File Question (Web Reports)

                      Originally posted by peteconway View Post
                      I kept at this, it was a bug - Jerry has now advised the following.

                      Peter

                      We had added a fix and it should be in the next release build. You can now have the same image in the grid and detail without any problems. If you use image file reference fields, we also found a problem. If you didn't specify an alias for the image path in the component, the system might not find the linked image if it was in the database folder or a subfolder under the data. The system now will add the alias to the database folder as a default. If you specifed a full path in the image file reference, that will still work.

                      Jerry Brightbill
                      Great news! I had wondered why there were problems with our news pages until I realised it was to do with the same image being used twice in a grid.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Image Reference File Question (Web Reports)

                        I don't see that this fixed anything. I still cannot get an image to appear in a PDF report when run on a WAS server. It works at localhost, not on the server. Has anyone made this work?
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                        • #13
                          Re: Image Reference File Question (Web Reports)

                          I'll take a look - also is it just me or has the Print Genie disapeard in the latest patch? (In the dialog builder)
                          Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
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                            Re: Image Reference File Question (Web Reports)

                            Yep it works...

                            http://117.74.99.4/wt_ozsaver/web_sample.a5w


                            The above is a report that has a field called image from a table. The images in the image reference field are located in the:
                            webroot\Project_Name.WebProjects\default.WebProjects\images\banners

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                            • #15
                              Re: Image Reference File Question (Web Reports)

                              I get an error when I run the report, but I believe you. Can you just send me the table/report/dialog involved in this. I can't get it to work and its a vital last step of a near complete project.
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