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  • Color for ui_get_file ?

    One of my wiser ladies finally complained in a most useful way. This script, which starts with ui_get_file, is going wrong because the users can't find the target file. If it isn't on the screen in front of them, they don't know what to do and sometimes make horrid guesses.

    So I shall change the old Title "Copy new files FROM:" to "Be sure you are copying zips from the right place:" but is there any way to make that red?

    I'm not even sure how to search if the left pane of one's Windows Explorer is not a tree, nor do I want to explain that to those who don't need to know.

  • #2
    Re: Color for ui_get_file ?

    Can you not start the lookup in the correct subfolder?
    dim defdir as C = "c:\documents"
    filename = ui_get_file("Select File", "", defdir +"\*.*")


    • #3
      Re: Color for ui_get_file ?

      I don't know the correct folder. Usually (but not always) the file will be emailed, and there's no telling where those attachments go. Sometimes the file will be on a thumbdrive passed around. And I keep a copy on Skydrive - which confuses everyone.


      • #4
        Re: Color for ui_get_file ?

        Well, thats kind of random.
        A message in red is not much of a solution.
        Centralize all such files.


        • #5
          Re: Color for ui_get_file ?

          Maybe a variation on Ray's idea. Create a starting point directory on the users' machines. Code the ui_get_file() to start there. In that directory place shortcuts to all known likely directories the file might be found.
          There can be only one.


          • #6
            Re: Color for ui_get_file ?

            An Xdialog might be useful here as you can format the color for any static text.

            Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford


            • #7
              Re: Color for ui_get_file ?

              Xdialog is a lot more work than I am willing to spend to color a phrase. We'll stick with the wordy title for now.

              The idea is to put some files into users' X:\A5V11\Archives. X varies, and the files can come in email or on thumb drive or via download or such. Folks here would just use Windows Explorer or their pet substitute.


              • #8
                Re: Color for ui_get_file ?

                If you put a folder on their desktop mapped to their x:\A5v11\Archives folder, they can just open that folder and drag their files coming from whereever into it. Also modify the folder icon so it is easy to identify. And since it is now on their desktop, they only need to look there.

                Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford


                • #9
                  Re: Color for ui_get_file ?

                  Basically, Ray had the right thought. Make sure all files go to the same place on the server. Searches can then know where to find them. Most of my clients have folders for emailin, emailout, pdfin, pdfout, etc. so an search can be made to that spot you are most likely to find.
                  Training seems to always be the second part.
                  Dave Mason
                  [email protected]
                  Skype is dave.mason46


                  • #10
                    Re: Color for ui_get_file ?

                    There is no server. If the ladies knew how to put the file in a specific place, we would just put it in the app folder to start with.

                    I've just gone a TeamViewer round with practice changing the Open box to Desktop or the thumbdrive. Maybe some of it will stick.


                    • #11
                      Re: Color for ui_get_file ?

                      Are all of you working on separate applications, completely stand alone?
                      No local area network?
                      Dave Mason
                      [email protected]
                      Skype is dave.mason46


                      • #12
                        Re: Color for ui_get_file ?

                        Every now and then council gives us a network long enough to miss it when it's gone. A few ladies work on specific tables. We have scripts so they can share their recent work, usually via thumbdrive or email. Most ladies use the whole app for reference. But if I want to change a form or report or such, I distribute the appropriate *.dd? or the like.

                        The table changing ladies know how to find a file to "Open." The ladies who just get new forms or such are not as experienced in locating files.