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Need Help Configuring a Button to run External Program with special command line.

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  • Need Help Configuring a Button to run External Program with special command line.

    I'm using a medical camera that has it's own application to capture images. However, it comes with a generic database that requires that you enter information before you can capture (name, age, etc). The company told me that I can bypass their database and send images to a folder so I can use my A5 database. The target line of the capture program's desktop shortcut has to be modified.
    The standard shortcut target line looks something like this:

    "C:\Program Files\Camera\Start.exe"

    I have to add on to it where I want the images saved.

    "C:\Program Files\Camera\Start.exe" /Capture "C:\My App\A5Images" 0

    The zero at the end tells the camera to go into still capture mode so it needs to be there.
    Now the problem.
    I can't figure out how to get the shortcut modification to work on a form button.
    I've tried using the action script "Run Another Program" with the mod as the command line, but I get an "Expected Value" error. Taking that out of the command line option, and obviously the camera program runs just fine with their generic database asking for information. I'm not knowledgeable enough about xbasic to figure out what I'm missing.
    I hope this makes sense.
    Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

  • #2
    Re: Need Help Configuring a Button to run External Program with special command line.

    Hi Jimmy,

    Have a look at SYS_SHELL() in the help file.
    Keith Hubert
    Alpha Guild Member
    KHDB Management Systems
    Skype = keith.hubert

    For your day-to-day Needs, you Need an Alpha Database!


    • #3
      Re: Need Help Configuring a Button to run External Program with special command line.

      I think you'll have to convert the action script to xbasic and use

      sys_shell("C:\Program Files\Camera\Start.exe /Capture C:\My App\A5Images 0")
      There can be only one.


      • #4
        Re: Need Help Configuring a Button to run External Program with special command line.


        In the action scripting enter the following into the program name field

        C:\Program Files\Camera\Start.exe

        and enter the following into the command line

        /Capture 'C:\My App\A5Images' 0

        or try

        /Capture \"C:\My App\A5Images\" 0

        I think the problem is alpha does not expect " marks in the command line field and the xbasic that gets built uses " marks

        Jeff Ryder


        • #5
          Re: Need Help Configuring a Button to run External Program with special command line.

          Stan and Jeff,
          Both ways worked perfectly!! Thanks very much

          Jeff, the second line you gave me was the one that worked. The first line worked in A5 but the capture program didn't know what to do. The second one didn't work at first, until I realized I forgot to put that last \ in there! Then it worked like a charm.

          Gee, at first I didn't have a clue how to get it to work. Now I've got 2 ways!!

          Thanks again guys!!