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  • Database Colours

    That right with a "U"!

    Seems these custom colours are attached to an individual dbf.

    Any way of making them system wide or at least copyable to another dbf.

    Thanks "eh"

    John

  • #2
    Re: Database Colours

    Hi John,

    The colour definitions are stored in the .adb file of the application so they are at least usable application wide. (But that is probably what you meant, eh)

    Check out A5.LOAD_USER_COLORS() and A5.SAVE_USER_COLORS()

    After using the load colours I would try saving the resultant dot variable to a text file which you could import in the second application. Check out PROPERTY_TO_STRING() for this.

    Tim
    (an ex Ontario resident)
    Tim Kiebert
    Eagle Creek Citrus
    A complex system that does not work is invariably found to have evolved from a simpler system that worked just fine.

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    • #3
      Re: Database Colours

      Tim

      Thanks very much

      John

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      • #4
        Re: Database Colours

        I'd like to help but I don't speak Canadian.:D

        However, if you can read American, this might help a little bit....

        I noticed that Tim mentioned the Save_user_colors() functions. I believe these are just for system colors - not the colors saved for the application.

        FWIW: These system colors can be a great help. I modified mine so certain types of code (text strings for one and %dlg% sections for another) stand out better. I especially like having the colors modified when hard coding HTML. By changing the backgrounds I can easily identify the HTML sections vs. the xbasic sections.

        Back to the application colors:

        I created a routine to get the current colors - that didn't take long at all - but found out it would take a lot longer to enter them into another app. IF it was a simple overwrite, it might not be too bad but I hate to do something like this without checking for existing colors before overwriting them and allowing the user to select which colors to add/overwrite.

        Here's the "get" routine. As-is, it's a script. If you want to make it a function to return the colors as a character string, just unrem the "FUNCTION" and "END FUNCTION" lines. At the very least, this might make it easier to copy the colors into another app.
        Code:
        'Date Created: 07-Apr-2009 09:09:58 AM
        'Last Updated: 07-Apr-2009 09:09:58 AM
        'Created By  : Cal Locklin
        'Updated By  : Cal Locklin
         
        'FUNCTION Global_colors_get as C ()
        DIM global_colors_get as C
        global_colors_get = "" 'FYI
        appname = file.filename_parse( a5.Get_Name(), "N" )
        dp = dictionary.open( a5.Get_Path() + chr(92) + appname + ".alb" )
        dp.fetch_first()
        WHILE .not. dp.fetch_eof()
            IF dp.name = "Global Colors"
                global_colors_get = trim( dp.contents_m )
                dp.fetch_last()
            END IF
            dp.fetch_next()
        END WHILE
        dp.close()
        
        IF global_colors_get = ""
            msg = "No color definitions were found in this application."
            ui_msg_box( "NO COLORS FOUND", msg, ui_attention_symbol )
        ELSE
            'If changed to a function, none of this is necessary - but you 
            'might want to keep them anyway.
            clipboard.Set_Data( global_colors_get )
            'ui_msg_box( "COLORS", global_colors_get )
        END IF
        'END FUNCTION

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        • #5
          Re: Database Colours

          If what you want to do is to pull a set of custom-defined colors from one database to another you could download the copy utilities I placed in the code archive and use it. Select "Global Colors" as the "object" (something of a misnomer) and select the source and destination databases. You will need to close and reopen the database to see the new colors which will be available in the color picker list.

          Because the colors are stored in a data dictionary record, but the panel for defining said colors is part of the adb file, you will see the colors in the pick list but you will not see the color definitions under Database, settings, colors.
          Finian

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          • #6
            Re: Database Colours

            Tom & Finian

            Thank you both very much. I will try both methods.

            My "cheque" is in the mail.

            John

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            • #7
              Re: Database Colours

              Hi Tim,

              Originally posted by Tim Kiebert View Post
              ...The colour definitions are stored in the .adb file of the application so they are at least usable application wide. (But that is probably what you meant, eh)

              Check out A5.LOAD_USER_COLORS() and A5.SAVE_USER_COLORS()
              ..........
              Tim
              (an ex Ontario resident)
              For those down under, and Canada and the UK, I have 2 functions that might help you a bit that I have listed below
              Code:
              FUNCTION A5.LOAD_USER_COLOURS AS C (name="" as c, colour_info as p)
              'DESCRIPTION: Saves custom colour definitions
              
              A5.LOAD_USER_COLOURS=A5.LOAD_USER_COLORS(name,colour_info)
              END FUNCTION
              
              
              FUNCTION A5.SAVE_USER_COLOURS AS C (name="" as c, colour_info as p)
              'DESCRIPTION: Loads custom colour definitions into variables
              
              A5.SAVE_USER_COLOURS=A5.SAVE_USER_COLORS(name,colour_info)
              END FUNCTION
              I hope this helps internationalize Alpha a bit more!:D
              Regards,

              Ira J. Perlow
              Computer Systems Design


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              • #8
                Re: Database Colours

                IRA

                I'm impressed, even spelt correctly.

                Thanks, John

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                • #9
                  Re: Database Colours

                  Ira,

                  :D You are oohhh so helpful.

                  Cal,
                  May be the aussie accent made it even harder to understand the Canadian lingo. :) But those two functions (the ones Ira so graciously interpreted for us) do access the same info that the code you posted does. Your code seems to result in one block of txt(from a memo field) that contains all the colo(u)rs in a bunch where as A5.LOAD_USER_COLORS() divides each colour into seperate items in a pointer array.

                  Then we have Finian's utility. A couple of clicks and its done. Nice. I don't know, but imagine that Finian's code is accessing the alb the way your code does.

                  Any way it looks like we have this issue colored. Oops, I mean covered.
                  Tim Kiebert
                  Eagle Creek Citrus
                  A complex system that does not work is invariably found to have evolved from a simpler system that worked just fine.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Database Colours

                    <<I don't know, but imagine that Finian's code is accessing the alb the way your code does.>>

                    Tim:

                    It's pretty simple really. The utility is based entirely on appending data dictionary records. As in, convert the source and destination data dictionaries to tables, get rid of the records you don't want in the source and append to the destination the ones you do.
                    Finian

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                    • #11
                      Re: Database Colours

                      Finian,
                      Thanks for the explanation. Simple maybe, but very effective.
                      Tim Kiebert
                      Eagle Creek Citrus
                      A complex system that does not work is invariably found to have evolved from a simpler system that worked just fine.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Database Colours

                        Originally posted by CALocklin View Post
                        .... Save_user_colors() functions. I believe these are just for system colors - not the colors saved for the application.
                        My apologies for being so far off on that one - 180 degrees off in fact.

                        However, my other comments remains. If you haven't looked into editing your system colors (View/Settings/System/System Colors) you might want to. It allows you to change background colors as well as font colors for various types of code. The default colors don't provide enough variation in my opinion.

                        I've attached a copy of my own colors if you want a starting point. These are the definitions that work on my monitor. I had to change them when I went from the old CRT monitor to the LCD monitor so be aware that there may be minor differences on your monitor. (And, if you don't like my colors at all, to bad - change 'em.:p)

                        To import my file:
                        - download it to your system
                        - change the extension to .a5t (I had to change it to upload it)
                        - put the file under "Application Data" in your "Alpha Five Version 9" folder. It should be something like "C:\Documents and Settings\<UserName>\Application Data\Alpha Software\Alpha Five Version 9" in XP.
                        - Open A5, go to View/Settings/System/System Colors and click the Load button. (I'm not sure if you need to save the existing colors as default. I doubt it but you might want to just in case.)

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