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JPEGS on a Form Mystery

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    JPEGS on a Form Mystery

    For whatever reason, despite all of the years I’ve used A5, I never used jpegs on a form [not an individual file] and I was surprised by what happened when I finally tried it earlier this week. I was also surprised by something else that happened when I utilized a work around.

    I placed two .jpg files [photos], that were stored in a completely different folder on my hard drive, on a form. I saved the form, opened it, and everything was perfect. I closed the database, opened it, and I could still see both photos correctly displayed on the form so I thought I was finished.

    However, after I exited from Alpha Five, started A5 back up, and then opened my form, I received two messages stating A5 cannot find the bitmaps. I tried this in three different databases with different jpeg files and the results were identical.

    Why did placing a link to the photo files on my hard drive work initially? A5 had no trouble finding the files and displaying them on the form, even after I closed the application. What effect did exiting from A5, as opposed to just closing the application, have on A5's inability to subsequently find those same jpegs?

    Work Around
    I imported the image files into the Code Tab of the database. I then edited the form, placing the jpeg files on the form, but this time they came from the library instead of an external folder on my hard drive. That worked even after I exited from A5. However, I noticed that it took an unusually long time to save each form when I used jpeg files stored in the database library.

    I’m sure there’s a logical explanation for all of the above, but I’m baffled.
    Last edited by rtbtat; 02-18-2010, 11:51 AM.

    Re: JPEGS on a Form Mystery

    Hi Robert,

    I have always placed Picture files(if there are only a handfull), inside the application folder. That way Alpha has an easy time of looking for them.

    When I first started using Alpha5, the JPEG's were left like you state in their origional folders on a drive.

    But when I went to multiuser applications, the problems started, with the drive mapping.

    Can't explain exactly what happened in your case, but is it a mapping problem?




      Re: JPEGS on a Form Mystery

      I love this forum!

      Ed Barley, thank you so much. It looks as if your suggestion was right on the money. I moved the jpegs from an external folder on my hard drive into the application folder. I then added the jpegs to my main form, exited from Alpha Five, opened it again, and voila, the photos were still displayed on the form.

      I don't know why A5 could initially find those jpegs in external folders, even after the application was closed, but then lost them after I exited from Alpha Five. Somehow, shutting down A5 broke the link to the external folders. But whatever the reason for the failure, this appears to be a simple but nifty solution. I don't want to get excited until I know it's still working tomorrow and two weeks from now.
      Last edited by rtbtat; 02-18-2010, 04:21 PM.


        Re: JPEGS on a Form Mystery

        Hi Robert,

        I remember you helping me a bunch of years back. So hopefully I can repay just a little bit.

        When I made one of my apps with V5.5, I had put Icon, company logo bmp., etc into V5.5 directory, and hardcoded a few reports to the BMP file.

        All the way through V9, I use the same V5.5 folder for the images, for that particular application,so I know it works, using a different folder to hold them.

        Anyway, glad the workaround got you going.




          Re: JPEGS on a Form Mystery

          Ed, I was so glad that you remembered my assistance from years ago, that's always appreciated. I usually refer people in need to my close buddy Steve Workings, but it's nice to know that I can occasionally provide help.

          This issue is one of those experiences that does not involve anything major, but it raises my level of frustration to the point that I place too much emphasis upon the unknown cause.

          1. Placing jpegs from an external folder on a form worked.
          2. I could still see the photos after I closed the application several times.
          3. But the link to the photos failed to work after I exited from Alpha Five and subsequently restarted A5. Why?

          I always blame myself for doing something wrong, but maybe there's another logical explanation. Even though the issue is resolved, number 3 above is still puzzling me. I know I should let it go because in the overall scheme of things, it's pretty trivial.