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    Report with Scanned Background

    Hi Again,

    I've read the posts about scanning a form and using it as a backgroud when placing fields on a report. But I cannot get it to work. Even IRA's instructions didn't help!

    Has anyone successfully done this and have simple 1,2,3 tips to offer.

    I scan the report, save it as a .bmp (low resolution) then place it as a background. But it never fills the area properly or look good. Lots of distortion. I've used both Absolute and Stretch with no good results.

    I'm thinking it might be my monitors resolution?

    Anyway, if you got it working what are you using for:
    Scanning resolution
    Save as? - bmp + how many bits 24? 256 color? The form is B&W.
    Monitor Resolution
    Absolute or stretch
    Other tips

    Or does it always look bad, but prints OK?

    Thanks Again


    RE: Report with Scanned Background

    My scans are full page scans. Sorry I don't remember the resolution or other information. I do remember that when I have done scans that were less than one full page I had to play with margins and other such things. If you have a full page scan try setting the margin slightly larger than your paper and ask it to trim mat print time. (I do use the stretch option)
    Of the scan is less than a fuill page, try to set its size in your graphics proghram to the size that your need in alpha.

    Good luck



      RE: Report with Scanned Background


      I think a need a graphics program. I am trying to use MSpaint and my scanning software. The scanned image does not fill the space. When I go to view, all I get is a black hole.




        RE: Report with Scanned Background

        I'm still attempting to scan to a report and lay the fields over the appropriate area.

        The fields do not line up with the scanned bitmap when printed.

        Any suggestions - (I understand something about hammocks may be needed!)



          RE: Report with Scanned Background

          One more thought.

          Anyone know of any third party program that will scan a form and accept a .dbf file for import.

          A google search showed two products - I've sent for more information.



            RE: Report with Scanned Background

            I would suggest a graphics program. I don't see how you can scan into MSpaint. Do you have Office because there is a program called photo editor in there that should work. Corel has photo house. Wither one of those should work. If I have time later today or tomorrow, I'll send you a sample db with a scan included so you can see what I have.


              RE: Report with Scanned Background

              Thanks Jim, I'd appreciate an example. And I do have a HP 2100 pcs so it does have a scan program, but editing is limited.

              Anyway, I scanned again, at 300 dpi, and still the view of the scanned image in A5, does not equal what prints! Fields placed on the appropriate area, do not end up being printed there.



                RE: Report with Scanned Background


                Just to put closure to this thread. I was unable to scan to make this form - UB-92 (Universal Billing form for medical services).

                So I re-created it on a report - using lots of shift-arrow keys to align things right.

                Anyway, no one else should have to go through the tedium of doing this. If you need it, drop me a note and I'll email it to you.