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    Default 7 simple questions from a newbie

    As a newcomer to AlphaFive, I have been faced with a couple of relatively basic issues when using the software in the last few days.

    Could someone shed some light about how to:

    - Insert a .gif bitmap object (are only .bmp, .jpg, .png supported?)

    - When adding our own customized form icon (via form properties), can't we simply browse and select the file? Do we need to use the code?

    - Why when inserting a new bitmap object, the bitmap selection screen does not pup up automatically? Instead, we need to select the newly added bitmap frame on the form and go to properties to select the bitmap file.

    - How can we autofit the content of a browse column to its content (same as “me.columname.columnwidth = -2” in VBA put on an "On Current" Event)

    - How can we have decimals of a record shown only if they exist. For instance: 2.00 would appear as 2 but 2.25 would appear as 2.25. In other words how can we make the “.00” not to appear.

    - How to insert a sub-form (or browse) which is not part of a “one to many” relationship with the main form.

    - How can we change the source table/set of a form after the form has been created?

    I have been trying to look at the User Guide and message board but could not find an answer to the above questions. My apologies for listing up so many questions at once.
    if it is against the message board rules, please let me know.

    Thank You

    Thierry

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    Default Re: 7 simple questions from a newbie

    Hi Thierry,

    It is not so much against the rules but just makes it very difficult to maintain the integrity of a thread with more than one question at a time. The other aspect to consider is when other users try to do a search, their result would be rather confusing.

    That said, I'll answer this one.
    how can we make the “.00” not to appear
    Format the field on the form or report, to show blank if value = 0.
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    Default Re: 7 simple questions from a newbie

    Hi Thierry

    Quote Originally Posted by jakircevic View Post
    Could someone shed some light about how to:

    - Insert a .gif bitmap object (are only .bmp, .jpg, .png supported?)
    Gif is not supported as it is proprietary to Compuserve without licensing. PNG is the new GIF


    Quote Originally Posted by jakircevic View Post
    - When adding our own customized form icon (via form properties), can't we simply browse and select the file? Do we need to use the code?
    I don't know offhand

    Quote Originally Posted by jakircevic View Post
    - Why when inserting a new bitmap object, the bitmap selection screen does not pup up automatically? Instead, we need to select the newly added bitmap frame on the form and go to properties to select the bitmap file.
    Probably because that's how it was created. Add a request in Wishlist features section

    Quote Originally Posted by jakircevic View Post
    - How can we autofit the content of a browse column to its content (same as “me.columname.columnwidth = -2” in VBA put on an "On Current" Event)
    There is an option like that in ListView objects of XDialog, I don't believe there is one for Browse. You could add a request in Wishlist features section. Using HTML grid objects on forms should allow this though.

    Quote Originally Posted by jakircevic View Post
    - How can we have decimals of a record shown only if they exist. For instance: 2.00 would appear as 2 but 2.25 would appear as 2.25. In other words how can we make the “.00” not to appear.
    Create a user format for the numeric field or convert to character and do the conversions to not show trailing decimals
    ""+numbervalue
    will do a simple conversion

    Quote Originally Posted by jakircevic View Post
    - How to insert a sub-form (or browse) which is not part of a “one to many” relationship with the main form.
    Do you mean 1-to-1, or unrelated browse?

    Quote Originally Posted by jakircevic View Post
    - How can we change the source table/set of a form after the form has been created?
    Use Copy To in menu to copy selected form/layout to another table/set

    Quote Originally Posted by jakircevic View Post
    My apologies for listing up so many questions at once.
    if it is against the message board rules, please let me know.
    It's not against the rules, but tends to clutter up multiple answers. For best answers and responses, list in separate threads, and have a clear subject line as to the issue or problem. If you resolve a problem, report back so others can benefit.
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    Default Re: 7 simple questions from a newbie

    Ira,

    Thanks for the correction. I misunderstood what was being asked. Ooops!!
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    Default Re: 7 simple questions from a newbie

    Keith, Ira,

    Thank you very much for your support.
    All points cleared.

    I understood your points about not mixing similar questions into a thread. Sorry, beginner's mistake ;)

    I will rephrase the question about the sub-form issue in a separate thread.

    The AlphaFive community is impressively helpful!

    Thank You

    Thierry

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