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EASY - Installing Chartfx for delphi 3 (or using packages)

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I have just switched from delphi 2 to delphi 3.
I want to install the full version of chartfx 3 but to do this
I first need to remove the free version that comes with delphi 3.

The free version of chartFX is installed in the active X package
in delphi.

The problem is that delphi will not let me edit this package?

If I go into components|install packages and select 'imported active x controls' the edit button is greyed out.

If I try loading the file directly into the package editor then all the
buttons (compile, add, remove etc) are greyed out.

I have checked the file on disk and it is not read-only

I am sure that it is something obvious that I am missing but I
can not find out what.

Can anybody help me?
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by:essbb
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Update..
I have made some progress, If you load the package file into the package editor and right-click and select save and close package editor.
Now when you go into components|Install packages it will let you edit it.

New Problem
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I removed chartfx from the package and recompiled. Now all the controls
on the active x page of the component pallet have lost their icon information. Does anybody know why and how to fix it?
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by:StevenB
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 The quick fix is to reinstall Delphi 3. Select custom install and don't bother installing the ActiveX controls. This should solve your problems and also reduce the risk of you ever contemplating purchacing either the TF1Book or TVTChart components from the visual components company. TRUST me on this one, it will be the biggest waste of money and time you ever invest.
  Seriously, try this solution, it should subsequently allow you to install your ActiveX controls. The other solution involves deleting specific files from various areas in the Delphi Path. If you like the solution then consider giving me the points, I'm slipping down the Experts Ladder and starting to feel inferior (sob).

  Steven.
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by:essbb
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I have decided to take a 'step back' to delphi.

My project is only a few months from roll out and several of our
third party controls do not work properly. Also the general speed
of the program seems to have gone down.

Unfortunatly VCFormulaOne is used in the project. I say unfortunatly because it has caused me lots of problems.

If you can recomend an alternate free / cheap table control
I would be very gratefull. I only need a simple 'spread sheet'
apearance. I do not need any of the functionality of a spreadsheet - such as formulae etc.

Otherwise, thanks for taking the time to help, you can have the points if you register an answer (your last message was just a comment)
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StevenB earned 200 total points
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 Your story sounds very similar to mine. We have spent months and months of wasted time trying to force the F1Book to behave. Every step forward is met by two backwards. Unfortunately we havn't found a replacement component, but then we need full Spreadsheet functionality, rather than your simpler grid/table requirements. Suffice it to say that I shall never contemplate using ANY third party products in my projects again. In the time taken to try and sort out the TF1Book I could have written a complete spreadsheet of my own and saved several hundred ££'s.
  If I do find a good simple component of the sort you're looking for then I'll post it up here. In the mean time, I trust you've checked at the following:

http://SunSITE.icm.edu.pl/delphi/
http://www.intermid.com/sherlock/compmall.htm

  Steven.
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