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BLOB fields and bitmaps

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Hi,

I am trying to copy a bitmap from a Blob field into a BitMap variable and then display it in an image control. Why does the following not work?

var
  BitImage : TBitmap;
  PicStream : TMemoryStream;


begin
  PicStream := TMemoryStream.Create;
  BitImage := Tbitmap.Create;
  try
    TBlobField(Table1.FieldByName('Graphic')).SaveToStream(PicStream);
    BitImage.LoadFromStream(PicStream);
    //Process bitmap image here........

    //Display processed image
    Image1.Picture.Bitmap := BitImage;
  finally
    PicStream.Free;
    BitImage.Free;
  end;
end;

I does not crash, just does not do anything!

I think I am missing something fundamental here.

Thanks

Chris
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Or you can use Assign method

Image1.Picture.Bitmap.Assign(TBlobField(Table1.FieldByName('Graphic')));

It call TBlobField.AssignTo method and
AssignTo call SaveToBitmap private method
(see in source)

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Commented:
You are quite right, however this leads me on to a supplemetary question.

I am using the DBDEMOS database BIOLIFE table for the graphic and when I made the change to the program as suggested it then told me that it was an invalid bitmap.

What type of graphic is in this database and how is it handled in the above code?

Regards

Chris

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Commented:
Thanks

Regards

Chris

Commented:
You are right.
There is small error/bug.

Sometimes TGraphicHeader can appears before image
So modify procedure as

{ Paradox graphic BLOB header }

type
  TGraphicHeader = record
    Count: Word;                { Fixed at 1 }
    HType: Word;                { Fixed at $0100 }
    Size: Longint;              { Size not including header }
  end;

procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
var
  BitImage : TBitmap;
  PicStream : TMemoryStream;
  Header: TGraphicHeader;
  Size: Integer;
begin
  PicStream := TMemoryStream.Create;
  BitImage := Tbitmap.Create;
  try
    TBlobField(Table1.FieldByName('Graphic')).SaveToStream(PicStream);

    PicStream.Position := 0;
    Size := PicStream.Size;
    if Size >= SizeOf(TGraphicHeader) then
    begin
      PicStream.Read(Header, SizeOf(Header));
      if (Header.Count <> 1) or (Header.HType <> $0100) or
        (Header.Size <> Size - SizeOf(Header)) then
        PicStream.Position := 0;
    end;

    BitImage.LoadFromStream(PicStream);
    Image1.Picture.Bitmap := BitImage;
  finally
    PicStream.Free;
    BitImage.Free;
  end;
end;

I found its algorithm in the TBlobField.SaveToBitmap private method (db.pas)

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Commented:
Thanks again,

Regards

Chris

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