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I am writing a program that wil have about 1000 bitmaps throughout it. What is the best way to display the bitmap on each screen without swelling the size of my executable?
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Mike Ross
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Hi.
you can create those images at runtime and load'em from the needed files:

public
bmp:timage
{ Public declarations }

....

procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
begin
bmp:=timage.Create(form1);//or another form
bmp.Parent:=form1;// ----------- // --------
bmp.AutoSize:=true;//here when it created you can also modify //other parameters like bmp.left and bmp.width
bmp.Picture.LoadFromFile('d:\pictures\bitmap.bmp');//or another //bitmap
end;

and dont forget to call bmp.free in Form1.onclose.

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You can add bitmaps to DLL, not to EXE, or you can use them as separate BMP files, by calling TImage.Picture.LoadFromFile('MyPicture.bmp');
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Sh*t, duke_n posted answer when i wrote my comment.
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You can also include them in a Resource file which I think is the best way since no one can exchange your bitmaps....Otherwise if you load the bitmaps from a file someone can change the bitmap and just change the name to be as the previous....

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Viktor Ivanov
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