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OLE, embedding and linking

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A book said that in OLE, embedding needs much more disk space than linking. I thought I understood it: embedding saves the picture (if the outer application is Paint) in the VB application but linking only know where is the picture which is outside the VB application.

However, when checked the files I found both embedding and linking need save the pictures within VB application itselves. Both of them have got .frx files with the same size!

Perhaps I misunderstood embedding and linking? Can you help?
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OLE will embed the picture into the project (ie form) and save a .frx (VB binary file) , thus another copy of the original file is created, and i'm not too sure which format it is saved in. probably BMP. (and then into the EXE once compiled)
Where as linking will path to the file and load it from a dedicated path (thus you need to know exactly where the file is so that you can load it). This means only one copy is stored on disk.
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Even link keeps an image of your document! If the link is broken, you will see that image but you won't be able to work with it.


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1. As Emoreau said, even Linking saves the picture/document in VB application. That is the .frx file, the same as in Embedding case.

2. If the source application (Paint, Word...) damaged, we should not be able to modify the picture/document in both Embedding and Linking cases, I think.

3. Do you think the picture wont be compiled into the exe file in Linking case but it will in Embedding case?
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If you embed an object, you don't need the source file anymore. Users will be able to modify this object (but the original stays untouched).

If you link an object, you will still need a valid reference at run-time to allow your user to modify it (even if they saw an image).
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To Emoreau

Thank you very much for your comments.

I still not clear :-( When you say "object", do you mean some kind of copy of the source application, such as Paint? If your answer is yes, can we run the VB application Embedding with Paint after deleting (not really) Paint?
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Yes an object can be any document generated by another application (as the O says in OLE).

Yes, once an object is embedded, its source can be deleted (or if you distribute you application, you do not have to distribute it).
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Hi Emoreau

Yes, I like your comments: very clear.

If my user has got no Paint.exe, can he use my application (Embedding Paint) any paint something on the OLE control as if he got Paint.exe? If your answer is yes again, we need to remember to check the lisence of Paint before distribute the application...

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If your users don't have the application that can read your embedded object, your users will see an image of your object (because it is kept) but they won't be able to edit it.
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Many thanks to Emoreau.
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