View picture from Access database

Posted on 2000-03-28
Last Modified: 2010-05-02
I use the following to view Access database text items:

MySQL = "SELECT * FROM tAddress "
Set dbtemp = OpenDatabase(dbname)
Set rst = dbtemp.OpenRecordset(MySQL)
     ID = rst("ID")
     Last = rst("Last")
     First = rst("First")
 List1.AddItem Last & First

My database has a picture in a picture field.  What code do I use to display that picture in an image box?
Question by:donb1

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Can pictureboxes be data bound? IF so, just set the datasource to the field in your database. Otherwise, hmm. I don't know. I've never tried that.

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You've stored picture as OLE object in MSAccess in LongBinaryFormat. This can be read using a DATAControl + ImageBox linked to that database-table-field and not by using DAO.
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Take a look at the AppendChunk / GetChunk example in VB Help. (at least in VB5 Help).  It shows an example using of displaying an image from a DB.

Note that loading a picture requires it to either be in a file, or in the Clipboard.  I can't find a way to put the data straight from a variable onto the clipboard, so you need to write a file out to do this.
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As bhess1 said, you can't load direct from the database into the control. Thus you'll find it 2x faster to keep the image on disk and simply keep a pointer to the image file.

This Q comes up all the time and keeping images *in* a database is a bad idea. It bloats the database, slows retreival times, doesn't scale, and generally makes things cumbersome and fragile.

If you leave the images out on disk and just keep a pointer to the file you can have more images online than any single drive or server can hold and your total image store can greatly exceed what any database can hold.

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  Sounds good, but How do I make a pointer?

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mark2150's comment is more relevant, but I need to know how to make a pointer.
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Pointer is simply path to file; N:\IMAGES\ABC123.JPG or in UNC notation (preferred) \\Server\Drive\Dir\File.ext

Field is straight ASCII.

Control.LoadPicture trim("" & rs!pointer)


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No problem. This Q comes up all the time. I've designed image processing systems for Sheriff's Departments and Jails and they have hundreds of thousands of images being updated continuously. Keeping images IN the database simply isn't practical.


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