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I have a msaccess db with a form containing a bound object control which is bound to an ole object in a table.  What I am attempting to do is paste a signatures from some other software.  When I paste it, it appears fine.  However, when I go into the table I am unable to open or edit the pasted object.  I get an error message stating "The Picture object doesn't support the attempted operation.  The OLE object was changed to a picture, or the link to the object was broken."

Any advice on this??
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by:Ryan Chong
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Hi lumpy304,

What is the "signatures" format?

How about replace the OLE object with a picturebox control?

regards.
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by:dovholuk
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what version of access?

can you send a sample to dovholuk@yahoo.com or post it and we can look at it and try to help that way?

other than that i don't have much to offer. maybe someone else can shed more light...

dovholuk

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by:shageman
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The "signatures" is an electronic signature capture I am getting from another program.
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by:shageman
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The reason I dont want to use the picture box is I the images are not necessarily saved to a file from the other app.  I want to be able to paste them directly onto the control and be saved as an ole object.
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by:shageman
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The reason I dont want to use the picture box is I the images are not necessarily saved to a file from the other app.  I want to be able to paste them directly onto the control and be saved as an ole object.
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Forgive me....using a friends computer, those two responses are mine above.
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by:lumpy304
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Something that may help.....when I do the paste operation, the Source appears as Source:  Unknown Source when copying directly from this other app.

If I paste the image into an application such as paint, and recopy it, I can paste it into the bound object frame fine......note that the source changes to "Source: Bitmap Image"
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by:mgrattan
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You're going to have to do one of the following things:

* Export the signature file from the other program to a BMP or JPG (or other compatible image format) before using it in Access.

* Check to see if the program that is used for creating the signature files supports OLE automation.  If it does, you should be able to embed the signature as an OLE object directly in Access after you have correctly registered the OLE functions in the other program.

More than likely, I think you are going to be forced to save those signature files as either BMP or JPG files and then either import them into Access (copy/paste into OLE container or, preferably, link an Unbound Image control to the source file).  
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by:Nosterdamus
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Hi lumpy304,

I don't know how big your DB is going to be, but you should keep in mind that embedding the signatures into the DB is not recommended, as it makes the DB graw bigger and bigger, without any propotions to the amount of data it contains. More over, it will affect the performance of your DB (regarding access time & seek speed) dramaticaly.

The prefered method is to save the images to your disk, and use the link (rather than embed) method to link the images to your DB. This way, access just points to the image rather than accomodate it's graphics in the DB.

Hope this helps,

Nosterdamus
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