An object question

Using VB5.  What is wrong with the following code?  The offending code line is indicated with the error thrown:
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Module1.bas
Public objPrint As Object
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Private Function ScaleInches _
   (picPreview As PictureBox) As Double
Dim Ratio As Double
---
---computations
---
ScaleInches = Ratio
End Function
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Private Sub cmdPreview_Click()
Dim dRatio as Double
Set objPrint = frmPreview.Picture
' frmPreview is another form, containing a picture box,
' named Picture
'
' The following line throws the error:
' " 13 type mismatch"
dRatio = ScaleInches(objPrint)
End Sub
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I tried changing the Function definition to:
Private Function ScaleInches _
   (picPreview As Object) As Double

Then, inside that function, the following code line:

picPreview.ScaleMode = vbInches

throws the error: "438 Object doesn't support this property or method".
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Please help -- Norm

posnormAsked:
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peterwestConnect With a Mentor Commented:
It might be worth changing the control name from Picture to Picture1 or something else.  I think that Form1.Picture normally refers to the Picture property of the form - so if you've got a control with the name Picture then it could cause problems.

There is also a problem with your declarations.  You declare objPrint as an Object but then try to pass it to the scale routine which is expecting a PictureBox object.  You could either:

1. Change the parameter required for the scaling to be an object too.

or

2. Change the declaration of objPrint to PictureBox.

You'd probably find the programme works quicker with the second option.  If you declare items as objects then late binding is used which can slow the application down.

Hope this helps,

Pete
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nahumdCommented:
Try to define the objects picPreview and objPrint not as objects , but as their exact type.
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bruintjeCommented:
Hi posnorm,
The first error on the type mismatch error 13 comes probably with using the object in the function, returning a double and putting it into a double could get to that message i guess....

The second error is the start of the trouble it seems that the scalemode property of the picturebox isn't supported

i couldn't find anything except on grids or the printer object about this error with scalemode and they had to be patched with service packs

maybe this is the solution for your problem too, but i'm not sure

http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/downloads/updates/sp/vs97/readme.asp

:O)Bruintje

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crazymanCommented:
you are trying to change the scale mode of
frmPreview.Picture

this will be looking at the picture property of your form not your picture box, change its name.
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BarrazaCommented:
Try removing the "As Double" from your function name and from the variable inside your function.  Let them be Variants.  For example...

Private Function ScaleInches (picPreview As PictureBox)
    Dim Ratio
    .....
    ....
End Function
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posnormAuthor Commented:
I wish to thank everyone for their interest in this question.  I have learned something from each comment.  There is no way to split up points.

The matter of early vs late binding is important, and I am familiarizing myself with the concept.

Thank you all again. -- Norm
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