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Opening tif files from approach

Posted on 2006-07-07
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Brief scenario, we have two databases, one is for clients which is lotus approach the other is an access db that holds tif images of documents for these clients.
What i would like to be able to do whether by script or macro is open the tif images from approach rather than switching between databases.
e.g. Client calls in, approach database is always open on screen, search for thier records and if needed call up a copy of tif image from same screen rather than opening another db.

TIA
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by:patrickab
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black_ness,

I've not done this with TIFF pics but I guess this is how I would attempt it. I would have a button that would take me to a new view and in that view I would have inserted the TIFF picture. That way you would not need to load up pictures unless they were specifically wanted.

This is what I wrote to insert JPEG pictures:
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The problem is more how to get the pictures into the database in the first place!

Firstly you need to specify in 'design' the type of picture. The list is not too good as it does not appear to include .JPEG pictures. However once you have defined the picture type make sure the size is correct. After that open up your normal picture editor e.g. Adobe PhotDeluxe, find the picture you want and view it in Adobe PhotDeluxe, click on it and copy it, go back to the Approach database and paste it into the picture field (you can use ALT+V to paste it) . It's crude but it does work. Approach will then keep track of the the picture related to the other fields in the same Approach 'view'. Just make sure you do not move the folder containing all the pictures and do make sure it is not accessible to other as they could change the pictures but keep the filenames the same!

Somewhat surprisingly to change a picture from one to another just re-paste the new one over the old one.
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I cannot experiment as I don't have a new edition of Approach here at home but it is worth trying with a TIFF type of picture.

I hope that helps

Patrick
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p.s. Apologies for the considerable delay in commenting. The problem is that I rarely look in here.

Patrick
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by:black_ness
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Thanks for that Patrick, its an idea i have looked at already, what i didnt want to do was double up on the work and have to copy/paste.
As the TIFF's are already in a database i wanted to call them from there as they number 76,000 plus images!!!!!!!!!

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by:patrickab
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Black_ness,

I understand the problem - 76k pics is a tad too many. Unfortunately I do not have a relatively new edition of Approach at home to experiment with so I'm afraid that's as far as I can go on this one. I suggest you try XpertSS.com for this as they specialise in Lotus Smartsuite.

Patrick
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