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I have a Picture of size 72x28 pixels. I want to send this picture to a mobile as an EMS. How can I convert this picture to Hexadecimal values?
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by:keyurkarnik
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You need to make sure that the picture is formatted in the correct way.

For that you have to make sure that the pciture is PURE black and white.
As the size is 72 X 28, it is an OTA image, the size being 252 bytes (cannot be more)

The content to be sent should start with these 4 bytes :

byte0 -> 0000 0000 (0)
byte1 -> 0100 1000 (72)
byte2 -> 0001 1100 (28)
byte3 -> 0000 0001 (1)



Now read image, pixel by pixel, from left to right and top to bottom, every 8 pixel makes a byte for appending to the content:

black pixels = 0
Other pixels = 1


So in all you would have 4+252 = 256 bytes.


In short, create a byte array of 256.
Add the first 4 bytes as shown above.
Parse the entire image pixel-wise and append the bytes to array
Remember that 8 pixels makes a byte, so you need to convert every 8 pixels (bits) and calculate ists byte values, for eg, if the 8 pixels are 00000100, teh byte value will be 4;
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by:sangameshrh
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I have code which looks like this.

public String convertImage2Hex(Image img)
      {
            zero_ones="";
            this.img = img;
            
            width            =      72;
            height            =      28;
            
            int arr[] = new int[width*height];
            
            PixelGrabber pg = new PixelGrabber(img,0,0,width,height,arr,0,width);
            
            try
            {
                  pg.grabPixels();
            }
            catch (InterruptedException e)
            {
                  System.err.println("interrupted waiting for pixels!");
            }
            
            StringBuffer buff = new      StringBuffer("");
            for (int j = 0; j < height; j++)
            {
                  for (int i = 0; i < width; i++)
                  {
                        buff.append(getPixelInfo(i,j,arr[j*width+i]));
                  }
            }
            zero_ones      =      String.valueOf(buff);
            String hex = getHexNumers();
            return(hex.toUpperCase());
      }
      
      public String getPixelInfo(int x, int y, int pixel)
      {
            String res = "-1";
            
            int red   = (pixel >> 16) & 0xff;
            int green = (pixel >>  8) & 0xff;
            int blue  = (pixel      ) & 0xff;
            
            if(red>=200 && green>=200 && blue>=200)
            {
                  res = "0";
            }
            else if(red<=199 && green<=199 && blue<=199)
            {
                  res = "1";
            }
            return(res);
      }
      
      public String getHexNumers()
      {
            int i=0;
            String hex="", temp="";
            StringBuffer buff = new      StringBuffer("");
            for(i=0; i<zero_ones.length();i+=4)
            {
                  temp = zero_ones.substring(i,(4+i));
                  BigInteger val = new BigInteger(temp,2);
                  buff.append(val.toString(16));
            }
            hex      =      String.valueOf(buff);
            return (hex);
      }

Any problems with that?
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keyurkarnik earned 500 total points
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The program is fine
But I am sure that you are doing this for sending PIC SMS. So you need to add a header.

Also, though the code is correct, here is a slightly modified version, removing the class variables - its better to pass values in such cases!!


Here is the code with the headers!!
public static  String getHexImageWithHeaders(Image img, int width, int height)

   {

     

//      String w = Integer.toHexString(width);

      String w = Integer.toHexString(width/8);

      w = w.length()==1 ? "0"+w : w;

      String h = Integer.toHexString(height);

      h = h.length()==1 ? "0"+h : h;

      String header = "00" + w + h + "00";

      return header + convertImage2Hex(img, width, height);

   }

   

   

   public static  String convertImage2Hex(Image img, int width, int height)

   {

         String zero_ones="";

         

         int arr[] = new int[width*height];

         

         PixelGrabber pg = new PixelGrabber(img,0,0,width,height,arr,0,width);

         

         try

         {

               pg.grabPixels();

         }

         catch (InterruptedException e)

         {

               System.err.println("interrupted waiting for pixels!");

         }

         

         StringBuffer buff = new      StringBuffer("");

         for (int j = 0; j < height; j++)

         {

               for (int i = 0; i < width; i++)

               {

                     buff.append(getPixelInfo(i,j,arr[j*width+i]));

               }

         }

         zero_ones      =      String.valueOf(buff);

         String hex = getHexNumers(zero_ones);

         return(hex.toUpperCase());

   }

   

   public static String getPixelInfo(int x, int y, int pixel)

   {

         String res = "-1";

         

         int red   = (pixel >> 16) & 0xff;

         int green = (pixel >>  8) & 0xff;

         int blue  = (pixel      ) & 0xff;

         

         if(red>=200 && green>=200 && blue>=200)

         {

               res = "0";

         }

         else if(red<=199 && green<=199 && blue<=199)

         {

               res = "1";

         }

         return(res);

   }

   

   public static  String getHexNumers(String zero_ones)

   {

         int i=0;

         String hex="", temp="";

         StringBuffer buff = new      StringBuffer("");

         for(i=0; i<zero_ones.length();i+=4)

         {

               temp = zero_ones.substring(i,(4+i));

               BigInteger val = new BigInteger(temp,2);

               buff.append(val.toString(16));

         }

         hex      =      String.valueOf(buff);

         return (hex);

   }

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by:keyurkarnik
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I dont remember whether line 4 or line 5 should be used. Try whichever works
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by:sangameshrh
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There is something wrong in your code.
I should get the header as
00481C01
for 72x28 image.
But your code is giving
00481C00

with this header mobile is unable to read the picture message.
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by:sangameshrh
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How can I convert Hexdump back to to Picture Message?
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by:keyurkarnik
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Oops, that was a typo at line 9

String header = "00" + w + h + "00";

It should be String header = "00" + w + h + "01";


Anyways, to read the hex back to SMS, you need to follow the exact reverse.

1. First read the first 4 bytes : 00481C01
Depending on the size of the image the values will vary.

Convert the 2nd and 3rd byte to decimal values. That will give you the width and height respectively (48 = 72, 1C = 28)

2. Once that is done, Read the rest of the hex array, and convert it to bits. Each character will represent 4 bits. Create a full String or byte array as you please.

The size of this array will be width * height - in pixels

3. Now parse the entire array and convert it into a pixel array
Apply the same logic - if the pixel bit is 1, it is black, if its is 0 - it is white.  (Do the reverse of the ARGB bit shifting)

Now convert the pixel array into picture again.

Here is a sample code for the conversion :

http://www.seas.gwu.edu/~simhaweb/cs133/useful/ImageTool.java

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