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How do I retrieve and display image properties in Delphi7?

I am working on a simple image viewer in Delphi that loads an image then displays the image properties (eg date created, file size etc) I'm ok with loading the image, but how do I display the image properties in a label?
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MerijnBSr. Software EngineerCommented:
this is called 'exif data' and can be read from jpegs using this opensource library: http://mcguirez.homestead.com/downloads.html
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gedge73Author Commented:
HI, thanks for the quick response, but it's bmp files I'm working with
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MerijnBSr. Software EngineerCommented:
ok, but bmp's do not have exif data.

What kind of information do you mean?
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gedge73Author Commented:
I need to display

File SIze
Dimensions
Date Created

from the bmp that is currenlty loaded
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2266180Commented:
the "etc" part is pretty important.

for file details, you can do something like this:

var r:tsearchrec;
if findfirst(filename, faanyfile, r)=0 then
begin
  r contains file info (created date, last accessed date, file size, etc)
so just display them in your label/memo/whatever
end;

if you need more info, like iptc or exif for jpg, or otehr information that are in the image and format dependent, you need some library/component that can do that.

for non image format dependent data, you can just load the image in a timage and egt the info from there:
- width, height, bitsperpixel, etc.
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gedge73Author Commented:
Sorry man, I'm new at this Delphi.

 I am loading the image into a Timage, does that make it easier to display the properties?
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2266180Commented:
well, isn't that what I said to do in order to display the image related info? (heith/width/bits per pixel/etc).
but for file size, created date, etc, you need the other thing with the findfirst (which will require a findclose after it, forgot to mention).

and just because you're new at delphi, doesn't mean that you have to be lazy, does it?

ctrl+f1 on a function name will get the help on that function.
write a record or object type followed by fot (.) and right after press ctrl+space
this will show you all the functions/procedures/members that can be accessed from that record/object.

you cannot expect us to give you code when you don't even say what exactly you want to do. you want to display in a label. one label? more lables? exactly what information? etc is not helping, is it, since right now we have 2 palces to get the info from and if you need some other info, there might be a need for a 3rd place.

attached is a small demo to get some of the info. I thin you can manage to get the rest and make them showup on lables or memo or whatever you actually want.
unit Unit1;
 
interface
 
uses
  Windows, Messages, SysUtils, Variants, Classes, Graphics, Controls, Forms,
  Dialogs, ExtCtrls;
 
type
  TForm1 = class(TForm)
    Image1: TImage;
    procedure FormCreate(Sender: TObject);
  private
    { Private declarations }
  public
    { Public declarations }
  end;
 
var
  Form1: TForm1;
 
implementation
 
{$R *.dfm}
 
function FileTime2DateTime
   (FileTime: TFileTime): TDateTime;
var
   LocalFileTime: TFileTime;
   SystemTime: TSystemTime;
begin
   FileTimeToLocalFileTime(FileTime, LocalFileTime) ;
   FileTimeToSystemTime(LocalFileTime, SystemTime) ;
   Result := SystemTimeToDateTime(SystemTime) ;
end;
 
procedure TForm1.FormCreate(Sender: TObject);
var r:tsearchrec;
    i:timage;
    bpp:string;
begin
  if findfirst('c:\test.bmp', faanyfile, r)=0 then
  try
    showmessage('file created on: '+datetimetostr(FileTime2DateTime(r.FindData.ftCreationTime)));
    showmessage('file size is: '+inttostr(int64(r.FindData.nFileSizeHigh shl 32+r.FindData.nFileSizeLow))+' bytes');
  finally
    findclose(r);
  end;
  i:=timage.Create(nil);
  try
    i.Picture.LoadFromFile('c:\test.bmp');
    showmessage('image width: '+inttostr(i.Picture.Width));
    showmessage('image height: '+inttostr(i.Picture.Height));
    case i.Picture.Bitmap.PixelFormat of
      pfDevice:bpp:='device dependent';
      pf1bit:bpp:='1 bit';
      pf4bit:bpp:='4 bit';
      pf8bit:bpp:='8 bit';
      pf15bit:bpp:='15 bit';
      pf16bit:bpp:='16 bit';
      pf24bit:bpp:='24 bit';
      pf32bit:bpp:='32 bit';
      pfCustom:bpp:='custom';
    end;
    showmessage('image bitsperpixel: '+bpp);
  finally
    freeandnil(i);
  end;
end;
 
end.

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gedge73Author Commented:
Ok thanks for the advice, but I think you're a bit cheeky.
Remember I did say I was a beginner on this subject. I wasn't being lazy just needed a few pointers.
Your manner could perhaps be addressed or it might put some people off.
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gedge73Author Commented:
Thanks again, it is appreciated
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gedge73Author Commented:
Thanks, that works a treat.
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2266180Commented:
and you gave me a B grade because you had the impression that I was cheeky? (which I don't know what it means and you jsut took away my desire to find out)

ok. have it your way. you punish me with a B grade, I punish you with something that hurts you more than your B grade hurts me.

Here is how things *should work* on EE:

Any expert MUST have the chance to earn an A grade. Just because there is a slight change needed in order to make the code work, which is not even the experts fault since you are the one that did not give sufficient information or asked for clarifications, that is not a reason to give a B grade. The manner in which the expert give the answer is again not a reason for a B grade. Just because you feel that I was cheeky, or whatever, that is your own problem. This is written communication. No smilies, no text formatiing, no nothing. Simple, clean text. I have my own way of expressing myself, and maybe sometimes I don't choose the correct words, but that is because my english is not perfect.

Either award the expert an A grade or just tell him the problem and let him solve/explain it so he can earn it. But cutting the problem down and not allowing the expert to earn the A grade is very frustrating for the expert.

Hence, you are the 4th person to make it on my blacklist. Which basically means that from now on and forever I will ignore your every question.
If you treat other experts like this, that follow a similar policy as myself, you will soon find yourself with little or no experts to answer your questions.

This is just a notice. No need to reply as I unsubscribed from this question.

Enjoy.
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