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Using Word Perfect X6 - transparent .gifs don't retain the transparent background

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When I insert a .gif image with a transparent background into Word Perfect X6, it loses the transparency.  Is there a way to recover that?  

Or, is there a graphic format other than .gif that does support transparency and would retain that when inserted into a WP X6 document?

Thanks!
Earth-Day-Logo.gif
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Question by:paulabren
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
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PNG supports transparency, but I don't have WP X6 and I don't know how it will handle a PNG with transparency. Attached is a PNG that I created with IrfanView. The white background is actually transparent. It works fine in Word2007, retaining transparency. Give it a spin in WP X6. Regards, Joe
John-Doe-sig-transparent-compres.png
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Btw, I just tested your GIF in Word2007 and can say that the white background retains transparency, but not the green, blue, and black. Here's a screenshot from Word2007 with the Text Wrapping option set to "In Front of Text":
transparency in Word2007 with In Front of TextWord2007 has a Text Wrapping option "Behind Text", which is likely doing what you want, as follows:
transparency in Word2007 with Behind TextPerhaps WP X6 has a parameter similar to Word's Text Wrapping that can help you to achieve what you want. Regards, Joe
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by:paulabren
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Thanks for the idea, Joe.  Unfortunately, your .png didn't work either.  :(
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Joe . . . The wrapping in FRONT of text is what I want.  I want to place the edge of my image on a colored background.  It works elsewhere (as you tested for me) but not in WP X6).  What I get in WP is a white background r/t a transparent one.
Example-of-non-transparent-image.jpg
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
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Bummer! Another one to try is attached. I made this one using a different transparency technique known as an alpha channel.
John-Doe-sig-transparent-alpha-c.png
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Double bummer.  That didn't work either.  I'll try contacting Corel (maker of Word Perfect) and chew on them about it.  Thank you so much for trying!  :)
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
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When you insert an image into your WP X6 document and right-click on it, is there something that seems to be a Text Wrapping option? In Word it looks like this:
Word Text WrappingIn any case, contacting Corel sounds like a good next step. If that's not fruitful, you may want to consider Word, which handles it fine. Regards, Joe
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Yeah, I use text wrapping all the time.   For this I'd want to wrap 'in front of text' (or, in my case, in front of another image), but the white background (that's supposed to be transparent) blocks the view --- as evidenced in the .jpg I attached above.

Actually, I've used Word Perfect for about 20 years.  It's this newer version that's giving me fits.
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P.S. --- Word doesn't let me have the precise control I want and sometimes need.  Word Perfect lets me be in the driver's seat.  ;-)
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Joe Winograd, EE MVE earned 500 total points
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Well, the white background is transparent in Word, so the image is not the problem. Since it's not transparent in WP, seems that you'll need a fix from the Corel folks. Regards, Joe
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