Avatar of derek7467
derek7467
 asked on

vb.net and project resources

Hey guys, i have a project im working on which includes a non modifiable PDF document.  I am able to view it fine, but i want to embed the pdf in my exe and compile it at runtime.  I dont want to host it externally to the EXE.  Can i put it in the resources folder and then call it from there?  It doesnt seem to be working.  I have it in the resources and when i try to type in my.resources.filename.pdf, it cant find it at runtime.

Calling it like the below works:
 Private Sub BentleyManual_Load(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Load
        AxAcroPDF1.LoadFile("C:\Program Files (x86)\BMW Maintenance\Bentley_BMW_3_Series_2006-2010.pdf")
    End Sub

Open in new window


I want to call it via my.resources, but it fails to find it at runtime:
 Private Sub BentleyManual_Load(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Load
        AxAcroPDF1.LoadFile("Resources\Bentley_BMW_3_Series_2006-2010.pdf")
    End Sub

Open in new window


I added the file via the project settings resource tab. The pdf is set to None for Build Action and Do not copy for copy to output directory
Visual Basic.NET

Avatar of undefined
Last Comment
derek7467

8/22/2022 - Mon
FarWest

you just simply add it to the project "add existing item" select build action as "resource"  in the item properties
derek7467

ASKER
OK, i did that again, right click the project solution, add existing item, then i reference it like the below:
I set the build action to resource and the copy to output as do not copy.

Private Sub BentleyManual_Load(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Load
        AxAcroPDF1.LoadFile("Resources\Bentley_BMW_3_Series_2006-2010.pdf")
    End Sub

Open in new window


Just shows a grey adobe reader screen and DOES NOT display the actual pdf
ASKER CERTIFIED SOLUTION
FarWest

Log in or sign up to see answer
Become an EE member today7-DAY FREE TRIAL
Members can start a 7-Day Free trial then enjoy unlimited access to the platform
Sign up - Free for 7 days
or
Learn why we charge membership fees
We get it - no one likes a content blocker. Take one extra minute and find out why we block content.
Not exactly the question you had in mind?
Sign up for an EE membership and get your own personalized solution. With an EE membership, you can ask unlimited troubleshooting, research, or opinion questions.
ask a question
derek7467

ASKER
That worked!
Experts Exchange is like having an extremely knowledgeable team sitting and waiting for your call. Couldn't do my job half as well as I do without it!
James Murphy