Images in Access 2007

Posted on 2016-09-13
Last Modified: 2016-09-14
I have stored several images in a table. I then want to print one of more of these on a report. The report has a record source and and one of the fields called HGS_code in the record source determines which image i need to print. So i want to use the HGS_code to lookup a table called Pictograms with the pictures in there. Once the correct HGS_code is found, move the picture associated with the HGS_code to a field on the form to be printed.
Question by:Tony Crisafi
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Expert Comment

by:John Tsioumpris
ID: 41795554
If you have stored your images as BLOBs then you use:
ImageControl.PictureData = rs.Fields("ImageData")

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If you use Path of the Image then you use:
ImageControl.Picture= rs.Fields("ImagePath")

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If you want to dynamically add pictures then you need some work opening the report in design mode.adding the controls according to the number of images,close it and reopen it.

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by:Tony Crisafi
ID: 41795557
Sorry John, i dont know what blobs are. I opened the .jpg image in IE and copied and pasted it into a form that was bound to the ole object field in a table.

Now i am trying to do a lookup on that table to get the image and display it in a report.

The object type that i have put on the report is an unbound object frame. Is that correct?



Author Comment

by:Tony Crisafi
ID: 41795586
This is the code i have so far.

 Dim rs_PI As Recordset
    Set rs_PI = CurrentDb.OpenRecordset("Pictograms", dbOpenDynaset)

    rs_PI.FindFirst "[GHS_Code] =  '" & GHS_Code_1 & "'"
'       rs_PI.FindFirst "[GHS_Code] = 'GHS01'"
    If rs_PI.NoMatch Then
        MsgBox "No record found."
        Exit Sub
        OLE_GHS_Pict1.PictureData = rs_PI("GHS_Pict")
    End If

But it come up with a run time error. Bit map you specified is not a device independent bitmap.
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by:John Tsioumpris
John Tsioumpris earned 500 total points
ID: 41795603
This is an ugly situation and the workaround is not straightforward...
Essential you can't copy/paste from the clipboard because in the OLE object field you get "Picture" instead of Long Binary data....UNLESS you use a Bound Object Frame
I am attaching a simple example....the key is to have an Image control and load the picture into this.
Then you copy the PictureData from the ImageControl to a recordset field and then you can use it on your report....
This sample is in Access 2013 but hopefully it will work...

Author Comment

by:Tony Crisafi
ID: 41795621
I'm using Access 2007. I cant see any images in the report?
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Expert Comment

by:John Tsioumpris
ID: 41795725
It seems that Access 2007 lacks some rendering capabilities.....
I have code that works even on Access 2003 but needs cleanup.... seems that on the report i have a "Report_Current" event that causes crashing....please remove it and check again....
If it fails i will try to clean the code
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John Tsioumpris earned 500 total points
ID: 41795800
I have a sample for Access 2003 so it should work fine with 2007..
IMPORTANT Your source Images should be .BMP
Essentially as i mentioned before you should have an Image Control which you should use a temporary storage to get the correct binary file format in order to store it effectively as Long Binary File.
Later on you retrieve it and you use it via the PictureData property.
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Expert Comment

ID: 41796292
Look at my article Images on continuous forms
In report you can use same technique

Author Comment

by:Tony Crisafi
ID: 41797374
Hi John,

after looking at your code closely and following it through. i understand what you have done and created binaries of my images that store OK.

But its annoying that i need to put the image into a form and then blog insert it into a table field bound to the form. The go back and edit the form to change the image and blob insert the image to the table field bound to the form again etc for each image.

Is there a way around this of how can i create a device independent bitmap to put in the table?


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