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How to display BLOB images in a MS Access Report?

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Hi all,

I'm trying to create a report that displays all relevant information per record. However this includes displaying a screenshot for each record.
Images are uploaded and stored as BLOBS. I've used this method as many discussions say it is the best option, due to bloating and path issues with the other methods. However to write the code for this myself is a little outside my knowledge, so I've had to use some found on the internet and alter it accordingly.

Everything regarding uploading the file to the database is working, but my problem now is getting to files to display in a report. I've tried using everything from object frames to activeX image controls, but I fear I do not know enough about what I'm doing here to make use of them correctly. Can anyone please offer any help on how to display BLOB images in reports?


Mar 7 '11
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@Adam - There also exists a 'DAO based' approach to writing Binary, BLOB Data to a Disk File. I'm not sure how it compares to the ADODB approach, but it may/may not be faster and more efficient. If you like, I'll Demo it for you, just let me know.
Mar 14 '11 #21
Adam Tippelt
137 New Member
Sorry to bump an old thread, but I had one final question around this topic:

Regarding the temp folder that gets created for the blob files - if the database was split, with a front end on each user's machine instead of a network, would the temp folder be created in the location of the front end, or the location of the back end?

Only reason I ask is it would seem sensible if the folder was deleted once the database is closed - if it's created in the front end location then doing this shouldn't cause conflict if one user was accessing it while the other person deleted it, as they'll each have their own temp folders to use for generating pictures in the reports.
Mar 23 '11 #22
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if the database was split, with a front end on each user's machine instead of a network, would the temp folder be created in the location of the front end, or the location of the back end?
To the best of my knowledge, the TEMP Directory would be created on the Front End, unless specifically directed otherwise, via an Absolute PATH.
Mar 23 '11 #23
Adam Tippelt
137 New Member
Ok thanks Adezii. I'll have to play around with it when I fix everything else! :)
Mar 23 '11 #24

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