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background picture and flickering of continious forms

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Hi,
I noticed that by adding background pictures to my forms the
application looks so much more interesting and professional. I want to
keep just texture simple backgrounds in order to prevent distractions,
but even these make a big diference.
I use access 2003 on Win XP
I also realize that such pictures cause the application to bloat much.
But after zipping it is reduced back to a small size so it can be
transmitted across the net.

The problem is performance of continuous forms. Even a small picture
that is tilled causes the screen to flicker heavily when the form is
opened, and also when I use the scroll bar to scroll all records. I
have a relatively new computer with enough memory for the screen as
well.
Any one knows of a work around? I really want to use the background
pictures instead of just a plain color, but this flickering is too
severe.

Thanks greatly
Gilad

May 23 '07 #1
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Hi,
I noticed that by adding background pictures to my forms the
application looks so much more interesting and professional. I want to
keep just texture simple backgrounds in order to prevent distractions,
but even these make a big diference.
I use access 2003 on Win XP
I also realize that such pictures cause the application to bloat much.
But after zipping it is reduced back to a small size so it can be
transmitted across the net.

The problem is performance of continuous forms. Even a small picture
that is tilled causes the screen to flicker heavily when the form is
opened, and also when I use the scroll bar to scroll all records. I
have a relatively new computer with enough memory for the screen as
well.
Any one knows of a work around? I really want to use the background
pictures instead of just a plain color, but this flickering is too
severe.
In order to keep the size of my sample/example applications within reason
for downloading, I changed from the texture (picture) backgrounds I was
using to a similar color. I do not know of a way to reduce the memory or
the "draw time" of pictures. While I had an "adequately-powered" machine
with, for the time, a more-or-less state-of-the-art* graphics processor, I
knew that some people using my samples/examples might not.

* but not a gamer's special top-o'-the-line-and-
outrageously-expensive one

Pictures embedded in Forms, or Reports, are converted by Access to a bitmap
format -- this bloats the database, but reduces the processing time to
render the picture for display. Thus, short of choosing a "simpler picture",
perhaps, with less detail, I don't have a suggestion for you.

And, will all your users have even the processor power and video card power
that you have, or might they suffer even more.

For what it is worth, I do not think that "pictures" or "textures" make an
application "more professional" -- you may like the look better, and your
client's users may like the look, but my clients are interested in paying
only for those features that solve business problems and, clearly, make
their employees more productive.

Larry Linson
Microsoft Access MVP
May 23 '07 #2

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Larry,
Thanks very much for your response.
I will have to reconsider the texture backgrounds.
cheers
Gilad

May 25 '07 #3

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One more note on this.
I noticed some talk about pictures not bloating access 2007.
Is this issue resolved in 2007?

I know it still does not resolve the potential problem of users having
week computers or video cards.

Gilad

May 26 '07 #4

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