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SDK help not matching the objects

Posted: Wed May 04, 2005 1:55 pm
by AK
Hi Support,

at the moment I am evaluating Image-Xchange SDK, which I downloaded yesterday, but something seems to be messed up with the help file. It describes several properties and methods I don't find in the SDK objects and vice versa. I assume the help file describes objects of a former version, not of the actual one.

The task is quite simple: I just need to stamp tiffs created with TiffXchange with some watermark. I want to create a ocx with VB for this task, to which I only pass the filenames of the original tiff and the watermark tiff, a page index to specify the pages to which the watermarked should be applied and a blending level.
But I'm trying several hours and all I could do is loading and saving a tiff.
Not a good start when evaluating a product...

May be you can send me a updated help file or you could show me some short examples of the basic objects in VB. The included examples are way to complicated, I would need several hours, if not days, to trace functions and to understand how the objects are related.


Posted: Wed May 04, 2005 4:36 pm
by John - Tracker Supp
Can you please be a little more specific as to the name of the help file you are viewing and the date that file was created - and also the functions you feel are missing ?

So I can tie the 2 together and advise if there is an issue ?


Posted: Fri May 06, 2005 10:58 am
by AK
The name of the file is IXCLib30Help.chm, size 231.649 bytes, created 4. of march 2005.

For example the help file describes "ImageSaveToFile" with 3 parameters, the VB object viewer shows only a "Save" method for the AxImage object with 2 parameters.

Help description of "PageAlphaPlace" seems to be related to method "AlphaPlace" of the page object, but in VB there are 9 parameters, the help file describes only 7.

There a many more errors, most of them related to the names of methods and the number of parameters.

Posted: Fri May 06, 2005 1:31 pm
by John - Tracker Supp
Thank you - have asked the team responsible to look at urgently.

Posted: Tue May 17, 2005 8:34 pm
by AK
Are there any news?

I have only a few days left evaluating your product and would be glad if you could at least help me with my code.

Posted: Wed May 18, 2005 6:40 am
by John - Tracker Supp

The updated Help file for the ActiveX will be updated and published tomorrow.

Posted: Fri May 20, 2005 8:24 am
by AK
Hi Support,

thank you, looks much better now. But my code is still not working, I get a automation error when using the alphablend method.
Can you please have a look at it and tell me what I've done wrong?

Posted: Fri May 20, 2005 8:32 am
by John - Tracker Supp
Actually the help file had not yet been re-published - please see attached :

Will also ask our dev concerned to take a look at your application:

Posted: Fri May 20, 2005 8:43 am
by AK
Strange. The file I downloaded yesterday had a much larger size than the one I was complaining about, and I was sure the description of some functions I looked at matched the objects used in VB.

However, I would be glad if you could help me with the code, I'm sure I have missed something rather simple.

Posted: Fri May 20, 2005 12:44 pm
by John - Tracker Supp

further to your example - this has highlighted a limitation in the format filter supported - we have now added this and will upload this weekend build 3.4081 with this addition - your code as supplied would then provide the expected results without change on your part.


Posted: Mon May 23, 2005 10:51 am
by AK

with the new build it works as expected, thank you! But I came to the problem of scaling the watermark image to the size of the target image.
At first i tried

sourcepage.scale targetpage.width,targetpage.height,AXI_ScaleMethod_Bicubic

but despite the VB object viewer shows the same format as the AxImage library help file, I get several format/syntax related errors when trying to compile.
When changing the code to what the compiler suggests, I end up with this:

SourcePage.Scale (TargetPage.Width, TargetPage.Height)-(0, 0)

But this can't be compiled too, error states "wrong number of arguments or illegal setting of a property" (translated from german).

So I tried

SourcePage.ScaleFrom SourcePage, 0, 0, SourcePage.Width, SourcePage.Height, 0, 0, TargetPage.Width, TargetPage.Height, AXI_ScaleMethod_Bicubic

but this gives me a automation error again.

Any hints? Is a new build needed?


The method page.ConvertToFormat doesn't work, too - automation error. I get the impression that at least the ActiveX implementation isn't tested enough for a final product. It seems it is something like a beta version and the tests are done by the customers.
Since we have already integrated Tiff-Xchange into our product I was thinking about integrating PDF-Xchange Pro and Image-Xchange too, to get everything from one vendor, but at the moment I'm just disappointed about the quality of Image-Xchange.
When your products work, the are pretty good, but getting them running is not always as easy as it should be.

Posted: Mon May 23, 2005 4:12 pm
by John - Tracker Supp

I have aske the Project dev to go through the compete set of functionality to double check all is correct and this wioll done urgently tomorrow - will respond as soon as I have an udpate.

thanks for your patience.

Posted: Wed May 25, 2005 8:49 am
by John - Tracker Supp

We have now gone through your sample app and located some small issues in the SDK and a new build is also available from from the link below

Also some notes on your app :

1. About Scaling method. It seems you have your own method to scale therefore that method is hidden. please try to call as follows :

With SourcePage
.Scale SourcePage.Width, SourcePage.Height, AXI_ScaleMethod_Bicubic
End With

2. About ScaleFrom - you cannot call for SourcePage where the parameter "SrcPage" is "SourcePage" too. So the code:
SourcePage.ScaleFrom SourcePage, 0, 0, SourcePage.Width, SourcePage.Height, 0, 0, TargetPage.Width, TargetPage.Height, AXI_ScaleMethod_Bicubic
will not work.

3. RE : "automation error".

This is a COM automation error, and if the function return's an
error code (no S_OK) this is not our error you need to code to and trap the code blocks and see the "LastError" property in page or image class and this should lead you to the problem.

Hope that helps.

Re: SDK help not matching the objects

Posted: Fri Jul 03, 2015 4:02 pm
by Dorwol
It seems that ConvertToFormat still not work.

OK, I can set ConvertToFormat. But if I save my final image, the result is still the old Format (like RGB).

Please help (use V4)

Re: SDK help not matching the objects

Posted: Sat Jul 04, 2015 11:53 pm
by Ivan - Tracker Software
Do you use ActiveX control or native DLLs calls?

if you use DLL, you have to specify how your page should be saved. For example, to save as 8-bit grayscale, you have to make the following call:

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IMG_PageSetFormatLongParameter(pPage, FP_ID_ITYPE, ImageFormat_Gray_8);

Re: SDK help not matching the objects

Posted: Sun Jul 05, 2015 10:27 am
by Dorwol
Ivan - Tracker Software wrote:Do you use ActiveX control or native DLLs calls?
I use the AX-control. There is not such a function (PageSetFormatLongParameter). Or? :o

Re: SDK help not matching the objects

Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2015 1:32 pm
by Tracker Supp-Stefan
Hi Dorwol,

Are you using the attached help file? If you are - the method Ivan mentions is under:
Pages -> Format Specific Functions.


Re: SDK help not matching the objects

Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2015 3:30 pm
by Dorwol
Hi Stefan,

thank you. But how to use this function in the AX?

For example, in this way?

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Const ImageFormat_BlackAndWhite_1 = [b]?????[/b]   (I think "1")
Const FP_ID_ITYPE = [b]?????[/b]   (I don't know) = ImageFormat_BlackAndWhite_1
If yes, what are the right values for "?????"?

Re: SDK help not matching the objects

Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 5:07 pm
by Ivan - Tracker Software
In the AX you have property FormatLongParameter.

Here is constants you may need (C++, but I'm sure you can easily convert it to VB):

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enum IXC_FormatParametersIDS
    FP_ID_FORMAT = 0x464d5420,
    FP_ID_ITYPE = 0x49545950,
    FP_ID_IMG_SUBTYPE = 0x53545950,
    FP_ID_COMP_TYPE = 0x434f4d50,
    FP_ID_COMP_LEVEL = 0x434c4556,
    FP_ID_JPEG_QUALITY = 0x4a514c54,
    FP_ID_LOSSLESS = 0x4c534c53,
    FP_ID_DITHER = 0x44495448,
    FP_ID_GRAY = 0x47524159,
    FP_ID_INTERLACE = 0x494e524c,
    FP_ID_XDPI = 0x44504958,
    FP_ID_YDPI = 0x44504959,
    FP_ID_PAGE_DELAY = 0x44454c41,
    FP_ID_ALPHA = 0x414c4641,
    FP_ID_GAMMA = 0x47414d4d,
    FP_ID_EXIF = 0x45584946,
    FP_ID_XMP = 0x584d5020,
    FP_ID_TEXT00 = 0x54583030,
    FP_ID_TEXT01 = 0x54583031,
    FP_ID_TEXT02 = 0x54583032,
    FP_ID_TEXT03 = 0x54583033,
    FP_ID_TEXT04 = 0x54583034,
    FP_ID_TEXT05 = 0x54583035,
    FP_ID_TEXT06 = 0x54583036,
    FP_ID_TEXT07 = 0x54583037,
    FP_ID_TEXT08 = 0x54583038,
    FP_ID_TEXT09 = 0x54583039,
    FP_ID_TEXT0A = 0x54583041,
    FP_ID_TEXT0B = 0x54583042,
    FP_ID_TEXT_FF = 0x54584646,
    FP_ID_TITLE = 0x54583030,
    FP_ID_AUTHOR = 0x54583031,
    FP_ID_DESCRIPTION = 0x54583032,
    FP_ID_COPYRIGHT = 0x54583033,
    FP_ID_CREATION_TIME = 0x54583034,
    FP_ID_SOFTWARE = 0x54583035,
    FP_ID_DISCLAIMER = 0x54583036,
    FP_ID_WARNING = 0x54583037,
    FP_ID_SOURCE = 0x54583038,
    FP_ID_COMMENT = 0x54583039,
    FP_ID_ANNOTATION = 0x54583041,
    FP_ID_URL = 0x54583042,
    FP_ID_TEXT = 0x54584646,
    FP_ID_BPP = 0x42505020,
    FP_ID_BPC = 0x42504320,
    FP_ID_CHANNELS = 0x4348414e,
    FP_ID_ISTHUMBNAIL = 0x5448554d,
    FP_ID_ACCESS = 0x41434320,
    FP_ID_FILTER = 0x46494c54,
    FP_ID_JP2K_CODESTRMTYPE = 0x4a325354,
    FP_ID_COLORSPACE = 0x434c5253,
    FP_ID_ALPHA_TYPE = 0x41545950,
    FP_ID_ALPHA_JPEG_QUALITY = 0x414a5156

enum  IXC_ImageFileFormatIDs
    FMT_INVALID_FORMAT_ID = 0xffffffff,
    FMT_BMP_ID = 0x424d5020,
    FMT_GIF_ID = 0x47494620,
    FMT_PNG_ID = 0x504e4720,
    FMT_JNG_ID = 0x4a4e4720,
    FMT_JPEG_ID = 0x4a504547,
    FMT_ICO_ID = 0x49434f20,
    FMT_PBM_ID = 0x50424d20,
    FMT_PGM_ID = 0x50474d20,
    FMT_PPM_ID = 0x50504d20,
    FMT_JBIG_ID = 0x4a424947,
    FMT_JBIG2_ID = 0x4a424732,
    FMT_JPEG2K_ID = 0x4a50324b,
    FMT_WBMP_ID = 0x57424d50,
    FMT_PCX_ID = 0x50435820,
    FMT_DCX_ID = 0x44435820,
    FMT_TGA_ID = 0x54474120,
    FMT_TIFF_ID = 0x54494646,
    FMT_DNG_ID = 0x444e4720,
    FMT_WMF_ID = 0x574d4620,
    FMT_AMF_ID = 0x414d4620,
    FMT_EMF_ID = 0x454d4620

enum IXC_BaseImageFormat
	ImageFormat_Auto = 0,
	ImageFormat_BlackAndWhite_1 = 1,
	ImageFormat_Indexed_1 = 2,
	ImageFormat_Indexed_2 = 3,
	ImageFormat_Indexed_3 = 4,
	ImageFormat_Indexed_4 = 5,
	ImageFormat_Indexed_5 = 6,
	ImageFormat_Indexed_6 = 7,
	ImageFormat_Indexed_7 = 8,
	ImageFormat_Indexed_8 = 9,
	ImageFormat_Gray_8 = 10,
	ImageFormat_Gray_12 = 11,
	ImageFormat_Gray_16 = 12,
	ImageFormat_AlphaGray_8 = 13,
	ImageFormat_AlphaGray_12 = 14,
	ImageFormat_AlphaGray_16 = 15,
	ImageFormat_RGB_8 = 16,
	ImageFormat_RGB_12 = 17,
	ImageFormat_RGB_16 = 18,
	ImageFormat_RGB_5_5_5 = 19,
	ImageFormat_RGB_5_6_5 = 20,
	ImageFormat_ARGB_8 = 21,
	ImageFormat_ARGB_12 = 22,
	ImageFormat_ARGB_16 = 23,
	ImageFormat_ARGB_1_5_5_5 = 24,
	ImageFormat_Vector_EMF = 0x8000,