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Tech Tip: The new READ PICTURE FILE command
PRODUCT: 4D | VERSION: 6.7 | PLATFORM: Mac & Win
Published On: March 16, 2001
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Starting with version 6.7, 4D has a new integrated command named READ PICTURE FILE. This command allows you to read a picture file and replaces the ACI Pack command AP_Read Picture File.

In versions 6.0 and 6.5, you would have to write the following code:

C_PICTURE($MyPicture)

 `Displays an open file dialog to select the picture
$PictRef:=Open document("")
If (OK=1)
  `Document system variable contains the complete path to the picture
 CLOSE DOCUMENT($PictRef)
 CREATE RECORD([MyTable])
 $Err:=AP Read Picture File(Document;$MyPicture)
 [MyTable]MyField:=$MyPicture
 SAVE RECORD([MyTable])
End if
In version 6.7, the same feature is achieved by using the following code:

C_PICTURE($MyPicture)

CREATE RECORD([MyTable])
READ PICTURE FILE("";$MyPicture)
[MyTable]MyField:=$MyPicture
SAVE RECORD([MyTable])
NOTE: To avoid forcing code revisions in existing databases, the command AP_Read Picture File has been restored to the 4D Pack Plug-in in version 6.7.1. For more information see the 4D v6.7.1 Addendum.