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post Jan 31 2013, 09:48 PM

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User interfaces are oftern "spiffed up" by developers to provide a richer visual experience for the user. It's fairly easy to supplant qualified 'useability', but it takes some sophistication to enrich the user screens with additional touches like icons, images, backgrounds and other visual aids to enhance, organize and effectively provide an easy to comprehend and pleasant looking work tool.
ften times, it's effective to use to use icons and/or small images to place beneath 'Transparent" command buttons. And all too often those images have a solid white background, which can throw-off the aesthetics of an interface.
Which brings us to "Transparent.mdb" - an Access 97 application written and posted by Stephen Lebans back in 2009 on his site at: Transparent - where more explanation is provided.
Ofound this tool quite amazing as it does what is says in the content of his web page. He has graciously given UtterAccess permission to repost this demo/tool here and I have include upgraded versions of it as well for the general UtterAccess membership at large. I've merely modified the form design somewhat and added few file handling enhancements. This function only works on pictures that have "WHITE" as their background color - in other words - only "WHITE" pixels will be rendered transparent.
It works with .BMP; .GIF; .JPG; .WMF & .EMF files - allowing one of those image types to have ALL of their white pixels rendered transparent, and then saved as an .EMF file. While .EMF files are not directly usable in command buttons until Access 2010, they can still be in combination with a rectangle and transparent command button to deliver an effective 'looking' command button with a custom image and coinciding text.
Attached File  main_screen.png ( 78.79K )Number of downloads: 209

You simply open the app, (A97, A2K, A2K7 & A2K10 versions are supplied in the attached zip file), and click the "Load an Image File" button to select a .BMP; .GIF; .JPG; .WMF or .EMF file. It will appear in both image controls (the large square boxes) and show the original on the left side and the transparency rendering on the right.
The A2K version works in A2K3 and will up-convert effortlessly if need be.
There are also some forms with several embedded .EMF icon-style images in them than can be copied 'n' pasted to your form(s) - basically a copy of two forms from Some New Icons for Access.
Attached File  Transparent.zip ( 1.94MB )Number of downloads: 531

(Please PM me if you have a question about this article.)
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