Using Resources of Another Book

Question: I want to use a system book as a source of my images. Is this possible?

Answer: This is definitely possible. I have included some code from our Plug-In Pro below that should help. The main idea is that you want to check to see if the resource is already there. If so, either use it or call replace resource. If not, you want to use import bitmap resource. In the code below, callingBookId would refer to your system book. You could get your hands on that by using sysBooks. For example:

callingBookId = book (item 1 of sysBooks)

Here is the code I mentioned.

shortName = chars max(1, maxChars - 31) to maxChars of fullImageFile 
tempRef = "bitmap" && quote & shortName & quote && "of" && callingBookId 
oldImageRef = normalGraphic of placeholderId 
if isObject (tempRef)
        replace resource tempRef with imageFile
        normalGraphic of placeholderId = tempRef
        errString = ASYM_RestoreSuspend(blkSus) 
        import bitmap resource imageFile as shortName
        normalGraphic of placeholderId = bitmap shortName
        errString = ASYM_RestoreSuspend(blkSus) 
end if

About Jeff Rhodes
Jeff Rhodes is the Branch Chief, Program Office Support at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Prior to that, he was the Academic Chief Technical Officer at the United States Air Force Academy and previously a Senior IT Specialist in charge of SharePoint and other key systems at the Academy. Jeff was the founder and Chief Technical Officer of Platte Canyon Multimedia Software Corporation, a leader in developing commercial e-learning software. He graduated at the top of his class at the Air Force Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Jeff received a Master’s degree in Economics from the London School of Economics, which he attended under a British Marshall Scholarship. He is the author of Creating Business Applications with Office 365: Techniques in SharePoint, PowerApps, Power BI, and More, Programming for e-Learning Developers: ToolBook, Flash, JavaScript, and Silverlight, VBTrain.Net: Creating Computer and Web Based Training with Visual Basic .NET and The ToolBook Companion. He lives in Colorado Springs with his wife Sue and is the proud father of his sons Derek and Michael.

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