Using images

If you want to enhance the way that a form looks, consider adding images to the form. You use image objects to contain images such as logos, icons, graphics, and photographs. An image object provides a graphic element that users cannot edit. Image objects support these file formats:

Windows Bitmap (BMP)
Encapsulated PostScript (EPS)
Joint Photographic Experts Group variations (JPG)
Designer supports JPG images that include digital camera Exchangeable Image File (EXIF) data.

Graphics Interchange Format (GIF)
Although Designer supports GIF images, animated GIF files are not supported. Designer also supports transparency within GIF files to allow for overlaying images on forms.

Portable Network Graphics (PNG)
Designer supports one transparency color within PNG files to allow for overlaying images on forms.

Tagged Image File (TIF)
Designer supports Monochrome (1 color component 1-bit depth), Greyscale (1 color component 8-bit depth), RGB (3 color components 8-bit depth), and Palette (1 color component 1,2,4,8-bit depths) TIF images.

The image to insert can be specified by either a file name or a Uniform Resource Locator (URL). By default, the image is linked, which means that it is stored separately from the form and displayed whenever the form is opened. You can also embed the image in the form.

Important: Linking to an image is not a secure way to protect sensitive business data. If the image is considered sensitive, you should embed it in the form. Also, you can use a secure HTTPS connection in conjunction with a URL. However, HTTPS protects the transmission of the image data only while the data is being transmitted; it does not protect access to the image (that is, no authentication is performed).

After you add an image object to the form design, you can manipulate the object’s properties in the Object palette. You can choose whether to define these properties:

To specify the image to link

In the Object palette, use one of these methods:
  • If you know the location of the image file, in the URL box, type the URL to the image file and press Enter.

  • To browse for the location of the image file, click the Browse button  to the right of the URL box, navigate to the image file that you want to insert and click Open.

Note: To use relative path names for retrieving linked images when the form is opened, the image files must be stored in a folder that is accessible to users. If Forms is available, the path must be relative to Forms.

To embed an image into a form

In the Object palette, select Embed Image Data.
Note: When you embed an image in the form, a copy of the image information is stored in the form.

To size the image

  1. In the Object palette, click the Field tab.

  2. In the Sizing list, select one of these options to determine what happens when the image is loaded:

    • To resize the image in the object, ensure that the aspect ratio of the image is preserved and select Scale Image Proportionally.

    • To resize the image to match the dimensions of the object, select Scale Image to Fit Rectangle. The aspect ratio of the image is not preserved.

    • To preserve the actual size of the image, select Use Original Size. The image is not resized.

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