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Wed Jun 15 12:48:05 EDT 2011

If you want to stick with what you are familiar with, just to get the
project done, try looking up "imageSource" in the dictionary. With that, you
can change a character in a text field to be an image.

So make a background field with fixedLineheight turned off, centered text,
and a single character per line for each image you want on that card. You
can store the images anywhere in the stack and then use their ids like so:

set the imagesource of char 1 of fld 1 to 210096
set the imagesource of char 3 of fld 1 to 210067
set the imagesource of char 5 of fld 1 to 210097

(Note the use of odd number character indexes, so we don't replace the

This way you have a simple scrolling list of images that's different on each
card. I use this method myself quite a bit to make lists of images. You can
have full control over selecting them and so forth, just as if they were
text... Which as far as LC is concerned, they are at this point.

 ~ Chris Innanen
 ~ Nonsanity

On Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 2:13 AM, Timothy Miller <
gandalf at> wrote:

> Greetings,
> I thought I knew how to do this, but it isn't working out.
> I'm making a stack that will help me practice identifying birds. One card
> per species. Images and songs, mostly, plus a few fields for habitat,
> seasonality and so on. Some fields and buttons will be common to all cards,
> but most fields will not "share text." Each card will have different images.
> Chances are I will gradually add fancy bells and whistles. I'll want to
> hide the name of the species, for instance, forcing myself to name the
> species by song or image, then show the name to see if I got it right. That
> sort of thing. I think I know how to do most of what I plan.
> At the moment, I'm stuck on a basic problem, and I hope someone will help
> un-stick me.
> I want to be able to make a new card, quickly and conveniently, type the
> name of the species into a field designated for that purpose, then paste
> several images onto the card -- as many as desired. The total area of the
> images will be quite a bit larger than the total area of the card, so I want
> the images to scroll vertically while retaining their positions, relative to
> each other. I don't mind dragging the new images to their desired locations
> manually.
> There's something basic I'm not getting.
> I thought if I pasted several images onto a card, scroll bars would
> magically appear, which would scroll the images as a group. Not happening.
> Maybe backgrounds scroll but stacks and cards don't?
> I made a scrolling group, pasted multiple pictures in it. That works on one
> card. But if I set bgBehavior to "true," then "new card" duplicates all the
> pictures, and the pictures are shared between cards. I want different
> pictures on each card. If I set bgBehavior to "false," making a new card
> becomes complicated.
> (I'm a hyperCard retread, so setting bgBehavior to "false" don't come
> natchrel.)
> I don't need detailed instructions or scripts. Just a few hints.
> Maybe I need to make a scrolling stack with scrollbar buttons, which I
> would script as needed, instead of depending on the native scroll bars you
> get with a scrolling group? Hmm... In that case, I guess I'd need to place
> the scroll bars on each new card...
> Maybe I need to place a different group on each new card with bgBehavior
> set to false? Maybe a "new card" button with a script that places a new
> group on the new card, sets its rect and size and other characteristics?
> Maybe there's more than one way to do what I want... probably so...
> Thanks in advance.
> Tim
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