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ileandros

Usually imagesearch library is used for game automatation. Pixel search as well. FF udf it's much more powerful I find. But none of them are trustable 100%

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I feel nothing.It feels great.

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VelvetElvis

I've used this for automating a daily job at work that refreshes +/- 35 reports daily with each one searching, and it hasn't missed a beat.

I'm curious as to the difference in .dll files, compared to the one in the original post from 2008. Here's the two versions:

Original ImageSearchDLL.dll 92k 2/28/2008

Your ImageSearchDLL.dll 77k 1/24/2010

Can you (or anyone else) tell me what the differences are?

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VelvetElvis

<Bump> Anyone know the difference in these .dll's?

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techbard

nice work! thx~

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kjensen

I think it's fine. I appreciate that I can use that now instead of merging Auto Hot Key/AutoIT type features. I look forward to re-writing some of my mcros to incorporate this and thank you again for the intro into Image search :)

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romanais

Hello, i think that there's a typo on your "Example of my script using _ImageSearchArea".

With this line :

local $search = _ImageSearchArea('check5.bmp', 1, 800, 40, 900, 80, $x, $y, 0)Local $search = _ImageSearch('checkImage.bmp', 0, $x, $y, 0)
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Centrally

It is typo, and I got no idea how that line ended there, anyway thanks for pointing it out, I fixed it now.

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Centrally

I've used this for automating a daily job at work that refreshes +/- 35 reports daily with each one searching, and it hasn't missed a beat.

I'm curious as to the difference in .dll files, compared to the one in the original post from 2008. Here's the two versions:

Original ImageSearchDLL.dll 92k 2/28/2008

Your ImageSearchDLL.dll 77k 1/24/2010

Can you (or anyone else) tell me what the differences are?

I'm not really sure about difference because I only compiled last source code I found, if you really want to find out what is different than try finding source code from 2008 and compare it to one from 2010.
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TimCunningham

I was having trouble like you were having trouble. This topic is very helpful.

I was working on this image search for hours and hours and I could not get it to work! I was able to find the droid I was looking for (heh) when I saved the image as a 24-bit BMP rather than 256 or 16-bit. Not sure why this is but I hope that helps someone. If it isn't working for you, try saving the picture as a different bmp file.

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Amiekbir

Hi i did what u said but i am unable to use the imagesearch function. I used the 64 bit one but now working.

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Amiekbir

i used the 32 bit too same result.

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MythEdge

Hello and thank you for the tutorial. I have been trying to get this imagesearch function to work for weeks! I took your code and copied it exactly. Then I took ImageSearch.au3, imagesearchdll.dll and my script (Which is a new script file with your code) along with my checkImage.bmp and put them all into my working directory folder. I click the script, I click P and nothing happens but the script no longer runs. I get no error or anything. Did I miss something?

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tbodine88

I added this code in _imageSearchArea

Func _ImageSearchArea($findImage, $resultPosition, $x1, $y1, $right, $bottom, ByRef $x, ByRef $y, $tolerance, $HBMP = 0)
    ;MsgBox(0,"asd","" & $x1 & " " & $y1 & " " & $right & " " & $bottom)
    If $tolerance > 0 Then $findImage = "*" & $tolerance & " " & $findImage
    If IsString($findImage) Then
        $result = DllCall("ImageSearchDLL.dll", "str", "ImageSearch", "int", $x1, "int", $y1, "int", $right, "int", $bottom, "str", $findImage, "ptr", $HBMP)
        $err = @error
    Else
        $result = DllCall("ImageSearchDLL.dll", "str", "ImageSearch", "int", $x1, "int", $y1, "int", $right, "int", $bottom, "ptr", $findImage, "ptr", $HBMP)
        $err = @error
    EndIf
    Switch $err
        Case 1
            ConsoleWriteError("unable to use the DLL file" & @CRLF)
            exit 1
        Case 2
            ConsoleWriteError('unknown "return type" ' & @CRLF)
            exit 1
        Case 3
            ConsoleWriteError('"ImageSearch" not found in DLL' & @CRLF)
            exit 1
        Case 4
            ConsoleWriteError('bad number of parameters' & @CRLF)
            exit 1
        Case 5
            ConsoleWriteError('bad parameter' & @CRLF)
            exit 1
    EndSwitch

    ; If error exit
    If $result[0] = "0" Then Return 0

    ; Otherwise get the x,y location of the match and the size of the image to
    ; compute the centre of search
    $array = StringSplit($result[0], "|")

    $x = Int(Number($array[2]))
    $y = Int(Number($array[3]))
    If $resultPosition = 1 Then
        $x = $x + Int(Number($array[4]) / 2)
        $y = $y + Int(Number($array[5]) / 2)
    EndIf
    Return 1
EndFunc   ;==>_ImageSearchArea

I down loaded the 64 bit version, and I get the "unable to use the DLL file" error.

I thought this might help some to debug.

I don't have it working, but I'll try the 32 bit version even though I'm running 64 bit windows 7.

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I added code to test that DLL loads and runs and complain if not:

Func _ImageSearchArea($findImage, $resultPosition, $x1, $y1, $right, $bottom, ByRef $x, ByRef $y, $tolerance, $HBMP = 0)
    ;MsgBox(0,"asd","" & $x1 & " " & $y1 & " " & $right & " " & $bottom)
    If $tolerance > 0 Then $findImage = "*" & $tolerance & " " & $findImage
    If IsString($findImage) Then
        $result = DllCall("ImageSearchDLL.dll", "str", "ImageSearch", "int", $x1, "int", $y1, "int", $right, "int", $bottom, "str", $findImage, "ptr", $HBMP)
        $err = @error
    Else
        $result = DllCall("ImageSearchDLL.dll", "str", "ImageSearch", "int", $x1, "int", $y1, "int", $right, "int", $bottom, "ptr", $findImage, "ptr", $HBMP)
        $err = @error
    EndIf
    Switch $err
        Case 1
            ConsoleWriteError("unable to use the DLL file" & @CRLF)
            exit 1
        Case 2
            ConsoleWriteError('unknown "return type" ' & @CRLF)
            exit 1
        Case 3
            ConsoleWriteError('"ImageSearch" not found in DLL' & @CRLF)
            exit 1
        Case 4
            ConsoleWriteError('bad number of parameters' & @CRLF)
            exit 1
        Case 5
            ConsoleWriteError('bad parameter' & @CRLF)
            exit 1
    EndSwitch

    ; If error exit
    If $result[0] = "0" Then Return 0

    ; Otherwise get the x,y location of the match and the size of the image to
    ; compute the centre of search
    $array = StringSplit($result[0], "|")

    $x = Int(Number($array[2]))
    $y = Int(Number($array[3]))
    If $resultPosition = 1 Then
        $x = $x + Int(Number($array[4]) / 2)
        $y = $y + Int(Number($array[5]) / 2)
    EndIf
    Return 1
EndFunc   ;==>_ImageSearchArea

Using this I found that on my computer at work the 64 bit version of the DLL gives the error unable to use the DLL file

The 32 bit version when used causes AutoIT to stop working.

Bummer I sure did like this thing back in the old XP days.

Regards tbodine88


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BrewManNH

Run the script as a 32 bit exe


If I posted any code, assume that code was written using the latest release version unless stated otherwise. Also, if it doesn't work on XP I can't help with that because I don't have access to XP, and I'm not going to.
Give a programmer the correct code and he can do his work for a day. Teach a programmer to debug and he can do his work for a lifetime - by Chirag Gude
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I hereby grant any person the right to use any code I post, that I am the original author of, on the autoitscript.com forums, unless I've specifically stated otherwise in the code or the thread post. If you do use my code all I ask, as a courtesy, is to make note of where you got it from.

Back up and restore Windows user files _Array.au3 - Modified array functions that include support for 2D arrays.  -  ColorChooser - An add-on for SciTE that pops up a color dialog so you can select and paste a color code into a script.  -  Customizable Splashscreen GUI w/Progress Bar - Create a custom "splash screen" GUI with a progress bar and custom label.  -  _FileGetProperty - Retrieve the properties of a file  -  SciTE Toolbar - A toolbar demo for use with the SciTE editor  -  GUIRegisterMsg demo - Demo script to show how to use the Windows messages to interact with controls and your GUI.  -   Latin Square password generator

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asfaloth

Hello, i tried this plugin and it work very well, but i cant understand one thing: if the image is in a folder located in the script folder, what is the code to make it look inside another folder instead of his own one? My english is bad, if you dont understand, i can try to reformulate the sentence xD

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Ashen

Just a  small concern of mine about this whole deal:

If, in order to use these functions, I am forced to use a DLL that I do not understand - what happens if in the future the DLL would need to be changed in order to work but no one knows how to change it? do all my scripts stop working forever?

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sersam

I'm using the 32 bit version. But it's not working. Reason: AutoIT to stop working.

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BrewManNH

The right side and bottom corner of the rectangle you want to search in.


If I posted any code, assume that code was written using the latest release version unless stated otherwise. Also, if it doesn't work on XP I can't help with that because I don't have access to XP, and I'm not going to.
Give a programmer the correct code and he can do his work for a day. Teach a programmer to debug and he can do his work for a lifetime - by Chirag Gude
How to ask questions the smart way!

I hereby grant any person the right to use any code I post, that I am the original author of, on the autoitscript.com forums, unless I've specifically stated otherwise in the code or the thread post. If you do use my code all I ask, as a courtesy, is to make note of where you got it from.

Back up and restore Windows user files _Array.au3 - Modified array functions that include support for 2D arrays.  -  ColorChooser - An add-on for SciTE that pops up a color dialog so you can select and paste a color code into a script.  -  Customizable Splashscreen GUI w/Progress Bar - Create a custom "splash screen" GUI with a progress bar and custom label.  -  _FileGetProperty - Retrieve the properties of a file  -  SciTE Toolbar - A toolbar demo for use with the SciTE editor  -  GUIRegisterMsg demo - Demo script to show how to use the Windows messages to interact with controls and your GUI.  -   Latin Square password generator

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                Sleep(150)
                MouseClick("left")
               Sleep(150)
      EndIf
      The problem about this is that i defined $x2 = $x - 175  and $y2 = $y + 35
      I got these numbers ( 175 and 35) with the autoit helper and just subtracted point where it is to the point its supposed to move but it doesnt work.

      is there any proper way to find the distance between 2 points in pixels?
       
      Imgsearch doesnt always work for this picture so i want it to have a backup
       
      edit: could it be that the definition of $x and $y  from the previous image search arent there anymore and thats why it moves my mouse to strange places? 
      is there a way to preserve the $x $y from the previous img search untill the next succesful one?
       
       
    • Miliardsto
      By Miliardsto
      Hello im using Imagesearc function and almost always it works great but i have seen on 2 computers this function not works. I dont know why and cant figure out whats going on.
       
      So there are windows 8 64bit and 10 64bit.
      I use script like below so in program folder I got there 4 files
      ImageSearchDLLx32 ImageSearchDLLx64 msvcr110 msvcr110d And it should work I think, it would chose proper file to windows and use it.
      Should I copy Imagesearch to windows directory or system32 directory too or if it is on program folder it is enough?
      I have tried other imagesearch dll and with no success.
      Tried change resolution, colors, some graphic settings etc and no effect
       
      Maybe someone know what can causing problem with functionality imagesearch function?
      And where I should finally put imagesearch dll file to be sure it would be loaded correctly?
       
      There are these 4 files
      https://mega.nz/#!GkMUFSoC!ND0HlpWGZYywxMEF7Nan5YOUdBUPPBE7VAd0TM1Lhm8
       
       
      #Region ;**** Directives created by AutoIt3Wrapper_GUI **** #AutoIt3Wrapper_Outfile=x64.Exe #AutoIt3Wrapper_Outfile_x64=x32.Exe #AutoIt3Wrapper_Compile_Both=y #AutoIt3Wrapper_UseX64=y #EndRegion ;**** Directives created by AutoIt3Wrapper_GUI **** #include-once #include <WinAPIFiles.au3> ; for _WinAPI_Wow64EnableWow64FsRedirection #include <ScreenCapture.au3> ;_ScreenCapture_CaptureWnd etc. ;using this in the example to create a test image, otherwise not neccessary here #include <ButtonConstants.au3> #include <MsgBoxConstants.au3> Local $h_ImageSearchDLL = -1; Will become Handle returned by DllOpen() that will be referenced in the _ImageSearchRegion() function #include <ImageSearchUDF.au3> #Region When running compiled script, Install needed DLLs if they don't exist yet If Not FileExists("ImageSearchDLLx32.dll") Then FileInstall("ImageSearchDLLx32.dll", "ImageSearchDLLx32.dll", 1);FileInstall ( "source", "dest" [, flag = 0] ) If Not FileExists("ImageSearchDLLx64.dll") Then FileInstall("ImageSearchDLLx64.dll", "ImageSearchDLLx64.dll", 1) If Not FileExists("msvcr110d.dll") Then FileInstall("msvcr110d.dll", "msvcr110d.dll", 1);Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable dll x64 If Not FileExists("msvcr110.dll") Then FileInstall("msvcr110.dll", "msvcr110.dll", 1);Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable dll x32 #EndRegion HotKeySet("h", "search") Global $x = 0, $y = 0 Func search() Local $img = _ImageSearch('img.bmp', 0, $x, $y, 0) If $img = 1 Then MsgBox("", "", "FOUND IMAGE") Else MsgBox("", "", "NOT FOUND IMAGE") EndIf EndFunc While 1 sleep(200) WEnd #Region TESTING/Example Local $bTesting = False; Change to TRUE to turn on testing/example If $bTesting Then cr(">" & "_ImageSearchStartup()=" & _ImageSearchStartup(), 2) OnAutoItExitRegister(_ImageSearchShutdown) cr("!Testing...") ;using Notepad as a simple example #Region Notepad Snapshot Creation $hWin = WinGetHandle("[CLASS:Notepad]") If Not IsHWnd($hWin) Then If Run("notepad.exe") = 0 Then cr("Couldn't run notepad.exe") Local $hWin = WinWait("[CLASS:Notepad]", "", 10) If $hWin = 0 Then cr("Notepad WinWait Timeout!") EndIf WinSetState($hWin, "", @SW_RESTORE) WinSetState($hWin, "", @SW_SHOW) WinActivate($hWin) Local $testimage = "24bit.bmp" _ScreenCapture_CaptureWnd($testimage, $hWin, 0, 0, -1, -1, False);_ScreenCapture_CaptureWnd ( $sFileName, $hWnd [, $iLeft = 0 [, $iTop = 0 [, $iRight = -1 [, $iBottom = -1 [, $bCursor = True]]]]] ) cr("made Notepad Window screenshot") #EndRegion Notepad Snapshot Creation #Region Test if application appeared Local $y = 0, $x = 0, $result $result = _ImageSearch($testimage, 1, $x, $y, 0, 0);_ImageSearch($findImage, $resultPosition, ByRef $x, ByRef $y, $tolerance, $transparency = 0) If $result = 1 Then cr("! $result=" & $result, 1) MouseMove($x, $y, 0) cr("+" & "recognised notepad! moved mouse to center of notepad!") Else cr("! $result=" & $result, 1) Exit EndIf #EndRegion Test if application appeared #Region Test if application vanished WinSetState($hWin, "", @SW_MINIMIZE) Local $y = 0, $x = 0, $result $result = _ImageSearch($testimage, 1, $x, $y, 0, 0);_ImageSearch($findImage, $resultPosition, ByRef $x, ByRef $y, $tolerance, $transparency = 0) If $result = 1 Then cr("! $result=" & $result, 1) Exit Else cr("! $result=" & $result, 1) cr("+" & "notepad dissapeared!") EndIf #EndRegion Test if application vanished cr() cr("!Test finished") EndIf Exit #EndRegion TESTING/Example #Region ImageSearch Startup/Shutdown Func _ImageSearchStartup() _WinAPI_Wow64EnableWow64FsRedirection(True) $sOSArch = @OSArch ;Check if running on x64 or x32 Windows ;@OSArch Returns one of the following: "X86", "IA64", "X64" - this is the architecture type of the currently running operating system. $sAutoItX64 = @AutoItX64 ;Check if using x64 AutoIt ;@AutoItX64 Returns 1 if the script is running under the native x64 version of AutoIt. If $sOSArch = "X86" Or $sAutoItX64 = 0 Then cr("+>" & "@OSArch=" & $sOSArch & @TAB & "@AutoItX64=" & $sAutoItX64 & @TAB & "therefore using x32 ImageSearch DLL") $h_ImageSearchDLL = DllOpen("ImageSearchDLLx32.dll") If $h_ImageSearchDLL = -1 Then Return "DllOpen failure" ElseIf $sOSArch = "X64" And $sAutoItX64 = 1 Then cr("+>" & "@OSArch=" & $sOSArch & @TAB & "@AutoItX64=" & $sAutoItX64 & @TAB & "therefore using x64 ImageSearch DLL") $h_ImageSearchDLL = DllOpen("ImageSearchDLLx64.dll") If $h_ImageSearchDLL = -1 Then Return "DllOpen failure" Else Return "Inconsistent or incompatible Script/Windows/CPU Architecture" EndIf Return True EndFunc ;==>_ImageSearchStartup Func _ImageSearchShutdown() DllClose($h_ImageSearchDLL) _WinAPI_Wow64EnableWow64FsRedirection(False) cr(">" & "_ImageSearchShutdown() completed") Return True EndFunc ;==>_ImageSearchShutdown #EndRegion ImageSearch Startup/Shutdown #Region My Custom ConsoleWrite/debug Function Func cr($text = "", $addCR = 1, $printTime = False) ;Print to console Static $sToolTip If Not @Compiled Then If $printTime Then ConsoleWrite(@HOUR & ":" & @MIN & ":" & @SEC & ":" & @MSEC & " ") ConsoleWrite($text) If $addCR >= 1 Then ConsoleWrite(@CR) If $addCR = 2 Then ConsoleWrite(@CR) Else If $printTime Then $sToolTip &= @HOUR & ":" & @MIN & ":" & @SEC & ":" & @MSEC & " " $sToolTip &= $text If $addCR >= 1 Then $sToolTip &= @CR If $addCR = 2 Then $sToolTip &= @CR ToolTip($sToolTip) EndIf Return $text EndFunc ;==>cr #EndRegion My Custom ConsoleWrite/debug Function  
       
       
       
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