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Can I get MS Paint to do what I need by means of AutoIt?

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Hello, everybody. I am a professional in ATC (Air Traffic Control), and I have been pointed here to seek a solution for my problem.

I need to work on large series of image files, all of the same size (they are frames of the same radar recording, actually).

The operation that I need to perform on each image is quite simple, and can be carried out just with Paint.

I need to cut and save a smaller portion of image, corresponding to a region of airspace where some event occurred. The dimensions of the smaller images and their position within the source frame (larger image) are obviously unchanged within the same series: I may want to specify a size and position at the beginning of the task (as the events to be analyzed never occur in the same region of airspace, for obvious reasons), but once the task has started, each smaller image would be cut-out with the same dimensions and from the same position within the source image.

The steps are very simple:

1) input parameters (filename/path of the input series, and coordinates of the images to be cut-out)

2) open Paint

3) open the source image

4) in the Attributes, change (reduce) Width and Height to define what will be the right and lower borders of the final cut-out image

5) rotate 180°

6) again, reduce Width and Height to define what will be the left and upper borders of the final cut-out image

7) again, rotate 180° to put the image upside-up

8) save

9) increase image counter and loop from #3 until reaching end of the series

10) close Paint and exit

It is obvious that, although simple, the above described steps cannot be repeated by hand if we are speaking of 300-400 frames of radar recording... :blink:

I have been told that a relatively simple solution could be writing a script to drive Paint through the sequence of steps for the entire series.

I must confess that, when I began to get a first look to this site, I was taken by dejection: in the past I wrote quite a number of programs in Assembler and Basic, but what I found here gave me the impression that I should take a degree in computer science before beginning...

Any of you guys want to help me to begin with this task?... :mad2:

Many, many, MANY thanks in advance! :wub:


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Your task can be easily done using GDIPlus rather than automating MS Paint.

Give me some minutes to write a basic version.

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@UEZ: I know you are answering like this.

 

@PPI: I'm wondering you haven't tools your are needing for work. Or is this a small, private virtual ATC?

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@AutoBert :rolleyes:

 

@PPI try this:

#include <File.au3>
#include <GDIPlus.au3>
#include <GUIConstantsEx.au3>
#include <EditConstants.au3>

_GDIPlus_Startup()
Global Const $hGUI = GUICreate("Test", 384, 120)
Global Const $iBtn_Path = GUICtrlCreateButton("Path", 10, 10, 70, 40)
Global Const $iInput_Path = GUICtrlCreateInput("", 90, 20, 160, 20)
GUICtrlSetState(-1, $GUI_DISABLE)
Global Const $iCombo_Ext = GUICtrlCreateCombo("JPG", 270, 20, 100, 21)
GUICtrlSetData($iCombo_Ext, "BMP|PNG", "JPG")
Global Const $iLabel_X = GUICtrlCreateLabel("X:", 20, 80, 20, 10)
Global Const $iInput_X = GUICtrlCreateInput("0", 40, 76, 30, 20, $ES_NUMBER)
Global Const $iLabel_Y = GUICtrlCreateLabel("Y:", 80, 80, 20, 10)
Global Const $iInput_Y = GUICtrlCreateInput("0", 100, 76, 30, 20, $ES_NUMBER)
Global Const $iLabel_W = GUICtrlCreateLabel("W:", 140, 80, 20, 10)
Global Const $iInput_W = GUICtrlCreateInput("0", 160, 76, 30, 20, $ES_NUMBER)
Global Const $iLabel_H = GUICtrlCreateLabel("H:", 200, 80, 20, 10)
Global Const $iInput_H = GUICtrlCreateInput("0", 220, 76, 30, 20, $ES_NUMBER)
Global Const $iBtn_Start = GUICtrlCreateButton("Start", 290, 60, 70, 40)
GUICtrlSetState(-1, $GUI_DISABLE)
GUISetState()

Global $sPath, $aFiles, $i, $iX, $iY, $iW, $iH

While 1
    Switch GUIGetMsg()
        Case $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE
            _GDIPlus_Shutdown()
            GUIDelete()
            Exit
        Case $iBtn_Path
            $sPath = FileSelectFolder("Select a path with images", "", 0, $hGUI)
            If @error Then
                MsgBox($MB_ICONWARNING, "Warning", "Operation has been aborted", 20, $hGUI)
                ContinueLoop
            EndIf
            GUICtrlSetState($iBtn_Start, $GUI_ENABLE)
            GUICtrlSetData($iInput_Path, $sPath)
        Case $iBtn_Start
            $aFiles = _FileListToArray($sPath, "*." & GUICtrlRead($iCombo_Ext), $FLTA_FILES, True)
            If @error Then
                MsgBox($MB_ICONWARNING, "Warning", "Operation has been aborted", 20, $hGUI)
                ContinueLoop
            EndIf
            $iX = GUICtrlRead($iInput_X)
            $iY = GUICtrlRead($iInput_Y)
            $iW = GUICtrlRead($iInput_W)
            $iH = GUICtrlRead($iInput_H)
            If BitOR($iW = 0, $iH = 0) Then
                MsgBox($MB_ICONWARNING, "Warning", "Please check width / height", 20, $hGUI)
                ContinueLoop
            EndIf
            For $i = 1 To $aFiles[0]
                Crop_Images($iX, $iY, $iW, $iH, $aFiles[$i])
            Next
            MsgBox($MB_ICONINFORMATION, "Done", "Please check out provided folder for the results", 0, $hGUI)
    EndSwitch
WEnd

Func Crop_Images($iX, $iY, $iW, $iH, $sFilename)
    If FileExists($sFilename) Then
        Local $hImage = _GDIPlus_ImageLoadFromFile($sFilename)
        Local $hBitmap = _GDIPlus_BitmapCreateFromScan0($iW, $iH)
        Local $hGfx = _GDIPlus_ImageGetGraphicsContext($hBitmap)
        _GDIPlus_GraphicsDrawImageRectRect($hGfx, $hImage, $iX, $iY, $iW, $iH, 0, 0, $iW, $iH)
        _GDIPlus_ImageSaveToFile($hBitmap, StringTrimRight($sFilename, 4) & "_cropped.jpg")
        _GDIPlus_GraphicsDispose($hGfx)
        _GDIPlus_ImageDispose($hBitmap)
        _GDIPlus_ImageDispose($hImage)
        Return True
    EndIf
    Return False
EndFunc

 

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#5 ·  Posted (edited)

Just my input, I always do batch image processing with IrfanView, it has batch processing built right in, but when you want to automate or integrate further it has cmd parameters for everything make it easy to use with Autoit. 

 

Probably one of the larger benefits is that it supports more image types than GDIPlus.

BTW: Tested UEZ code above and it worked really well.

Edited by ViciousXUSMC
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@AutoBert no "virtual" ATC: real airplanes, real radar, real airspace. You would be surprised by the amount of private resources that I (...and not only...) had to deploy from own wallet to do my job decently. Bureaucracy, bureaucracy...

@UEZ and all the others: THANK YOU SO MUCH in advance :wub: I'm in a hurry, will be back in a couple of hours or so!


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@UEZ First of all (and again) THANK YOU very much for your effort and for the time you spent to it! :wub:

And now, the sad part, a-ehm... :> Befor you mentioned it, I never heard a thing about something called GDIplus, and from the few things that Google returned, I'm not even sure about what it is... I went straight to the Paint+script solution because I've been told that, since Paint is already present, it would have been the most straightforward solution... Anyway, pardon me the utterly silly question [AUDIENCE LAUGHTERS ON]: how do I run the code you provided me?

I suppose I should compile it to make it a .EXE, or do I need to have some interpreter installed?...

[AUDIENCE LAUGHTERS OFF]

@UEZ @ViciousXUSMC

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Probably one of the larger benefits is that it supports more image types than GDIPlus

What file formats does UEZ solution support? I work mostly with PNG and GIF images, the usual size being 2048x2048 (the size of an area radar display), is there any limitation with GDIplus?..

Folks, keep in mind that at the airport I work with two PCs, one running Windows 2000 and the other Windows XP, 95% of the work being carried out on the Win 2000 computer... The XP computer should be migrated to Windows 7, but don't ask me abut the times (again, bureaucracy...) while I am positively sure that I must prepare the next video before Feb 9th... :'(


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Supported GDI+ image formats:

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The Image class provides methods for loading and saving raster images (bitmaps) and vector images (metafiles). An Image object encapsulates a bitmap or a metafile and stores attributes that you can retrieve by calling various Get methods. You can construct Image objects from a variety of file types including BMP, ICON, GIF, JPEG, Exif, PNG, TIFF, WMF, and EMF.

I cannot tell you whether the script works properly with Win2000 but should work with with WinXP.


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23 minutes ago, UEZ said:

Supported GDI+ image formats:

I cannot tell you whether the script works properly with Win2000 but should work with with WinXP.

@UEZ pardon me again, I know I'm sort of... stubborn... but I never used scripts before. How do I run the code you wrote for me? Do I have to compile it to an EXE? And how? Or does it run under an interpreter like my old programs in QuickBasic?... (I've to go to sleep right now, alarm clock in 6 1/2 hours! :yawn: )


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Yes, compile the script and run it on the computer where the images are located.


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10 hours ago, UEZ said:

Yes, compile the script and run it on the computer where the images are located.

Okay, I surrender... :> I was tempted to write you in private to avoid public shame, but I thought that after all, forums should allow people to learn, so... :> Well, I googled the domain autoitscript.com with the search key "GDIplus compile OR compiler", and came to nothing useful, or at least nothing that I could understand... I use two PCs here, one running Win XP and the other running Win 2000. On the XP machine I don't have administrator rights and cannot install anything without previous authorization (again, bureaucracy... >_< ) but I can run programs that does not require an installation process (like "portable" applications that can run from an USB stick or just copied to a local folder). On the Win 2000 machine I can do everything, but I understand that some most modern programs may not be compatible. So, one solution could be to compile the file "online", within the autoitscript.com website (assuming that the site offers such a service, but I didn't find it). Another solution coould be to get a compiler that does not need installation (to use under XP) OR that can be installed under Windows 2000. As a last resort, a compiler to install under XP, and I would have to push really hard the bean-counters to get the clearance to install it quickly... :'( Uh, one last thing: I suppose that I would have to export the code you provided me to a file, in order to compile it, right?... How do I export it? Thank you SO much!!


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@PPI: as you are referring to a quick basic background probably an alternative is to switch to vbscript and wia library from microsoft

https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/ff486369%28v=vs.85%29.aspx
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/ms630826(v=vs.85).aspx

You then even can do it in Excel VBA without installing stuff

 

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13 minutes ago, PPI said:

Okay, I surrender... :> I was tempted to write you in private to avoid public shame, but I thought that after all, forums should allow people to learn, so... :> Well, I googled the domain autoitscript.com with the search key "GDIplus compile OR compiler", and came to nothing useful, or at least nothing that I could understand... I use two PCs here, one running Win XP and the other running Win 2000. On the XP machine I don't have administrator rights and cannot install anything without previous authorization (again, bureaucracy... >_< ) but I can run programs that does not require an installation process (like "portable" applications that can run from an USB stick or just copied to a local folder). On the Win 2000 machine I can do everything, but I understand that some most modern programs may not be compatible. So, one solution could be to compile the file "online", within the autoitscript.com website (assuming that the site offers such a service, but I didn't find it). Another solution coould be to get a compiler that does not need installation (to use under XP) OR that can be installed under Windows 2000. As a last resort, a compiler to install under XP, and I would have to push really hard the bean-counters to get the clearance to install it quickly... :'( Uh, one last thing: I suppose that I would have to export the code you provided me to a file, in order to compile it, right?... How do I export it? Thank you SO much!!

Ok, I suggest to start with learning how to use AutoIt. Try 

first.


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and a working VBA example in Excel (Windows 7) replace directorynames / location of pictures

Same should work in VBScript with some small modifications

'Make a reference to Microsoft Windows Image Aquisition library
Sub test()
    Dim oIMG 'As ImageFile
    Dim oIP 'As ImageProcess
    
    'Create the needed WIA objects
    Set oIMG = CreateObject("WIA.ImageFile")
    Set oIP = CreateObject("WIA.ImageProcess")

    'Load your image
    oIMG.LoadFile "Y:\test_screenshot\wia.jpg"

    'Rotate the image
    oIP.Filters.Add oIP.FilterInfos("RotateFlip").FilterID
    oIP.Filters(1).Properties("RotationAngle") = 90

    'Crop the image
    oIP.Filters.Add oIP.FilterInfos("Crop").FilterID
    oIP.Filters(2).Properties("Left") = oIMG.Width \ 4
    oIP.Filters(2).Properties("Top") = oIMG.Height \ 4
    oIP.Filters(2).Properties("Right") = oIMG.Width \ 4
    oIP.Filters(2).Properties("Bottom") = oIMG.Height \ 4

    'Apply the image processing
    Set oIMG = oIP.Apply(oIMG)

    'Save it to a new file
    Kill "Y:\test_screenshot\wia_new.jpg"
    oIMG.SaveFile "Y:\test_screenshot\wia_new.jpg"
    
    
End Sub

 

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1 hour ago, UEZ said:

Ok, I suggest to start with learning how to use AutoIt. Try 

first.

UEZ, I take an oath: after I'm finish with the task that they requested me (the image series, i.e. a video), I shall study how to use AutoIt, at least its fundamentals. I swear! But after, not now. Now I have to produce that series of images that is just the first step with 30 more to go before obtaining the final video: I lack the physical time to study it now. Could you please tell me where/how to compile your code? (apart from other things, the video "sampleavi.avi" doesn't play, I get an "Unknown error" message :blink: )


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Easiest way : Right click the .au3 file containing UEZ' code >> Compile script

Doc : [Help file > AutoIt > Using AutoIt > Compiling Scripts]   :)

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4 hours ago, mikell said:

Right click the .au3 file containing UEZ' code

WHAT .au3 file? Where is it?? :drool:


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9 hours ago, junkew said:

and a working VBA example in Excel (Windows 7) replace directorynames / location of pictures

Same should work in VBScript with some small modifications

'Make a reference to Microsoft Windows Image Aquisition library
Sub test()
    Dim oIMG 'As ImageFile
    Dim oIP 'As ImageProcess
    
    'Create the needed WIA objects
    Set oIMG = CreateObject("WIA.ImageFile")
    Set oIP = CreateObject("WIA.ImageProcess")

    'Load your image
    oIMG.LoadFile "Y:\test_screenshot\wia.jpg"

    'Rotate the image
    oIP.Filters.Add oIP.FilterInfos("RotateFlip").FilterID
    oIP.Filters(1).Properties("RotationAngle") = 90

    'Crop the image
    oIP.Filters.Add oIP.FilterInfos("Crop").FilterID
    oIP.Filters(2).Properties("Left") = oIMG.Width \ 4
    oIP.Filters(2).Properties("Top") = oIMG.Height \ 4
    oIP.Filters(2).Properties("Right") = oIMG.Width \ 4
    oIP.Filters(2).Properties("Bottom") = oIMG.Height \ 4

    'Apply the image processing
    Set oIMG = oIP.Apply(oIMG)

    'Save it to a new file
    Kill "Y:\test_screenshot\wia_new.jpg"
    oIMG.SaveFile "Y:\test_screenshot\wia_new.jpg"
    
    
End Sub

 

Thank you, thank you so much!! :wub: As soon as I understand how to compile, I wish to try your solution, too. But again, the same question I posted a few minutes ago for UEZ's code: where do I find the d*mn .au3 file?? :blink: Thank you again!


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PPI,

Please calm down - as a pilot I prefer my ATC controllers to appear calm and in control!

The file UEZ post4ed inpost  #4 above is a script file - the text that can be compiled into a stand-alone executable. To do that you need to install AutoIt on a computer, copy the file from the forum (use the "pop-up" button at top-right to get a nice dialog) save the file somewhere (preferably with a .au3 extension, but that is not absolutely necessary) and then using the SciTE editor that is installed with AutoIt, load that file. Using the <Tools> menu of SciTE, select <Compile> to open the compilation dialog - the only thing you need to complete is the "target file name" and then press "Compile script". The executable will be created and you can then use it.

Clearer?

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Any of my own code posted anywhere on the forum is available for use by others without any restriction of any kind._______My UDFs:

Spoiler

ArrayMultiColSort ---- Sort arrays on multiple columns
ChooseFileFolder ---- Single and multiple selections from specified path treeview listing
Date_Time_Convert -- Easily convert date/time formats, including the language used
ExtMsgBox --------- A highly customisable replacement for MsgBox
GUIExtender -------- Extend and retract multiple sections within a GUI
GUIFrame ---------- Subdivide GUIs into many adjustable frames
GUIListViewEx ------- Insert, delete, move, drag, sort, edit and colour ListView items
GUITreeViewEx ------ Check/clear parent and child checkboxes in a TreeView
Marquee ----------- Scrolling tickertape GUIs
NoFocusLines ------- Remove the dotted focus lines from buttons, sliders, radios and checkboxes
Notify ------------- Small notifications on the edge of the display
Scrollbars ----------Automatically sized scrollbars with a single command
StringSize ---------- Automatically size controls to fit text
Toast -------------- Small GUIs which pop out of the notification area

 

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This topic is becoming totally surrealist   :D

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