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Howdy, I've gone through a lot of au3 forums, and I once had a working Imagesearch script that I got from here.  However, and i'm just totally not sure how but my imagesearch scripts aren't working anymore.
I'm not new to au3 but i'm not the most experienced with it's syntax/commands.

Anyways, I've looked over the big threads involving imagesearch.

Does anyone have a working Imagesearch x64 for win10 that is currently working as of the date with the post.

Dll's and what not is fine, just when I tell the script to run, I want to be able to find the image on the screen!
Can't find a working copy so if anyone has one please send it my way lol.

I've taken all the imagesearch downloads and what not and have played with them but I can't get any of them working on my end, despite others saying they're working.

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Moved to the appropriate forum, as the Developer General Discussion forum very clearly states:


General development and scripting discussions. If it's super geeky and you don't know where to put it - it's probably here.

Do not create AutoIt-related topics here, use the AutoIt General Help and Support or AutoIt Technical Discussion forums.

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On ‎6‎/‎27‎/‎2018 at 12:54 PM, Earthshine said:

under display settings, make sure your Scale and Layout is set to  100% and not more.

I'm fine on that front.  Just waiting for others to reply with working code.  If anyone is experienced enough I can dump the folder that I have that used to be my old working image search.


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OpenCV match feature could be an alternative to search for an image inside another image

See also this example of image compare:




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Hi Atoxis,

I kind of "wrapped" the ImageSearch command from ... *cough* ... cannot say it out loud in here ... (*whispering*) AutoHotKey ... to an AutoIt function.

Of course a separate dll must be downloaded from here: https://hotkeyit.github.io/v2/
Either one of the dll packages (v1 or v2) should do the trick. Just don't use the help file of v1. It's confusing and misleading. Even the author says on that page that it is outdated. Don't know why it is still packaged with the v1 zip package. So make sure to at least download v2 for the help file. And, if you want it, v1 for the possibly more stable version? If you should be using the 32-bit v1 version after all, make sure to be using the "w" version, not the "a".

I am not an expert with dll calls. So the code underneath is the result of trial and error based on reading the help files rather than of always exactly knowing what must be coded. I also did not do much error catching in the code - or none at all - but the code is not so complicated nor long. It also might not be the fastest ImageSearch-code out there, but hey, the code works for me (on Win 8.1 x64 and with both 32-bit and 64-bit AutoIt) and I think it is fairly simple to implement. But I am willing to work on improving the code upon feedback. (The additional plus of this code is that you can practically wrap any ahk command or fuction to AutoIt by copying and slightly adapting the code. Not that there would be much need for that but who knows, maybe tomorrow one of us stumbles upon another case like ImageSearch.)

Hope it helps either you, Atoxis, or someone else in the future.
Regards, S.

$searchAreaX1 = xxxxx ;//upper left X value of search area
$searchAreaY1 = yyyyy ;//upper left Y value of search area
$searchAreaX2 = xxxxxx ;//lower right X value of search area
$searchAreaY2 = yyyyyy ;//lower right Y value of search area
$OptionsAndImageFile = "..." ;//e.g. "*20 *TransBlack (relative) path to image.png", see https://www.autohotkey.com/docs/commands/ImageSearch.htm
;~ $ImageSearchCoordMode = "..." ;//Specify whether all coordinates are relative to "Screen|Window|Client". Can be skipped. Default is "Window" (meaning the one active while the ImageSearch function runs). see also https://www.autohotkey.com/docs/commands/CoordMode.htm

WinActivate(".......", "") ;//if coordinates are relative to window, it makes sense to activate the desired window before performing the search

$imageFoundAt = ImageSearch_ahk_wrapped($searchAreaX1, $searchAreaY1, $searchAreaX2, $searchAreaY2, $OptionsAndImageFile)
If $imageFoundAt[0] Then
    MsgBox(0, "ImageSearch results", "Image found at the coordinates: X " & $imageFoundAt[0] & ", Y " & $imageFoundAt[1])
    MsgBox(0, "ImageSearch results", "Image not found.")

Func ImageSearch_ahk_wrapped($searchAreaX1, $searchAreaY1, $searchAreaX2, $searchAreaY2, $OptionsAndImageFile, $ImageSearchCoordMode = "Window")

;~  $path_to_AutoHotkey_dll = ".\ahkdll-v1-release-master\Win32w\AutoHotkey.dll"
;~  $path_to_AutoHotkey_dll = ".\ahkdll-v1-release-master\x64w\AutoHotkey.dll"
;~  $path_to_AutoHotkey_dll = ".\ahkdll-v2-release-master\Win32w\AutoHotkey.dll"
    $path_to_AutoHotkey_dll = ".\ahkdll-v2-release-master\x64w\AutoHotkey.dll"
    $part_of_path_identifying_version1 = "ahkdll-v1-release-master"
    $part_of_path_identifying_version2 = "ahkdll-v2-release-master"

    $hDll = DllOpen($path_to_AutoHotkey_dll)

    DllCall($hDll, "UINT_PTR:cdecl", "ahkdll", "wstr", "", "wstr", "", "wstr", "")
    If StringInStr($path_to_AutoHotkey_dll, $part_of_path_identifying_version1) Then
        DllCall($hDll, "BOOLEAN:cdecl", "ahkExec", "wstr", "CoordMode Pixel, " & $ImageSearchCoordMode)
        DllCall($hDll, "BOOLEAN:cdecl", "ahkExec", "wstr", "ImageSearch foundX, foundY, " & $searchAreaX1 & ", " & $searchAreaY1 & ", " & $searchAreaX2 & ", " & $searchAreaY2 & ", " & $OptionsAndImageFile)
    ElseIf StringInStr($path_to_AutoHotkey_dll, $part_of_path_identifying_version2) Then
        DllCall($hDll, "BOOLEAN:cdecl", "ahkExec", "wstr", "CoordMode ""Pixel"", """ & $ImageSearchCoordMode & """")
        DllCall($hDll, "BOOLEAN:cdecl", "ahkExec", "wstr", "ImageSearch foundX, foundY, " & $searchAreaX1 & ", " & $searchAreaY1 & ", " & $searchAreaX2 & ", " & $searchAreaY2 & ", """ & $OptionsAndImageFile & """")
    $foundX = DllCall($hDll, "wstr:cdecl", "ahkgetvar", "wstr", "foundX", "UInt", 0)
    $foundY = DllCall($hDll, "wstr:cdecl", "ahkgetvar", "wstr", "foundY", "UInt", 0)
    Local $returnArray[2]
    $returnArray[0] = $foundX[0]
    $returnArray[1] = $foundY[0]


    Return $returnArray



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Make sure you test with screen scale set to 100% Then test with different scale. I have struggled with some code comparing images. Turned out capturing code got offset when screen scale was not 100%. I gave up on ImageSearch.dll 3 months ago. Could be the same problem.

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EndFunc ;=============================================================================== ; Code by Malkey, converts .bmp into 2D array pixal by pixal. : thanks man! ;=============================================================================== Func _FileImageToArray($filename, ByRef $aArray) Local $Reslt, $stride, $format, $Scan0, $iW, $iH, $hImage Local $v_Buffer, $width, $height Local $i, $j _GDIPlus_Startup() $hImage = _GDIPlus_ImageLoadFromFile($filename) $iW = _GDIPlus_ImageGetWidth($hImage) $iH = _GDIPlus_ImageGetHeight($hImage) $Reslt = _GDIPlus_BitmapLockBits($hImage, 0, 0, $iW, $iH, $GDIP_ILMREAD, $GDIP_PXF32ARGB) ;Get the returned values of _GDIPlus_BitmapLockBits () $width = DllStructGetData($Reslt, "width") $height = DllStructGetData($Reslt, "height") $stride = DllStructGetData($Reslt, "stride") $format = DllStructGetData($Reslt, "format") $Scan0 = DllStructGetData($Reslt, "Scan0") Dim $aArray[$width][$height] For $i = 0 To $iW - 1 For $j = 0 To $iH - 1 $aArray[$i][$j] = DllStructGetData(DllStructCreate("dword", $Scan0 + ($j * $stride) + ($i * 4)), 1) Next Next _GDIPlus_BitmapUnlockBits($hImage, $Reslt) _GDIPlus_ImageDispose($hImage) _GDIPlus_Shutdown() Return EndFunc ;==>_FileImageToArray ;=============================================================================== ; ; Description: ; My code, search a 2D array inside another 2d array ; If found, return the positon of first element ; If error or not found, return array [0,0]. Because the very first match would be [1,1], "0" means something wrong. ; eg. search a 2d array ; [1,2,3,4] ; [5,6,7,8] ; [9,0,1,2] ; for: ; [7,8] ; [1,2] ; You will get result [2,3] (means, matched, first element position is row 2, colunm 3) ; ; Parameter(s): ; ; Return Value(s): On Success - Returns the array of matched [x,y], the top-left element position in the source. ; On Failure - Returns [0,0] ; ; ;=============================================================================== Func _2darray_in_2darray($source,$search) ;get the size of the both arrays local $sourcerow = UBound($source,1) Local $sourcecol = UBound($source,2) local $searchrow = UBound($search,1) Local $searchcol = UBound($search,2) ;error input cheching, if error return position 0,0 if $sourcerow = 0 or $sourcecol = 0 or $searchrow = 0 or $searchcol = 0 then Local $aPeople[2] $aPeople[0] = 0 $aPeople[1] = 0 Return $aPeople EndIf ; A crazy 4-for-loops, compare every x,y of search array in every x,y in source array for $ssr = 1 to $sourcerow - $searchrow +1 for $ssc = 1 to $sourcecol - $searchcol +1 for $sr = 1 to $searchrow for $sc = 1 to $searchcol ;if an element not match, go back, search for next if $search[$sr-1][$sc-1] <> $source[$ssr+$sr-2][$ssc+$sc-2] then ContinueLoop 3 Next Next ;if the loop passed all elements test, made it here, means the result is found! congress! lets return the result: Local $aPeople[2] $aPeople[0] = $ssr $aPeople[1] = $ssc Return $aPeople Next Next ;all the loops finished, no result found. return [0,0] Local $aPeople[2] $aPeople[0] = 0 $aPeople[1] = 0 Return $aPeople EndFunc ; #FUNCTION# ==================================================================================================================== ; Name ..........: _Clip_screenshot ; Description ...: This get a screenshot.bmp using "Print Screen" key, so the image is EXACT same image you use "Print Screen" key, to avoid funny results. ; Syntax ........: _Clip_screenshot($file) ; Parameters ....: $file - The location of the screen shot .bmp file you want it to save ; Return values .: None ; Author ........: Kyle ; =============================================================================================================================== Func _Clip_screenshot($file) local $tempdata = _ClipBoard_GetData() ;save current user's clipboard Send("{PRINTSCREEN}") sleep(200) If _ClipBoard_IsFormatAvailable($CF_BITMAP) Then _ClipBoard_Open(0) $hClipboardImage = _ClipBoard_GetDataEx($CF_BITMAP) _ClipBoard_Close() _GDIPlus_Startup() $hBitmap = _GDIPlus_BitmapCreateFromHBITMAP($hClipboardImage) Local $iX = _GDIPlus_ImageGetWidth($hBitmap) Local $iY = _GDIPlus_ImageGetHeight($hBitmap) Local $hClone = _GDIPlus_BitmapCloneArea($hBitmap, 0, 0, $iX, $iY, $GDIP_PXF24RGB) ;make sure its 24bit bmp _GDIPlus_ImageDispose($hBitmap) $hBitmap = $hClone $sCLSID = _GDIPlus_EncodersGetCLSID("BMP") _GDIPlus_ImageSaveToFileEx($hBitmap, $file, $sCLSID, 0) _GDIPlus_BitmapDispose($hBitmap) _GDIPlus_Shutdown() EndIf _ClipBoard_SetData($tempdata) ; restore user clipboard EndFunc Remove the "example" part then you can include this code as a file.
    • By misioooo
      I am writing some GUI and i need to use images as buttons, but with text on them (text is from INI file).
      Part with button looks like this:
      $ankieta1 = GUICtrlCreateButton($txtAnk1, 100,350,765,164) GUICtrlSetFont(-1, 22, 800, -1, "Arial") ;GUICtrlSetColor(-1,0xffffff) $hImageBtn_1 = _GUIImageList_Create(765, 164) _GUIImageList_AddBitmap($hImageBtn_1, "c:\path\to\ankieta_clean.bmp") _GUICtrlButton_SetImageList($ankieta1, $hImageBtn_1, 4) GUICtrlSetOnEvent(-1, "On_Ankieta1") The problem - if i uncomment GUICtrlSetColor, color of text changes, but button is just plain gray (no image). How i can change text color not touching image on a button here?
    • By Xandy
      Special thanks: AdmiralAlkex, Melba23, MrCrearoR, Dragon Warrior 3, SDL
      MapIt is a tile world editor.  MapIt was built around the concept of reversing Dragon Warrior map images.  MapIt can take image input and produce a tile and world array.  
      Changing and replacing tile / world data is easy.  B/c tile world editor.

      CTRL+R in image above to signal replace tile action and I use "G" to Get the tile under mouse.
      A full list of hotkeys can be assigned in the: Help Menu\Hotkeys
      MapParser is a C++ project that scans images for unique tiles. 
      MapIt can be downloaded without MapParser. MapParser can be toggled off in the Scan_Image dialog. Without MapParser, MapIt will use the Scan_Tiles() function written in AutoIt ; which is 100 * slower Idk. If MapParser.exe will not run for you:      Installing Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015 should fix it: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=48145   
      You can start with example world and tiles.
      Example world was made following these steps:
      Started with a tile map image of DragonWarrior3 town of: Reeve From MapIt World Menu \ New \ Scan_Image dialog, I set the area to exclude the key legend to the far right of image. After scanning the map image to world and tile array.  I removed a few of the map artifacts.  More work could be done on this world; removing unwanted tiles, but it is fine for now. I saved my world to disk.  This creates folder: Worldname: Containing folder of Tiles and a Worldname.txt. Using The Gimp, I edited some tiles to have a transparent color: Stairs, Trees, Desk Tables, Chest-of-drawers, Chairs, Signs, Doors, Beds. I changed the world layers to 2: World Menu \ Properties. F9 Finds all selected tile on current layer and changes to a new selected tile on new layer. I used F9 to change all Trees on layer: 0 to Trees on layer: 1. Then I used F9 to change all Trees on layer: 0 to Grass on layer: 0  
      In this video you can see how I used the Tile Menu \ Replace From Disk option to remap tile images to my custom tiles.  Conveniently my tiles already have a transparent pixel.
      See video for how that was done:
      To use the example world:
      First unzip the world save file: http://songersoft.com/programming/mapit/worlds/Reeve_Swapped.zip From the World Menu: choose \Load Navigate to the Reeve_Swapped.txt located in the extracted zip. Or you can scan any image.
      The map images I used are here: http://www.realmofdarkness.net/dq/games/nes/dw3/maps/world
      For download, videos, and example of created world file data; please visit the MapIt webpage: http://songersoft.com/programming/mapit/mapit_about.phtml
    • By kuhicop
      Hello, I need to find an image on screen and return it's position left, top, right, botton.
      I'm using the ImageSearch function but it only returns 1 or 0.
      Any ideas? Thanks!
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