Wednesday 6 October 2010

Oh, [expletive deleted] Templot!

Top tip...

When you have tried *several* times to insert a bitmap (.bmp) image into a Templot background, and you still get a blank square labelled "* Empty Picture", when you reload the file, don't despair...

It's because although Templot allows you to navigate to where the .bmp source file is, it doesn't remember that location or actually import the image.  It just (AIUI) imports the name of the file.

You need to copy the .bmp file into the Templot\shape-files folder for it to find it again.

This little undocumented (AFAIK) "feature" has cost me an hour in wasted time this evening.  It was only thanks to the good advice of Morgan Gilbert at Scaleforum that I remembered where I might be going wrong.  I've searched, and I can't find anything on the Templot site that explains this...

Anyway, the end result is this:

Onwards and upwards!

1 comment:

  1. It was not undocumented. Details here:

    See "picture shapes" about half-way down.

    However this is now out of date. Templot now saves the image file for you in the SHAPE-FILES folder in SK81 format. The selected image can now be in JPG, PNG, GIF formats in addition to BMP.

    Your hour of wasted time could have been easily avoided by a quick post to the Templot Club user forum. That's what it's there for.