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Can't manage to make pushpins invisible/ transparent.....

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    Mohamed is offline Member Green Belt
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    Hi,

    Ok.

    I was thinking that you want to change a lot of pushpins at the same time.

    To make a hide picture, just open any picture you have with Paint Editor.

    Fill all with the same color. and the job is done.

    Pixel(0,0) means that the color you have in pixel(0,0) is the hided color.
    If your Pushpin is a blue car with a red forecolor, the pixel(0,0) has to be red if you want to see just the blue car without any red forecolor.
    The interest of that, is that you can see the red forecolor if you put a green color in the pixel(0,0).

    I hope it's clear for you.

    ( Reading all your posts, in the purpose to help you, I still don't understand very well what you are doing. Are you changing manually pushpins one by one? )


    Rgds

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    Rodde is offline Junior Member Yellow Belt
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    Thx for the answer Mohamed.
    Well lemme explain this to you briefly again.....
    I have a map here displaying a certain sales territory of the company I work for. This territory contains 8 different outlet types. Each Outlet type is symbolized by a different pushpin colour. O fcourse, there are about thousands outlets in each of one of the 8 diffrent outlet types....I imported the data from microsoft access........the data is sorted by street adress and postecode.....and shown by outlet type. In conclusion I have 8 different pushpins (--> Map Type: Multiple Pushpins)...each pushpin colour representing one of the eight outlet types...........and morethen 15 thousands different outlands located in that map.I haven`t arranged each outlet type by a set of pushpins, because that would mean too many queries in microsoft acces, which is too complicated for the simple purpose of the map.
    Now all I want is to be able to make one of the 8 different pushpin types invisible........by reducing the range from 8 to 1 I`d be able to display all pushpins as invisible, provided that I am able to make the pushpin ranged 1 invisible......
    Got me now?
    Next point: I`m still not quite sure about how to deal with the editor..I use paint as editor here...........ok lets say I`d like to make all red pushpins in my map transparent......that means that pixel 0,0 has to be red as well....I save it as bmp and import it as custom symbol when right clicking on the red pushpin on the legend and clicking on 'import custom symbol'..........
    Thats where I am so far.......the problems start to appear when it comes to changing the color of hat 0,0 pixel.....it always black, even though I selected red in as colour in the paint editor..........
    Hope you can aunderstand me in a better way now..thx....

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    Mohamed is offline Member Green Belt
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    Ok,

    I understand Now. This would be very easy with some programming.

    Never mind, let's see first the problem with pixel(0,0):

    When you right-click the Red pushpin in the legend, click Properties.
    There you click the List SYMBOL.

    In That list you have all the Mappoint pictures.
    You have a button "CUSTOM PUSHPINS"
    Below this button, do you see a hide picture in the list of CUSTOM Pushpins?
    Is it hided or it has some color?

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    Rodde is offline Junior Member Yellow Belt
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    OK.....well when I right cik the red pushpin on the legend and select properties, there is no 'symbol field' in the up popping window.
    As I've said before, those 8 pushpins derive from 'MUltiple Pushpins'and no pushpin set....-> it says 'TYP by Street Adress' above those 8 pushpins..maybe the word pushpin is a bit confusing here because I could change the symbol into a circle, a square etc...........
    I know one can right click on the pushpin of a certian pushin/data set--> (Map Type Pushpin and NOT Multiple Pushpin') and do what you`ve just said..
    but how to deal with those 8 different data symbols of a 'Multiple Pushpin' Map type? How to get at least one of them transparent?
    Thx, Rodde

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    Rodde is offline Junior Member Yellow Belt
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    well, I know that I can change the pushpin symbol anytime by just double clicking on one of the 8 symbols that I wanna change..........I click on the symbol field and there I can chose custom symbol......I have to use the right directory and then to chose the corresponding bmp file and that should be it...but nothing happens, because I am not sure how to deal with that hide.bmp file for the reasons mentioned above......

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    Wilfried is offline Senior Member Black Belt
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    Hi Roddle,

    There is something I like to clarify first because I thnk I did misundersteand something:

    Do you wants to:

    - Hide a pushpin
    - Make a transparant color on a pushpin

    It's because reading all these mails make me doubt

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    Rodde is offline Junior Member Yellow Belt
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    Hi Wilfried!
    WEll, I`d like to be able to hide all of the pushpins.
    There already were at least two questions about this on this forum, and people were giving transparent pushpins as solution..........
    well I don`t mind what to do, all that matters is that I can make them disappear in order to have a better view on the territories.....
    Nothing really complicated I think, but somehow yes......
    So what to do?
    Greetings, Rodde

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    Hi Rodde and Wilfried,

    It's somehow complicated because some tasks are difficult without direct
    programming.

    Rodde,

    Why not to do something very simple:

    - First method :You do your query in ACCESS only for the outlets you want and save the map as MAP_QUERY_OUTLETS_1_2_3.ptm

    - Second Method :
    You have a map with all the pushpins, save it as MAP_ALL_OUTLETS.PTM
    In that map delete the outlets you want and save it again as MAP_PART_OUTLETS_1_2_3.PTM, and so on.

    Bye

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    Rodde is offline Junior Member Yellow Belt
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    Sure that would be possible as well, but I don`t lie to have too many additional maps for one sales territory.
    OK, I start to be interested in programming those features.......is it really complicated? Could you explain me what to do for that? O rdo I have to be very experienced with programming..othwerwise it would be great if you coud show me the commands and then I simply copy and paste em
    Just tell me which prgram I have to install..I think Active X, right? Which version then?
    Greetings, Rodde

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    Mohamed is offline Member Green Belt
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    Good idea,
    Nothing is impossible when you have some motivation!

    The activex name is MapPoint.Control.11

    I don't think I will have enough time to give you a complete assistance on that. Sorry for that! My Holidays are finishing tomorrow and the Mappoint project for my business is running now !!!

    I started with the "Mappoint for dummies" book, it's useful for European people also!.

    This forum is very rich, you will find a friendly assistance here.

    I think, without having experience in programming, you can start
    with Excel or ACCESS if you know how to add VBA code in Excel.

    See for example this topic:
    http://www.mp2kmag.com/mappoint/disc...ighlight=excel

    Good luck

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