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Unicode Image Maker / Re: Problems with Unicode
« on: May 26, 2011, 10:06 AM »
I sent an email last evening.  Thanks for looking into this problem.  Just a few minutes ago I had the issue of the background not clearing when opening a new file.

Unicode Image Maker / Re: Problems with Unicode
« on: May 24, 2011, 09:19 PM »
Problem is back.  Something isn't consistent.  I created a file and was able to load it back, then I created another file and it would not re-load.  I am at a loss.

Unicode Image Maker / Re: Problems with Unicode
« on: May 24, 2011, 08:59 PM »
Things may be back to normal, but I am still testing.

Unicode Image Maker / Problems with Unicode
« on: May 24, 2011, 08:52 PM »
Hi Mouser.  I am having a major problem with Unicode after a year of flawless use.

Here is the scenario.  Screens that I saved in jpg format (Save image as txt) are not loading back up.  The image is shown in the preview window, but when loaded, only a black screen is displayed.  I have made sure that there isn't a background color or a background picture.  I have checked all the common sense things I can think of.

Older files do seem to load, but ones I saved in the last month, including this evening are causing the problem.

I have removed the program and have re-installed it, but to no avail.

I hope you can offer some suggestions.  Can you load the SAT Net... file in Unicode?

I use your program every day, so I am keenly interested in getting it working.


Unicode Image Maker / Re: Little Bug
« on: August 16, 2010, 09:41 PM »
I now see the program is minimized to the system tray.  Now I don't have a problem.

Unicode Image Maker / Re: Little Bug
« on: August 16, 2010, 09:39 PM »
In fact, hitting the - button in the upper right hand corner, the program closes instead of minimizing.

Unicode Image Maker / Little Bug
« on: August 16, 2010, 09:35 PM »
When I click on the program tab on the task bar, the program closes.  Usually clicking on the program tab displays the program and minimizes the program.  This isn't happening.


Unicode Image Maker / Re: Apparent Bug
« on: July 04, 2010, 04:02 PM »
Hi Mouser,

All seems fine with jpg files with background pictures.  Thanks so much for fixing this problem.  All is good!


Unicode Image Maker / Re: Apparent Bug
« on: July 03, 2010, 06:12 PM »
Hi Mouser,

I hope the jpg file save issue won't be too hard to solve.  It is so much easier to drag a file (jpg format) from the desktop to the QSO-TV.  For images with a background, I have to drag from UIM.  There are times when my file with a background doesn't change, so a jpg file saved on the desktop is all I need.

Again, thanks for a great program.  I use it just about every day.


Unicode Image Maker / Re: Apparent Bug
« on: June 28, 2010, 10:14 PM »
Hi Mouser,

It appears that png works OK.  I will check more later on, but as you say it might just be a jpg issue.

Thanks for looking into it for me.


Unicode Image Maker / Apparent Bug
« on: June 28, 2010, 08:31 PM »
Hi Mouser,

Tonight I had an image in the background (Centered and Fit, preserve ratio; no enlarge).

I don't know if this happens with other choices, but I suspect it would.

Anyway, I had text on top, entered the normal way.  I saved the file.

When I loaded up the file, even though the preview showed my background image and the text, neither was loaded.  All I saw was a blank Unicode window for typing into.  I tried going to options and setting the image setting to No Image.  This made no difference.  I tried scrolling, but to no avail.  See attached picture.

What I was hoping that the image in the background would automatically be loaded as a background image and the text would show up on top of it as I had on the screen before saving it.

Can you look at this problem at some point?  I was really hoping to be able to display an image with a background and slide the text over it as I change it, but keep the background image in-place.

Thanks for any help on this, Mouser.


Unicode Image Maker / Re: Additional Feature Request
« on: June 16, 2010, 08:42 AM »
I sure hope that I am not the only person using this fine program.  I have promoted it on the CQ100 virtual radio.  Some of the guys I talk to are indeed using it.  But I agree that a major shange to the program code would be a lot of work.  But thanks for replying to my message anyway.

I use your program everyday with the CQ100/QSO-TV, so I know you have one very happy customer, even though I know you would like thousands.  LOL


Unicode Image Maker / Additional Feature Request
« on: June 14, 2010, 05:19 PM »
Hi Mouser,

There is one additional feature that would be nice - the ability to set picture opacity, with a slider and/or a number value.

With this feature, one could use the picture as a background, with text on top of it, and the text would be fully readible, but yet the picture would still be there, even though it would be faint.

In cases where the picture doesn't fit the entire window, opacity should only affect the picture and not the actual background color that might show at the picture edges.

Just wondering if this could be added to a future enhancement list?


Unicode Image Maker / Re: Unicode Image Maker: Some Questions
« on: June 09, 2010, 06:27 PM »
A number of us are using it with the QSO-TV program I mentioned earlier.  It is just what was needed.

The fact that the text can be put in multiple colors, that the text is saved for editing with the pic file, the dragging to the QSO-TV, and the picture importing capability makes this program a real keeper!

Thanks again.

Unicode Image Maker / Re: Unicode Image Maker: Some Questions
« on: June 09, 2010, 09:55 AM »
Fantastic!  This is just perfect.  Mouser, thanks for making the enhancements.  I really appreciate it.


Unicode Image Maker / Re: Unicode Image Maker: Some Questions
« on: June 07, 2010, 03:25 PM »
Hi Mouser,
Hope all is ok with you.  Did you see the above items?


Unicode Image Maker / Re: Unicode Image Maker: Some Questions
« on: May 30, 2010, 11:05 PM »
Let me clarify what I said in my previous message.  I should have said that even if a picture is LARGER or smallerarger than the screen size, is there a way to scale it to the window, even if the background color ends up showing up along either the left/right edges or the top/bottom edges?

Basically, I would like to be able to load in a picture and have it maintain the aspect ratio with no distortion which happens when a picture is tiled or stretched.

I hope you received by donation.


Unicode Image Maker / Re: Unicode Image Maker: Some Questions
« on: May 30, 2010, 09:10 PM »
Hi Mouser,

I just want to let you know how much I am enjoying using your Unicode program  It is great!

I wonder if it would be too much trouble to add one thing.  When a picture is imported, the choices are no picture, stretched, tiled.  What would be nice is if the picture is smaller than the screen size, for it to come into the window actual size.  Area where the image is smaller than the Unicode Image Maker Window, would just show whatever the current background color it.  The picture should come in centered within the window.

Anyway, this would be helpful for maintaining the correct picture aspect ratio.

Thanks so much,

Unicode Image Maker / Re: Unicode Image Maker: Some Questions
« on: May 27, 2010, 03:34 PM »
Yours is a good question.  I would agree that the problem is with QSO-TV.  I tried other picture sizes (non-standard) and they all worked fine.  Instead of standard sizes in your program, I tried some others and they work.  So I refined my size selection and here are the results:

444x333 does not work
444x332 works
443x332 works
443x333 works

So it appears something is odd with the QSO-TV program.  I will send him a message about this.

So I guess other than a check mark next to the selected screen size, all is working nicely.

Really fantastic effort on your part.


Unicode Image Maker / Re: Unicode Image Maker: Some Questions
« on: May 27, 2010, 12:53 PM »
Hi Mouser,

Thanks for the link.

Resizing works nicely.

Dragging and dropping worked fine.  However, something strange is happening when the image is pasted into the QSO-TV. The call letters of the operator are displayed (overlaid) on the image automatically by the QSO-TV program.  The call display in the lower right is correct, but the one in the upper left is just a black box along with half of the call shown incorrectly.  This appears to be a problem with non-standard window sizes.  I added the 444x333 size that I needed.

For the default sizes in the program, like 480x400, this is problem does not occur.  So for odd-sizes, something is glitching it.  See the attached pictures.

Suggest putting a check mark in the options when setting screen size just before the screen size so one can tell what the current setting is.

The background picture feature works great.  Nice feature!

Thanks Mouser.  Hopefully you can figure out the glitch.

Unicode Image Maker / Re: Unicode Image Maker: Some Questions
« on: May 27, 2010, 12:00 PM »
Hi Mouser,

Fantastic.  Thanks for helping me out with this.  One question, must the background image be bmp?  Just curious.


Unicode Image Maker / Re: Unicode Image Maker: Some Questions
« on: May 26, 2010, 07:50 PM »

Thanks for the intersting write-up about your grandfather.  The story was a very good read.  How these old-timers would be amazed at what communications and electronics is like today.  They would really be excited if they could play with the goodies we have today.  I never knew my grandfather, so I never got to talk to him about his efforts.  Did you know your grandfather?

My granddad was also a pioneer in early broadcasting.  He worked with Reginald Fesseden, the first person to do voice broadcasting.  He was Fesseden's chief engineer.  Google "Adam Stein, Jr Fesseden" to read some of their doings in 1906.  I even went up to Brant Rock, Mass in Dec 2006 for the 100 year anniversary and operated the at the special event ham radio station there.

Your suggestions for the drag and drop sound really good.  I think that would work fine.

I notice that in your program, the cursor is always at the middle point of the window.  Since I am looking for a fixed window size, it would be great if the cursor started at the top of the text window and then worked its way down the window as one types and hits return or whatever.  When the top line scrolls off the top, then it is clear that the canvas size has been exceeded, for the given font size and that the user needs to do something about it, if he wants to.  In my case, I would, even though the QSO-TV will scale whatever jpg file is drag and dropped into it.

I presume you are living in Texas.  I am in the northern Sheanadoah Valley in Virginia.  We drove through part of Texas last summer on our way to visit my wife's son in souther NM.

Thanks again,


Unicode Image Maker / Re: Some Questions
« on: May 26, 2010, 06:25 PM »
Hi Mouser,

To follow up on my previous message before dinner......

I was able to drag and drop the current text into Paint Shop Pro and Microsoft Word by clicking on the Drag BMP button.  That works nicely.  If there was a button, that allowed dragging jpg, then this most likely would solve that issue.  Just curious, doing that, how would one chose the jpg compression value.  Suggest having a drop down menu item to set the compression that stays at that value when restarting the program.  So once set, one can forget it if they so choose.  I personally use no compression.

Having the ability to use to set the canvas size would be really good.  Even though one could set the size and it is saved, it would be easy to resize the window accidently and then things would be hosed up.

Glad to hear your granddad was a ham radio operator.  Do you happen to remember what his call was?  You do know that Morse code is no longer a requirement for any license in the US.  The tests are all multiple choice with all pool questions answers and the wrong answers published.  It is now basically a give away.  I have been licensed since 1976 when I still needed the 20 word per minute code.  UGH.

Thanks for helping,


Unicode Image Maker / Re: Some Questions
« on: May 26, 2010, 03:40 PM »
Hi Mouser,
I will more completely answer later, but wanted to pass on that QSO-TV only will display jpg pictures.

In your program, Drag File, to me, implies that there is already a file created.  I was hoping that there didn't need to be a file, just what is on the screen. 

When I do drag a shown on the desktop, for instance, into QSO-TV, I do get a different mouse pointer that indicates that a file is being dragged and dropped.  I don't see that with Unicode.

Will write later on after supper, which I need to go start.  LOL


Unicode Image Maker / Re: Some Questions
« on: May 26, 2010, 02:28 PM »
Hi Mouser,
Thanks for the really quick reply to my questions.

I am using the latest version by the way.  On my computer, the Drag BMP and Drag File buttons appear depresses or anyway don't do anything.  I have displayed the picture in a paint program, but it won't drag and drop either.  The file shown on the desktop will drag and drop.

The program I was using is called TxtTic by    Once the image is shown on the screen, it can just dragged to the QSO-TV.  However, that program doesn't allow multi-color text, nor does it save the text like your fine program does.  That is why I really want to get your program working for my needs, if at all possible.

The QSO-TV does not have a right click paste nor does it accept ctrl-v paste.  That would have worked, since your program will copy the image to the clipboard.

Besides the above issue, being able to set the image size is the next important one.  The item 3 in my original message is only a nice to have.

Mouser, if you are able to try something on the drag and drop, I can try it out on the QSO-TV.  Unless you are a ham radio operator, you cannot get access to the QSO-TV program.  [email protected] is the owner of QSO TV and might be able to work with you for test purposes, but I have no idea if he can.  Bottom line, I am here to assist is I can be of any use.

I have attached a pic of the QSO-TV.

Again, thanks so much for the offer to help.


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