Friday, October 12, 2007

Someone forgot the VFP splash screen?

Kind of funky - after installing SP2, I was hit with two issues:

One was more serious - my apps wouldn't run with the runtime, or at least the runtimes that were in the Shared/VFP folder. When I moved them to my app directory, they worked fine. Go figure.

The second was a head-scratcher. Now, I know Microsoft isn't putting more resources into VFP development and I know the team worked really hard on getting SP2 completed with everything. But is there any reason why they couldn't have properly cleaned up the splash screen? Here is what comes up when you first start FoxPro:


UPDATE: Yag has identified that they missed the file. Expect a refresh soon.

Looks like someone edited a bitmap file with MS Paint. On that topic, anyone know how to change the splash screen that is within the EXE?

I remember with older versions of Windows, it was simply a file that was attached to the end of the EXE.



5 comments:

Michael Babcock said...

Well, looks like they can't kill it now...there will have to be a SP3.

Bernard Bout said...

About the splash screen, it is stored in the file VFP9CHS.DLL and has the resource name - REGISTRATIONP in the Bitmap section. It can be edited by any resource editor.

However I don't know whether MS will allow anyone to edit this absolutely sloppy bit in this release.

I sincerely hope the actual SP2 and fixes are not as sloppily done.

Bernard Bout said...

It is also in the VFP9CHT, VFP9KOR and VFP9ENU DLLS. I guess for the English version you will need to edit the VFP9ENU.DLL

Tod McKenna said...

I find this absolutely hilarious...

It's like VFP went to prison and no one cares...

calloatti said...

The bitmap is in the following files: vfp9???.dll and vfp9????.dll

I made a correct bitmap available here: http://www.ctl32.com.ar/vfp9.sp2.splash.screen/vfp9.sp2.splash.screen.htm

A tool to change the file is also mentioned in that page.