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import type from file filePath [with mask maskFilePath]

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MacOS,Mac OS X,Windows,Linux
Creates an image, EPS, audio clip, or video clip and copies the contents of a file into the object.

import paint from file "flowers.jpeg"
import audioClip from file "/sounds/temp/bugsounds.wav"
import paint from file it with mask "/etc/res/oval.pbm"

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Use the import command to place a sound, movie, or image in a stack, instead of creating a referenced control that uses an external file.


The type is one of paint, EPS, audioClip, or videoClip.

The filePath specifies the name and location of the file you want to import from. If you specify a name but not a location, Revolution assumes the file is in the defaultFolder.

The maskFilePath specifies the name and location of a one-bit mask file for an image. You can use a mask file only if the file being imported is in the PBM format.


The imported object is placed in the current stack. To change the current stack before importing, set the defaultStack property to the stack you want to import into, then import the file.

Importing a paint file creates an image object on the current card. The import command can import GIF, JPEG, PNG, BMP, XWD, XBM, XPM, or PBM, PGM, or PPM files. On Mac OS systems, PICT files can also be imported (but they cannot be displayed on Unix or Windows systems).

Importing an EPS file creates an EPS object on the current card.

Importing an audioClip or videoClip file creates an audio clip or video clip in the current stack. Audio files can be in WAV, AIFF, or AU format. Video files can be in QuickTime, AVI, or MPEG format.

Note: The importcommand places the data in the stack file itself. This assures that the information stays with the stack if it's moved, but it also increases the stack's size and the amount of memory used by the stack. If you prefer to keep the data outside the stack file, you can display a picture file without importing it by creating an image and setting its filenameproperty, or by choosing File menuNew Referenced ControlImage File. To allow playing a sound or movie without importing it, create a pl and set its filename prop, or choose File menuNew Referenced ControlQuickTime-Supported File.

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