Moving From OLE To Efofex Graphic IDs

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Should I Change?

Yes.

 

OLE is old, buggy and Microsoft might decide to cease support at any time. Moving from OLE to Efofex Graphic IDs is an investment in the future. There is almost no downside to Efofex Graphic IDs. It is different to OLE but basically achieves the same result.

 

Having said that, OLE will be familiar to many people and we are certain that many will choose to keep on using it. If your workload is largely restricted to using our products in Word, on a Windows machine then this makes sense. For ANYBODY else, moving to Efofex Graphic IDs is the only practical choice.

 

Efofex Graphic ID products are designed to make the transition away from OLE as easy as possible, whether you choose to do it now or some time in the future. Every time you edit an OLE graphic, Efofex Graphic ID will tag the new image with an ID and save its data to the database. This is all invisible to the user, but will make transitioning to Efofex Graphic IDs trivial in the future.

 

Converting One Image

To move one image to Efofex Graphic IDs, just edit it by double-clicking on it and then press the green check mark. This will create a new image which has an embedded ID and the image's data will be automatically added to the database. This means that you, or anyone else, will be able to edit the image later on without using OLE.

 

Converting All Images In a Document

The Windows versions of our products have the capability to extract each OLE image in a document and replace the image with an image tagged with an ID. This process is automatic.

 

1.        Open the document you wish to convert in Word.

2.        Open the Efofex product (usually FX Draw).

3.        Choose Convert OLE Graphics in Word Document

 

 

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FX Draw will automatically convert all OLE graphics in the currently active Word document.

 

WARNING: This process can be slow for documents with lots of graphics

 

The new graphics are still OLE objects but now have an ID and an entry in the database. This means that anyone can edit the graphic, on any platform.

 

Converting All Images In a Folder

The Windows versions of our products have the capability to extract each OLE image in a folder of Word documents and replace the images with images tagged with an ID. This process is automatic.

 

1.        Open the Efofex product (usually FX Draw).

2.        Choose Convert OLE Graphics in A Folder

 

 

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FX Draw will automatically convert all OLE graphics in any Word documents in the selected folder.

 

WARNING: This process can be extremely slow for documents with lots of graphics or large numbers of documents. The number of documents that can be converted in one action is limited to 100.

 

The new graphics are still OLE objects but now have an ID and an entry in the database. This means that anyone can edit the graphic, on any platform.