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Language: Visual Basic
Expertise: Beginner
Aug 4, 1997

Use RLEs to Reduce EXE Size

Many programs use a splash screen to display the logo of the program. The logo is usually made by an image. You used to store it as a BMP (uncompressed) in an image box. Perhaps you don't know that you also can put an RLE image (compressed bitmap-PaintShop Pro supports this format) within VB4. Select the image, click on All Files, and select your RLE file. The size of your EXE will decrease and your app may load faster. There's a trade-off, however, in the fact that it will be smaller to read from disk, but it will consume more time as it's decoded to the screen.
Andrea Nagar
 
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