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Create a wx.FileDialog() File-Opener [ID:529] (5/14)

in series: Build a wxPython Image Viewer

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To display a user's image we'll need to ask for a file-name. We use the wx.FileDialog() - configured to act as a file-opener dialog - to get a full pathname from the user.

We extend the OnOpen method so it calls the file dialog and if a user selects a file then we set the Frame's title with .SetTitle and show how to enable a busy-mouse-pointer with BeginBusyCursor and EndBusyCursor. The dialog is shown using .ShowModal() and we clean-up after with dlg.Destroy().

Finally we customise the FileDialog with a custom filter so it only shows us image-files rather than all files.

Download 3 test images in a zip file. The necessary source code is shown below in the Source Code tab.

#import os
import wx


class Frame(wx.Frame):
    def __init__(self, parent, id, title):
        style=wx.DEFAULT_FRAME_STYLE ^ (wx.RESIZE_BORDER) # XOR to remove the resizeable border        
        wx.Frame.__init__(self, parent, id, title=title, size=MAIN_WINDOW_DEFAULT_SIZE, style=style)
        self.Center() # open in the centre of the screen
        self.panel = wx.Panel(self)
        self.panel.SetBackgroundColour('White') # make the background of the window white


    def CreateMenuBar(self):
        "Create a menu bar with Open, Exit items"
        menuBar = wx.MenuBar()
        # Tell our Frame about this MenuBar
        menuFile = wx.Menu()
        menuBar.Append(menuFile, '&File')
        # NOTE on wx ids - they're used everywhere, we don't care about them
        # Used to handle events and other things
        # An id can be -1 or wx.ID_ANY, wx.NewId(), your own id
        # Get the id using object.GetId()
        fileOpenMenuItem = menuFile.Append(-1, '&Open Image', 'Open a picture')
        #print "fileOpenMenuItem.GetId()", fileOpenMenuItem.GetId()
        self.Bind(wx.EVT_MENU, self.OnOpen, fileOpenMenuItem)

        # add a 'mirror' option, disable it for now
        # we add mirrorMenuItem to self so that we can reference it later
        #self.mirrorMenuItem = menuFile.Append(-1, '&Mirror Image', 'Mirror the image horizontally')
        #self.mirrorMenuItem.Enable(False) # we can't mirror an image until we've loaded one in, so start with 'mirror' disabled
        #self.Bind(wx.EVT_MENU, self.OnMirrorImage, self.mirrorMenuItem)
        # create a menu item for Exit and bind it to the OnExit function       
        exitMenuItem = menuFile.Append(-1, 'E&xit', 'Exit the viewer')        
        self.Bind(wx.EVT_MENU, self.OnExit, exitMenuItem)
        # add a Help menu with an About item
        #menuHelp = wx.Menu()
        #menuBar.Append(menuHelp, '&Help')
        #helpMenuItem = menuHelp.Append(-1, '&About', 'About screen')
        #self.Bind(wx.EVT_MENU, self.OnAbout, helpMenuItem)

    def OnOpen(self, event):
        "Open an image file, set title if successful"
        # Create a file-open dialog in the current directory
        #filters = 'Image files (*.gif;*.png;*.jpg)|*.gif;*.png;*.jpg'
        #dlg = wx.FileDialog(self, message="Open an Image...", defaultDir=os.getcwd(), 
        #                    defaultFile="", wildcard=filters, style=wx.OPEN)
        dlg = wx.FileDialog(self, message="Open an Image...", defaultDir=os.getcwd(), 
                            defaultFile="", style=wx.OPEN)
        # Call the dialog as a model-dialog so we're required to choose Ok or Cancel
        if dlg.ShowModal() == wx.ID_OK:
            # User has selected something, get the path, set the window's title to the path
            filename = dlg.GetPath()
            print filename
        dlg.Destroy() # we don't need the dialog any more so we ask it to clean-up
    def OnExit(self, event):
        "Close the application by Destroying the object"
        # TRY add in your own print call here
        self.Destroy() # SHOW HELP SIDEBAR
class App(wx.App):
    def OnInit(self):
        self.frame = Frame(parent=None, id=-1, title='Image Viewer')
        return True
if __name__ == "__main__":       
    # make an App object, set stdout to the console so we can see errors
    app = App(redirect=False)

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The video was well presented and I actually find myself learning the concepts of general GUI development faster than I expected. Also I'm wanting to create a simple address book application that stores information in a small SQLite database. I look forward to the next presentations.

8. anonymous Wed, 03 Jun 2009 23:38

important topic

How do you implement the Save Dialog


you asked what we were interested in trying to build, I work for a Cable Access TV station, we use a commercial package (software & hardware) to play image files on the tv channel when we are not broadcasting a show. Most of these images are just jpeg's showing some community event information, but we also show RSS feeds, text tickers, some short commercial like video's. I would like to recreate this functionality in my own program. Python seems like a good approach. I believe I need wxpython so I can split the screen into different portions (example have a ticker at the bottom). I am them going to write a web based scheduling program to control when each image "bulletin" gets shown. I think I should also be able to get it to display flash files as well. My concern is the time to transition between a bulletin being displayed and then get a media player on the screen without the TV viewers seeing a gap. I will build it a little at a time. No body has a software only product like this available or if they do it is a subscription service.

a bit slow, so I keep clicking forward. But good explanations and I do learn a lot.

Hi Shane, sorry for hear again that you're having trouble with Mac OS X - I'd have thought that file-dialogs would work just fine everywhere! I'll keep my ears open.

You might want to ask on the wxpython-users ( mail list?



There have been a few times where I get lost because of apparent platform differences. In osx, the menubar is quite different and the filters don't seem to work at all.

Good job although I'd say that your first couple of videos in this series were a tiny bit better.

Nevertheless, this is still one of the best tutorial videos I've ever seen and trust me: I've seen lot's of 'em!


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