Read-only image field
If the image field is read-only, then all the Paste and Scan options will be absent or greyed out and there'll be a marker saying R/O at the bottom of the Cardbox screen. If this happens to you unexpectedly, the likeliest cause is:
- You are using a database that was originally created by an older version of Cardbox.
The cure is straightforward: use the command Tools > Management > Rebuild > Database to rebuild the database.
Why does this happen?
Cardbox 3 stores images in a different way from earlier versions of Cardbox. If you are using a database that was created by an earlier version, Cardbox 3 tries to keep the database compatible with that version, and this means that it can't store images. Once you have rebuilt the database, it becomes a genuine Cardbox 3 database (unreadable by earlier versions) and so Cardbox 3 will be able to store images in it.
Other possible causes
Of course, there are two other possible reasons for the image field to be read-only:
- When you designed the current format, you have marked the image field as being read-only.
- The user profile you are currently using is only giving you read-only access to the image field.
We mention these possibilities last because they are less puzzling and people ask us about them less often.