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Toggling QPixmap image

  • Hi,

    I need to display a "flashing" QPixmap.
    I currently have a static pixmap that gets displayed like so: self.Lab1Icon.setPixmap(self.red) and I want it to toggle between two different pixmaps (let's say self.red & self.clr). How do I best go about this? Should I use the QTimer class' interval feature and update a global to toggle between two states?

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    No, globales are not needed. Just have a list containing your various pixmap, a counter and in the slot you connect to your QTimer, increment the counter and set the new current image on your label. All of them shall be class members.

  • I came up with something like the below, and while it does work functionally, it still makes use of a global to keep the state of the list between two function calls:

    import sys
    from PyQt4.QtGui import *
    from PyQt4.QtCore import QTimer
    # Create an PyQT4 application object.
    a = QApplication(sys.argv)
    # The QWidget widget is the base class of all user interface objects in PyQt4.
    w = QWidget()
    # Set window size.
    w.resize(320, 240)
    # Set window title
    w.setWindowTitle("Hello World!")
    redPM = QPixmap('red.gif')
    clrPM = QPixmap('clr.gif')
    listPM = [ redPM, clrPM ]
    lbl = QLabel('Hello World!', w)
    lbl.move(100, 80)
    i = 0
    def toggle():
        global i
        if i == 1:
    tmr = QTimer()
    # Show window

    Mh now thinking about it, would it be more ressource efficient to display an animated gif as QMovie instead?

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    That depends on how many of these you are going to have and their size.

  • @SGaist I'm going to have only one for the time being. The size is 118x118.but I'm actually going to leave it as I have it above as it offers easy flexibility to adjust the frequency as required. As always, Thanks for your help!

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    You're welcome !

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