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error in uigetfile "MultiSelect"

Asked by Elysi Cochin on 9 Apr 2013

based on the output i want i select images from a folder.... sometimes i want to select one image sometimes more than one image.... so i used 'MultiSelect' option in uigetfile...... but when i use 'MultiSelect' option in uigetfile and select only one image i'm getting error.... how can i use this syntax for selecting both single image and multiple image..... please can someone help me.... please do reply....

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Answer by Image Analyst on 9 Apr 2013
Edited by Image Analyst on 9 Apr 2013
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selectedFiles = uigetfile('*.PNG', 'Multiselect', 'on')

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Answer by Jan Simon on 9 Apr 2013
Edited by Jan Simon on 9 Apr 2013

You mentioned, that there is an error, but neither showed the code nor the error message. Therefore I guess, that you forgot to care about the type of the replied filename, which is a cell string, not a string. According to the doc text of uigetfile:

[filename, pathname] = uigetfile('*.m', 'Select a MATLAB code file', ...
                                 'MultiSelect', 'on');
if isequal(filename, 0)
   disp('User selected Cancel')
   return;
end
for k = 1:length(filename)
  disp(fullfile(pathname, filename{k}))
end

If this does not help, and for future questions also, please post the code and the error message. The less we have to guess, the easier is the creation of a helpful answer.

[EDITED] I cannot test it currently, but does uigetfile('Multiselect', 'on') reply a string instead of a cell string, if only one file has been selected? If so an additional line is needed:

[filename, pathname] = uigetfile('*.m', 'Select a MATLAB code file', ...
                                 'MultiSelect', 'on');
if isequal(filename, 0)
   disp('User selected Cancel')
   return;
end
filename = cellstr(filename);  % Care for the correct type 
for k = 1:length(filename)
  disp(fullfile(pathname, filename{k}))
end

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Elysi Cochin on 9 Apr 2013

thank u sir.....

Jan Simon on 9 Apr 2013

What is "NegFileNames"? Without knowing, how it is created, I cannot guess, why it has 6 or 7 elements.

Did Image Analyst's answer solve your problem already? If not, why did you accept it?

Image Analyst on 9 Apr 2013

Like Jan said, knowing the error would have been nice since we'd know if the problem was in your calling uigetfile(), or if it was how you were processing the filename(s) afterwards. Please review this: http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/answers/6200-tutorial-how-to-ask-a-question-on-answers-and-get-a-fast-answer

Jan Simon
Answer by Ozan Oguz on 12 Jun 2013

I have a question here (similar but there is an obvious difference):

I am using uigetfile / multiselect option. There are 3 possibilities:

1) Cancel or exit (output 0) 2) Select only one file (output as string) 3) Select multiple files (cell as array of strings)

As you will notice, they all give outputs in different formats.

I am putting names of selected files into a PopupList. If you decide to add a new file to the list, you again click a button of uigetfile. Get old list, add to the new selection...

Should I use several if cases and change formats of these outputs several times as needed? Or are there any other practical way.

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Image Analyst on 12 Jun 2013

Yes, use an if to take different actions depending on whether 0, 1, or multiple filenames are returned.

Jan Simon on 13 Jun 2013

@Ozan Oguz: Please do not highjack a foreign question, but open a new thread instead. Note that you cannot accept an answer here, when you are not the author of the original question.

Ozan Oguz
Answer by Ozan Oguz on 13 Jun 2013

People, I need this code to work correctly, but I couldn't manage it. Please help me! Don't say "read the relevant help files" etc.

old_list = get(interface.List,'String');

 [selected_files,directory] = uigetfile({'*.unv';'*.uff'}, 'Select files to be used', 'Multiselect','on');
 if (selected_files==0)
       msgbox('You selected nothing, and it returned a zero without any characters around it.');
 elseif (Logical something indicating that I selected only one file.)
       msgbox('You selected only one file');
 elseif (Logical something indicating that I selected multiple files at once.)
       msgbox('You selected multiple files.');
 end

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Ozan Oguz on 13 Jun 2013

Ok, don't read the "old_list" line. Sorry for that.

Jan Simon on 13 Jun 2013

@Ozan Oguz: Please do not highjack a foreign question, but open a new thread instead. Note that you cannot accept an answer here, when you are not the author of the original question.

Ozan Oguz

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