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Update Image of a uiimage element in a Web App

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Christian Idzik
Christian Idzik on 13 Jun 2021
Commented: J. Alex Lee on 17 Jun 2021
Hi everyyone,
I developed a GUI with the AppDesigner in Matlab 2020b.
Then I complied it to a Web App on a linux server. It runs quite good, however one strange problem occur.
On that GUI, I have an uiimage element whose image should be dynamically loaded.
The name of the picture is always the same but it changes due to some user inputs. So the code is always e.g. app.Image.ImageSource = 'picture1.png';
So first I load the picture into the uiimage element, that works.
If new user inputs demand some changes of the picture, I reset the uiimage element to app.Image.ImageSource = '';,(that seems to work) Then the new picture is generated and after that I use the function rehash to update the folder and the new picture should be loaded.
But it only shows the picture which was loaded first, on the server there is only the new one.
It seems that the old picture is somehow cached and because the name is the same, the old image is simply reloaded.
Note that no error message is in the log, the problem does not occur while testing in matlab (before compiling it to a web app).
EDIT: I have rather the same problem as described here
I used the proposed answer and it works if I am using it in the enviroment of the App designer but as a Web App imgArray = 'picture.png' and app.Image.ImageSource = imgArray; does not work. In fact, the uiimage is empty.
Does anyone have an idea what the problem could be?
Thanks in advance!
Best
Chris
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Aghamarsh Varanasi
Aghamarsh Varanasi on 16 Jun 2021
Edited: Aghamarsh Varanasi on 16 Jun 2021
Hi,
This is intended behaviour. As the filename of the image is not changed, as a part of optimization, the image is not reloaded. As a workaround, you can read the data from the image file and update the 'ImageSource' as follows.
imgLoad = imread('picture1.png');
app.ImageFixedFile.ImageSource = imgLoad;
For more information you can refer to this community post. In this post the use case also includes writing data to the image file, but the later half replicates your question.
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J. Alex Lee
J. Alex Lee on 17 Jun 2021
It seems to me that if this is intended behavior, the class should come with a method that forces a refresh...

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