This week's book giveaway is in the Mac OS forum. We're giving away four copies of a choice of "Take Control of Upgrading to Yosemite" or "Take Control of Automating Your Mac" and have Joe Kissell on-line! See this thread for details.
Did you happen to see the getWidth() and getHeight() methods on the Image class in the JavaDocs? They take an ImageObserver as a parameter, but all Components are ImageObservers, so you usually have no problem passing a parameter in. Usually it's a good idea to run your Image through a MediaTracker to make sure it's loaded before trying to get information from it...
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