Dear hardwired

1) In order to trick the applet I created, like you suggested, a second class and triggered the fileloader method from its constructor:

private Image downloadImage(String filename) {
URL url;
url = getClass().getResource("Imagestore/" + filename);
try {
images = ImageIO.read(url);
} catch (IOException ex) {
JOptionPane.showMessageDialog(infoPane, "can not read file " + ex);
}
}

2) I created an object of the second class inside the applet init (?)
3) and tried to get the files etc. through public get-methods.
It still isnīt working. I believe the problem is and was the applet.policy file.
The console says:

java.security.AccessControlException: access denied (java.io.FilePermission Imagestore read)
at java.security.AccessControlContext.checkPermission (AccessControlContext.java:264)
at java.security.AccessController.checkPermission(Acc essController.java:427)
at java.lang.SecurityManager.checkPermission(Security Manager.java:532)
at java.lang.SecurityManager.checkRead(SecurityManage r.java:871)
at java.io.File.isDirectory(File.java:721)
at LoadImages.readImageFilelist(LoadImages.java:132)
at LoadImages.<init>(LoadImages.java:51)
at Slides.init(Slides.java:71)
at sun.applet.AppletPanel.run(AppletPanel.java:380)
at java.lang.Thread.run(Thread.java:613)

I`ll keep on trying
willemjav