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An Office 2003-like popup notifier

, 23 Mar 2006
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A nice little control to help the user notice you're trying to tell him something...

Introduction

This is a simple project, a control that mimics the Microsoft® Outlook® 2003 mail alert.

Features

This control has several features. Among them, you'll find:

Progressive appearance - transparency

MSN Messenger like pop-ups (any size, color, etc.)

Another sample

This control is 100% drawn in the code, there is absolutely no other dependencies than System.Drawing and System.Windows.Forms.

You can include a ContextMenuStrip when clicking on the "down arrow" button.

Using the code

The controls is made of two basic classes:

  • A form (the part that will actually show up).
  • A class that contains all the properties that will be includable on forms.

The class contains two timers, one used for the appearing/disappearing animation, the other (configurable) is used to define how much time the popup is shown before it disappears.

This is how the form is actually shown:

fPopup.Size = Size
fPopup.Opacity = 0
fPopup.Location = _
  New Point(Screen.PrimaryScreen.WorkingArea.Right_
   - fPopup.Size.Width - 1, _
   Screen.PrimaryScreen.WorkingArea.Bottom)
fPopup.Show()

The form is does the drawing in the Paint event.

I'm using these functions to obtain a color that is similar but lighter/darker. There might exist another method.

Private Function GetDarkerColor(ByVal Color As Color) As Color
    Dim clNew As Color
    clNew = Drawing.Color.FromArgb(255, DedValueMin0(CInt(Color.R), _
            Parent.GradientPower), DedValueMin0(CInt(Color.G), _
            Parent.GradientPower), DedValueMin0(CInt(Color.B), _
            Parent.GradientPower))
    Return clNew
End Function

And to avoid flickering...

Me.SetStyle(ControlStyles.OptimizedDoubleBuffer, True)
Me.SetStyle(ControlStyles.ResizeRedraw, True)
Me.SetStyle(ControlStyles.AllPaintingInWmPaint, True)

Points of Interest

None really, it's nice, it's fun, it's colorful... that's it Smile | :)

History

  • March 2006 - V 1.0.

License

This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)

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About the Author

Nicolas Wälti
Software Developer (Senior)
Switzerland Switzerland
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Comments and Discussions

 
AnswerRe: How to use this in a project C# Pinmemberharvindersingh1151-Oct-08 4:03 
Just to update I am now okay with this, as I was able to create an example working very nicely. Only one issue left and I have posted a new thread with the issue for clsoing the popu when the lose button is pressed.
GeneralRe: How to use this in a project C# Pinmemberlasai27-Jan-10 15:48 
GeneralExcellent Work........... PinmemberMember 401738119-Aug-08 6:14 
GeneralFrom right to left order Pinmemberammsamm22-Oct-07 0:40 
GeneralNew version anyone PinmemberNick Waelti25-Aug-07 23:21 
GeneralRe: New version anyone - I'd be glad Pinmembersemmel7110-Oct-07 8:04 
GeneralRe: New version anyone PinmemberMember 131532023-Dec-07 6:22 
JokeRe: New version anyone Pinmembergaryjohn_200031-Dec-07 6:06 
NewsUnused Code Pinmemberpablleaf21-Jun-07 12:07 
NewsRedundant Line of Code Pinmemberpablleaf21-Jun-07 10:38 
GeneralSmall Doubt PinmemberGayuDams26-Apr-07 2:05 
GeneralOpacity Problem with multiple stacking popups Pinmemberfperugini22-Mar-07 10:18 
AnswerRe: Opacity Problem with multiple stacking popups Pinmemberfperugini23-Mar-07 4:33 
QuestionRe: Opacity Problem with multiple stacking popups PinmemberStyxke5-Apr-07 20:27 
AnswerRe: Opacity Problem with multiple stacking popups Pinmemberfperugini13-Apr-07 7:16 
GeneralMultiple Highlight Lines Pinmemberb00tleg22-Mar-07 9:38 
AnswerRe: Multiple Highlight Lines PinmemberNick Waelti22-Mar-07 22:34 
GeneralRe: Multiple Highlight Lines Pinmemberb00tleg23-Mar-07 7:04 
GeneralRe: Multiple Highlight Lines PinmemberHoney Arora23-May-07 19:29 
GeneralC# version PinmemberAmbili_T21-Mar-07 22:23 
AnswerRe: C# version PinmemberLittleWhiteDog22-Mar-07 21:33 
QuestionHowto move the popup with the grip? PinmemberLittleWhiteDog14-Mar-07 5:32 
AnswerRe: Howto move the popup with the grip? PinmemberNick Waelti15-Mar-07 2:42 
QuestionRe: Howto move the popup with the grip? [modified] PinmemberLittleWhiteDog21-Mar-07 5:20 
QuestionExtract the image PinmemberLittleWhiteDog13-Mar-07 22:54 
AnswerRe: Extract the image PinmemberNick Waelti15-Mar-07 2:41 
NewsRe: Extract the image [modified] PinmemberLittleWhiteDog15-Mar-07 23:22 
Questionediting the dll file?!? Pinmemberthebirdman19849-Mar-07 1:45 
AnswerRe: editing the dll file?!? Pinmemberthebirdman19849-Mar-07 3:35 
AnswerRe: editing the dll file?!? PinmemberNick Waelti15-Mar-07 2:39 
GeneralThe popup only fires in form load. Pinmemberastanton197821-Feb-07 2:06 
GeneralRe: The popup only fires in form load. Pinmemberastanton197821-Feb-07 4:05 
GeneralPort code to VS .NET Pinmemberutstudent26-Jan-07 16:37 
GeneralRe: Port code to VS .NET Pinmemberwaltersenekal19-Feb-07 3:51 
GeneralRe: Port code to VS .NET Pinmemberutstudent19-Feb-07 14:44 
QuestionYes No Replies Pinmemberdavidswift12-Jan-07 4:28 
AnswerRe: Yes No Replies PinmemberNick Wälti15-Jan-07 19:57 
QuestionUse in Threads PinmemberK32127-Nov-06 11:57 
GeneralAvoid losing focus when popup appears Pinmembercalis online15-Oct-06 23:12 
QuestionRe: Avoid losing focus when popup appears Pinmembercalis online30-Oct-06 20:05 
AnswerRe: Avoid losing focus when popup appears Pinmemberddino11-Nov-06 23:52 
GeneralRe: Avoid losing focus when popup appears Pinmembercalis online14-Nov-06 4:32 
GeneralRe: Avoid losing focus when popup appears [modified] PinmemberGavinator123415-Nov-06 18:08 
GeneralRe: Avoid losing focus when popup appears Pinmembercalis online12-Dec-06 9:36 
GeneralRe: Avoid losing focus when popup appears [modified] PinmemberBrett Meyerowitz18-Dec-06 6:14 
GeneralRe: Avoid losing focus when popup appears Pinmemberlsri808814-Oct-07 23:47 
GeneralMSN-like stackable popup - OnClick Pinmembercalis online28-Sep-06 22:19 
AnswerRe: MSN-like stackable popup - OnClick PinmemberNick Wälti28-Sep-06 23:05 
GeneralRe: MSN-like stackable popup - OnClick Pinmembercalis online28-Sep-06 23:25 
GeneralPopup Notifier minor issue Pinmemberbrembot17-Sep-06 17:19 

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