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An Office 2003-like popup notifier

, 23 Mar 2006 CPOL 212.2K 5.4K 179
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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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AnswerNew / Update to this Notification Popup Pin
MacSpudster20-Feb-14 12:38
memberMacSpudster20-Feb-14 12:38 
GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
dipan chikani15-Sep-12 2:23
memberdipan chikani15-Sep-12 2:23 
NewsNew Version of this Control with many Bugs fixed (Link inside) Pin
Simon B.3-Nov-11 4:54
memberSimon B.3-Nov-11 4:54 
Questioncontrols property Pin
sergio5822-Jul-11 4:08
membersergio5822-Jul-11 4:08 
this control is lacking of the controls property, how can I do?

PopupNotifier1.controls ?????

i would like to add a panel ,for add other controls
GeneralShowing multiple popups at the same time. Pin
kdlc19-Jan-09 7:56
memberkdlc19-Jan-09 7:56 
GeneralUnable to close the popup with the close button!!! Pin
harvindersingh1151-Oct-08 3:04
memberharvindersingh1151-Oct-08 3:04 
GeneralRe: Unable to close the popup with the close button!!! Pin
edzjx13-Feb-10 8:49
memberedzjx13-Feb-10 8:49 
GeneralRe: Unable to close the popup with the close button!!! Pin
jamslove16-Aug-10 4:29
memberjamslove16-Aug-10 4:29 
GeneralRe: Unable to close the popup with the close button!!! Pin
nikoskritikos30-Aug-10 5:47
membernikoskritikos30-Aug-10 5:47 
QuestionHow to use this in a project C# Pin
harvindersingh11529-Sep-08 3:22
memberharvindersingh11529-Sep-08 3:22 
AnswerRe: How to use this in a project C# Pin
harvindersingh1151-Oct-08 4:03
memberharvindersingh1151-Oct-08 4:03 
GeneralRe: How to use this in a project C# Pin
lasai27-Jan-10 15:48
memberlasai27-Jan-10 15:48 
GeneralFrom right to left order Pin
ammsamm22-Oct-07 0:40
memberammsamm22-Oct-07 0:40 
GeneralNew version anyone Pin
Nick Waelti25-Aug-07 23:21
memberNick Waelti25-Aug-07 23:21 
GeneralRe: New version anyone - I'd be glad Pin
semmel7110-Oct-07 8:04
membersemmel7110-Oct-07 8:04 
GeneralRe: New version anyone Pin
Member 131532023-Dec-07 6:22
memberMember 131532023-Dec-07 6:22 
JokeRe: New version anyone Pin
garyjohn_200031-Dec-07 6:06
membergaryjohn_200031-Dec-07 6:06 
NewsUnused Code Pin
pablleaf21-Jun-07 12:07
memberpablleaf21-Jun-07 12:07 
NewsRedundant Line of Code Pin
pablleaf21-Jun-07 10:38
memberpablleaf21-Jun-07 10:38 
GeneralSmall Doubt Pin
GayuDams26-Apr-07 2:05
memberGayuDams26-Apr-07 2:05 
GeneralOpacity Problem with multiple stacking popups Pin
fperugini22-Mar-07 10:18
memberfperugini22-Mar-07 10:18 
AnswerRe: Opacity Problem with multiple stacking popups Pin
fperugini23-Mar-07 4:33
memberfperugini23-Mar-07 4:33 
QuestionRe: Opacity Problem with multiple stacking popups Pin
Styxke5-Apr-07 20:27
memberStyxke5-Apr-07 20:27 
AnswerRe: Opacity Problem with multiple stacking popups Pin
fperugini13-Apr-07 7:16
memberfperugini13-Apr-07 7:16 
GeneralMultiple Highlight Lines Pin
b00tleg22-Mar-07 9:38
memberb00tleg22-Mar-07 9:38 
AnswerRe: Multiple Highlight Lines Pin
Nick Waelti22-Mar-07 22:34
memberNick Waelti22-Mar-07 22:34 
GeneralRe: Multiple Highlight Lines Pin
b00tleg23-Mar-07 7:04
memberb00tleg23-Mar-07 7:04 
GeneralRe: Multiple Highlight Lines Pin
Honey Arora23-May-07 19:29
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GeneralC# version Pin
Ambili_T21-Mar-07 22:23
memberAmbili_T21-Mar-07 22:23 
AnswerRe: C# version Pin
LittleWhiteDog22-Mar-07 21:33
memberLittleWhiteDog22-Mar-07 21:33 
QuestionHowto move the popup with the grip? Pin
LittleWhiteDog14-Mar-07 5:32
memberLittleWhiteDog14-Mar-07 5:32 
AnswerRe: Howto move the popup with the grip? Pin
Nick Waelti15-Mar-07 2:42
memberNick Waelti15-Mar-07 2:42 
QuestionRe: Howto move the popup with the grip? [modified] Pin
LittleWhiteDog21-Mar-07 5:20
memberLittleWhiteDog21-Mar-07 5:20 
QuestionExtract the image Pin
LittleWhiteDog13-Mar-07 22:54
memberLittleWhiteDog13-Mar-07 22:54 
AnswerRe: Extract the image Pin
Nick Waelti15-Mar-07 2:41
memberNick Waelti15-Mar-07 2:41 
NewsRe: Extract the image [modified] Pin
LittleWhiteDog15-Mar-07 23:22
memberLittleWhiteDog15-Mar-07 23:22 
Questionediting the dll file?!? Pin
thebirdman19849-Mar-07 1:45
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AnswerRe: editing the dll file?!? Pin
thebirdman19849-Mar-07 3:35
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AnswerRe: editing the dll file?!? Pin
Nick Waelti15-Mar-07 2:39
memberNick Waelti15-Mar-07 2:39 
GeneralThe popup only fires in form load. Pin
astanton197821-Feb-07 2:06
memberastanton197821-Feb-07 2:06 
GeneralRe: The popup only fires in form load. Pin
astanton197821-Feb-07 4:05
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GeneralPort code to VS .NET Pin
utstudent26-Jan-07 16:37
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GeneralRe: Port code to VS .NET Pin
waltersenekal19-Feb-07 3:51
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GeneralRe: Port code to VS .NET Pin
utstudent19-Feb-07 14:44
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QuestionYes No Replies Pin
davidswift12-Jan-07 4:28
memberdavidswift12-Jan-07 4:28 
AnswerRe: Yes No Replies Pin
Nick Wälti15-Jan-07 19:57
memberNick Wälti15-Jan-07 19:57 
QuestionUse in Threads Pin
K32127-Nov-06 11:57
memberK32127-Nov-06 11:57 
GeneralAvoid losing focus when popup appears Pin
calis online15-Oct-06 23:12
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QuestionRe: Avoid losing focus when popup appears Pin
calis online30-Oct-06 20:05
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AnswerRe: Avoid losing focus when popup appears Pin
ddino11-Nov-06 23:52
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