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AlphaGradientPanel, an extended panel

, 24 Mar 2006 CPOL
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A panel that has rounded borders, gradients, and transparency.

Introduction

This is a panel, first of all. Therefore, it has all the advantages of a panel, plus some nice little features.

Using the code

You'll just have to include the component in your toolbox and use it.

The only property that is a bit special is the Colors() property. It is a collection of items and has design-time visibility in the property grid. I'm still trying to achieve transforming the color name that appears in the property grid in a nice drawing... If anybody knows how that can be achieved, please, please, please, let me know Wink | ;)

Features

  • Rounded corners (any one of them or all at the same time).
  • Gradients (from 2 to n colors, with some special effects).
  • Transparency (any color can be made transparent with an "Alpha" value between 0 and 255).
  • Borders, even with rounded corners, have a nice little border.
  • Image inclusion (position, opacity, size, grayscale, and padding).
  • Padding of the content, of the back, and of the docking.

History

  • Version 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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Nicolas Wälti
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GeneralRe: Transparency problem Pin
cdebel26-Feb-09 9:49
membercdebel26-Feb-09 9:49 
QuestionException Pin
BBWicked31-Jul-07 23:46
memberBBWicked31-Jul-07 23:46 
Generalsorry but :) Pin
deltadirac29-Jul-07 8:05
memberdeltadirac29-Jul-07 8:05 
QuestionRemoving a color Pin
the-rpd1-Jul-07 5:20
memberthe-rpd1-Jul-07 5:20 
I'm using the code in a other project to modify it and get a nice button but i'm having a problem.

How can i delete a color?

I'm trying to delete it in design mode but it won't disapear from the color list and I'm getting an error.
When I delete it in de disigner generated code it's gone but I don't think thats the way it should be done?
When I re add the color in the designer I get the same error (something about component not being serializable).
Did I forget to copy something?

Also when I re add it in the designer code, I can set the color but the colorproperty above it gets the same color.

When I do this in your default project it all works fine.
GeneralNice control Pin
the-rpd26-Jun-07 9:38
memberthe-rpd26-Jun-07 9:38 
GeneralRe: Nice control Pin
(Nick Waelti)28-Jun-07 0:11
member(Nick Waelti)28-Jun-07 0:11 
GeneralRe: Nice control Pin
the-rpd28-Jun-07 6:40
memberthe-rpd28-Jun-07 6:40 
GeneralUse in applications Pin
BryanTKinkel12-Jun-07 3:40
memberBryanTKinkel12-Jun-07 3:40 
AnswerRe: Use in applications Pin
Nick Waelti12-Jun-07 3:55
memberNick Waelti12-Jun-07 3:55 
GeneralRe: Use in applications Pin
BryanTKinkel13-Jun-07 4:29
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