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Desktop Sheep

, 22 Mar 2008
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Animated sheep for your desktop
Sample Image - Desktop_Sheep.jpg

Introduction

I really don't know what to say about this article, but I'd like to stress on "It only took me one hour to code this application so be nice and don’t beat me so hard with your comments".

Well, I just read a nice article this morning by Igor Tolmachev called Falling Snow on Your Desktop! here on the CP and said Merry X-Mas to everyone, but I thought there are good muslems here in the forum who would like to hear Happy Eid because it's about time too they have their sheep slaughtered!

Explanation

I'm sorry, but I think there's nothing to explain about such an easy piece of application,
but here's what I would call the recipé.

Ingredients

  • Three Image objects are created for the three faces of the good sheep.

    Sheep1 = Image.FromFile("Sheeps\weird_sheep1.gif");
    Sheep2 = Image.FromFile("Sheeps\weird_sheep2.gif");
    Sheep3 = Image.FromFile("Sheeps\weird_sheep3.gif");
  • Two timers to control the three sheepfaces, the sheep movement on the desktop.
  • One Notify icon to control the application.
  • One Context menu popped from the notify icon.

Start Cooking

The form which has the sheep is set to transparent using the transparency key property, form borders are removed, and a picture box control is added and docked to the parent container form.

The timers are started when the form is loaded with the interactivity of adjusting the sheep speed, this is done by using a variable sheepSpeed which is modified during run-time using the notify icon's context menu.

The Code

//By Muammar Yacoob

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Data;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Text;
using System.Windows.Forms;

namespace Sheep
{
    public partial class Form1 : Form
    {
        int flipper, screenW, screenH;  //variable I'll be using later
        int sheepX, sheepSpeed; 
        Image Sheep1, Sheep2, Sheep3;   //to set the location and speed
        public Form1()                  //image files are attached here 
                                        //of the form (the sheep)
        {
            InitializeComponent();
            Sheep1 = Image.FromFile(@"Sheeps\weird_sheep1.gif");
            Sheep2 = Image.FromFile(@"Sheeps\weird_sheep2.gif");
            Sheep3 = Image.FromFile(@"Sheeps\weird_sheep3.gif");
            flipper = 1;
            screenW
               = System.Windows.Forms.Screen.PrimaryScreen.WorkingArea.Width;
            screenH
               = System.Windows.Forms.Screen.PrimaryScreen.WorkingArea.Height;
            sheepX = screenW;
            sheepSpeed = 2;
        }

        private void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            //setting the initial location for the form
            this.Location = new Point(screenW, screenH - this.Height);
            //initializing the form with sheep face1
            BoxSheep.Image = Sheep1;                     
            tmrSheeper.Start(); //starts changing the image
            tmrMoveit.Start();   //starts moving the form
        }

        private void tmrSheeper_Tick(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            switch (flipper)
            {
                case 1:
                    BoxSheep.Image = Sheep1;
                    flipper++;
                    break;
                case 2:
                    BoxSheep.Image = Sheep2;
                    flipper++;
                    break;
                case 3:
                    BoxSheep.Image = Sheep3;
                    flipper = 1; //back to face1
                    break;
            }
        }

        private void tmrMoveit_Tick(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {   //############ We add this line to get the sheep ###########//
            //############ on the taskbar after modifying it ###########//
            screenH = System.Windows.Forms.Screen.PrimaryScreen.WorkingArea.Height;
            //##########################################################//

            if (sheepX >= this.Width * -1) //end of sheep tail
            {
                this.Location = new Point(sheepX, (screenH - this.Height)-22);
                sheepX -= sheepSpeed;      //this is set by the context menu
            }             //by default, it's set to 2 in
            else                     //the constructor
                sheepX = screenW;
        }

        private void aboutToolStripMenuItem1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            About about = new About();
            about.Show();
        }

        private void exitToolStripMenuItem_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            notifyIcon1.Dispose();//getting rid of the notify
            this.Close();         //icon from the system tray
        }

        private void fastToolStripMenuItem_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            sheepSpeed = 3; //fast, "moves 3 pixels at a time"
        }

        private void mediumToolStripMenuItem_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            sheepSpeed = 2; //medium, "moves 2 pixels at a time"
        }

        private void slowToolStripMenuItem_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            sheepSpeed = 1; //slow, "moves 1 pixels at a time"
        }

        private void notifyIcon1_DoubleClick(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            About about = new About();
            about.Show();
        }
    }
}

Points of Interest

Notice that I've used System.Windows.Forms.Screen.PrimaryScreen.Bounds to get the primary screen boundaries nevertheless; I endup with adding 22 pixels to fix
the Form Y location. Now I'm using:

System.Windows.Forms.Screen.PrimaryScreen.WorkingArea

Only now can I remove the 22 tweaking pixels. Thanks to cokeman's feedback!

Notes

Because CodeProject doesn't allow EXEs in article submission, I've renamed the *.exe demo file to *.zip, so it's actually not a zip file! Please rename it first to *.exe before running it.

License

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

About the Author

Muammar©
Retired QSoft
Yemen Yemen
Biography?! I'm not dead yet!
www.QSoftOnline.com

Comments and Discussions

 
QuestionHow would i be able to... [modified] PinmemberC# Beginner Nick3-Oct-07 14:43 
AnswerRe: How would i be able to... PinmemberMuammar©4-Oct-07 3:23 
Questionmodifying source files?? PinmemberMuammar©7-Jan-07 20:09 
JokeSheeps slaughtered!! PinmemberMuammar©5-Jan-07 22:36 
GeneralRe: Sheeps slaughtered!! PinmembernEo.X6-Jan-07 15:21 
GeneralRe: Sheeps slaughtered!! PinmemberMuammar©6-Jan-07 19:10 
GeneralEXE PinmemberPolymorpher3-Jan-07 15:31 
GeneralRe: EXE PinmemberMuammar©5-Jan-07 22:21 
GeneralRe: EXE PinmemberThe_Mega_ZZTer6-Jan-07 5:41 
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QuestionNot working in VB PinmemberPatel Pranav2-Jan-07 18:37 
AnswerRe: Not working in VB PinmemberMuammar©5-Jan-07 22:13 
QuestionNET? PinmemberRadek Chalupa2-Jan-07 10:42 
AnswerRe: NET? PinmemberMuammar©5-Jan-07 21:47 
NewsBehind the task bar PinmemberSantosh M. P.27-Dec-06 22:18 
GeneralRe: Behind the task bar PinmemberMuammar©30-Dec-06 5:19 
GeneralRe: Behind the task bar PinmemberThe_Mega_ZZTer6-Jan-07 5:44 
GeneralRe: Behind the task bar PinmemberMuammar©6-Jan-07 19:25 
GeneralRe: Behind the task bar PinmemberThe_Mega_ZZTer7-Jan-07 12:28 
GeneralRe: Behind the task bar PinmemberMuammar©7-Jan-07 19:03 
AnswerFixed:) PinmemberMuammar©7-Jan-07 19:32 
Generalthx for fun Pinmembersubai26-Dec-06 18:08 

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