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Animated Dialog Windows

, 17 Apr 2000
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A class that provides some simple, yet spectacular window animation effects. Try the demo!
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    animated screen shot


    Often in modern GUI you can see a some sort of window or menu animation that can give a more user friendly "cool" look. Fading or sliding menus, poping dialog boxes look neat and provide visual feedback with user actions. Currently, however there is no simple way to do this under MS Windows, other than XORed lines and polygons (besides the AnimateWindow() function).

    The AnimEffect class provides quite an easy and extensible way to add animation to your code.


    Using the class is rather simple. Just add the following code to the dialogs OnCreate and OnDestroy functions.

     AnimEffect ef;
     // exploding window effect
     ef.Open( rcWnd );
     // or imploding window effect
     ef.Close( rcWnd );

    You can customize the effect by calling the Setup( int iSteps, int iAfterimages, int iDelay ) member function, and change the animation type by Effect( EffectType effect ), where EffectType is :

       enum EffectType {
         Random=-1,       // default

    Included is a simple demo project that shows a bunch of effects. Feel free to use this code.

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    Anton Stuck

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    Comments and Discussions

    GeneralRe: Only one little note... PinmemberJoephia1-Sep-08 7:33 
    Questionset position od adialog ? PinsussKhoa Vinh10-Aug-00 18:16 
    Questionset position od adialog ? PinsussKhoa Vinh10-Aug-00 18:15 
    GeneralSpeed PinsussGeorge6-May-00 8:37 
    GeneralRe: Speed Pinmembertiaozi25-May-02 3:02 
    GeneralRe: Speed Pinmemberxiangjs27-Feb-03 7:01 
    GeneralAwesome! PinsussDuc Truong26-Apr-00 15:03 
    Generalwhen ondestroy, leaves lines behind PinsussMartin18-Apr-00 19:59 
    GeneralRe: when ondestroy, leaves lines behind Pinsussflight19-Apr-00 12:41 
    GeneralRe: when ondestroy, leaves lines behind PinsussGeorge29-Apr-00 9:37 
    GeneralRe: when ondestroy, leaves lines behind PinsussSimon Brown12-May-00 1:10 
    GeneralRe: when ondestroy, leaves lines behind PinsussFuMo12-Jun-00 15:00 
    GeneralRe: when ondestroy, leaves lines behind PinsussRainer Koschnick5-Sep-00 13:34 
    General:) PinsussAlex Turc18-Apr-00 9:31 
    Questionsystem hook???? PinsussLJP18-Apr-00 6:01 
    AnswerRe: system hook???? PinsussChris Maunder18-Apr-00 13:52 
    GeneralLots of Fun PinsussScot Reed18-Apr-00 4:55 
    GeneralStunning PinsussChris Maunder18-Apr-00 4:37 
    GeneralNice Effect PinsussArlynn Smith18-Apr-00 3:52 
    GeneralGREAT! PinsussGeorge18-Apr-00 1:25 

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