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Transparent Splash Screen

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Creating a transparent Splash Screen - like the one used by Adobe.


Anyone interested in making a transparent splash screen? Like the one used by Adobe? This one was done by rendering PNG files that use Alpha. Inluded in the download, you will find a full example using Visual Basic .NET 2003. I'm using embedded resources for the image... I have installed and run this project correctly on Windows 98, XP, 2000.

Here are the two most important functions to use inside your splash screen form:

Protected Overrides Sub OnPaint(ByVal e As System.Windows.Forms.PaintEventArgs)
    ' Do nothing here!
End Sub

Protected Overrides Sub OnPaintBackground(
    ByVal pevent As System.Windows.Forms.PaintEventArgs)
    Dim gfx As dra.Graphics = pevent.Graphics
    gfx.DrawImage(IMA.imaSplashScreen, New dra.Rectangle(0, 0, Me.Width, Me.Height))
End Sub

P.S. This is a very easy way to accomplish this, without using API calls and such messy stuff like that. You should be able to make splash screens and About boxes like the one I have used in my project.



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GeneralVery nice, but Almost it would seem Pin
tkiykioglu3-Jul-06 13:38
membertkiykioglu3-Jul-06 13:38 
GeneralRe: Very nice, but Almost it would seem Pin
DameonBlack24-Jan-07 11:43
memberDameonBlack24-Jan-07 11:43 

This is standard behavior for this splash screen.

Because it's a splash screen it's not very often that things move behind the form.

Dameon Black
GeneralRe: Very nice, but Almost it would seem Pin
fadee22-Mar-07 22:25
memberfadee22-Mar-07 22:25 
GeneralRe: Very nice, but Almost it would seem Pin
Eladisimo17-Jul-07 11:27
memberEladisimo17-Jul-07 11:27 

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