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Transparent Splash Screen

, 13 Jan 2006 CPOL
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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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Comments and Discussions

GeneralRe: vb doesn't find the png file PinmemberDameonBlack26-Jan-06 8:01 
GeneralRe: vb doesn't find the png file PinmemberQuiche8826-Jan-06 8:05 
QuestionHope u can help me PinmemberShashidharreddy22-Jan-06 23:38 
AnswerRe: Hope u can help me PinmemberDameonBlack23-Jan-06 5:26 

It's hard for me to understand your English and determine what you are asking.
If I understand your question I would say you should set the "BackColor" of the "Panel" to "Transparent".
If this is not what you are looking for please rephrase your question and ask again.
Dameon Black

JokeRe: Hope u can help me Pinmemberfadee4-Apr-07 8:52 
QuestionBlack Background PinmemberLegandir16-Jan-06 12:21 
AnswerRe: Black Background PinmemberDameonBlack16-Jan-06 16:36 
GeneralRe: Black Background PinmemberLegandir17-Jan-06 7:26 
AnswerRe: Black Background Pinmembercycnus24-May-06 17:41 
AnswerRe: Black Background Pinmemberehoang31-Jul-07 10:10 

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