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, 13 Jan 2006
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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

QuestionBlack border on Alpha value PNG image Pinmemberjavageget21-Oct-11 21:14 
GeneralRe: Black border on Alpha value PNG image [modified] Pinmembermastersil8715-Jul-12 23:54 
GeneralMy vote of 3 PinmembersumeshMCA3-Jul-11 7:54 
GeneralNice Pinmembervbfengshui9-Feb-11 8:54 
GeneralCheers Pinmembermatt335-Aug-10 2:08 
GeneralThis sample does not show how to create a splash screen PinmemberAliasGoesHere19-Nov-07 3:44 
AnswerThe sample given is for both a splash screen and an about box. PinmemberDameonBlack19-Nov-07 11:57 
GeneralKISS PinmemberMarco Ensing31-May-07 14:17 
GeneralProblem with the VB 2005 Pinmembereclisia24-Apr-07 22:05 
GeneralRe: Problem with the VB 2005 Pinmembereclisia24-Apr-07 23:19 
QuestionCan anyone help? PinmemberLilMoke24-Jan-07 6:24 
AnswerRe: Can anyone help? PinmemberDameonBlack24-Jan-07 11:45 
GeneralVery nice, but Almost it would seem Pinmembertkiykioglu3-Jul-06 13:38 
GeneralRe: Very nice, but Almost it would seem PinmemberDameonBlack24-Jan-07 11:43 
GeneralRe: Very nice, but Almost it would seem Pinmemberfadee22-Mar-07 22:25 
GeneralRe: Very nice, but Almost it would seem PinmemberEladisimo17-Jul-07 11:27 
QuestionHow to deal with .NET framework load delay [modified] Pinmemberanotherdotnetguy21-Jun-06 5:42 
The transparency is a particularly cool addition to the standard splash screen - thanks!
However, how do you deal with the initial delay when loading the .NET framework? I've found that on older machines, it can take between 10 - 20 seconds for the .NET framework to be loaded after a reboot. During this time, none of my .NET code will run.
I call my splashscreen code as the very first line of my .NET app. However, this isn't executed until the .NET framework is loaded, meaning that there is still a 10 - 20 second delay before my app can show its splashscreen.
Do you know how to get the splashscreen to display before the .NET framework has loaded?
-- modified at 11:43 Wednesday 21st June, 2006
AnswerRe: How to deal with .NET framework load delay [modified] Pinmemberanotherdotnetguy4-Jul-06 23:10 
GeneralRe: How to deal with .NET framework load delay PinmemberNVoli1-Oct-06 15:32 
GeneralRe: How to deal with .NET framework load delay Pinmemberanotherdotnetguy1-Oct-06 22:14 
GeneralRe: How to deal with .NET framework load delay Pinmemberme@vbman.com25-May-07 20:31 
GeneralRe: How to deal with .NET framework load delay Pinmemberanotherdotnetguy25-May-07 20:50 
QuestionWater Script ?????? Good But!!!! Pinmembercadi200513-Apr-06 15:26 
AnswerRe: Water Script ?????? Good But!!!! PinmemberDameonBlack13-Apr-06 18:23 
GeneralProblem when image behind background change Pinmembercyrare14-Mar-06 3:15 

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