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Color ProgressBar

, 30 Apr 2004
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An attractive and fancier ProgressBar.

Introduction

This is a fairly simple Progress Bar control inherited from Windows.Forms.Control. The reason I reinvented this "wheel" is I don't like the looks of traditional ProgressBar provided in VS.NET. My ColorProgressBar looks more attractive and fancier, yet keeps the functionalities of old ProgressBar. I hope I will get some genuine comments or suggestion from you.

Complete source code can be downloaded from the link above.

Control Properties

  • BarColor

    The primary color of ColorProgressBar.

  • BorderColor

    The border color of ColorProgressBar.

  • FillStyle

    Bar styles, "Solid" or "Dashed".

  • Maximum

    The maximum value of ColorProgressBar.

  • Minimum

    The minimum value or the initial value of ColorProgressBar.

  • Value

    The current value of ColorProgressBar.

  • Step

    The value of each increment or decrement when you call methods PerformStep() and PerformStepBack().

Control Methods

  • PerformStep()

    Call the PerformStep() method to increase the value set in the Step property.

  • PerformStepBack()

    Call the PerformStepBack() method to decrease the value set in the Step property.

  • Increment(int value)

    Call the Increment() method to increase the integer value you specify.

  • Decrement(int value)

    Call the Decrement() method to decrease the integer value you specify.

Example

- See snapshot above

A timer is used to fake progress.

//
// Control declarations
//
this.cpb1 = new ColorProgressBar.ColorProgressBar();
this.cpb2 = new ColorProgressBar.ColorProgressBar();
this.cpb3 = new ColorProgressBar.ColorProgressBar();
this.cpb4 = new ColorProgressBar.ColorProgressBar();
this.cpb5 = new ColorProgressBar.ColorProgressBar();
this.cpb6 = new ColorProgressBar.ColorProgressBar();
this.timer1 = new System.Windows.Forms.Timer(this.components);


// 
// cpb1
// 
this.cpb1.BarColor = System.Drawing.Color.FromArgb(((System.Byte)(255)), 
                     ((System.Byte)(128)), ((System.Byte)(128)));
this.cpb1.BorderColor = System.Drawing.Color.Black;
this.cpb1.FillStyle = ColorProgressBar.ColorProgressBar.FillStyles.Dashed;
this.cpb1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(56, 48);
this.cpb1.Maximum = 100;
this.cpb1.Minimum = 0;
this.cpb1.Name = "cpb1";
this.cpb1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(150, 15);
this.cpb1.Step = 10;
this.cpb1.TabIndex = 0;
this.cpb1.Value = 0;
// 
// cpb2
// 
this.cpb2.BarColor = System.Drawing.Color.FromArgb(((System.Byte)(255)), 
                     ((System.Byte)(255)), ((System.Byte)(128)));
this.cpb2.BorderColor = System.Drawing.Color.Black;
this.cpb2.FillStyle = ColorProgressBar.ColorProgressBar.FillStyles.Solid;
this.cpb2.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(56, 72);
this.cpb2.Maximum = 100;
this.cpb2.Minimum = 0;
this.cpb2.Name = "cpb2";
this.cpb2.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(150, 15);
this.cpb2.Step = 10;
this.cpb2.TabIndex = 1;
this.cpb2.Value = 100;
// 
// cpb3
// 
this.cpb3.BarColor = System.Drawing.Color.FromArgb(((System.Byte)(128)), 
                     ((System.Byte)(255)), ((System.Byte)(128)));
this.cpb3.BorderColor = System.Drawing.Color.Black;
this.cpb3.FillStyle = ColorProgressBar.ColorProgressBar.FillStyles.Dashed;
this.cpb3.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(56, 104);
this.cpb3.Maximum = 100;
this.cpb3.Minimum = 0;
this.cpb3.Name = "cpb3";
this.cpb3.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(192, 24);
this.cpb3.Step = 10;
this.cpb3.TabIndex = 2;
this.cpb3.Value = 0;
// 
// cpb4
// 
this.cpb4.BarColor = System.Drawing.Color.FromArgb(((System.Byte)(128)), 
                     ((System.Byte)(255)), ((System.Byte)(255)));
this.cpb4.BorderColor = System.Drawing.Color.Black;
this.cpb4.FillStyle = ColorProgressBar.ColorProgressBar.FillStyles.Solid;
this.cpb4.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(56, 144);
this.cpb4.Maximum = 100;
this.cpb4.Minimum = 0;
this.cpb4.Name = "cpb4";
this.cpb4.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(192, 24);
this.cpb4.Step = 10;
this.cpb4.TabIndex = 3;
this.cpb4.Value = 100;
// 
// cpb5
// 
this.cpb5.BarColor = System.Drawing.Color.FromArgb(((System.Byte)(255)), 
                     ((System.Byte)(128)), ((System.Byte)(255)));
this.cpb5.BorderColor = System.Drawing.Color.Black;
this.cpb5.FillStyle = ColorProgressBar.ColorProgressBar.FillStyles.Solid;
this.cpb5.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(56, 184);
this.cpb5.Maximum = 100;
this.cpb5.Minimum = 0;
this.cpb5.Name = "cpb5";
this.cpb5.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(272, 32);
this.cpb5.Step = 10;
this.cpb5.TabIndex = 4;
this.cpb5.Value = 0;
// 
// cpb6
// 
this.cpb6.BarColor = System.Drawing.Color.FromArgb(((System.Byte)(255)), 
                     ((System.Byte)(128)), ((System.Byte)(0)));
this.cpb6.BorderColor = System.Drawing.Color.Black;
this.cpb6.FillStyle = ColorProgressBar.ColorProgressBar.FillStyles.Dashed;
this.cpb6.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(56, 232);
this.cpb6.Maximum = 100;
this.cpb6.Minimum = 0;
this.cpb6.Name = "cpb6";
this.cpb6.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(272, 32);
this.cpb6.Step = 10;
this.cpb6.TabIndex = 5;
this.cpb6.Value = 100;
// 
// timer1
// 
this.timer1.Enabled = true;
this.timer1.Tick += new System.EventHandler(this.timer1_Tick);
//
// Actual manipulation by timer1
//
private void timer1_Tick(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
{
    //
    // All values are reset at the end to have endless loop
    //
    cpb1.PerformStep();
    if (cpb1.Value == cpb1.Maximum)
        cpb1.Value = cpb1.Minimum;

    cpb2.PerformStepBack();
    if (cpb2.Value == cpb2.Minimum)
        cpb2.Value = cpb2.Maximum;

    cpb3.Increment(1);
    if (cpb3.Value == cpb3.Maximum)
        cpb3.Value = cpb3.Minimum;

    cpb4.Decrement(1);
    if (cpb4.Value == cpb4.Minimum)
        cpb4.Value = cpb4.Maximum;

    cpb5.Increment(1);
    if (cpb5.Value == cpb5.Maximum)
        cpb5.Value = cpb5.Minimum;

    cpb6.Decrement(1);
    if (cpb6.Value == cpb6.Minimum)
        cpb6.Value = cpb6.Maximum;
}

Missing Features

  • Percentage indicator.

Contributions

Using the Control

Adding ColorProgressBar control to Windows Form Toolbox

  1. Right-click the Windows Form Toolbox and choose Customize Toolbox... from the shortcut menu. The Customize Toolbox dialog box opens.
  2. Choose the .NET Framework Components tab and click Browse. Browse to the ColorProgressBar\bin\Release or \debug folder and select ColorProgressBar.dll. ColorProgressBar appears in the list of components in the Customize Toolbox dialog box.
  3. Check the box next to ColorProgressBar and Select OK. The ColorProgressBar is now added to the tab of the Windows ToolBox.

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Alan Zhao
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Comments and Discussions

 
GeneralGood Job Alan Zhao. PinmemberNipuna Sandas5-Aug-14 23:58 
QuestionMany thanks PinmemberDavid W. Wolfe12-Sep-13 23:34 
GeneralMy vote of 4 Pinmemberdan30085-May-13 5:54 
GeneralMy vote of 5 PinmemberAfaan Bilal3-Jan-13 6:14 
QuestionGreat and nice job! how can use in WPF? Pinmemberpablomartin28-Aug-12 23:32 
GeneralMy vote of 5 Pinmemberabdul_khader2-May-12 5:28 
Generalrequesting agreement Pinmembergiova8-Nov-09 2:26 
GeneralRe: requesting agreement Pinmembergiova8-Nov-09 7:58 
GeneralThanks Pinmemberrushsky27-Oct-09 21:11 
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