Here is a solution for developers looking for a skin based slider control. It is different from the article, Transparent Slider Control by Nic Wilson in the way that it allows you to skin the background and tick of the slider control and also allows you to have a customized cursor over the slider control.
The main class for slider control is
CZipSliderCtl that uses another
CZipBitmap for drawing normal and transparent images on the control. It is very easy to use and looks good (if you have good-looking images), so go for it. Follow the instructions in this article to use it in your application.
How to Use It?
It's fairly simple to use the
CZipSliderClt class. Just add the files, ZipSliderCtl.h, ZipSliderCtl.cpp, ZipBitmap.h, ZipBitmap.cpp into your project, add the slider control to your dialog box and change the member variable of the control. Modify the following code:
to look like this:
You will need add the following code at the top of your application's dlg header file.
Congratulations! You have successfully created the object of the slider control and now it is time to skin the control. Add the following code at the bottom of
So you have skinned your control and it is ready to use. Compile and run to see how it looks. All the best.. enjoy!!!
Behind the Scenes
CZipSliderCtl class is based on the fairly simple concept of subclassing. I have derived this class from
CSliderCtl and have overridden the following functions:
afx_msg void OnMouseMove(UINT nFlags, CPoint point);
afx_msg void OnPaint();
afx_msg void OnLButtonUp(UINT nFlags, CPoint point);
afx_msg void OnLButtonDown(UINT nFlags, CPoint point);
afx_msg void OnKeyUp(UINT nChar, UINT nRepCnt, UINT nFlags);
afx_msg void OnKeyDown(UINT nChar, UINT nRepCnt, UINT nFlags);
afx_msg BOOL OnSetCursor(CWnd* pWnd, UINT nHitTest, UINT message);
I have used the class
CZipBitmap to draw the normal and transparent images on the dialog box. If any transparent image is drawn using this class, it makes all the portions of let-top pixel color transparent. The magic of skinning the control is always contained in the
OnPaint function. So look at the following magical lines of code:
rcTick = rcBack;
rcTick.left = ((rcBack.right-iMarginWidth)*(GetPos()))/((iMax - iMin)+iMarginWidth/2);
rcTick.right = rcTick.left + iTickWidth;
So, it's all done. I hope my efforts will be appreciated.
- 17th June, 2002 - Initial revision
- 17th June, 2002 - Reformatted some text
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