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Animate the Mainform of your Application

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31 Jan 2003
Shows how to change the visual style of the application form with an animation.

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I wrote this code, because I'm interested in the new .NET functions which are available to change the look of the form of your application. With the region class and different background images you can easy change the look of forms and controls. I found the great Bitmap2Region class from Arild Fines in the Internet, which I must use in an application. The result is this funny walking rabbit form.

How to use this sample ?

Right click on the rabbit to get the context menu. There you can change the moving speed of the rabbit and quit the program.


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Marc Schneider
Web Developer
Germany Germany
I'm currently working as a Computer Science Engineer for a german company which develops gambling machines. I program with VC++ 5.0 + OpenGL ! Privately I'm learning C# and ASP.NET !

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QuestionLicense? Pin
cgordon_131-Mar-12 5:02
Membercgordon_131-Mar-12 5:02 
Generalseperate source and exe Pin
praveenqwe9-May-06 2:57
Memberpraveenqwe9-May-06 2:57 
Generalnice work go on Pin
Taha Elsayed24-Sep-04 16:23
MemberTaha Elsayed24-Sep-04 16:23 
QuestionMemory leaks??? Pin
trissanen@hotmail.com10-May-04 19:49
Membertrissanen@hotmail.com10-May-04 19:49 
AnswerEh? Pin
The_Mega_ZZTer3-Oct-05 3:18
MemberThe_Mega_ZZTer3-Oct-05 3:18 
Generalalpha blending Pin
Rob Tomson22-Feb-04 22:03
MemberRob Tomson22-Feb-04 22:03 
GeneralThis is great Pin
Agent 862-Jan-04 21:49
MemberAgent 862-Jan-04 21:49 
GeneralRe: This is great Pin
Marc Schneider3-Jan-04 3:10
MemberMarc Schneider3-Jan-04 3:10 
GeneralLayeredWindows Pin
Roger Alsing3-Feb-03 23:27
MemberRoger Alsing3-Feb-03 23:27 
GeneralRe: LayeredWindows Pin
Marc Schneider4-Feb-03 0:38
MemberMarc Schneider4-Feb-03 0:38 
GeneralRe: LayeredWindows Pin
lsauer7-Sep-03 7:02
Memberlsauer7-Sep-03 7:02 
Nah its not worth it, as the suggested way is by far the faster one, and more future proof (users will profit from future improvement in the MS algorithms).
By now u can presuppose that an NT 5 system comes to play.
As far as the transparency goes, it actually gets sometimes messed up in the internal GDI+ for untraceable (as i'm not digging into it, neither have i searched for answers or solutions) reasons, which goes away after a reboot (means GDI+ is reinitiated).

But i'm sure ur article is very helpful for other purposes!
GeneralRe: LayeredWindows Pin
The_Mega_ZZTer3-Oct-05 3:19
MemberThe_Mega_ZZTer3-Oct-05 3:19 
GeneralThat was Fun! Pin
Rocky Moore2-Feb-03 1:38
MemberRocky Moore2-Feb-03 1:38 
GeneralRe: That was Fun! Pin
Marc Schneider4-Feb-03 0:40
MemberMarc Schneider4-Feb-03 0:40 
QuestionDo you know how to control Gif Animation in Label Class ? Pin
Chris Richner1-Feb-03 9:25
MemberChris Richner1-Feb-03 9:25 
AnswerRe: Do you know how to control Gif Animation in Label Class ? Pin
Marc Schneider1-Feb-03 10:32
MemberMarc Schneider1-Feb-03 10:32 
GeneralRe: Do you know how to control Gif Animation in Label Class ? Pin
Chris Richner1-Feb-03 10:42
MemberChris Richner1-Feb-03 10:42 

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