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A picture based skin system and MPEG decoder

, 27 Jul 2000
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A picture based skin system for MFC that allows the user to customise their dialogs. The system is demonstrated by presenting a fully functioning MPEG decoder application.
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    SkinSys Ver 1.0

    A picture based skin system For MFC. Based on FriendSoft's ( SkinForm.

    SkinSys is copyright 2000 Cüneyt ELÝBOL (


    • CSkinsys codes
    • Simple Skin Editor
    • A Beatiful MPEG 1,2,3 decoder (Copyright - Based On MAPlay Decoder)
    • MPEGPlayer project (not completed. It is only a sample)


    • Decoder: MPEG Decoder codes
    • Editor : Skineditor Files
    • Sample : Sample Skin Files
    • SkinSys: CSkinsys Source Code
    • Root : MPEGPlayer Project


    This system only requires the "OleLoadPicture" Function. (Please see the LoadPictureFile function in Skindialog.cpp)

    How To Use:

    Please read these notes and see the Sample Directory and MPEGPlayer project

    1. Draw mask bitmap
    2. Draw main Bitmap
    3. If you need or want
      1. Draw mouse over bitmap
      2. Draw mouse down bitmap
      3. Draw disable bitmap
    4. Run Skineditor
    5. Select "Screens" Tab
    6. Fill All Pictures
    7. If you want select "Preview" Button
    8. Save and exit
    9. Run Visual Studio
    10. Create a Dialog based new Project (for example Dialog Name = CBaseDialog)
    11. Include "SkinDialog.h" (for example in "StdAfx.h")
    12. Change to CBaseDialog : public CDialog to CBaseDialog : public CSkinDialog
    13. Go to CBaseDialog::OnInitDialog and add these lines
      char m_skin[512];
      sprintf(m_skin, "<Your Skin Name>");
      // If you want a menu < Activate to Right click > add this line
      // If you Want Caption 
      SetWindowText("MPEG Player");
      // Set To My SkinFile
    14. Compile and Run;

    Controlling Buttons Click, Trackbar, ProgressBar, Text and etc...

    If you want these events in the Base Class (CSkinDialog)

    1. void ProgresChanged(CString m_Name); // If progress changes
    2. void MouseMoved(CString m_ButtonName, int x, int y); // if Mouse Moved
    3. void TrackChange(CString m_ButtonName, UINT nSBCode, UINT nPos); // if Trackbar change
    4. void ButtonPressed(CString m_ButtonName); // if Button Pressed

    you should add these functions your CBaseDialog class.

    Changing the tooltip

    use Set<xxx>ToolTip function. <xxx> is Button, Text...
    (for example SetButtonToolTip("BUTTON_USEEQ", "Equalizer is On");

    Getting Value

    use Get<xxx> Function
    (for example: BOOL useEQ = GetButtonCheck("BUTTON_USEEQ"); // if BUTTON_USEEQ checked)

    Setting Value

    use Set<xxx> Function
    (for example: SetButtonCheck("BUTTON_USEEQ", useEQ);
    // if useEQ = True BUTTON_USEEQ is checked)


    Thanks for your interest in CSkinsys. This is the first release, and may have bugs and errors. Please report any bugs or errors, or any questions to me.


    This article has no explicit license attached to it but may contain usage terms in the article text or the download files themselves. If in doubt please contact the author via the discussion board below.

    A list of licenses authors might use can be found here


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    Questionsome bugs. but good Pin
    Member 90491296-Dec-12 15:45
    memberMember 90491296-Dec-12 15:45 
    GeneralMy vote of 4 Pin
    hoseinhero27-Jun-12 22:55
    memberhoseinhero27-Jun-12 22:55 
    GeneralI want some part of main image to be transparent. Pin
    ekklesia22-Nov-08 19:32
    memberekklesia22-Nov-08 19:32 
    Generalvery good! Pin
    yangwm2521-Oct-08 23:56
    memberyangwm2521-Oct-08 23:56 
    AnswerLoadSkins in ButtonPressed will cause the application crash Pin
    zhang.hong27-Aug-08 13:31
    memberzhang.hong27-Aug-08 13:31 
    GeneralThe mp3's during is not accurate Pin
    3651385278-Nov-07 20:48
    member3651385278-Nov-07 20:48 
    Generalcrash on the application [modified] Pin
    RajeevSahu26-Jun-07 23:01
    memberRajeevSahu26-Jun-07 23:01 
    QuestionIs the skinsys author still around? Pin
    1Bob27-Feb-06 4:19
    member1Bob27-Feb-06 4:19 
    GeneralStack corruption detected in VC++7.1 Pin
    1Bob16-Feb-06 8:06
    member1Bob16-Feb-06 8:06 
    Questionerror message: Pin
    aladeck15-Nov-05 16:42
    memberaladeck15-Nov-05 16:42 
    AnswerRe: error message: Pin
    -=Seph=-23-Nov-05 19:45
    member-=Seph=-23-Nov-05 19:45 
    Questionhow to combine skin &amp; resize function Pin
    sjhuang5-Jul-05 7:40
    membersjhuang5-Jul-05 7:40 
    Generalanother choice,uskin - personal free skin lib Pin
    thirdwolf26-Jun-05 17:34
    memberthirdwolf26-Jun-05 17:34 
    GeneralCSkinDialog not support XP and 98 Pin
    Reuven Eliahu25-May-05 7:33
    memberReuven Eliahu25-May-05 7:33 
    Generalcurrent good toolkits Pin
    lonestarr5-Sep-04 5:27
    memberlonestarr5-Sep-04 5:27 
    GeneralVolume progress disappear after closing a child window/dialog. Pin
    Kumori28-Jul-04 5:58
    memberKumori28-Jul-04 5:58 
    Questionwhy there is no picture on my dialog?? Pin
    gunslover10-Jun-04 22:40
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    AnswerRe: why there is no picture on my dialog?? Pin
    Yohi9-Aug-04 23:56
    memberYohi9-Aug-04 23:56 
    Generalreload a nother skin at run time Pin
    abo_moslem18-Mar-04 0:56
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    GeneralRe: reload a nother skin at run time Pin
    sclhj2001@hotmail.com13-Apr-04 21:26
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    jochen66614-Dec-03 4:29
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