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skin-enabled applications?

Hi,
Does anyone have any indications how to develop skin-enabled  applications (like Winamp) in .NET?

Russ
Thursday, October 24, 2002

Here's a couple of links to make use of the XP Theme engine...

http://www.gotdotnet.com/team/windowsforms/Themes.aspx
http://www.codeproject.com/csharp/dotnetvisualstyles.asp
http://www.syncfusion.com/FAQ/WinForms/FAQ_c84c.asp#q574q

this next article discusses an add-in for vs.net that makes the process much simpler...

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/nhp/Default.asp?contentid=28000519

hope that helps

8)

sean slavin
Thursday, October 24, 2002

I think that you meant this link for the excellent VS.NET add-in article:

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en-us/dnwinforms/html/xpthemeaddin_.asp

Digory Q
Friday, October 25, 2002

Note that as far as I know, none of the above solutions will truly "skin-enable" your application. Some of the visual components will be rough approximations of what they're supposed to look like in Win XP, but most won't do the more subtle effects (like a gradient background on a tabbed panel).

It would be great for somebody to put in teh public domain a series of .NET controls that, when combined with the manifest trick (described elsewhere) would make the controls look and feel exactly as they should.

K
Saturday, October 26, 2002

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