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OK, I now know of two simple ways to add background textures to a VB5 Form.
In other words, I know how to add a textured background by putting pictures tiles on the form.

Now the hard question:  How do I add an ANIMATED background to a VB5 form ???
I don't care to use any Draw techniques. I want realistic pictures to be cycled to make
an animated background.

My forms are small, about 1/3 size of screen. I had thought of the following:
Add 6 pcitures, one on top of the next. Then just cycle through these by setting the
Visible attribute on each picture. I think most buttons ect... will stay on top. I haven't tried this.
Any other ideas???
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Question by:jgore
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bin_huwairib earned 880 total points
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jgore,

Use ImageList control in Microsoft Windows Common Controls (COMCTL32.OCX) to store your images and then assign the indexed image with your Picture Box at a specific time, in this case you will only use one Picture Box control instead of having Picture box control for each picture.

Example
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1- Add form1 to project1.
2- Add picture1, imagelist1 and timer1 to form1.
3- Paste the following code in form1:

Const ImageCount = 3

Dim ImageIndex As Integer

Private Sub Form_Load()
 ImageIndex = 0
 ImageList1.ListImages.Add , , LoadPicture("c:\windows\Bubbles.bmp")
 ImageList1.ListImages.Add , , LoadPicture("c:\windows\Forest.bmp")
 ImageList1.ListImages.Add , , LoadPicture("c:\windows\Weave2.bmp")
 Timer1.Interval = 500
End Sub

Private Sub Timer1_Timer()
 ImageIndex = ImageIndex + 1
 If ImageIndex > ImageCount Then ImageIndex = 1
 Picture1.Picture = ImageList1.ListImages(ImageIndex).Picture
End Sub


Best regards
Bin Huwairib
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by:jgore
ID: 1463239
Thanks, thats much easier than they way I did it.
I just used 8 images and cycled their Visibilty attribute.
It worked, but your way looks much better. C-ya........
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