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How to create an vb app with skins like WinAmp?

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Is there any 3rd app. tool has this type of feature in the market?

Please visit Hotbar.com. They have excellent demo with web browser. I like to do this in my vb app.

Has anyone done this in vb app?

If you have an awesome skin demo vb app, I will give you points.
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Wrong type of skin.  The link above does not apply.  Oops.
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Forms, pictureboxes and other types of controls all have picture properties.  One technique that I've used for loading graphics into these objects without "embedding" the graphic in at design time is to set up a Pic Clip control on a form that is hidden.  The Pic Clip might have all of the icons that I display on each of the different button types in the application (and every button has at least two states, Active and Inactive).  When I load the form, I load the corresponding picture property from the Pic Clip control's GraphicCell property.  

Now, if I wanted to be able to change button styles, all I would have to do is have different bitmaps that I load into the hidden PicClip control.  As long as the bitmaps fit a standard size and format, you could very easily "skin" the buttons.  You could do a similar thing with background textures.
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a great third party skin tool is the ActiveSkin ocx which can be found at www.softshape.com/activeskin

I have demos I can send you and screenshots to show you what you can do with it.  it comes with about a dozen built in skins you can use as well to get started right away
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by:Dotar_Sojat
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You can set the border style of the form to none, and set the picture property to the 3D image of whatever you want.  Buttons can be made with image controls or Form_Click events with an API call to get the mouse pointer location.  Winamp (even though its written in another language) uses bitmaps for its skins to achieve this effect.
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Gordonp earned 200 total points
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look at http://www.vbaccelerator.com/ theres a new OCX just been added that should do what you want.

Gordon
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