Visual look of my program

Posted on 2001-06-17
Last Modified: 2010-08-05
Well, this is mybe a little odd qustion, but.....
I wonder if there exsist a library of components or sommething like that (like in linux exist more different user interfaces for OS) to make my application niser, more cool looking or more soft. I am tired of square forms, memos, list-combo-check-group-radio and other boxes nad components. I have already tried a lot of different components from a lot of web pages but there is no something like - making all edit boxes and list boxes and other components even forms with for exapmle: soft 3D round corners; or al of components rounded (with shading for soft look) or with shades or some other style.
How do other programers solve such demands. Do I need to find some artist for that or what (still somebody must programe that - or are all that things just images).
So any links, suggestions, or tips about that matter are welcome.
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ID: 6199842
well i would say its generally just images
 (like winamp etc skins are just bitmaps)
look at like coolform from here:
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ID: 6200075
The main problem is that the VCL standard controls like TButton or TListbox are wrappers for the standard Windows controls.
It is easy to create transparent TGraphicControl descendants, but you lose the keyboard interface including tab order.
I do not know of a VCL replacement (that is what you need).

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ID: 6200439
Nice link DidierD. I got into doing this for awhile and found it to be more work than I really wanted to dedicate to doing it. One of the things that frustrated me was that these types of forms seem to take longer to load and to react when interfacing with it. They just act weird to me and I haven't found any applications I use that deploy's the use of these types of forms to be any better at it than the ones I put together. Just sharing my opinion. They look nice but they act weird. :>)

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ID: 6200885

u can take some packages from Developer Express and with them u can buld a style .. they also have an example of building styles in the quantum grid .. they are quite expensive if is for your personal use but they are really good .. (

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by:Mohammed Nasman
ID: 6201011

   There are two libararies that will make your application looking nice, first look at SkinEngine from ksdev
and the DynamicSkinForm from Almediadev

also take a look at the famous libarary for delphi, 1st Class from woll2woll

Best regards
Mohammed Nasman

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ID: 6204239
Uff uff. I wish I could pay for all that stuff. It is realy nice but...... Does anybody know a chiper way?
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ID: 6204554
coolform is free,just send them a picture of your app when finished .
look also here for some others :
plasmaform etc is also free and pretty good..
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Mohammed Nasman earned 100 total points
ID: 6205720

  try TSkinForm, it's free and call, but you have to register if you want the source code

also look at the forms effects in torry site


Author Comment

ID: 6208763
Well, I think that I must collect a lot of separate components and ideas from more sites and sources to make my own system and designs for my applications.
Since Mohamed's links gave me the most information, points goes to him but I must say that you all helped me a lot with tips and I am grateful to all of you.

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