I want to build a GUI that matches the interfaces of the Yahoo Messenger or Picasa's GUI. Below are the references to screenshots:
Both (Yahoo Msgr and Picasa) have this distinct Windows XP look that is not similar to the GUIs available by default in MFC. I'm wondering if these XP-look interfaces use HTML as a template?
Or are there libraries that can be used (or bought) that can help me create these interfaces easily? I can imagine that it would be very difficult if I'll be creating this from scratch.
What would be the best way to create these delightful GUIs? I can imagine it would be to simply purchase a library if there are any out in the market (which is a totally fine solution, but I can't find any VC++ GUI libraries after searching the web). Another way might be to integrate HTML and graphics (done in photoshop) into MFC to create these astounding look. Pointing me to the right direction would be helpful.
I've looked at a few GUI libraries on the web but most if not all are targetted for .NET. I am developing under VC++ and unable to use .NET per requirements.
Thank you in advance for the assistance!