Software Patcher

Posted on 2007-11-27
Last Modified: 2013-11-20
Hey guys,

I need to build a patcher for an application of mine... it's a pc game. I don't want to add any pre-requisites to the game install so i want to use c++ (MFC should be ok).

The GUI requirements that i have been given are somewhat beyond my knowledge (at least in c++).

The main question i have is what would be the best libraries/apis to use so that this application will have web browser support and further, macromedia flash support.

My secondary question is if i want to make the GUI have a shape other than a square (think curved borders)... what would be the best way to achieve that?

p.s. As DirectX is a requirement of the game, using that is certainly an option.

Thanks in advance!

Question by:bobbit31
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>>My secondary question is if i want to make the GUI have a shape other than a square (think curved borders)... what would be the best way to achieve that?

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Here's an example of the bitmap method for odd shape windows:

Here's a modified version of the SetupRegion that was used in the TransparentWindow application in CodeGuru.
void CTransparentWnd::SetupRegion(CDC *pDC, unsigned short MaskID)


    CDC                         memDC;

    CBitmap               cBitmap;

    CBitmap*          pOldMemBmp = NULL;

    COLORREF          col;

    CRect                    cRect;

    int                         x, y;

    CMyRgn                    rgnTemp;

    CMyRgn                    *pwndRgn;

    CMyRgn                    wndRgn;


    char pFileName[]="c:\\predefineCRgn.bin";

    CFile f;

    if(f.Open( pFileName, CFile::modeRead))


         CArchive ar( &f, CArchive::load);









         pOldMemBmp = memDC.SelectObject(&cBitmap);

         wndRgn.CreateRectRgn(0, 0, cRect.Width(), cRect.Height());

         for(x=0; x<=cRect.Width(); x++)


              for(y=0; y<=cRect.Height(); y++)


                   col = memDC.GetPixel(x, y);

                   if(col == 0)


                        rgnTemp.CreateRectRgn(x, y, x+1, y+1);

                        wndRgn.CombineRgn(&wndRgn, &rgnTemp, RGN_XOR);





         if (pOldMemBmp) memDC.SelectObject(pOldMemBmp);

         if(f.Open( pFileName, CFile::modeCreate | CFile::modeWrite ) )


              CArchive ar( &f, CArchive::store);






    SetWindowRgn((HRGN)wndRgn, TRUE);


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