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Winforms graphic UI - making it look pretty!

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Hi there

Bit of an open question, I'm looking for some help on sprucing up my winform applications. I've been building them for a few years now and after dabbling with WPF winforms just look dated.

I dont want to jump to WPF just yet, I use a lot of custom components/controls and I just dont think that WPF is mature enough for me to migrate yet - having to use 'work arounds' to get winform components working is just a pain. Hopefully come .net4.... :)

So my question: I'm loooking for some tutorials on making winforms UI more appealing to the eye, how to's on design graphical UI's for winforms, using graphics and GDI+. How would I add drop shadows to controls? How can I use gradients? I've had a look and cant really find anything of use.

Thanks!
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This component suite has been one of my favorites for some time now.

http://www.devcomponents.com/dotnetbar/

HTH
- Anthony
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Thanks for this anthony - exactly what I was looking for, I was looking to do something like this myself, but after using the trial it's so seemless and works perfectly, worth the money twice over!
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