Working indicators not animating

Hi experts!
I have an issue with working indicators, using: (Either)
RadWaitingBar, SpinningProgress (Excellent), an animated gif, or even a simple seconds counter. (Label)
Any of these elements are to be shown on a tiny borderless form as a visual clue of the application running.
The problem I have is that none of them (Using one at a time, of course) animates when the form is shown, they appear static, not moving as they are intended to.
The time for the process to complete varies according to the user input.
Please help.
Thanks in advance.
This is the method I'm using.

Private Sub cmdMake_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles cmdMake.Click
        Try
            fm.Show()   'class-level form previously declared which contains the indicator.
            Application.DoEvents()
                    'Does what the app does.
            Catch ex As Exception
        Finally
            fm.Close()
        End Try
    End Sub

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kaylanreilorCommented:
Perhaps you should call the Activate() method first. But also I'm not sure to understand what is the type of fm : shouldn't you use a PictureBox for example to host the animated gif ?
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PablissimoCommented:
Does your long process contain regular calls to Application.DoEvents?
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Mike TomlinsonMiddle School Assistant TeacherCommented:
I think Pablissimo is on the right track.  Your "working indicators" are not animating because the UI thread is "stuck" in your heavy processing loop.

Either:

(1) Place a call to Application.DoEvents() INSIDE your processing loops.
(2) Utilize manually created threads and use delegate/invokes to update the form when necessary.
(2) Use the built-in BackgroundWorker() component and the Progess and/or Completed events.
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jorgemgonzalezAuthor Commented:
Thank you for pointing me to the right direction.
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jorgemgonzalezAuthor Commented:
Thank you experts for the fast reply. That did it, problem solved!!! ;-)
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