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How to get the Office2007-like skin for my C++ native application on Windows 7?

Posted on 2010-08-20
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Hi,

The new version of our application (C++ unmanaged, native code, no window forms, win32 controls) already uses the manifest that gives the controls the Windows Vista / Windows 7 native look (round button corners, highlighs when you move the mouse over them, etc.).

How can be simulated the Office 2007 bluish skin? (I mean, blue panels, bluish buttons and other controls, a kind of reflections on various controls, etc?

Thanks for your time and experience,
   Petr
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Office 2007 uses a custom designed skin that's not part of Windows directly. It was developed internally by the Microsoft Office team specifically for the Office programs. However, there are several off-the-shelf packages that simulate this for you. If you're application is MFC based and you're using VS2008 or VS2010, then you can use the built-in feature pack. Otherwise you can take a look at CodeJock, BCGSoft (which is what the MSVC version is based on). And I'm sure there are others out there. Each one has their pluses and minuses.
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Personally i don't like themes , because themes = more memory usage for nothing !.

but if you want , you can develop your application with MFC and apply one of BCG themes included with visual studio .
Note : those themes are 3rd party and we don't know if they will work 100/100 with future operating systems , or with other software..
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Thanks for the help!  I will stick with what I have ;)
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