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Tank / fluid level display / control / graphic ?

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Hey guys.  Can someone recommend a control/product that will allow me to display, graphically, the current level of a tank?  I have the data, I just need to hand it off to a control that will represent it as a pretty wizbang graphic.  Basically, picture a standing 55 gallon drum of water.  I want this graphic to show a transparent representation of the drum, with 3d/solid water inside set at the level I tell it.  Any suggestions?
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In what kind of application? Win Forms? ASP.NET? WPF?
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Sorry, it's WinForms
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I don't know much about 3rd-party controls, so please wait for someone else to pop in with those suggestions, but you might consider using something like the code snippet I located on the MSDN forums. Basically, it takes a regular ProgressBar control and turns it vertical instead of horizontal. Now, one side effect of this is that you get animation of the progress part by default. There are a couple of hacks that I've seen which could disable this.
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by:JasonWilliam
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Thats a thought, thanks.  Still would love to find a dedicated control though.  Anyone have any suggestions?
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You can use standard progressbar:
Public Class Form1
    Private Class MyTank
        Inherits ProgressBar
        Private Const PBS_VERTICAL As Integer = &H4

        Public Declare Unicode Function SetWindowTheme Lib "uxtheme.dll" (ByVal hWnd As IntPtr, ByVal pszSubAppName As String, ByVal pszSubIdList As String) As Integer
        Protected Overrides Sub OnHandleCreated(ByVal e As System.EventArgs)
            SetWindowTheme(Me.Handle, "", "")
            MyBase.OnHandleCreated(e)
        End Sub

        Protected Overrides ReadOnly Property CreateParams() As CreateParams
            Get
                Dim cp As CreateParams = MyBase.CreateParams
                cp.Style = cp.Style Or PBS_VERTICAL
                Return cp
            End Get
        End Property
    End Class

    Private tank As MyTank, nudAmount As NumericUpDown

    Private Sub Form1_Load(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Load

        tank = New MyTank With {.Style = ProgressBarStyle.Continuous,
                                .ForeColor = Color.Blue,
                                .Location = New Point(0, 0),
                                .Size = New Size(100, 200),
                                .Maximum = 35,
                                .Value = 10,
                                .Visible = True}
        nudAmount = New NumericUpDown With {.Maximum = 35, .Value = 10, .Location = New Point(150, 10)}
        Me.Controls.Add(tank)
        Me.Controls.Add(nudAmount)
        AddHandler nudAmount.ValueChanged, AddressOf amountChanged
    End Sub

    Private Sub amountChanged(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs)
        tank.Value = nudAmount.Value
    End Sub

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If you need more control on painting you can set UserPaint style and override OnPaint ( see http://emoacht.wordpress.com/2011/10/16/color-customizable-progressbar-for-visual-style/ for example)
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@Ark

I take it you didn't read my comment?
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Sorry I didn't. My apologize.
But I've shown how disable Visual styles as well :) - consider this as a comment, not as proposed answer.
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kaufmed, I'll go ahead and accept your answer.  It gets me close enough.  Thanks!
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