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    GUI designer

    I'm looking for a visual GUI designer for win32. The thing i want is to learn the coordinates and sizes of the controls i will use. I can't use the built-in designer in Visual Studio, because i would like to create the controls at run time, using CreateWindow.

    I searched the net, but i couldn't find much. And the ones i tried wouldn't return the true coordinates, oddly.

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    Are you just looking for a resource editor? If so: ResEdit Resource Editor - free resource editor for Win32
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    Yeah, that's what i'm looking for, but in ResEdit, the size of the window is about 2 times the real one.

    I recall sth called "dialog units", could it be because of that? Because as i mentioned before, i'm doing everything using CreateWindow, not using resources.

    Do you have any other recommendations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by new_in_c++ View Post
    I'm looking for a visual GUI designer for win32. The thing i want is to learn the coordinates and sizes of the controls i will use. I can't use the built-in designer in Visual Studio, because i would like to create the controls at run time, using CreateWindow.

    I searched the net, but i couldn't find much. And the ones i tried wouldn't return the true coordinates, oddly.
    There's only one way to do this, short of spending a huge wad of cash... Create the control windows then tinker the coordinates until you get what you want.

    The reason you are not getting "true coordinates" from back tracking .rc files is that dialogs don't measure window placement in pixels. They have their own DUs (Dialog Units) which may or may not equate to pixels. (Typical Microsoft... 3 times harder than it needs to be.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by new_in_c++ View Post
    Yeah, that's what i'm looking for, but in ResEdit, the size of the window is about 2 times the real one.

    I recall sth called "dialog units", could it be because of that? Because as i mentioned before, i'm doing everything using CreateWindow, not using resources.

    Do you have any other recommendations?
    If, by chance, you're going this way because VS free versions don't include resource editors... there's a few ways around that... First there is resedit as already mentioned... but there is also Pelles C... which comes with everything you need for free.

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    Considering your name... are you writing C or C++?
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    io.h certainly IS included in some modern compilers. It is no longer part of the standard for C, but it is nevertheless, included in the very latest Pelles C versions.
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    You mean it's included as a crutch to help ancient programmers limp along without them having to relearn too much.

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    i'm writing for C, but i'm learning c++ at the moment. I'm still not confident at it... So nearly all the "useful" programming i do is C.

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