Creating system tray icon popups
I am trying to design an application that runs entirely from the system tray. One of the main features of this application will be to intermittently display messages containing various information to the user.
I would like to display the information through "popups" that would appear just above the system tray. This would be similar to the popups displayed whenever a user logs into or sends you a message through MSN Messenger. Or also the kind of message you receive when there is an OS update available from Microsoft.
I did manage to find some information on how to design "balloon tips" that look like yellow comic book dialog boxes. However, only the newest versions of Windows support that feature and they are not as customizable as I would like (I would like to have a title, hyperlinks, pictures).
If anyone could offer some information on how I would go about designing customizable popup dialogs above the system tray I would be very grateful.