Graphical user interface not look like windows

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    Graphical user interface not look like windows

    Hi,
    I want to create a user interface with a menu system that looks like the ones found in stationary DVD-players where the menus are browsed through by arrow buttons rather than having a mouse move over the button and then a mouseclick. Is it possible to create such interface in VC++?

    Thanks,
    Kristian

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    I think what you want to do for this is create a custom control. Each control in windows like menu bars and menus are a window and you can create your own custom controls by creating windows that are then used as child windows.

    You would draw the menu items yourself and then change the selected item yourself in response to WM_KEYDOWN messages.

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    Simple to be said than done.
    I suggest you find an MFC class for skining your window and it's controls;
    And maybe modify it alittle.
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    Check out this win32 article.
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    Quote Originally Posted by manutd
    Check out this win32 article.
    This will only give the window a custom shape, what about the controllers?!
    It will burn him endless hours to develope his own library, why reinvent the wheel?!
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    Ok. thanks for the replies. I think I start from an ordinary windows look to get everything working and then look deeper into skinning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xkrja
    Ok. thanks for the replies. I think I start from an ordinary windows look to get everything working and then look deeper into skinning.
    I don't think it's a good idea, you might have a real mess.
    I would look into the skinning a little more before writting the window and it's controllers;
    You never know if you're really going to use the same functions to create the windows/controllers.

    If I'm not mistaken, a good example is the XP look controllers (you know, like the Office Outlook2003).

    Anyway, goodluck.
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    Simple to be said than done.
    I suggest you find an MFC class for skining your window and it's controls;
    And maybe modify it alittle.
    Maybe he doesn't want to pay enormous amounts of money just to buy a compiler that can compile MFC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maxorator
    Maybe he doesn't want to pay enormous amounts of money just to buy a compiler that can compile MFC.
    First, you don't know that!
    Second, there are other FREE libs, the MFC was just an example.
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