In all of the following cases, we use the same image and the same drawing code. The only change is in the window style and background.

For the image, we use a PNG file with a transparent color. We use our GDI+ library to draw this image on the window.

  1. Translucent Window with title barTransparency1This instance of UITransparentView uses a light-gray background, and the opacity is set to 180 (0 = invisible, 255 = full opaque). The window shows the usual title bar, including the minimize/maximize/close button, and the frame.All items are translucent; you can see the content below the entire window.
  2. Translucent window without title barTransparency2Here, we removeall of the styles from the window, but still set a light-gray background and the opacity to 180.  The window does not show a title bar or a frame, but the content is still translucent.The image below shows the window using a white background, rather than light gray.Transparency3
  3. Window invisible, image opaque
    In this case, we remove all style flags, do not set a background color and set the windowto be fully opaque. The result shows a solidimage, except for the transparent color parts of the image, which are fully transparent. Setting the frame window to full transparency would cause the imageto be invisible too.You can put any available control or define accelerator keys on UITransparentView as well.

    With the ObjectStudio NG UI, not only can you create a transparent window, you also have full control of what you want to display and how transparent/opaque you want it to be.