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Snazzy GUI for VB

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I am making a simple batch emailing program for a company and I wanted to make it look nice as their other programs are very..UNIX-y.

I wanted to just have a decent sleek color scheme, and rounded text input boxes like you see on the iphone or in Safari web browser.

How do you make these custom controls in visual studio??
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You would probably need image buttons. You can't exactly skin VB controls.
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so you cant really customize the input boxes for vb? I've done stuff with buttons in the past, but just the buttons.
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I stand corrected. I don't have much VB experience, but check out this site:
http://www.visual-basic.com.ar/
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Oh nice, I don't really feel like making my own though. I'm not much of an artist.
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1. One of the main points about Windows is that application controls are typically standard. That's a strong point.

2. You can easily customize user controls in WinForms by using GDI+ and Control.Regions, OnPaint events, etc. It's pretty tedious at times and a little difficult. It's easy to end up with a clunky seeming GUI this way that just seems off.

3. Microsoft already has a programming environment to create the types of GUIs you are talking about, and it's not WinForms. It's called WPF. Look at WPF examples here:
http://windowsclient.net/

4. One of the main points about Windows is that application controls are typically standard. That's a strong point. If it were my program, I'd deliver great functionality and a standard Windows interface. No fancy GUI.
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