Display Preview Control

A Display Preview Control For Your Very Own Visual Basic Projects

Ever wonder how you could recreate the display preview function built into your Windows operating system? Since Microsoft does not expose this function, we've recreated it for you in this ActiveX control for your to use in your very own Visual Basic projects.

In this initial release, you have the ability to drop wallpapers into the control to preview. You can configure desktop settings such as tiling, centered or stretched, just like in Windows. And with a call to just a single subroutine, you can set the actual client desktop wallpaper.

Display Preview Control is easy to use. Simply drop the control into any ActiveX container application, set the DisplayImage property to any BMP, GIF, or JPG file. The control then reads the image file and displays the preview image in its client area. You can set the WallpaperPosition property just like you would in Windows Display Properties. Then if you so choose, you can invoke the UpdateDesktop method to set your PC's desktop wallpaper to be configured just like you previewed in the Display Preview Control.

Product Pricing

Display Preview Control Version v1.0 build 10 is currently available for $12.00 per developer workstation.  This control, once licensed, can be distributed within your own projects royalty free!

The Display Preview Control is SHAREWARE.  That means you can use it for a trial period of time for free to see if the control will be useful in your projects. There is no explicitly defined trial period of time for this control. However, unregistered and unlicensed versions of this control cannot be distributed with your projects. This control can be downloaded by clicking the Download Now button to the right.

System Requirements  

Minimum Hardware Requirements:
Pentium II 233Mhz or higher, 64MB RAM, and 5MB of hard disk space.

Although the Display Preview Control was built in and designed for Visual Basic, you may be successful using the control with your other Visual Studio v97 and Visual Studio v6 tools.  We highly recommended that if you use this control with Visual Studio v6 that you have applied at least Service Pack 5.


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