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Frequently asked questions

 

 

Questions about programming with vbSkinner

  1. I experience an X Problem, what can be happening?

  2. Is there any way to make vbSkinner work with MDI forms?

  3. I can't see the menus, what can I do?

  4. How can I change skins by code, loading them from a skin file?

  5. How can I hide the button for changing skins in vbSkinner Pro?

  6. How can apply the skin to the command buttons?

  7. How can I do in version Free to remove the '?' button at the title bar?

  8. The form or the controls are not painted well ┐Why?

  9. Is there any vbSkinner version that works with the X language (VB5, Fox, Access, .NET, etc)?

  10. I have a question about SmartMenuXP

  11. I already read all these items but I still have the X problem

 

Questions about vbSkinner Pro registration

  1. I am interested in purchasing a license, how can I pay?

  2. I want to register but I don't have a credit card, what can I do?

  3. Is there any limitation about using vbSkinner Pro in my programs?

  4. I am trying version Free, I want to know if in version Pro appear the '?' button at the title bar too?

  5. After I register, will still appear the About box that I see now when the program is running compiled without a vbSkinner Pro license key?

  6. Once I fill the registration form, how long can take to receive the license key?

  7. What is the upgrade policy?

 

Questions about programming with vbSkinner

 

  1. I experience an X Problem, what can be happening?
    Ensure you have read in the help file or in this web site the topic  "Notice for the use of the vbSkinner control", if you already know that information, may be that your question is answered in another item of these FAQs. 

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  2. Is there any way to make vbSkinner work with MDI forms?
    Although vbSkinner does not work with MDI forms, there is available an example project that make it work, adding some code, but it works with limited features, you can download the project here. It works with version 2 (it does not work with the Free or Pro 1.x versions).
    When programming with it, take care of the following: do not terminate the program with the End statement, but previously unload the MDI form (you can do this with Unload NameOfTheMDIForm). The reason of this is the use of the SetParent API in the project.
    The new version 2 feature of skinning all the forms with just one Skinner control does not work with MDI child forms, so you'll have to place one Skinner control in every MDI child form.

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  3. I can't see the menus, what can I do?
    This question is answered in the topic "Notice for the use of the vbSkinner control" too, basically we suggest to use the SmartMenuXP component (or similar) for menus with vbSkinner.

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  4. How can I change skins by code, loading them from a skin file?
    You can do it with this code:
    Set Skinner1.SkinPicture = LoadPicture ([path]\FileName.bmp)

    As an example, supposing that you have the skin files in a directory named skins:
    Set Skinner1.SkinPicture = LoadPicture (App.Path & \skins\FileName.bmp)

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  5. How can I hide the button for changing skins in vbSkinner Pro?
    Going to the Custom property, select the Buttons tab, there you can change the setting of the ChangeSkinButton property, in order to make the button available or not. By code it would be Skinner1.ChangeSkinButton = 0.

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  6. How can apply the skin to the command buttons?
    vbSkinner changes the back color and the text color of all the controls that have the BackColor and ForeColor properties (as long as these properties have settings equal to the same properties of the form). The command buttons don't have ForeColor property, but they do have BackColor property, that has effect as long as the Style property is set to 1 (Graphical) of every command button in the form. 
    So, changing the Style property, the BackColor will change, but the text color will remain being the color set for the system's colors in Windows.

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  7. How can I do in version Free to remove the '?' button at the title bar?
    You can't. Only in the Pro version it does not appear; but in that version you can use this button to show help (optional). 

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  8. The form or the controls are not painted well ┐Why?
    Verify that the ClipControls property of the form is set to its default setting that is True, if it is set to False then change it to True. 
    There are some circumstances that the control container controls such as Frames, PictureBoxes and Usercontrols must have the same ClipControls property set to False (unlike the form that must be True) in order to paint well the contained controls. All this is due to a VB6 bug. 

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  9. Is there any vbSkinner version that works with the X language (VB5, Fox, Access, .NET, etc)?
    vbSkinner only works with Visual Basic 6, it does not work with Visual Basic 5, Access, Fox, etc, and there is not a VB.NET version yet.

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  10. I have a question about SmartMenuXP.
    SmartMenuXP is a free component, and we just host its website inside this domain for download.
    There is one important thing you need to know about SmartMenuXP: Set its Shadow property to False (default value is True) because it cause hanging in Vista configurations with Aero when Shadow is set to True.
    If you use SmartMenuXP along with vbSkinner, you don't have to worry about that because vbSkinner (Free and Pro) takes care of that situation automatically, then you can still use Shadow (but it will apply only when the program is running in Windows versions previous to Vista). Just ensure that you have vbSkinner version 2.2 or above installed.  

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  11. I already read all these items but I still have the X problem.
    In this case contact us. If the question is about a presumed Bug, or about a difficulty that you are experiencing, may be a good idea to send a sample program where the problem can be seen (please send it compressed with Winzip). Also indicate all the necessary components needed to run the program and where to download them in the case of being third party components. It is also recommended to indicate in what OS version you have experienced the problem (for example: Windows NT4).  

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Questions about vbSkinner Pro registration


  1. I am interested in purchasing a license, how can I pay?
    In the purchase page are the links to Shareit pages, this is the company that we use for registering. There are several payments options available there.

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  2. I want to register but I don't have a credit card, what can I do?
    The company Shareit offers several payments options, anyway if you want to send the money directly, you can send a person to person money transfer thru the companies Western Union  or Money Gram. For finding an agent near to where you are located you can go to their web sites www.westernunion.com  and www.moneygram.com
    These transferences arrive within the same day.
    For sending these transferences you'll need the personal information of the receiver, in this case contact us by email to send you this information.
    Consider that these companies have a commission that varies according to the country, which can be between U$S 10 to 20.

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  3. Is there any limitation about using vbSkinner Pro in my programs?
    It is required one vbSkinner license per developer, but there is no limit about in how many programs you can use vbSkinner and how many customers of your programs you can have.
    Please read about licensing options here.

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  4. I am trying version Free, I want to know if in version Pro appear the '?' button at the title bar too?
    No, it does not appear; but optionally it can be used to show help. Additionally, vbSkinner Pro has other buttons (they are also optional) that have other functions.

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  5. After I register, will still appear the About box that I see now when the program is running compiled without a vbSkinner Pro license key?
    No, that screen only is displayed when running a compiled program that uses vbSkinner Pro without a license key.

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  6. Once I fill the registration form, how long can take to receive the license key?
    If you register with credit card, usually the authorization is made immediately and you'll receive the license key in that moment because it is an automated process. 
    In same (few) cases it can take up to one or two days until de credit card is authorized, it depend on the country and may be on some other factor requiring a human verification; but as expressed before, it usually is performed immediately. 
    If the payment is made in other way, for instance by mail, it will take the time that the mail takes in arrive to the destination address. 

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  7. What is the upgrade policy?
    To read the upgrade policy click here

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