The first of a two part series which describes how to load and ultimately save Adobe Photoshop colour swatch files using C#. This first article describes the file format, and provides a full example project that will read RGB based swatch files.
I took a break from arguing with our GIF decoder to take a quick look at the BBM format as I have a few files in that format containing colour palettes I wished to extract. When I looked into this, I found a BBM file is essentially an LBM file without any image data, so I set to work at writing a new palette serializer for reading and writing the palette files. This article describes how to read the palettes from BBM and LBM files.
I recently had a requirement where a user was able to perform an action externally to my application, and my application then had to detect this for processing.
I could of course just had a poller running away in the background to check, but as the requirement also needed user input, why not just wait until the user switched back to my application, then check and deal with accordingly?
This article describes how to intercept the `WM_ACTIVATEAPP` message from your C# application and put it to good use.
An article which describes a robust yet simple way to have custom text when using the `LabelEdit` functionality of a `TreeView` and working around the limitations of Windows Forms using C# along with the `TVM_GETEDITCONTROL` and `WM_SETTEXT` messages.
Sometimes you may wish to create an application that sits running in the background but doesn't actually display an initial user interface. However, the user can interact with the application and so therefore its not appropriate to be a service. Often such applications are accessible from a system tray icon. Another viable requirement might be for multiple top level windows, for example recent versions of Microsoft Word, where each document has its own application window.
By default however, a normal Windows Form application displays the start-up form which definitely isn't desirable, especially as hiding this form isn't as straightforward as you might expect. Fortunately however, the framework provides us with the `ApplicationContext` class that can be used by `Application.Run`.
This article describes how to use application contexts to create an application that initially has only a system tray icon to which further functionality can be accessed.
Enums are useful language features. But what happens when you want to display a string version of an enum member rather than just casting the member to a string? You could manually create a switch statement for conversion, and periodically update such functions when extending the source enum. Or you could use the power of reflection and attributes to do it automatically.