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Thread: Conversion from old screen format to widescreen format

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    Question Conversion from old screen format to widescreen format

    I wish to convert my VB6 application from the older square screen format to the newer landscape (wide screen) format. Given that my application consists of 6 forms with a tab control on each form that has 6-10 tabs, this may a formidable task as there are hundreds of controls that would have to be re-positioned -- would just like some pointers. The problem is that the application contains some controls towards the bottom of the form and/or tab that disappears below the screen for which I cannot select and move to a new location when I load the application onto a wide screen system .

    My original plan would be to move all the controls into the upper half of the form and/or tab under the square screen format, move the application to the system with the wide screen, then re-position all the controls in the wide format.

    Just wondering if there is any shortcut that would make the process a bit easier and faster.
    Brian

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    I've used this a few times...see how it works for you.

    http://www.dreamincode.net/forums/to...reen-size-vb6/

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    Thanks for the response. My application already uses a a 3rd-Party resizer, but when the application is loaded on a widescreen system, it shrinks down the text way too small and stretches the controls a bit out of proportion (I suspect that the resizer is structured to work primarily with the more square format). I think it would be better to re-layout the controls so it looks more proportionately correct. Just looking for a pointer as to how to expose controls in the IDE that have moved off the visible page. It looks like I need to first move the controls up the page in the square format then load into the widescreen system and layout the control under the wide format.
    Brian

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    The 3rd-Party resizer that I used was developed before widescreens were introduced, so when my application runs on widescreen, it doesn't resize correctly (I assume that the resizer was developed for a 4:3 aspect ratio - square) and cannot resize correctly under 16:9 aspect. Therefore, I spent a couple of days re-formatting my application for widescreen and it looks great. Additionally, once the layout has been adjusted for widescreen, the resizer also works great. I just need to maintain two versions of my app - square and widescreen.
    Brian

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    which 3rd-party resizer do you have?
    i am looking for a good resizer.
    andreas

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    I use FastForm from a company called Dev4Dev. Unfortunately, Dev4Dev no longer exists. However, if you Google FastForm Resizer, you'll find a number of sites that now offer the software as shareware. How'd you like that -- I paid for it and now it is free. It's absolutely incredible as it is not only a resizer but allows you to set properties that controls which controls and/or fonts are resized but allows for gradient form fills and very interesting effects when forms are opened and closed.
    Brian

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    thank you

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    If the company does not exist anymore it means that you don't have assistance on their products. Who want to buy something that you can't fix/update unless you have the code to do it yourself?
    "There are two ways to write error-free programs. Only the third one works."
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    mstraf,

    I understand your point. However there are a lot of excellent products that are no longer supported but work flawlessly or continue to fill a need (e.g., VB6). How many legacy applications do we all have on our computers that are no longer supported yet we continue to use them because they work and fill a need? My favorite contact application is Lotus Organizer - no longer supported but it does what I want it to do. I have used FastForm for years and it does exactly what it is designed to do and I have never had a problem or needed support of any kind. I just drop it on my form and it works without any problems. The only reason I continue to use the product is because I purchased the product over a decade ago, since acquiring the tool I never needed support, and it still works perfectly. Now it's free, so nothing is lost if you wish to do something more than what the product was designed to do - if it doesn't do what you want it to do, simply delete if from your form. If it does what you want it to do, then it didn't cost anything - that sounds good to me.
    Last edited by bkh_vb1; 02-17-2011 at 05:54 PM.
    Brian

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