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Offline Sisyphus

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« Posted 2005-06-16 03:20:36 »

Hello
   I am a noob programmer and I was wondering if any one knows how to code a backround to a menu (for a game) so it keeps changing pictures every few second and/or it shows different video clips. For example anyone who has played Rise of Nations or Rome: Total War, the menu is overlayed on a backround of moving art. If it is to complicated to overlay the two would anyone know how to make them into windows? a.k.a. Have a fullscreen game window with the pictures or video clips in an inside window and the menu as a seperate window next to it.

    Thanks
Offline Conflux

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« Reply #1 - Posted 2005-06-16 09:00:49 »

The most simple way is to put an animated gif image onto a JButton with 'new JButton(new ImageIcon("myanimated.gif"))'

If your game ist runnig in an active rendering loop (as it is supposed to be) you can just make a custom paint()-method for your menu-item which draws an image over it every time the whole frame gets an repaint(). The menu-item can be every kind of AWT or Swing component (Label, Frame, Button, MenuItem, etc.)

pseudocode:
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// create the item with a custom paint()-method
JButton menu_item = new JButton() {
  paint(Grahpics g) {
  g.drawImageI(...);  // drawing the bg-image
 g.drawString(...);  // drawing the text over the bg-image
}
}

//add the item to the Frame
Frame.add(menu_item);

while(true) {  //rendering-loop
 menu_item.repaint();
}
Offline JuddMan

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« Reply #2 - Posted 2005-06-16 19:09:38 »

Override a JPanel and use it as your ContentPane... in the paintComponent() method, first paint the image and then paint the children...

public void paint(Graphics g)
{
    g.drawImage(currentImage);
    paintChildren(g);
    paintBorder(g);
}

each time you change the 'currentImage', call repaint();   and it'll update.
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Offline Sisyphus

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« Reply #3 - Posted 2005-06-17 01:58:33 »

Thanks i'll try that Smiley
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