Animate Pictures to Create Dynamic Microsoft Access Forms and Splash Screens
The Bitmap Effects control lets you create catchy effects, fades, and
transitions between bitmaps on your Microsoft Access forms.
Bring Your Pictures to Life
Adding animated pictures to your forms is very simple. Just add the
Bitmap Effects control to your form and specify the two pictures to use.
The pictures can be in bitmap (BMP), GIF, icon, or JPG formats.
Create Great Splash Screens
The initial screen of an application leaves a lasting impression on
your users. With the Bitmap Effects control, you can dynamically display
a graphic when your application starts. By providing only one picture,
it appears to burst from a black background.
Sample Splash Screen
demo database to see the form with this example.
Specify the Effect
Your bitmaps can transition in many ways:
- Left to Right
- Right to Left
- Bottom to Top
- Top to Bottom
- Shutter Horizontal
- Shutter Vertical
- Multiple Rectangles
Specify the Speed
Set the number of steps and time interval between steps to control
how smoothly and quickly the transitions occur.
Invoking the Visual Effects
To launch the bitmap effect, invoke the Animate method of the
If you want to do this when the form starts, rather than the
Form_Open event, this can be invoked in a timer event to make sure the
form is visible before your animations occur. An example of this is in
the sample database.
All the properties of the Bitmap Effects control can be modified via
VBA. Methods are available to load new pictures and show the animation.