Irregular Shaped Windows and Transparency

Matt Denton matt.denton at
Wed Feb 6 05:19:00 EST 2002

Hi ya all,

I'm trying to find out if there is a relatively easy way to simulate or 
create irregularly shaped windows with transparency, similar to Audion 
on the Mac.  I'm hoping there is a way to do it across most common 
platforms: Mac OS9, PC and again under OSX, I haven't seen it under 

My question is this: is there a new WDEF window resource that allows 
images or PICTs to be the mask for a window?  Is this also implemented 
in Windows?  Would it require a simple create in a Resource editor 
(ResEdit etc) or is the entire process more complicated?  Could I fudge 
it with QTime?  Would it require an XCMD/XFCN to work?

I searched the archives and found a small discussion on this topic, 
thanks Geoff and Scott.  I followed through Google and other sources but 
didn't really turn up any solid info.  Seems as if QTime 5 can handle 
this (thanks Geoff for reference).   After 4-5 
hours of searching I'm hoping someone can point me in the right 

Unfortunately I have little System calls OS experience in either Mac or 
PC but I'm willing to hunt down info if someone  could help point me in 
the right direction...

Many thanks!

M at tt Denton

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