Issues with the grayscale image generated by Visual Studio for disabled commandbar buttons

September 26, 2009

I am now investigating why the grayscale image that Visual Studio 2005 / 2008 generates for a disabled button is so horrible/blurry for pictures of add-in commands and so crisp and precise for pictures of VS commands. VS 2005 introduced True Color bitmaps (VS.NET 2003 used 16-color bitmaps) so it should be able to generate […]


Button custom picture transparency issues in Office extensibility too

September 26, 2009

I have found today three links on the web about issues with transparency in custom pictures of buttons that Office add-ins have suffered too: Alpha channels, masks, color keys, oh my! (By Eric Faller about the Office Ribbon) http://blogs.msdn.com/jensenh/archive/2006/11/27/ribbonx-image-faq.aspx How To Create a Transparent Picture For Office CommandBar Buttons (MSDN KB Article) http://support.microsoft.com/kb/288771 How To […]