Matrix-Like Credits for MFC Applications

Wednesday Jun 9th 2004 by John Lindal
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This simple class displays Matrix-like credits in MFC applications.

I was somewhat disappointed by Pablo van der Meer's CMatrixCtrl, so I decided to develop something as close as possible to the actual movie credits. The result actually supports many more effects than just the Matrix look-and-feel. Some of these effects are controlled via member functions. Other, more obscure, adjustments can be made via parameters documented at the top of JMatrixCtrl.cpp.

The sample code included in the package shows the simple way to use JMatrixCtrl—construct it on top of a placeholder in your dialog. If you want to get fancy, you can add JMatrixCtrl to the class wizard and then add a member variable directly to your dialog.

Regardless of how you create it, it is very easy to use. Simply call AddTextLine() for each line of text that you want to display. To insert a page break, call AddTextLine("\x01 N"), where N is the number of seconds to pause before displaying the next page.

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