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Programming Windows®, Fifth Edition by Charles Petzold

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Palette Animation

If you saw the word "animation" in the title of this section and started thinking about kwazy wabbits running around your screen, your sights are probably set a little too high. Yes, you can do some animation using the Windows Palette Manager, but it is a rather specialized form of animation.

Usually, animation under Windows involves displaying a series of bitmaps in quick succession. Palette animation is quite different. You begin by drawing everything you need on the screen, and then you manipulate the palette to change the colors of these objects, perhaps rendering some of the images invisible against the screen background. In this way, you can get animation effects without redrawing anything. Palette animation is consequently ...

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