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Label Animation Variant

I have several Label Animations Styles in store for you and we have already seen two of them through last two Articles:

  1. Label Animation Style-1
  2. Label Animation Style-2

Here, we will examine two variants of the last animation method we have tried last week. If you have gone through the procedures in creating the sample labels and programs then we can try the same animation method with slightly different settings of the labels.

The change is required only on the position of the second label lbl2. The arrangement of labels of last animation method we have tried last week is given below:

Both labels are placed apart and moved towards each other before they are positioned on the final destination to form the 3D Heading Style.

If you think it is better if the distance of both labels are reduced and place them little bit closer so that the animation style have a better appeal then here it is for you to try it. 

The modified version of the above design is given below:

You can implement this variant of the earlier animation style by changing the Properties of the lbl2 label as given below. 

  1. Make a copy of the Employees Form with the earlier animation method and change the Form name something like Employee2_1 or any other name you prefer.
  2. Open the Employee2_1 in Design View.
  3. Click on lbl2 (the label with White coloured label and display its Property Sheet (View - -> Properties).
  4. Change the Property Values as shown below. The only change that you need to make is the left Property value only. But, the full Property Values are reproduced here with change in Left Property:
    • Width = 2.9924
    • Height = 0.3549
    • Top = 0.125
    • Left = 3.6354
    • Back Style = Transparent
    • Border Style = Transparent
    • Font Name = Verdana
    • Font Size = 18
    • Text Align = Center
    • Font Weight = Bold
    • Fore Color = #FFFFFF

    Once you make the Left Property Value change the label will move into place as shown in the second image above.

  5. Display the Code Module of the Form (View - -> Code) while the Employee2_1 Form is still in design view.
  6. Copy and paste the following modified Code into the Form Module over-writing the existing VBA Code.
    Option Compare Database
    Option Explicit
    'Global declarations
    Private Const twips As Long = 1440
    Dim i, j
    
    
    Private Sub Form_Current()
    Dim txtName As String
    Me.lbl1.Left = 2.5194 * twips
    Me.lbl1.Top = 0.1569 * twips
    Me.lbl1.Width = 2.9924 * twips
    Me.lbl1.Height = 0.3549 * twips
    
    Me.lbl2.Left = 3.6354 * twips
    Me.lbl2.Top = 0.125 * twips
    Me.lbl2.Width = 2.9924 * twips
    Me.lbl2.Height = 0.3549 * twips
    
    txtName = UCase(Me![first name] & " " & Me![Last name])
    Me.lbl1.Caption = txtName
    Me.lbl2.Caption = txtName
    i = 0
    Me.TimerInterval = 25
    
    End Sub
    
    Private Sub Form_Timer()
    Dim m, L1, L2
    i = i + 1
    m = i Mod 2
    Select Case m
        Case 1
            L1 = Me.lbl1.Left
            L1 = L1 + (0.084 * twips)
            Me.lbl1.Left = L1
        Case 0
            L2 = Me.lbl2.Left
            L2 = L2 - (0.084 * twips)
            Me.lbl2.Left = L2
    End Select
    DoEvents
    If i > 12 Then
       Me.TimerInterval = 0
       i = 0
    End If
            
    End Sub
  7. Save the Form and open it in Normal View.
  8. Move the Employee Records forward using the record navigation buttons and watch the refined animation of employee names.

I hope you like the over all impact of the change in the earlier animation method.

We will look into another variant of the same animation method with the following design change:

In this method we place lbl2 named label below lbl1 and slowly move them towards each other and place them in such a way that they form into a 3D header.

  1. Make a Copy of the Employee2_1 Form and save it with the name Employee2_2.
  2. Open the Form in Design View.
  3. Click on the label with the White coloured text (with the Name Property Value lbl2) to select it.
  4. Display the Property Sheet (View- -> Properties) and change the following Property Values as shown below:
    • Width = 2.9924
    • Height = 0.3549
    • Top = 0.5313
    • Left = 2.5729
    • Back Style = Transparent
    • Border Style = Transparent
    • Font Name = Verdana
    • Font Size = 18
    • Text Align = Center
    • Font Weight = Bold
    • Fore Color = #FFFFFF
  5. Display the Code Module of the Form (View- ->Code).
  6. Copy and Paste the following Code into the Form VBA Module over-writing the existing Code.
    Option Compare Database
    Option Explicit
    
    Private Const twips As Long = 1440
    Dim i, j
    
    
    Private Sub Form_Current()
    Dim txtName As String
    Me.lbl1.Left = 2.5521 * twips
    Me.lbl1.Top = 0.1569 * twips
    Me.lbl1.Width = 2.9924 * twips
    Me.lbl1.Height = 0.3549 * twips
    
    Me.lbl2.Left = 2.5729 * twips
    Me.lbl2.Top = 0.5313 * twips
    Me.lbl2.Width = 2.9924 * twips
    Me.lbl2.Height = 0.3549 * twips
    
    txtName = Me![first name] & " " & Me![Last name]
    Me.lbl1.Caption = txtName
    Me.lbl2.Caption = txtName
    i = 0
    Me.TimerInterval = 50
    
    End Sub
    
    Private Sub Form_Timer()
    Dim m, L1, L2
    i = i + 1
    m = i Mod 2
    Select Case m
        Case 0
            L1 = Me.lbl1.Top
            L1 = L1 + (0.084 * twips)
            Me.lbl1.Top = L1
        Case 1
            L2 = Me.lbl2.Top
            L2 = L2 - (0.084 * twips)
            Me.lbl2.Top = L2
    End Select
    DoEvents
    If i > 4 Then
       Me.TimerInterval = 0
       i = 0
    End If
            
    End Sub
    
    
  7. Save the Form and open it in normal View.
  8. Try moving the Employee records forward and watch the new method of the same style of animation.

Next week we will learn a different and interesting style of label animation method.

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