Creating Splash Screens
Publication: C++ Builder Developer's Journal Issue: Volume 6, Number 10, October 2002
My 4th article was two and half pages (including 1 page of code) that demonstrated a technique for creating a splash screen. Many applications in use today have splash screens, however my article accomplished a further step by creating a shaped window as the splash screen (to mimic a company logo for instance). If that sounds impressive, you should consider that this article was published in 2002!
Some applications display a Splash Screen while waiting for the program to load. I can even remember Splash Screens being used on the Commodore 64, although they used the entire screen space and usually showed a cool graphic for the game that was being loaded. So Splash Screens aren't a recent addition to software or unique to Windows