I need a way to make an image as a background for a window, and still be able to put buttons and other controls on top of it. I even tried using wxPython's wxPanel, but it proved a real pain because I found the documentation very sparce...:sad: (google didn't even help).
Is there anyway I can do this? I've heard about the canvas but I have no idea how to use this...
My new machine has Windows Vista OS and I can't get Tkinter to work, but wxPython works fine ...
# create a background image on a wxPython panel
# and show a button on top of the image
"""class Panel1 creates a panel with an image on it, inherits wx.Panel"""
def __init__(self, parent, id):
# create the panel
wx.Panel.__init__(self, parent, id)
# pick an image file you have in the working folder
# you can load .jpg .png .bmp or .gif files
image_file = 'roses.jpg'
bmp1 = wx.Image(image_file, wx.BITMAP_TYPE_ANY).ConvertToBitmap()
# image's upper left corner anchors at panel coordinates (0, 0)
self.bitmap1 = wx.StaticBitmap(self, -1, bmp1, (0, 0))
# show some image details
str1 = "%s %dx%d" % (image_file, bmp1.GetWidth(), bmp1.GetHeight())
print "Image file %s not found" % imageFile
# button goes on the image --> self.bitmap1 is the parent
self.button1 = wx.Button(self.bitmap1, id=-1, label='Button1', pos=(8, 8))
app = wx.PySimpleApp()
# create a window/frame, no parent, -1 is default ID
# change the size of the frame to fit the backgound images
frame1 = wx.Frame(None, -1, "An image on a panel", size=(350, 400))
# create the class instance
panel1 = Panel1(frame1, -1)
No, you can not use Tkinter and wxPython in the same application. Their eventloops would clash.
Yes you can remove the title bar from a wx.Frame ...
A frame without titlebar:
You can change frame style to wxMINIMIZE_BOX, but now you have
to supply an exit button somewhere.
I finally doctored the Python25 Vista installation to make Tkinter work. Here is a similar code for Tkinter ...
# use a Tkinter label as a panel/frame with a background image
# (note that Tkinter reads only GIF and PGM/PPM images)
import Tkinter as tk
root = tk.Tk()
# pick a .gif image file you have in the working directory
image1 = tk.PhotoImage(file="roses.gif")
w = image1.width()
h = image1.height()
root.geometry("%dx%d+0+0" % (w, h))
# tk.Frame has no image argument
# so use a label as a panel/frame
panel1 = tk.Label(root, image=image1)
panel1.pack(side='top', fill='both', expand='yes')
button2 = tk.Button(panel1, text='button2')
# save the panel's image from 'garbage collection'
panel1.image = image1
# start the event loop