All3D V1.21 - New 3D look for dialogs of most Windows applications
Copyright 1993 by Andreas Furrer
With All3D you can add Microsoft's new 3D look to the dialogs of
most Windows Applications.
All3D needs Windows 3.1, it will not work with Windows 3.0.
If you have problems with some applications and All3D please see the section
about the configuration of All3D!
The installation of All3D is very easy:
1) Copy CTL3D.DLL to your WINDOWS\SYSTEM directory, but don't override a
newer version of CTL3D.DLL!
2) Copy ALL3D.EXE and ALL3DH.DLL to any (but the same) directory
3) Create a new item for ALL3D.EXE in your startup group
4) For the configuration of All3D there are two other files. You only need
one of the following but you can also install both.
1) If you want to start the configuration dialog of All3d from your
control panel, you have to copy ALL3DC.CPL into your
2) You can also start ALL3DC.EXE to get the configuration dialog.
You can copy ALL3DC.EXE into any directory but it is recomended to
copy it in the same directory as ALL3D.EXE
5) Restart Windows
All3D is invisible. If you want to close it, just start it a second
time or close it with a taskmanager that lets you see hidden windows.
(Like FTaskman - a very nice, useful and FREE taskmanager replacement)
Note: All3D will not work with every Windows application and will not
add the 3D look to all controls, but it will work with a lot
With the configuration program of All3D you can easyly set the settings
of All3D. This includes setting the 3D effects and also setting a non
standard background color.
There are some applications which will crash with All3D and some other
applications which have problems with some 3D effects.
If you are working with such an application you have to change the settings
To start the configuration program there are two ways depending of your
1) start the control panel and open the All3D icon
2) start ALL3DC.EXE
There is a default setting and a setting for each application you
don't want the default. You can set the following options:
- Add 3D effect to controls
'Add 3D effect to controls' adds the 3D effect to buttons, listboxes,
- Add 3D effect to the border
'Add 3D effect to the border' adds a 3D effect to the title and border
of a dialog.
- Change background color
'Change background color' will change the background color of a dialog
to the default color or any other color you can choose with the
'Non default background color' option.
- Fix static controls
'Fix static controls' will change static controls with the style ss_simple
so they will also be effected from All3D. For most applications you don't
have to use this flag. But with file manager for example you have to
use it. If you don't use it you will see some white (or any other color)
rectangles in some dialogs.
- Subclass childs of childs
In some dialogs of applications there are controls which have child
controls. Because CTL3D.DLL will not add any 3D effect to this control, you
can use the option 'Subclass childs of childs' to add the 3D effect to any
child of a child. You have also to use this option for some child controls
if they don't have the right background color (e.g. with some listboxes).
If you will get a stack failure with an application you have to unselect
- Non default background color
If you have set the option 'Change background color' you can setup a
default background color or a different color for the selected application.
If you want to select a background color you have to check this option and
press the button with the current color. If you don't set this option you
get the default color which you can set up by selecting .
Note: Pushbuttons in a dialog with the setting
no background color and 3D controls
will look incorrect. Use this combination only if the application
has already dialogs with a grey background.
Note: If you use a non default background color in a dialog and you don't have
set up the 'Subclass childs of childs' option you will maybe get a gray
background of some text of controls.
If you want to add an application to the listbox left just select New.
For the application you have to enter the pathname of the executable.
If you want to delete an item you have to select Delete.
Note: Any changes to the settings will take effect to dialogs of a specific
application only after you have closed ALL opened dialogs of this
application. Maybe the main window itself is a dialog!
Here are some settings for applications. Most of these settings are reported by
some beta testers of All3D and I don't know if the are ok.
| | | | | | Non | Application
| Add 3D | Add 3D | Change | Fix | Subclass | default | with
| effect to | effect to | background | static | childs | background | version
program | controls | the border | color | controls | of childs | color | number
| x | x | x | | | |
bpw | x | x | x | | | grey | Borland Pascal for Windows 7.0
coreldrw | x | x | | | | | CorelDraw 3.0
fmpro | | x | | | | | Filemaker Pro 2.0
msmoney | x | x | x | | x | | MSMoney 2.0a
tpw | x | x | | | | | Turbo Pascal for Windows 1.0
winfile | x | x | x | x | | | Windows Filemanager 3.1
workshop | x | x | x | | | grey | Borland Ressource Workshop 1.02
If you have some setting for application that differ from the default setting
in the table you can send a note to me and I will add the application to the
table above. But please check for every application if your setting will work
with a non standard background color. There are some applications with a
standard grey background (e.g applications that use BWCC.DLL of Borland)
and for this applications you have to set the non default background color to
grey if you have a non grey default background color (e.g BPW and TPW in the
table above). Please include also he full name of the application and the
You can use and distribute All3D free, as long as the following files
are not changed and you distribute all files together
I am programming All3D because I have fun and not to make any profit.
That's why All3D is free and you don't have to pay more or less high
registration charges.I think it is a bad habit, that more and more program
authors want to have money even for the smallest programs.
Long live Freeware!
If you have problems, comments, suggestions or you detect one error,
please E-Mail to
(c) 1993 by Andreas Furrer
1.21: Fixed a bug that causes an 'Not enough memory error' on some ATs
when All3D was started
1.20: Added configuration program
Added setting to Subclas childs of childs
Improved subclassing will crash with less applications
1.15: Added option to set background color
1.10: Added a flexible possibility to choose what effects All3D will add
to an application. This will help with applications that do crash
with prior versions of All3D and it will help with applications
that have problems with some 3D effects.
1.01: Fixed a bug with the color dialog of commdlg.dll
1.00: First version of All3D.