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Application bound to desktop?

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Hi there! Today I had the idea of writing a small application, which is bound to the desktop. Something like an address-book, lieing on your desktop, where you can flip pages to e.g. look for someone' eMail address. I searched for techniques to accomplish this but couldn't find anything :-( There were some samples how to render to an "invisible-window" with OpenGL / DirectX but these applications always were always in the foreground. So, is there a way to render to the desktop, so that all other applications are still on top of the rednering? And that all other destop elements still funktional? Thanks!

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Ah, this active desktop / activeX application ide seems to work quite well.
Has anyone a good place to start with this? (I've NEVER used activeX before...)

Thanks a lot so far!

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