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GDI+ - small fade out for an element

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I'm trying to use GDI+ to create a small text editor and I'd like the caret to blink in and out with a small transparency in the middle (i.e. from a complete visible caret | to an invisible one passing through a semi-transparent one)

 

Anyway I don't know how to "time" things in GDI+. How can I achieve such an effect? I think there's no guarantee of a timed response when invoking InvalidateRect or the like

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That's probably the best thing to do and now I feel stupid for not having thought of it in the first place.. thanks tonemgub! It's really been a while since I used win32 stuff..

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