I started with an RPG a while ago and I'm now almost done with the basics of the engine so that I can jump right on to content, however, I ran into a problem recently. I had a very basic map editor that was soley made with SDL so I had to make my own custom UI and it took too long to make my own textboxes, checkboxes etc. so I waited a while with the development of the map editor.
There are many map editors that uses Windows' buttons, textboxes, checkboxes etc. and it would really help me in my development since I want to focus on the actual meat of the game and not on designing a textbox class.
So the question I want to ask is how do I use SDL's rendering within the windows framework? I basically want to put the editor into a window that uses windows' UI.
The picture to the left is a screenshot of my current map editor and the picture to the right is an "illustration"(/example) of how it would look if it was within the windows framework (i.e. the way I want it).
If there's something you don't understand with my post, please tell me and i'll try to explain it some more.
I don't have a direct answer to your question, but if you don't want to spend time designing tools (since that requires its own skillset) you could try using a general purpose map editor. For example: http://www.mapeditor.org/
I think I said that a bit wrong, I meant that designing how a button, textbox etc. should function is kind of a waist of time because those things are in the windows library; I want to design the tools themselves, but I don't want to write a button class where I tell the computer that it should use this image when the cursor is over the button, this image when it is being pressed etc.
Thanks for the link though