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Surprisingly few applications have used DataWindow gradients since they were introduced in PowerBuilder 10.5. Modern applications frequently have controls with gradients. They can give a fresh look to an old application. Where developers used solid colors to highlight columns, gradients add nuance, flair and more. This article will show practical methods and guidelines for applying gradients to convey meaning, grouping, and give visual focus. It begins by introducing the basics of gradient properties. The discussion advances to many types of subtle effects for general visual interest. Examples are "soft spots" or "title bar shades," or focus indicators for rows and columns. Gradients can be used in detail and group bands and framing free form objects inside - or instead of - group boxes. Readers will see distinctive DataWindow controls like edits, checkboxes and ra... (more)