Making a splash Screen for my Gui program

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Mikkel on 14 Apr 2013
Edited: Rik on 27 Jan 2023
I've just finished my gui program and of course I run into a new problem. When I want to start my Gui program it takes about 30 seconds for it to start up. I have to go to my Task Manager to see what's going on.
What I want to do is make a splash screen like the one matlab has, same picture and everything. But I'm very confused. Do I make a new gui with the small picture and then what do I compile it with? Because if I use the Windows Standalone Compiler then the picture will also take 30 seconds to open, or what? And that doesn't solve my problem but only moves it into a new gui.
I would like a dummy script where I can see what is going on, and what I need to do?
I don't understand if the splash screen has the other gui inside of it, or you just make a short-cut where you press the splash screen and when the other gui starts up the splash screen closes.
As you can see I'm totally new to this concept, so I really need some help.

Answers (4)

per isakson
per isakson on 14 Apr 2013
A link to Undocumented Matlab: Splash window for deployed applications
per isakson
per isakson on 15 Apr 2013
Edited: per isakson on 15 Apr 2013
I cannot contribute much besides that link. However, the fact that the post exists at Undocumented Matlab and offers a special app, Splash, indicates that the task isn't trivial. (Given that the MCR load time is an important part of the total loading time.)
  • Isn't it possible to make a wrapper in a different language that shows a splash screen and starts your Matlab program?
  • Any Matlab based solution will be unreponsive while the MCR loads.

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Adam Filion
Adam Filion on 15 Apr 2013
Search for 'splash screen' on the MATLAB File Exchange, there are a number of entries that can do this for you.

Jia Tsing Ng
Jia Tsing Ng on 6 Jun 2014
Edited: Rik on 27 Jan 2023
Tried a few solutions people have posted, and I find this to work brilliantly!
Took me awhile to find it, so I'm now posting it here!
Extremely grateful for their effort, and since it's a VB wrapper, changing icons etc are all possible!
Edit @Rik: replaced direct link by archived page. File attachments might not have been captured.
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Douglas Anderson
Douglas Anderson on 25 Aug 2015
FYI -- This link is dead as of 8/25/15.

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Sean de Wolski
Sean de Wolski on 6 Jun 2014
In R2014a, you can select a custom splashscreen icon in the application compiler app:
It will show before the 30s MCR spooling starts.


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