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Just wanted to say thanks for the responses.  You all gave me some new areas to look into and research.  So that will get me going down the path.  Thanks again, this is great info. 

Have a great day!


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: Lua Lost Window Overlays
From: Andrew Starks <>
Date: Mon, October 13, 2014 10:38 am
To: Lua mailing list <>

On Mon, Oct 13, 2014 at 10:39 AM, <> wrote:
So I am really interested in LUA, but I am lost in looking for information regarding what I am looking to do.  I want to use LUA to create a UI that is somewhat transparent and sits on top of a current video game window.  What I am looking for is a simple hello world lua script that would attach itself to an open window and just print "hello world" right in the center.  At least this would get me really started.  Any info would be greatly appreciated.  I am very skilled with Java and other languages so you can speak technically.  I just need to figure out how to hook into the window and what tools to use to paint to the screen.  Again any info would be greatly appreciated.  Links to a tutorial or anything.  Thanks in advance,


There are many avenues and Dirk brings up a very good one. Also, if you're on Windows, simple things like this can be *started* with Steve Donovan's winapi project. It's a great '90%' solution, in that it is just a thin layer around WinAPI and Windows. The documentation is very good and sometimes much less is much more, when it comes to figuring out how everything works.