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Christian Schormann

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Expression Blend at Mix 2011

It is finally Spring in Seattle, and it’s Mix in Las Vegas. Many of you, our faithful Expression Blend customers, have become accustomed to also see a new version of Expression Blend blossom with the flora of the land.

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posted by cs at 10:23  

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Expression Blend: Content for a ScrollViewer

A customer just asked the question how to scroll a ScrollViewer at design time in Blend to manually design content for it that goes beyond the visible viewport size.

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posted by cs at 21:33  

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Links to Job Descriptions for Open Expression Positions

The mission of the Expression team at Microsoft is to deliver great tools that enable designers and developers to create outstanding user experiences.

As I wrote in a previous post, the Expression at Microsoft team is hiring for a number of positions across the team, including product design, PM, UX, dev and test.

Here are links to the different job descriptions of some of the open PM and UX jobs. If you are interested in building great design and development tools and you have the right skills, we’d love to hear from you.

posted by cs at 22:31  

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

SketchFlow: Firing Actions when a Storyboard is Complete

Several customers asked on Twitter today how to navigate to another screen when a storyboard is finished playing.

The answer is: There is a StoryboardCompleted trigger that you can use together with any action, including the Navigate actions. This post describes how to use it.

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posted by cs at 22:23  

Sunday, June 6, 2010

New Utility, Links and Tutorials for Path-Based Layout

If you have been using the path list box introduced with the preview versions of Expression Blend 4, here is something fun for you… 

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posted by cs at 23:53  

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Expression Studio 4 Launches Officially

We have demonstrated Expression 4 at Mix 2010. And today, Expression Studio 4, including Expression Blend, Web, Encoder and Design has officially been launched at Internet Week in New York, and will be available shortly.

There is a new SKU line-up and, very importantly, free upgrades for Expression 3 users. Please see www.microsoft.com/expression for more information.

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For more on Expression Blend 4 specifically, you might also want to have a look at my previous post from Mix 2010:

Introducing Blend 4 – For Silverlight, WPF and Windows Phone

Also, on this blog you can find a series of articles about one of the fun creative features in Expression Blend 4, path-based layout, which begins here:

Blend 4: About Path Layout, Part I

Before this post comes to a close, I’d like to use the opportunity to thank our very active customers for a lot of great and  encouraging feedback – without your interest and excitement, Expression would not be the same. And thanks to the amazing team that I have the honor to build Expression with :)

So much for now. Please stay tuned and most of all, have fun with Expression 4!

posted by cs at 23:50  

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Blend 4: About Path Layout, Part IV

Sorry for the long delay. Here’s another installment of my series on path-based layout.

In our demo at Mix 2010, we showed that path layout can also provide a neat stand-in for some features that are missing from the Silverlight runtime: Motion path and text on a path.

Let me show you how these are done. Also, I’m going to give you a sneak preview on some other more advanced stuff you can do with path layout that my colleague Joanna Mason is going to blog about in detail soon…

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posted by cs at 21:19  

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Blend 4: About Path Layout, Part III

In today’s installment of my series on path-based layout, let me show you that path-based layout can actually be used for dynamic, resizable layout :-)

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posted by cs at 14:12  

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Blend 4: About Path Layout, Sidebar – More About ListBox Than You Ever Wanted To Know

In the previous installment of this series on path layout, I explained how to add a rotation offset to an element in the list box while keeping well-fitting highlights. I also promised that I’d explain in greater depth what is going on.

As a side benefit, you will also learn how to change these pesky blue selection highlights of a list box.

The next post in this series will be back to focusing on path layout itself.

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posted by cs at 09:37  

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Blend 4: About Path Layout, Part II

Ok, I’m back for part II of my short series of posts on path layout (see here for part I). Let’s continue where we ended last time:

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posted by cs at 09:30  
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