You are pressed for time, but you are dying to know what SketchFlow is? The thought of watching an hour of demo video, like presented here, makes you look frantically at your watch?
The solutions is here, exclusively at electricbeach.org: Jon Harris presents SketchFlow in just 90 seconds in this video, and does so with a friendly British accent to boot. It does not get any shorter (or better) than that.
Download the video here, in .wmv format:
I just heard that the first book on SketchFlow is now available: “Dynamic Prototyping with SketchFlow in Expression Blend: Sketch Your Ideas…And Bring Them to Life!“, by Sara Summers and Chris Bernard. Yay. Check it out here at Amazon…
With SketchFlow we ship a few sketchy-looking fonts:
Since we introduced the Blend 4 add-in for Windows Phone at Mix, several people have asked me how to use SketchFlow to work on Windows Phone projects.
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.
It feels like it was only yesterday when we boarded the plane to fly to Las Vegas to Mix 2009, where we announced Blend 3 and SketchFlow. Thank you all so much for the wonderful reception you gave to Blend 3, by the way.
I can hardly believe it is time for Mix 2010 already – and that it’s time to introduce the next release of Blend…
If you happen to be in Las Vegas, please come and see our sessions on Blend and SketchFlow here at Mix!
At this year’s Mix, next week in Las Vegas, there will be several sessions by members of the Blend team:
- Authoring for Silverlight 4 with Expression Blend
Monday, March 15th, 2pm to 3 pm, Mandalay Ballroom D
Christian Schormann and Pete Blois
If you want an overview of what is new in the Blend world, this is the session for you… SketchFlow users, please don’t miss the following one:
- Prototyping Rich Silverlight 4 Applications with Microsoft Expression SketchFlow
Wednesday, March 17, 12pm to 1pm, Breakers H
This session is going to show a lot about practical use of SketchFlow. Chris is also the co-author of a forthcoming book on SketchFlow.
- Dynamic Layout and Transitions for Microsoft Silverlight with Microsoft Expression Blend
Wednesday, March 17, 11am to 11:30am, Lagoon B
Kenny is an architect on the Blend team and master of all things layout. He’s going to show some very cool things that fans of dynamic layout should not miss…
Looking forward to seeing you there! Also follow Mix online at http://live.visitmix.com
SketchFlow, the prototyping environment in Expression Blend, lets you build deep, dynamic prototypes with a lot of “real” interactivity.
Sometimes, these deep prototyping abilities make it easy to forget about another side of SketchFlow – the side that lets you explore and “mind map” ideas without having to think about UI details earlier than you need to.
At PDC, a customer told me about a prototype he had built using several tab controls. He then asked me how one could include the content of different tabs of a tab control in the Microsoft Word documents that the SketchFlow Word Export creates – normally, only the tab set to visible at design time is shown.
It did not occur to me the moment that customer asked me, but there is actually a simple way to make multiple tabs of a screen appear in the Word output. The idea is very simple – just create a visual state for each tab you want to show, and edit the state so that the desired tab is shown. (more…)
I just updated the PDC demo project at http://electricbeach.org/files/SnowboardSketch_Demo_PDC.zip
The original post contained some references to the Expression Blend sample behaviors (which you can download at expressionblend.codeplex.com), but it seemed easier to make the project stand-alone by removing the references, as the samples were only used to show of the MouseGestureTrigger.
If you do want to play with that (which is great fun), just download the sample project on its own.