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Christian Schormann

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  

Monday, March 29, 2010

Great Blog Post from Singapore: Panoramic Navigation on Windows Phone 7 with No Code!

Here’s a great blog post from Jocelyn of the Microsoft Innovation Centre in Singapore, showing you how to do panoramic navigation for Windows Phone in Expression Blend, including a nice little behavior library for flick gestures.

Nice!

Oh, almost forgot the link :-)

http://www.innovativesingapore.com/2010/03/panoramic-navigation-on-windows-phone-7-with-no-code

posted by cs at 23:22  

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  

Friday, March 19, 2010

Using SketchFlow to Prototype for Windows Phone

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.

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posted by cs at 18:18  

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  

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Mix 2010: Blend 4 for Silverlight, WPF and Windows Phone Video Now Online

See it here

posted by cs at 16:41  

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Blend 4: About Path Layout, Part I

At Mix, in Las Vegas, we just introduced Blend 4. One of the new features that got great excitement is path-based layout. Let me tell you a bit more about it :-)

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posted by cs at 16:09  

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Great Blog Posts on Expression Blend 4 for Silverlight, WPF and Windows Phone

Here are two great blog posts on Expression Blend 4:

  • The first is by Kenny Young, Wizard of Layout on the Expression Blend team. Kenny describes dynamic layout, transitions and layout morphing in Expression Blend in great detail. A detailed sample project comes with the post.
  • The second post is by Pete Blois, Lead Program Manager on the Blend team. Pete shows you an example for how to create physics-based games for Windows Phone and Silverlight. Pete shows how Blend can be used as a great level editor for 2D game design.

Enjoy!

posted by cs at 14:20  
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