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.
This year, however, Expression Blend is on a different schedule, and we will not unveil the next version of Expression Blend in Las Vegas. I can say that we are currently working on a set of very exciting things, but unfortunately I can’t say much more than that (I wish I could…). But please, stay tuned for more news later this year.
At Mix, you however will see announcements of a few important things:
- Silverlight 5
- Mango, the next major version of Windows Phone
Of course, we will not leave you without support for these new platform versions.
Blend Preview for Silverlight 5
Available immediately with the beta of Silverlight 5 is the Blend Preview for Silverlight 5, an early-access preview version that installs side-by-side with Blend 4 and enables you to use Silverlight 5 together with Expression Blend.
This version of Blend does not explicitly add new authoring features, but several features of Silverlight 5 (such as, for example, new typography options) light up in the property inspector
Blend for Windows Phone Mango
At Mix, we also will demonstrate a new service pack for Expression Blend with support for Mango. This service pack will be available later this year.
SketchFlow Templates for Phone Prototyping
Finally, in response to popular demand, we will present a new set of SketchFlow templates for prototyping Windows Phone applications in Silverlight.
These templates will not enable you to run SketchFlow prototypes on the phone, unfortunately, but they make it a lot easier to prototype phone applications to run in Silverlight:
We provide screen templates with phone chrome on a project screen (switchable from landscape to portrait), and a wide variety of the specific components known from the phone, such as panorama and pivot, as well as mock-ups of many of the pages of the phone chrome. If you are at Mix, please see Unni’s session on Thursday (“Creating Windows Phone Applications Using Expression Blend”, 1:30pm), for more information. I will also write a more detailed blog post later this week.