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Christian Schormann

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Blend 4: Collaborative SketchFlow Feedback with SharePoint

When we introduced Blend 4 at Mix 2010, we showed most of the new features, but not all. Now that Blend 4 has launched officially, it is time for some introductions.

In this post, I want to tell you about a few new features in SketchFlow that make distributing and collaboratively reviewing prototypes a lot easier.

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posted by cs at 23:52  

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  

Monday, May 10, 2010

New Video by Jon Harris: Blend 4 for Windows Phone in 90 Seconds

Jon Harris just published a 90-second introduction video on Expression Blend, this time featuring the new tools for creating Windows Phone applications. So, if you always wanted to know about Windows Phone application design with Expression Blend but you never could spare the time, here’s your one-in-a-lifetime opportunity :-)

http://www.microsoft.com/showcase/en/us/details/61ed7e86-0b1c-432e-a1fb-a882f95ec250

Jon’s first 90 second video, an instant classic on SketchFlow, the built-in prototyping system in Expression Blend, can still be found here:

http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/LauraFoy/Sketchflow-in-90-seconds/

posted by cs at 17:44  

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Blend for Windows Phone: Update Available

We have just published refreshed bits of the Blend Add-In for Windows Phone and the Blend SDK for WIndows Phone. You can now use these bits with the Blend 4 RC build and the VS2010 RTM bits. Of course you also need the latest version of the phone development tools too.

Download links:

Happy designing and developing :)

posted by cs at 11:44  

Monday, April 19, 2010

“SketchFlow in 90 Seconds” with Jon Harris Now on Channel 9

Laura Foy was so kind to post the video on Channel 9.

See it here: http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/LauraFoy/Sketchflow-in-90-seconds/

posted by cs at 16:34  

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Video: SketchFlow in 90 seconds, with Jon Harris

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:

http://electricbeach.org/files/sketchflow_overview.wmv

posted by cs at 22:25  

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

“Dynamic Prototyping…”: SketchFlow Book Now Available

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

posted by cs at 17:57  

Monday, April 5, 2010

IPad – First Contact: Is this Faux Leather I Saw…?

This morning one of my colleagues stepped in my office and handed me an elegant curved device from metal and glass. You of course guessed it, it was an iPad, for my curious eyes and hands to play with.

First thing I did was to fire up the Notes application. I looked at the header bar and blinked. But the header bar still appeared rendered as faux leather complete with seams.

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posted by cs at 19:15  

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  
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