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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

SketchFlow – Sketching and Prototyping in Expression Blend

Shown for the first time publicly today at Mix 2009 in Las Vegas, SketchFlow is a fun, informal, flexible, quick and powerful way to sketch and prototype rich, dynamic interactivity with Expression Blend.



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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Mix 2009: So Much to Tell You about Blend…

In just a few short days, Mix 2009 will open in Las Vegas. This is very exciting for the Blend team, as we have lots of news to share. I want to type it all right now, but I’ll have to wait a little longer. So please stay tuned, there will be many interesting things to read about, from right after the keynote on…

posted by cs at 13:59  

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Cutting Shapes in Expression Blend

Somebody asked the other day how one can cut a shape in Blend. Blend doesn’t currently have a scissor tool, but Blend has a set of geometric operations that can be used for this.


posted by cs at 21:04  

Monday, June 9, 2008

New VSM Tutorials by Celso Gomes

See http://www.nibblestutorials.net/ for a bunch of great tutorials with Blend. In particular, Celso just posted a tutorial for VSM. See the Blend 2.5 & Silverlight 2 section…

posted by cs at 16:40  

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Visual State Manager for User Controls: A Simple Chord Finder Example

Here an admittedly slightly contrived example for the use of visual state manager in a user control. Imagine a little web app to show Guitar chords:


posted by cs at 01:34  

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Visual State Manager: Goals

Our goal for Silverlight 2 was to provide a control skinning model that is imminently usable for visual designers, providing an easy entry ramp, yet with sufficient power for sophisticated application skins. Our design goals did include:


posted by cs at 07:41  

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Creating Control Skins with Visual State Manager – An Introduction

Styling dynamic visuals, or “skinning”, is an important task for visual designers working on interactive applications for web and desktops. With Beta 2 of Silverlight, and the associated June preview of Expression Blend, we are making this work much easier and faster – and we are adding more creative options at the same time.


posted by cs at 06:00  

Monday, April 21, 2008

An Interview from Mix 2008

At Mix 08, zoom in online interviewed me about Microsoft Expression and user experience.

There is also an interview with Eric Zocher, the General Manager of the Expression Group.

    Christian Schormann 

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