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Christian Schormann

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Expression Blend at Mix 2011

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.


posted by cs at 10:23  

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.


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:



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 :-)



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.


posted by cs at 14:20  

Monday, March 15, 2010

Introducing Blend 4 – For Silverlight, WPF and Windows Phone

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!

Blend 4 running a Windows Phone project, with the Windows Phone Emulator


posted by cs at 10:00  

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Mix Session: Windows Phone UI and Design Language

Michael Smuga, Albert Shum and Chad Roberts have a talk at Mix about Windows Phone UI and Design Language. The talk is in Mandalay Ballroom A from 3:30pm to 4:30pm.

Like all mix videos, it will also be made available as online video at http://live.visitmix.com.

posted by cs at 23:48  

Thursday, March 11, 2010

SketchFlow and Blend at Mix 2010

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
    Chris Bernard
    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 Young
    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

posted by cs at 19:20  

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Michael Klucher on XNA Game Studio for Windows Phone

Michael Klucher just posted about XNA Game Studio 4.0 for Windows Phone. It has its first outing at GDC in San Francisco this week.

For more on Windows Phone 7, here are a number of people from the Windows Phone 7 Series Dev Team on Twitter:

(@ckindel) (@shawnhargreaves) (@ozymandias) (@ai) (@lokeuei) (@mklucher) and  (@cschormann)

Looking forward to seeing you at Mix next week or online here, or at http://live.visitmix.com with lots of more info…

posted by cs at 09:33  
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