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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.

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posted by cs at 10:23  

Friday, December 17, 2010

Expression Blend 5-Day On-Ramp Course: A Directory of Material

Not a new post, but still good: Sandrino Di Mattia has a list on his blog with links to all the videos, assets and scripts for the 5-day on ramp training in one place: http://sandrinodimattia.net/blog/post/Complete-Expression-Blend-and-Silverlight-5-day-OnRamp-training-course-All-videos-all-assets-download-packages-in-one-place.aspx

posted by cs at 11:57  

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Silverlight Firestarter: Dec 2nd

Scott Guthrie, Microsoft’s VP in charge of Silverlight, and others from the Silverlight team will hold an event on December 2nd about what is coming next for Silverlight…

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The event is in Redmond, but you can also participate online. More information and registration is here.

This should be a fun event :-) Please join us!

posted by cs at 22:14  

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Expression Blend: Content for a ScrollViewer

A customer just asked the question how to scroll a ScrollViewer at design time in Blend to manually design content for it that goes beyond the visible viewport size.

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posted by cs at 21:33  

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Windows Phone 7 Tools Released

Today, we shipped the official release of the tools for Windows Phone 7 development, including a free version of Expression Blend, especially for building applications for the phone… Get them here!

Building apps for Windows Phone using Blend, VS and Silverlight was a lot of fun before, and now it’s even better :)

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posted by cs at 11:28  

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Links to Job Descriptions for Open Expression Positions

The mission of the Expression team at Microsoft is to deliver great tools that enable designers and developers to create outstanding user experiences.

As I wrote in a previous post, the Expression at Microsoft team is hiring for a number of positions across the team, including product design, PM, UX, dev and test.

Here are links to the different job descriptions of some of the open PM and UX jobs. If you are interested in building great design and development tools and you have the right skills, we’d love to hear from you.

posted by cs at 22:31  

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

SketchFlow: Firing Actions when a Storyboard is Complete

Several customers asked on Twitter today how to navigate to another screen when a storyboard is finished playing.

The answer is: There is a StoryboardCompleted trigger that you can use together with any action, including the Navigate actions. This post describes how to use it.

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posted by cs at 22:23  

Sunday, June 6, 2010

New Utility, Links and Tutorials for Path-Based Layout

If you have been using the path list box introduced with the preview versions of Expression Blend 4, here is something fun for you… 

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posted by cs at 23:53  

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  
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