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Christian Schormann

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:


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  

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Fonts in SketchFlow

With SketchFlow we ship a few sketchy-looking fonts:



posted by cs at 12:26  

Friday, March 19, 2010

Using SketchFlow to Prototype for Windows Phone

Since we introduced the Blend 4 add-in for Windows Phone at Mix, several people have asked me how to use SketchFlow to work on Windows Phone projects.


posted by cs at 18:18  

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  

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  

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  

Monday, February 8, 2010

SketchFlow: Exploring Ideas

SketchFlow, the prototyping environment in Expression Blend, lets you build deep, dynamic prototypes with a lot of “real” interactivity.

Sometimes, these deep prototyping abilities make it easy to forget about another side of SketchFlow – the side that lets you explore and “mind map” ideas without having to think about UI details earlier than you need to.


posted by cs at 06:36  

Friday, November 20, 2009

SketchFlow: Including Multiple Tab Content In Word Export

At PDC, a customer told me about a prototype he had built using several tab controls. He then asked me how one could include the content of different tabs of a tab control in the Microsoft Word documents that the SketchFlow Word Export creates – normally, only the tab set to visible at design time is shown.

It did not occur to me the moment that customer asked me, but there is actually a simple way to make multiple tabs of a screen appear in the Word output. The idea is very simple – just create a visual state for each tab you want to show, and edit the state so that the desired tab is shown. (more…)

posted by cs at 16:54  
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