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  • Blog Post: Silverlight

    If you are not yet caught up on Silverlight , I highly encourage you to do so. You can download the preview versions of Expression tools that support silverlight from here .
  • Blog Post: The Customer is always right.

    This a well known phrase and I have heard so many times at so many different places. But I got to experience it in a special way this week. As you know, I have been part of a product team known as Blend for nearly 4 years now and we have always been making decisions based on what we think our customers...
  • Blog Post: eXpression Slides aka XSlides - Bring your presentations to life.

    Disclaimer - This is not a professional tool to enhance your presentation experience as the title of the blog post implies. It is merely a couple of hours worth of effort that I and a colleague of mine spent using our tool as our customers would use. This is an old project that I and Mario had created...
  • Blog Post: Not in V1, sorry.

    Last week, I actively engaged in answering newsgroups posts for Blend. Here are some features not supported for authroing in V1. However, if you create it manually by editing xaml yourself and then load the project in Blend, Blend should be able to handle it just fine. If it crashes, then please let...
  • Blog Post: Bring Your Vision To Reality using Microsoft's Expression Studio

    I am super excited to be a part of Microsoft's Expression Studio . We just made a public announcement recently. I am sure you have already heard the buzz around the tools. In case you have not, here is quick recap - The studio consists of 4 tools: Expression Blend : Expression Blend is the professional...
  • Blog Post: March CTP of Expression Interactive Designer is now available!

    You can find the download instructions here . Feel free to download the CTP, use it and give us any useful feedback you may have. Tell us what you like, what you wish we had implemented, and what areas you think we can improve upon. Please send your feedback to us via our discussion forum or our product...
  • Blog Post: Reusable FishEye Grid control using WPF and Expression Interactive Designer.

    I loved the cool fisheye effect that Amir Khella described in his blog . He used a WPF grid, created grid columns of star width, placed objects within the columns and added handlers on mousemove/leave to change the star factor of the grid-width based on mouse location. Simple code, but very cool effect...
  • Blog Post: Zam 3D to Expression Interactive Designer

    Yesterday, I saw a demo of ZAM 3D by Mike Soucie & Jim Foley of Electric Rain . So I thought I'd give the tool a try. I am still quite new to the 3D world. But, I found ZAM 3D quite useful. It took me a little time to get used to the UI and figure things out, but I was able to create a simple...
  • Blog Post: Simple MSN Beta screensaver using Expression Interactive Designer - Part I

    In our previous App bash, I designed my own version of the MSN beta screensaver in just couple of hours. I am not a designer, and so I was impressed by how easy it was to design the app using Expression Interactive Designer with hardly any code. The only code I added was to be able to move the frame...
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