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Like we mentioned earlier this week, new preview versions of Expression Blend 2.5 and Deep Zoom Composer have been released today. You can download them from the following locations:
Both versions coincide with the launch of Silverlight 2 Beta 2, and they both have some cool new features besides just allowing you to create content targeting the latest version of Silverlight 2.
We’ll have follow-up posts shortly giving you an overview of what some of the new features are. In the meantime, please visit the following page for a summary of the changes and some training videos to help you get started.
EDIT: The link for Deep Zoom Composer doesn’t seem to be working, so please use the Alternate Link if you are unable to download from the official link.
Like we mentioned earlier this week , new preview versions of Expression Blend 2.5 and Deep Zoom Composer
Unable to uninstall Blend 2.5 March preview, is there a link to download that package so I can try and get it uninstalled?
Burl- would it be possible for you to send us an email (you can use peterbl at microsoft.com) with some more information about what you're seeing?
We haven't seen any issues with uninstalling and will probably need to investigate further.
Unfortunately the June Preview download overwrote the March Preview so we don't have a link available for that one.
This version of Deep Zoom Composer seems to export even worse than the first version. Images are not even close to being displayed in the position as composed in Composer. Arranging into a grid makes the pictures displah on top of each other. I hope a next version will be released soon!
Eric - can you create a small repro and e-mail me your project files to kirupac[at]microsoft.com? I would be glad to take a look at it.
By now you know that Silverlight 2 Beta 2 was released Friday evening. There have been some great posts by several people piling up over the weekend on the changes, new features, features still missing, and much more. Here is a quick rundown of some links
I've recently written a piece on using Deep Zoom Composer to put a portfolio online for Computer Arts
I installed SL 2 Beta 2, the Silverlight Tools Beta 2 for Visual Studio 2008, and then tried to install the Blend 2.5 June Preview (over the top of the March Preview) and the installation makes it all the way through to an action called "Installing Licences", and then it rolls everything back, and the Preview Setup Wizard says that the installation ended prematurely.
Any ideas on how to fix this?
It would be nice to have a way to convert an existing layout into
the new format. It's a little discouraging to spend some significant
time preparing some layouts, only to have to do it all over again
when a new version comes out. Just a suggestion.
wwhite - I do apologize for the inconvenience this DZC update has caused you and others who had already invested a great deal of time using our earlier releases to create content.
Essentially, it came down to whether the benefit of moving to the new XML-based format would outweigh the inconvenience of no longer being able to use older projects. I (not speaking on behalf of the rest of the DZC/Live Labs team) still feel that it was the right step to take, and the changes we made were quite significant where providing a converter would not have been trivial.
Moving forward - we will not be making any more breaking changes to the image format, and if we do, we hope to make the transition more smooth.
After last week release of Silverlight 2 Beta 2, (SL2B2)  I collected a small step-by-step guide
Ian - are you running any sort of "virtualization layer" software?
Do you mean am I running VMWare or Virtual PC or something like that? If so, then no, this is a standard Dell machine with Vista Ultimate installed, and the software I mentioned is all installed on the base machine OS, not a VM.
Have a few issues with the newest DeepZoomComposer:
* Crashes on a certain image (.tif) when going to the Export step. ArgumentException ("Value does not fall within the expected range.") in Mermaid.exe (CroppedBitmap). Re-saved he image in Paint.exe as png, and that worked. If re-saving as png in Office Picture Manager, crashes again. Also when re-saving as bmp in Paint.exe I also get a crash (different exceptions every time).
* Does not honor PNG output settings, always exports as jpg in folder dzc_output_images (but exports as png in folder dzc_output_files). However, it seems to work with the batch export.
* Generated Silverlight site (composite image) does not work well, pictures often stay fuzzy when zooming in, even though the tiles themselves were generated OK. This was much better in the previous version.